How is Christmas celebrated in England?

by Owen

Christmas has been celebrated in England for over a thousand years and - during this time - the festivities have changed a lot.

These days, Christmas is very commercialised, but it's still a time for families to get together and have a good time.

In schools and churches, children will perform nativity plays, re-enacting the birth of Jesus.

Towns and villages will display beautifully decorated and lit Christmas trees and Christmas lights to brighten the dark nights.

You can hear carol singers in streets and shopping centres and - of course - the radio.

On Christmas Eve, radio and TV broadcast a traditional carol concert and many people will attend Midnight Mass.

Christmas Day is the big day. Families get together for a traditional Christmas dinner, either roast turkey or maybe beef or salmon. It's usually served with roast potatoes, parsnips, sprouts, chestnuts and little chipolata sausages. And it's followed by a traditional Christmas pudding and maybe mince pies.

Most families watch the Queen's Christmas speech on television after the meal before playing games or going for a walk.

On Boxing Day, many people visit family that they haven't seen on Christmas Day - like grandparents or cousins. More presents are exchanged and more food is consumed... this time cold meats and pickles such as baked ham.

You can find out more about Christmas in England on this page.

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