The Countdown to Christmas• In Great Britain: Shops can start selling Christmas items from August. This year Harrods opened its festive shop on the 26th July!• In the USA: Christmas shopping officially starts the day after Thanksgiving, known as ‘Black Friday’. However, shops can start selling items from September.
The Countdown to Christmas• People put up Christmas decorations and the Christmas tree on the 1st of December and take them down 12 days after Christmas day.• During the month of December people have a chocolate advent calendar which counts down the days until Christmas with a different chocolate every day.
Christmas Performances in the UK • Pantomime shows are traditionally performed from mid December until January. Pantomimes are well- known fairy tales that have been adapted to be humourous. • Children perform the Nativity Play at schools which recounts the birth of Jesus. • In the USA they show the Nativity Play in church, not in school.
On Christmas EveChildren….• Write a letter to Father Christmas• Leave a Carrot for the Reindeer to eat• Leave milk and cookies for Father Christmas• Hang up their stockings
Christmas Day Routine in the UK• In the morning, all of the family open their presents.• The family then all eat Christmas dinner together – the biggest meal of the year!• At 3pm most people watch the Queen’s speech where the Queen talks about the years major events and gives her personal feelings. It is broadcast throughout the Commonwealth countries.• For dinner people eat the leftovers of lunch.
Christmas Dinner Turkey Roast Potatoes Brussel Sprouts Cranberry and Bread SauceCarrots and Parsnips Pigs in Blankets Chestnut Stuffing Gravy
UK Tradition: Christmas CrackerBefore you can eat your mealeverybody must pull aChristmas cracker.Inside the cracker there isusually a paper crown, a joke,and a small toy.Whoever is left with thelarger portion of cracker cankeep the gifts.
Other Christmas FoodChristmas PuddingChristmas CakeMince Pies
Other American Christmas FoodPumpkin PiePecan PieEggnog
26th December – Boxing Day• Boxing day is a national holiday and another day to spend with family.• Traditionally, it was a day off for servants when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.• Nowadays, it is an important day for sport. Horse racing is particularly popular with meets all over the country. Many of the best football teams play on Boxing Day.• It is also a day for shopping because it is when the sales start.