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Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
Christmas in the uk
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Christmas in the uk

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  • 1. Christmas in the UK
  • 2. Christmas Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom on December 25. It traditionally celebrates Jesus Christ's birth but many aspects of this holiday have pagan origins. Christmas is a time for many people to give and receive gifts and prepare special festive meals.
  • 3. Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, which is the Sunday between November 27 and December 3. One of the most famous traditions concerning Advent is "Advent wreath" - a wreath of fir branches, in which are woven four candles. On the first Sunday one candle is lit, on the second - two and so on, so it's every week become brighter. These wreaths decorate churches and homes of the believers. Advent
  • 4. Christmas Eve The 24th of December is day called Christmas Eve. Carol singing, midnight church services and going out to the pub are some of the activities that many families can enjoy on Christmas Eve. Night time on Christmas Eve though is a very exciting time for young children. It is the time when Santa or Father Christmas comes. They hang up their stockings and go to sleep. On Christmas Eve Santa piles all of the toys onto his sleigh and rides across the sky with his 9 reindeer (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course ... Rudolf!). Traditionally on Christmas Eve mince pies and milk are left out for Santa and nowadays carrots are left for his reindeer.
  • 5. Boxing Day In England Boxing Day celebrated on December 26th, is traditionally a time to give gifts to tradesmen, servants, and friends. It originated in medieval times, when every priest was supposed to empty the alms box of his church and distribute gifts to the poor. It didn't become widely celebrated though until Victorian England. In the UK Boxing Day is still a public holiday, some shops and supermarkets open nowadays, but banks and most offices remain closed.
  • 6. The Queen's Message One Christmas ritual not drawn from an ancient tradition is the British monarch's broadcast on Christmas day. The tradition began in 1932 when King George V read a special speech written by Rudyard Kipling. The broadcast was an enormous success . It began, "I speak now from my home and from my heart, to you all...". Queen Elizabeth II continues the tradition to this day. Every year she broadcasts her message on Christmas Day, and it is heard by millions of people all over the world. In England most people watch or listen to it whilst digesting their Christmas Dinner!
  • 7. There are several "traditional" meals you can have at Christmas. Here's a brief look at what the British nosh on Christmas day.
  • 8. Christmas dinner Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom is usually eaten in the afternoon on 25 December. The dinner usually consists of roast turkey, sometimes with roast beef or ham or, to a lesser extent, pork.
  • 9. Christmas pudding The Christmas pudding is a brown pudding with raisings, nuts and cherries. It is similar to a fruitcake, except that pudding is steamed and fruitcake is baked. Traditionally a silver coin (six pence) was hidden inside the Cristmas pudding. Silver coin brought good fortune to whomever was lucky enough to find it when the pudding was cut.

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