The nights are longer, the days are shorter, and the weather is turning cold. This can only mean one thing! Christmas is around the corner. Christmas events begin at the beginning of December and continue up until mid-January. It is the most wonderful time of the year and time to be with friends and family. However what traditions do we have here in England?
For the weeks prior to Christmas, we decorate our houses with a beautiful Christmas tree decorated with baubles and tinsel. The Christmas tree custom began when Queen Victoria’s other half, Albert, brought a German custom to England. When individuals saw a painting of the tree behind Albert and Victoria, in 1846, everyone desired one. The tree was originally lit however this triggered numerous fires in people’s homes, so they got changed by electrical lights.
We also consume mince pies. Originally filled with genuine meat, such as lamb, they used to be an indication of wealth to show that individuals had cash. It ended up being a Christmas custom in the center ages. It was said if you eat a mince pie every day from Christmas day until the twelfth night (5th of January) then it would bring happiness for the next year. Now the mince pie is a buttery pastry filled with dried fruits and spices. It is a desert took pleasure in hot or cold with cream and can be enjoyed at any time over the Christmas period.
All of it starts on Christmas Eve, the 24th of December, when little young boys and girls (and adults too) get delighted for the arrival of Dad Christmas (Santa Claus) at 12am, however just if they have actually been excellent. The Kid go to bed with stockings hanging over the fire location, and sacks by the tree to be filled with lots of toys and goodies. They wait patiently and try to see Dad Christmas and his 8 reindeer, pulling his sleigh.
On Christmas morning, the next day, the events begin, and the overjoyed kids and adults rip open the wrapping of their presents to see what Dad Christmas has actually brought them. After opening the presents comes the huge Christmas lunch, generally consumed around 2pm. The lunch resembles a typical Sunday roast however much, much bigger. We consume roast turkey with cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables (consisting of delicious Brussel sprouts) and gravy, to call but a few things.
We pull Christmas crackers, filled with a toy, a crown and a terrible joke. This custom started in the 1850’s when confectioner, Tom Smith started to add a motto to his bon-bons, which were soon changed with toys.
We then consume Christmas pudding covered in cream or brandy butter. After the lunch, the Queen makes her yearly Christmas speech to talk about all the important things that took place throughout the year. After this we all enjoy a Christmas film and fall asleep on the couch.
Boxing day is commemorated on the 26th of December and resembles Christmas day just sadly less presents. We receive just one present. Many people believe this is due to the fact that the children receive numerous toys they do not know which one to have fun with. We once again have turkey (which will be the primary food for the next couple of days).
So, Merry Christmas and we hope you have as much enjoyable as we do (but don’t eat excessive turkey)!
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From the beautiful team at TEG English Southampton!