Christmas is the most favourite among all winter celebrations. It is a time when these beloved traditions are honored year after year. A time of hope for the future and reminiscing of past events. As we rejoice the birth of Christ, we are reminded of just how special the day truly is. Christmas is celebrated with full enthusiasm and zealous spirit in every part of the world where Christians live. Although traditions are different in different countries but every Christian celebrate it in its full bling.
The cold, wet and foggy weather of Christmas day is melted away by the warmth of traditions practiced in UK. Like all other Christian families around the world, people in UK also excitedly decorate their homes, cook special meals and buy Christmas presents for their loved ones. However, there are some peculiar Christmas traditions of UK which add in the Christmas’ beauty.
It is very common of school children to write letters to Santa Claus, they write all their wishes and tell Santa what they want as their Christmas present. But in England this tradition is taken a step further and these letters are burned in fireplace and ashes go up to the chimney, they have a concept that Santa can read the smoke.
The tradition of hanging stockings for Santa is also slightly different in UK. Rather than hanging stockings above fireplace, the kids in UK hang their stockings on their bed, hopping they will be filled with Christmas gifts in the morning. How nice a surprise it would be to wake up and find your Christmas present right on your bed.
If you dream of becoming a king, go to UK on Christmas. On Christmas day everyone is a king in UK! From adults to children, everyone wears a crown. The multicoloured crowns made up of paper and tissue are given the shape of original crown. Smiling people, wearing colourful crowns gives a very pleasing sight.
Crackers are paper tubes, covered in foil, twisted at both ends. Concealing treasures and surprises these crackers are given the shape of large sweets. Each person crosses its arms and hold its own cracker in right hand and neighbour’s cracker in left hand. Next, you pop the cracker and all its content spill out. It usually holds a joke which is meant to be read at dinner time.
- Mid-Day Dinner
Like Americans, UK residents also have a mid-day dinner on Christmas Day. The table is set with roast turkey, goose or chicken and trimmings. Brits love their Yorkshire pudding but it is not like a common pudding. It is a flaky biscuit with the center just waiting to hold the gravy. Traditional trifle is also one of the common dishes of Christmas dinner.
- Royal Christmas Message
Every year on Christmas Day, Queen gives its speech on sharp 3 pm. People sit in front of their TVs with their families and listen to Queen’s Christmas speech. This tradition of giving a Christmas message from a member of royal family began in 1932 with George V.
- Boxing Day
Boxing Day follows Christmas day and is a nationally recognized holiday in the UK, it is also called bank holiday. Originally it was the day when people gave presents to their servants but now this day has become one of the biggest shopping day. We can compare it with America’s Black Friday.