Christmas Celebration in Great Britain

The word Christmas originates from the Old English name ‘Cristes Maesse’. If you are planning to visit Great Britain during Christmas, you can catch the glimpse of shine in everyone’s eyes along with excitement. People start planning for gala festival celebrations a month before for the much awaited Christmas and it is celebrated for the whole December month. It is a festival which rekindles the spirit of love and one of the most celebrated festivals all over the world, which get friends and families along. Great Britain is one of the places where Christmas is celebrated in contemporary and conventional manner.  People in Great Britain celebrate Christmas by preparing puddings, baked dishes and decorate Christmas trees.

Christmas in Great Britain

Christmas Day is a Bank holiday and people mutually enjoy the festival celebrations. They clean the house and decorate it. Christmas pudding is the most vital nail in British customs and traditions; it must be prepared on the 25th day following Trinity. The pudding must consist of 13 ingredients which signify Jesus and his twelve disciples. The beautifying of the tree is a family occasion, with everyone giving in helping hand. Like many other countries Carol’s and nativity plays are quite popular during the festival time. The most sought after Christmas extensive meal is prepared and placed on the table. A silver coin is dropped in the pudding; which is considered to get success and good luck to the family. The crackers are put together accompanying food on Christmas Day.

Christmas in UK

Before 1950, the Santa Claus was the Britain‘s exclusive Father Christmas. Children eagerly wait for Father Christmas, to get their Christmas gifts; they write a letter to Father Christmas with their wish and post them. They place a glass of wine along with tart for Father Christmas as thanks for the bringing presents. After a heavy meal, people head to the regular Christmas particular speech by the Britain’s Sovereign. In the evening, people pay visits to their relatives. The Christmas tree concept was pioneered by Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.

Every house in Great Britain has a vivid unblemished Christmas tree festooned with cookies, candies and bulbs and moved from its place and taken down twelve days down the line after Christmas as it is believed to be ghastly to keep decoration. People gift plants like holly, ivy, the Christmas amaryllis and poinsettias to their relatives.

christmas tree

Christmas cards were primarily shaped in Great Britain only during 1840’s and since then, it happens to be an unavoidable part of Christmas carousing all over the world. More than a billion Christmas cards are sent every year in the Great Britain for charity purpose.


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