It’s Christmastime!How do theBritish celebrateChristmas?
∗ Every year in December wecelebrate the birthday ofJesus Christ: It’s Christmastime!∗ How do people in Britaincelebrate this holiday?∗ They send Christmas cards.∗ They watch nativity plays.∗ There have big family get-togethers.CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
∗ People sing special songs called Christmas carols:Ding Dong Merrily on HighJingle BellsAway in a MangerWe Wish You a Merry Christmas∗ Children write their Santa List and they createsnowmen in their gardens.CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
∗ What do people say when it’s Christmas time?∗ MERRY CHRISTMAS!∗ MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!∗ HAPPY CHRISTMAS!∗ SEASONS GREETINGS!CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
∗ From the 1stto the 24thof december is a periodknown as Advent. Advent is a time of waiting forthe arrival of Christmas.∗ During Advent preparations for Christmas begin:∗ People decorate their homes with ornaments,Holly, Ivy and mistletoe!∗ There is an old custom that you must kiss someonestanding under the mistletoe!!ADVENT
∗ The mosttypicaldecoration isan evergreentree
∗People decorate theirChristmas Trees with:∗ Bells∗ Candles∗ Lights∗ Tinsels∗ Baubles∗ Ornaments∗ Candy canes∗ A star or an angel atthe top of the tree
ADVENT∗ Some peoplebuy or make AdventCalendars∗ Advent calenders arecards with 24 or 25doors. Behind eachdoor is a christmaspicture. Sometimesthere is also a littlechocolate or a little gift.
∗ An advent candle has 24 or25 marks on it. A bit ofcandle is burned down eachday.∗ Or often people use fourcandles to represent thefour weeks beforechristmas. One candle is litthe first week, two thesecond and so on..
Christmas Eve∗ The 24thof december isalso a very importantday.∗ Often families go carolsinging around theirneighbourhood,collecting money forcharities.
∗ Some families also attend amidnight church service
CHRISTMAS EVE∗ On christmas eve children alsoprepare for Santa Claus to come!Children hang up stockings abovethe fireplace or on our beds
Santa Claus∗ Santa claus is dressed in a red and white suit. Heis old and plump and he has a long, white beard.Father Christmas and his elves make all the toysin his workshop in the North Pole.∗ Then he flies around the world in a sleigh pulledby eight reindeer∗ Dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen, comet, cupid,donder and Blitzen. The most famous, however,is Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer!
Santa Claus∗ Children leave mincepies and milk forSanta and carrotsfor the reindeer!∗ Santa goes downthe chimney to leavethe presents or thecoal!
CHRISTMAS DAY∗ Parents and children gather together to unwrapthe presents.∗ Later the whole family sits down for Christmasdinner.∗ What does a traditional Christmas dinnerinclude?∗ Roast turkey∗ Roast potatoes∗ Brussel sprouts∗ Cranberry sauce∗ For dessert they have rich fruity pudding which youdouse in brandy. Christmas puddings usually includeraisins, nuts and cherries.∗ Gingerbread is also typical.
CHRISTMAS DAY∗ During lunch we pullcrackers∗ A Christmas cracker is acolourful paper tube whichcontains a banger.∗ When two people pull thecracker it snaps in half making aloud BANG.∗ Inside the cracker there arepaper crowns, jokes and littlegifts.∗ Whoever gets thebigger part keepsthe prize
BOXING DAY∗ Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th, the day afterChristmas∗ Shops open early to sell their Christmas products at reducedprices!∗ And families gather together again, go for a walk, watchfootball matches together, go shopping…∗ The origins:∗ English families used to put Christmas leftovers in boxes.Then they gave them to poor families and churches forcharity.∗ The tradition still continues today! Employers give extramoney to their employees (“christmas bonus”) and schoolsacross the country send their Christmas Boxes full of gifts topoorer countries.
And… what about these ThreeKings???∗ On the Twelfth Night familiesremove all the Christmasdecorations, so as not to bringbad luck upon the home!!!∗ It is on the 5th January.∗ British people don’t celebratethe Reyes Magos like in Spain,but they are considered part ofthe whole Christian tradition.
The Three Wise Men∗ The Three Wise Men or ThreeKings, as they are called inBritain (Caspar, Melchior, andBalthazar), followed the Star ofBethlehem and gave gifts toJesus Christ.∗ What kind of gifts?∗ Gold∗ Frankincense∗ Myrrh