Christmas Day in Great Britain
Christmas Day is a family holiday in Great Britain.
Traditionally, everyone will give each other presents, decorate houses, put up Christmas Trees, and children write letters to Santa Claus.
Christmas is celebrated on December 25, but everyone gets ready for it long before that.
The pre-Christmas period is called Advent, which starts 4 weeks before the holiday.
The symbol of Advent is a wreath with 4 candles, each of which is lit one at a time every Sunday.
So they are kept alight until Christmas Eve.
The holiday is impossible without gifts.
For that reason, there are sales on the Eve of Christmas Day in all cities of England.
Shop windows are decorated with figures of angels, Santa Claus, snowmen.
Streets are overcrowded; there are fairs and feast for children on the squares.
On Trafalgar Square, in the center of London a huge Christmas tree, which is a gift from the Government of Norway, is put up every year.
As previously mentioned, Christmas is the family holiday and it is celebrated within loved ones.
There's a popular belief amongst the English: like table setting, like the next year.
That’s why Christmas dinner is a variety of dishes, among which there is plum pudding.
Traditionally it composed of thirteen ingredients, symbolizing Jesus and the Twelve Apostles in Catholic teaching.
The second Christmas day is called “Boxing day”.
The reason is that Santa puts the presents under the Christmas tree during the night of 25 to 26 December and the next day, all unpack present boxes.
One more symbol of the holiday is stockings hanging up on the mantel.
A legend is connected to this tradition.
Once, Santa delivered gifts, and when getting through a fireplace, he dropped accidentally some gold coins into stockings drying there.
On Christmas Eve, children, before going to bed, leave biscuits or pieces of pie and some milk for Santa and a carrot for his deer Rudolf near the mantel to get good presents.
Christmas Day is a time for miracles and realization of wishes.
On this day everyone gives not only gifts but also postcards.
To give cards is an English tradition that showed up in the 19th century when the first Christmas card was printed.
And of course, everyone wishes each other “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”.