Christmas traditions are different in lands and even regions of country. What Holidays customs are practice in the United Kingdom?
A lots of alike customs
Christmas time in United Kingdom in many elements don’t differ in comparison with another countries. Here Nativity Scenes or Carol Services are popular too. Citizens of UK at December 24th consume Christmas foods, but typical food is different than in another lands. But the interesting fact can be Candlelight Service during which all church is lit up only by candles. In the United Kindom many people walk to the church where take place religious service at midnight in the Christmas Eve.
Time of waiting for Santa Claus
In United Kingdom childrens also look forward to Father Christmas. At the evening of Christmas Eve kids prepare stockings or pillowcases by the fire or their beds. They know that Santa leave presents in those items, not near to Holidays tree like think kids from a lots of countries. Often kids in United Kingdom are very grateful – they prepare mince pies and brandy for Santa Claus as a food and to drink when he visits their house. Nowadays it is usually alcohol-free drink due to Santa has to drive his sled.
The Queen’s Speech
Every year, December 25th Britishers watch Queen’s Speech. The tradition of a Christmas speech has its beginning long time before current Queen came to the throne. The Queen’s Speech was important element in the development of the BBC on beginning of operation. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Queen in her messages tells about important problems of UK and world-wide and presents her approach. It’s good resume of events of the year and plans for the future. The Speech of the Queen is important point of every Christmas.
Every lands have own Holidays traditions. The United Kingdom is not the exception in that respect, however many Holidays traditions are the same.