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Christmas in Great Britain
Звягинцева А.А. ГБОУ СШ 368
Christmas celebrated on 25th December is a big holiday for the British people. It is a religious holiday. On this day British people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas carols are special songs which are sung during Christmas. People go from house to house singing carols.
Every Christmas there is a Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square
Letters to Father Christmas
Children of Great Britain write letters to Father Christmas. They burn the letters in the fireplace so the ashes fly up the chimney and Father Christmas can read the smoke.
An Advent calendar is a decorative piece of card with twenty-four small windows. Each day a window is opened to find a picture, a piece of chocolate, or a present.
Children hang stockings on the fireplace or at their beds for Father Christmas to fill.
On Christmas Eve he puts toys into his sleigh and rides across the sky with his 9 reindeer.
Traditionally on Christmas Eve mince pies and sherry (or milk) are left out for Father Christmas and carrots are left for his reindeer
Christmas dinner consists traditionally of roast turkey, goose or chicken with potatoes.
Christmas pudding. The pudding may have coins. It is made with dried fruits, nuts, spices
Royal Christmas Message
The tradition of sending out a Christmas Message to the public began in 1932. Nowadays the Queen gives a speech on Christmas Day at 3pm in England.
Boxing Day follows Christmas day and it is a holiday. Traditionally, it was the day to open the Christmas Box to share the contents with the poor.
As the Christmas wreath has no end, it symbolizes the eternal love of God
A kiss under the mistletoe could mean deep romance or lasting friendship and good will.
Holly, with its dark green spiky leaves and red berries, is believed to have magical powers and the ability to drive demons away