Authors: Kamila Marcinowska and Marta Konik Class 3D Christmas in England
England is a country situat ed in the United Kingdom. The capital city is London.
The main denomination is Anglican, but people have Xmas like us.
Christmas in England is celebrate d on 25 and 26 December every year.
24 December is called Christmas Eve . This is the day when children from the whole country prepare cookies, milk and hay for Santa Claus with his reindeers, who arrives at night to leave the gifts.
For English people (except Catholics) Christmas begins on 25 December and is called Christmas Day.
In the morning children find presents from Santa in the stockings hanging at the fireplace. All members of the family have the Christmas dinner together .
For Christmas dinner people prepare mainly roast turkey, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding .
26 December is called Boxing Day . In the past people used to give presents to their servants, but now they spend it visiting friends.
The houses are decorated with holly, ivy and mistletoe .
There is an old custom saying that you must kiss the person standing under the mistletoe. The most characteristic is an evergreen Christmas tree with candles, balls, paper chains and a star or an angel on the top of it.
Christmas tree is an old custom, started probably by Martin Luter, that`s why English people can`t imagine X-mas without this one on the Trafalgar Square (/).
Christmas tree on the Trafalgar Square
Like in many countries, in England Santa Claus is dressed in a red and white suit . He i s old and plump , he has got long, white beard .
He travel s by a flying sleigh . He climbs down the chimney, eats the cookies , drinks milk prepared for him by children and fills stockings with gifts.
The sleigh is pulled by nine reindeer : Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen. The most famous, however, is Rudolf.
This dates back to the late 19th century. Although Christmas puddings should be made well in advance, it is possible to make this pudding on Christmas Eve with very successful results.
8 oz currants 8 oz. sultanas 8 oz. stoned raisins 8 oz. Barbados sugar 4 oz. grated beef suet 4 oz. fresh breadcrumbs 4 oz. ground almonds 4 oz. blanched almonds, chopped 4 oz. mixed candied peel 6 oz. cooking apple, peeled and finely chopped 8 oz. plain flour Finely grated rind of 1 lemon Finely grated rind of 1 orange 2 tbsp. lemon juice 3 fl. oz. stout 4 eggs, beaten 1/2 oz. ground mixed spice 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon Pinch of salt 5 tbsp. Brandy BACK