These are some of the ways in which people in the UK will be celebrating the Christmas holiday:
On Christmas Eve, children hang their Christmas stockings up for father Christmas.
Father Christmas is the UK version of Santa Claus. Children in the UK believe that Father Christmas makes toys for children at his workshop in the North Pole. They also believe that he climbs down the chimney on Christmas Eve and leaves presents for them in Christmas stockings and under the Christmas tree.
Some children in the UK put out a plate of carrots (for the reindeer) and mince pies and sherry for Father Christmas, to help him on his way. Another popular Christmas tradition in the UK is carol singing, and it is also traditional to send Christmas cards to friends and relatives.
Most people in the UK don't work on Christmas Day, and have the day off to be with their family and friends. A typical Christmas dinner in the UK would be turkey with cranberry sauce, parsnips, roast potatoes and other vegetables followed by a Christmas pudding and brandy butter. Christmas crackers are often pulled during the meal containing toys, jokes and paper party hats. In the afternoon, the Queen of England gives a speech, which is shown on TV.
The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in the UK. Boxing Day is a bank holiday and most people in the UK will have the day off from work on Boxing Day, also.
The Christmas Season
The Christmas season lasts until the 6th of January and it is considered bad luck to leave your Christmas decorations up after this date.
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