Monday, 9 December 2013

Travelling into foreign cultures - Christmas in the UK

Christmas in the United Kingdom 


Most families have a Christmas Tree in their house for Christmas. 
Christmas Trees were first popularised in the UK by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. Prince Albert was German and thought that it would be good to use one of his ways of celebrating Christmas in England.
Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe are also used to decorate homes.

Nativity Plays and Carol Services are also very popular at Christmas time.

Children believe that Father Christmas or Santa Claus leaves presents in stockings or pillow-cases. They are usually hung up by the fire or by the children's beds on Christmas Eve. Children sometimes leave out mince pies and brandy or milk for Father Christmas when he visits them. 

Children write letters to Father Christmas with their requests, but sometimes instead of putting them in the post, the letters are tossed into the fireplace. The draught carries the letters up the chimney and Father Christmas reads the smoke.
Boxing Day is a very old custom that started in the UK and is now taken as a holiday in many countries around the world.
Boxing Day in the United Kingdom is the day after Christmas Day,  December 26th. Traditionally, it was a day when employers distributed money, food, clothes or other goods to their employees. In modern times, it is an important day for sporting events and the start of the post-Christmas sales.

In the UK, the main Christmas Meal is usually eaten at lunchtime or early afternoon on Christmas Day. It was traditionally roast beef or goose, although it's common to have turkey, roast vegetables and 'all the trimmings' which means stuffing and sometimes bacon and sausages. 

Typical desserts are Christmas Pudding and mince pies. 
The dinner table is decorated with a Christmas Cracker for each person 

and sometimes flowers and candles.


Christmas Celebrations in the UK:

10 Ways to British Up Your Christmas Holiday: 

More British Christmas traditions: 

 Let's go to London for Christmas!

Each Christmas Day the sovereign of the Commonwealth realms to the Commonwealth of Nations makes a speech. The tradition began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V on the British Broadcasting Corporation Empire Service.
The foolowing is Queen Elisabeth II Christmas speech of December 25th, 2012.

Christmas 2011

How do you spend your Christmas holiday?
Talk about your Christmas traditions!


  1. I usually eat a lot at Christmas!! We have a big Christmas Eve dinner on the 24 and again a great lunch on the 25. All my relatives come to my grandparents' house and we stay all together. it's very nice! On Christmas day we go to the church for the mass and then, after lunch, we play cards or "tombola"!

  2. Yes, Serena, in Italy we have the Christmas Eve's dinner tradition and we usually open our presents that night. In other countries children find their presents on the 25th.

  3. Complimenti per il sito! Interesting and well done.

  4. Five Tips to Celebrate Christmas in UK in a Foreign Culture

    • Embrace local festival traditions
    • Add flair from the local culture
    • Purchase yourself a present
    • Invite new friends to assist you celebrate
    • Expand your friendship and share the magic