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Christmas time in Great Britain

Christmas time in Great Britain

The immediate Christmas preparations in the British families start at the beginning of December with the writing of Christmas cards for relatives, friends and acquaintances. These “Season’s Greetings” have a long tradition in Great Britain. And keep an entire industry going. Incredible but true: more than a billion Christmas cards are sent. Whether large-format fold-out cards, glittering plush designs, or very classic postcards with historical Christmas motifs – the main thing is that the cards stand out. And the recipients usually present the cards in their living room. After all, a high number of cards received testifies one’s own popularity.

Regardless at which region of Great Britain you are looking, the Christmas cuisine is just as opulent as the “Greetings of the season” sent out in the run-up to Christmas. The names of the delicacies are often the same, but their recipe changes depending on the region. And when it comes to culinary delights, the British don’t draw any borders between Scotland and Ireland.

Christmas parties are very popular with the British. “Mulled wine”, and small cakes filled with candied fruit, so-called “mince pies”, which are available in countless variations, are particularly allowed here not missing.

The classic Christmas tree – decorated with colorful balls and lights – has become an indispensable part of British homes. It was only brought to London by German immigrants in the mid-19th century. Typical Christmas symbols for the British are also holly and mistletoe. If two people stand under a mistletoe, they are allowed to kiss – that’s what tradition says. Among other things, this should ensure that love lasts a long time.

Santa Claus delivers the Christmas presents on the night of the 24th to the 25th. He flies around with his sleigh pulled by reindeer. Traditionally, he climbs into the houses through the chimneys and places the presents under the Christmas tree.

The “Christmas Day” belongs to the family. For dinner in the evening, a turkey and many side dishes are traditionally served and of course, the Christmas pudding – a particularly rich variation of the plum pudding – should not be missing for dessert. In addition, the fruit cake is one of the traditional Christmas dishes in England.

In der past, the family used to gather in the afternoon in front of the television to listen to the Queen’s Christmas address. For many Brits today, however, extensive Christmas shopping is on the to-do list on Christmas Day. As a result, the shops in London and most other major cities are open late on this day. Most cities in England are colorful and opulently decorated with countless lights. But Christmas markets, such as those that have a long tradition in Germany, are not known to the British. Large department stores await visitors with special Christmas exhibitions and in many cities, the people can enjoy ice-skating in arenas with lots of Christmas decorations and Christmas sounds. December 26th is a very special day in England for the newsboys, postmen and milkmen. On this day, they will receive small gifts or a tip for the work they have done over the year. On this day, the Queen also thanks her employees with small gifts.

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