How is Christmas celebrated in the UK and the USA? As Christmas Time is so special two of the students from 1g wrote few words about it.
Christmas in the UK
In the UK people don’t celebrate Christmas Eve but the most important day is the 25th of December. Most people go to church and have dinner. Typical dishes are: stuffed turkey with baked potatoes and vegetables like carrots and peas. Christmas pudding is always for a dessert.
After the meal members of family break turkey’s bone and someone who gets the biggest part can make a wish. There are Christmas crackers on the table. The English also decorate Christmas tree and their houses. They sing carols and give presents. Fireplaces are decorated with Christmas Stockings which are full of presents.
After dinner at 3 o’clock the Queen makes a public speech. Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Message 2013 can be watched on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E4v4Dw5Ags
Another tradition is to kiss a person who is standing under the Mistletoe.
The 26th of December is also a day off and it’s called Boxing Day. In all shops starts a Christmas sale.
Written by Ewa Całus from 1g, edited by Mrs M.Kossak
Christmas in the United States of America
Americans have a lot of ways to celebrate Christmas because of cultural diversity in USA. Many customs are similar to ones in the UK, Italy, France, Poland, Holland and Mexico.
Like almost everywhere there they decorate the Christmas trees. What is weird for Poles some of Americans use pop-corn for xmas decoration. They put popcorn on a thread to make a beautiful popcorn garland.
In some states are shops called ‘Christmas Shops’. There people can buy Christmas items through the whole year.
Moreover, Americans love decorate their houses (alike inside like outside) with Christmas lights, bows, statues of Reindeers, Santa Claus or Snowmen. A lot of buildings shine when it is dark.
Also, towns are decorated for Christmas time. Everywhere there are shining Christmas trees, lights, garlands and Santa Clauses.
The most popular, huge Christmas tree is placed at the Rockerfeller Center in New York. There is ice skating rink in front of it where people can spend free time in the Christmas atmosphere.
At Christmas Day at 25th December families eat a special meal, often it consists of turkey and a lot of other festive foods. They also exchange gifts with families and friends.
Many Sunday schools, churches and communities organize for Christmas Days special events like concerts or Christmas plays.
Let’s watch President Obama and First Lady – Christmas, 25th December 2013, encouraging Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas by volunteering at a soup kitchen, buying gifts for kids in need, or organizing food and clothing drives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEauCXH7yF4
Written by Kinga Mazoń 1g, edited by Mrs M.Kossak
There are a lot of Christmas carols and songs but this one is really special, so let’s watch and sing with Shakin’ Steven : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeyHl1tQeaQ