Wednesday, December 15, 2010


As all British children know, if they have been good then Father Christmas will come to their house during the night of Christmas Eve and will bring presents for them. Children sometimes write a letter to Father Christmas (sometimes called Santa Claus, or just Santa), helped by their parents, asking for the things they would like to get. He flies through the sky on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, the most famous of which is called Rudolph (who has a red nose). Traditionally, Santa entered houses by coming down the chimney. Children hang a long stocking outside their bedrooms, and when they wake up they usually find that Santa has filled it with small presents.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


It is common to pull a Christmas cracker before starting a Christmas meal. You ask a person next to you to pull one end, while you pull the other. The person who ends up holding the middle part wins the toy or other small gift which is inside. There is a paper hat to wear during the meal.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


In the UK, many people like to put up a Christmas tree in their homes (including many non-Christians). These may be either real trees (sold in garden centres) or artificial ones (sold in department stores). Electric lights are often used, and other decorations are hung on the branches. It is traditional to put a star or an angel at the top of the tree (these represent the story of the birth of Christ).