What do we do on Christmas?In Britain, Christmas time is spent with the family. This could be just yourimmediate family or your extended family with all your cousins, uncles andaunties.Christmas time doesn´t just include Christmas day on the 25th, but also the buildup and the time after. Boxing Day is the 26th and everybody has this day off work.
The build up to Christmas is a magical time. Christmas songs are played onthe radio and in shops, and adverts on TV.The most famous advert around this time is the Coca Cola advert. The originalCoca Cola advert in the 1930s changed Santa from his usual green outfit tothe red one he wears today.
Christmas songsPeople in Britain love Christmas songs. There are the old classics like Jingle Bellsaand We Wish You A Merry Christmas, but also Fairy Tale of New York by thePogues, Merry Christmas by Slade and last Christmas by Wham.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A8KT365wlA
Christmas TVChristmas TV in England is fantastic. Special editions of TV shows are shown likeDoctor Who, Gavin and Stacey, Wallace and Gromit and Top of the Pops. AlsoChristmas films like Home Alone, Gremlins, A Christmas Carol and bizarrely…DieHard.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb-pX7sIjFYAlso, for really boring people there´s the Queen´s annual Christmas speech.
PresentsIt´s tradition to leave presents for people under the Christmas tree, but thenonly open them together on the 25th. Little kids believe that Santa Clausbrings their presents. He´s supposed to fly with his reindeer and come downthe chimney, leaving presents. On Christmas Eve, you leave out a glass ofwine and some biscuits for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer.Also, a stocking is left out, usually above the fireplace, in which little gifts areput in.
Christmas DinnerThis is a very important part of ChristmasDay.The Turkey:Roast potatoes and roast parsnips:
Also, we pull Christmas Crackers over Christmas dinner. Inside the Cracker, there is a party hat, a cheap itemand a terrible joke.• What do you call a blind reindeer? No eye deer.• What do you call a fish with no eye?• FSH.
Boxing Day?Boxing Day is the 26th of December, the day after Christmas. It´s a bankholiday and usually people stay at home with their kids, playing with theirnew presents.However, on this day, there are always football games.
A White ChristmasEvery year in Britain, we hope for a White Christmas. This means that there´ssnow. It usually happens in Scotland, but in England it´s rare. There´s onlybeen 8 accounts in the last 100 years of snow on Christmas Day, with 2004being the last time.However, it´s snowing now in Northern England, so there may be one thisyear.
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