Holidays customs differ in lands and even areas of land. What Holidays traditions are practice in the United Kingdom?
Many similar customs
Holidays time in United Kingdom in many elements don’t differ in context with another countries. Here Nativity Plays or services of carols are popular too. Residents of UK at Christmas Eve eat Christmas meals, however tradicional meal is different than in other lands. However the interesting fact can be Candlelight Service during which all church is light only by candles. In the UK a lots of people walk to the church where is church service at 12 a.m. after Christmas Eve.
Time of looking forward to Santa Claus
In UK childrens also look forward to Father Christmas. At the end of the December 24th children hang up stockings or pillowcases by the fire or children’s beds. They know that Santa leave gifts in those items, not near to Christmas tree like believe children from other countries. Often kids in UK are very grateful – they prepare mince pies or brandy for Santa Claus as a food and to drink when he visits their house. Nowadays it is usually alcohol-free drink because of Father Christmas has to be sober during drive his sled.
The Speech of the Queen
Every year, at second day of Holidays people watch Speech of the Queen. The idea of a Christmas speech started before current Queen took the throne. The Speech of the Queen was important element in the development of the BBC on beginning of activity. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Elizabeth II in her speeches tells about current issues of United Kingdom or other countries and presents her approach. It is great summary of facts of the year and plans for the next. The Queen’s Christmas Message is key element of every Christmas.
Every lands have their Christmas customs. The United Kingdom is not the exception in that topic, however many Holidays customs are the same.