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Christmas in Great Britain
Christmas Christmas is the famous festival in world. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December.
Preparing for the holiday The English are preparing for this holiday for a few weeks, clean the flat, decorate home. The day before they cook festive meals.
The 24th of December is called Christmas Eve According to the ancient custom all the windows in the houses in England are shined with candles on Christmas, therefore the night on the Christmas eve is still called the "night of candles
Children write letters to Santa Claus
Before Christmas Traditionally, children in England write letters to Santa Claus. In these letters, the children tell him about how well they behaved what they would like to receive as a gift, and promise to behave well in the coming year.
Christmas tree Christmas tree is decorated with tinsel and lights.
Decorate The first Christmas trees were decorated with fresh flowers and fruit. Were later added to sweets, nuts and other foods. Then - Christmas candles. To replace the fruit, and other heavy ornaments, German glassblowers began producing hollow glass Christmas decorations, which are still the most popular decoration for Christmas trees. As a rule, all the Christmas decorations removed on January 6. It is said that to keep them longer - a bad omen.
Christmas wreath of mistletoe is put on the door
The house can be decorated with branches of holly, which symbolizes prosperity, and mistletoes – meaning hospitality and fertility.
And Christmas stockings are hung for Santa Claus to put presents into
Children leave on the fireplace cookies for Santa as a token of gratitude for the work which he does each Christmas.
Father Christmas comes at night and puts presents in the colorful stockings and under the Christmas tree In the morning children find their presents there.
Christmas is a family holiday The main tradition of Christmas is celebrating It with your family.
Traditional Christmas meal Traditional Christmas meal in England is roast turkey and potato, mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake.
Plum-pudding Plum pudding is cooked from bread crumbs with the addition of various spices, fruits. Before serving, it is poured with rum and ignited. And there is still the custom of hiding in the British Christmas pudding fine silver coins and jewelry - "for luck."
Parents treat children for Christmas candycane - with sticks in the shape of a cane (or the shepherd's staff). The sugar candy reminds letter J with which name Jesus begins.
One of the ancient British tradition - the Christmas log. It is believed that the ancient Vikings brought this rite in England. At Christmas, they cut down a huge tree, and it is stored for the entire year - went dry. And until the next Christmas he brought into the house, and it glowed in the hearth for a long time. If, however, went out, not burned to ashes, the owners were expecting trouble.
End Merry Christmas!
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