Hi, my name is Niamh and I’m going to answer some of
the questions you might have about Christmas in the UK.
• Why do we celebrate Christmas?
• How do British people prepare for Christmas?
• What food do we eat on Christmas day?
• Why do we give presents?
• Why do we put up decorations?
• Where do our presents come from?
• What is the run up to Christmas called?
• What do we do in the snow?
Why do we celebrate Christmas?
• Every year in December we celebrate the
birthday of Jesus Christ .That is why we call
this time of year Christmas, we celebrate the
mass or church service, for Christ.
• Christmas is a truly magical season, bringing
families and friends together to share the
much loved customs and traditions which
have been around for centuries.
How do British people prepare for
• During the weeks before Christmas day, we
send cards , watch nativity plays and go to
• Nativity plays are when children act out what
happened on Christmas day.
• Carol services are when either children or
adults go out to care homes , hospitals and on
the street to spread the Christmas joy.
What food do we
eat on Christmas
• At Christmas time our traditional main meal’s
would be turkey , chicken, beef or gammon
• Drink for adults might be the option of mulled
• For desert a nice mince pie will do!
• For the kids we will have whatever to drink
Why do we give presents?
• We give presents to people as a kind gesture
from when Jesus got given the gifts from the
wise men (magi). Also beacause of the gift
that god gave us his only son !!!
• We give gifts as a sign of appreciation towards
another person . It should make you happy
that you are doing a nice thing for someone .
Why do we put up decorations?
Christmas trees originated in
the German states around the
15th century especially the fir
Christmas trees are an ancient German tradition
King George the 3rd brought Christmas trees to
England It only became common when Queen
Victoria reigned .
Wreaths are put up on doors as a sign of
Where do our presents
• Santa also known as St. Nicolas, gives us
presents on christmas eve when were asleep.
• He lives in the North Pole with his elfs !!!
• Santa has 12 reindeer that guides his sleigh
with main one Rudolph.
WHAT IS THE RUN UP TO
• The run up to christmas is called advent and in
church every Sunday on the run up to
christmas in December they light a candle.
• We have a calender which has little doors on it
and inside it has chocolate it is called an
advent calender .
What do we do
in the snow?
• In the winter we normally get a lot of snow
especially around christmas time .
• Children go out on a snowy day and build
snowmen or have snowball fights!!!!!
• It might be cold but we love snow .
I hope we
answered all your
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a happy new year…