Christmas customs in the United Kingdom - traditions differ in countries and even regions of country. What Holidays traditions are popular in the UK?

A lots of similar traditions

Christmas time in UK in many aspects don’t differ in comparison with another lands. In United Kingdom Nativity Plays and Carol Services are popular too. Britishers at Christmas Eve consume Christmas dinner, but tradicional food is different in comparison to another countries. However the oddity can be carols by Candlelight Service during which all church is light only by candelas. In the UK many people walk to the church where is religious service at midnight in the Christmas Eve.

Time of waiting for Santa Claus

In United Kingdom childrens also wait for Santa. At the evening of December 24th children prepare sockes or pillow-cases by the fire or children’s beds. They know that Santa Claus leave gifts in those items, not near to Christmas tree like believe kids from many countries. Sometimes kids in UK are very grateful – they leave mince pies and brandy for Santa as a food and as a drink for the time he visits them. Nowadays it’s often alcohol-free drink because of Father Christmas has to drive his sled.

The Speech of the Queen

Every year, at second day of Christmas people listen to Queen’s Speech. The tradition of a Christmas message started before current Queen took the throne. The Queen’s Christmas Message was a key element in the procurement of popularity of the BBC on beginning of operation. The first speech was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Queen in her messages tells about important problems of UK or other lands and presents her approach. It is good resume of facts of the year and plans for the future. The Queen’s Speech is key element of every Holidays.

Every lands have their Holidays traditions. The UK is not different in that respect, however a lots of Holidays customs are transfered from another lands.