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Traditions and customs Of Great Britain
Every nation and every country has its own customs and traditions. In Britain traditions play a more important part in life of people than in other countries. Holidays are especially rich in old traditions and are different in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.
Christmas. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. For most British families it combines the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ with the traditional festivities of winter.
What makes an English Christmas ? Here is a list of elements of Christmas gathered from a poll over two thousand people. Food & drink Parties Television and the Queen’s Speech A Walk after Dinner Midnight Mass& Carol Services Children’s activities Shopping in the dark, fairylit streets Sending out cards Playing Games Carol-singing Decorating
Christmas tree Most families decorate their houses with brightly-coloured paper. They usually have a Christmas tree in the corner of the room.
Christmas candles People believed that light of candles helped them to forget the darkness of winter.
On Christmas Eve , children hang their stockings over the fire-place. They are told that Santa Claus arrives at night from the North Pole and fills each stocking with presents.
Christmas food Lunch is the most important event on Christmas Day. The traditional lunch consists of a roast turkey with vegetables, goose, Christmas pudding, mince-pies, the roast beef, nuts and oranges .
Christmas card Not all Christmas traditions are old. The first Christmas card was made in 1842 by an English painter John Calcott Horsley who sent that card to one hundred of his friends.
Boxing Day The first weekday after Christmas is a public holiday. In England it is called Boxing Day because presents are put in boxes. Usually Boxing Day is December 26, but if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, Boxing Day is on December 27.
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