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Christmas Traditions in Britain. Кулешова Марина Викторовна, учитель английского языка МОУ Ново – Рассыпнянская СОШ Нагайбакского района
Christmas is celebrated on December 25. It is a religious holiday. On this day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ .
They have a lot of Christmas traditions. Here are some stories about Christmas traditions in Britain.
Trees and Presents. People began to celebrate Christmas many, many years ago. They began to decorate the evergreen trees and give presents to each other. They put a big shining star on top of the Christmas tree and hang many bright shining balls and garlands from top to bottom
Christmas Stockings In the evening of December 24 children hang their Christmas stockings on their beds or put them on the fireplace or on the Christmas tree. Santa Claus put presents into them. A Christmas stocking is not a real stocking. It is big and beautifully decorated.
Holly Holly is an evergreen plant with sharp pointed leaves and red berries. People put holly on Christmas pudding. They also use holly to decorate their houses. It is a very old tradition. Long ago people put holly in their homes during the dark cold winters. They liked to look at holly and think about the spring and the sun.
Мistletoe Мistletoe is an evergreen plant with small leaves and small white berries. On Christmas Eve there’s a bunch of mistletoe in every house. Under this bunch boys kiss girls.
Carol A carol is a Christmas song. People often sing carols on Christ- mas Eve in the streets or at home.
Waits Waits are a group of people who sing carols. They can sing carols in front of the Christmas tree. In small towns and villages waits often come and stand in front of the house and sing carols. They receive money for their singing. They give money to poor and old people.
Nativity Play The Nativity Play tells the tale of Christ’s Birth. Children usually perform this play themselves. They perform it at school before Christmas.
Glossary Mistletoe – омела; Holly – остролист; Waits - группа людей, исполняющих рождественские песни; Carol – рождественский гимн; Nativity play – рождественская пьеса.
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