Father Christmas is our synonym for Santa Claus, how is married to Mrs Santa;) In the past, there was also Uncle Olly who helped Santa Claus. Other popular Christmas figures are Scrooge, Rudolph and eves.
It’s a chilly and wet time of the year – while snow being really rare. So many British people enjoy watching The Snowman movie. You see numerous colourful and flashing Christmas lights outside as well as inside. Besides the decorated Christmas tree, which were first popularised the UK by the German Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, door wreaths and Mistletoe are popular. Big cities have massive public illuminations and Christmas carols/songs are played in most stores and homes.
While Christmas Eve is not too important we like going to the local pub to spend time with friends and family there. Christmas Day is obviously very important and after breakfast a lot of people will also go to the pub for a few hours before all going home for Christmas lunch or dinner. The presents will be opened in the big family circle after the lunch/dinner. If you are old and lonely, you can go to the church and charities to have a nice Christmas meal and spend it with other people.
A popular custom for us are Christmas crackers. And then Boxing Day is also important, as it’s another day to see family. Additionally the sales have gotten more popular over the years.
A typical Christmas lunch or dinner includes the following: turkey, ham, roast veggies, Brussel sprouts and sometimes Yorkshire puddings. Christmas pudding and Christmas cake for dessert, either with dream or custard. We also have mulled wine and mulled cider. Mince pies feature heavily at Christmas time, but can be eaten at any time.