A very British Christmas

21-Jan-2011

A very British Christmas

Like most Christmases around the world Christmas day in Britain revolves around food. Custom dictates that the Christmas dinner, which is in fact a mid-day lunch, should be a roast extravaganza of more food that you can ever eat with turkey enough to last you through to the new year.

Christmas dinner is usually over by the time that the Queen delivers her annual Christmas message at 3 p.m. In recent years the Queen has had competition for the nation’s attention from characters as diverse as Sharon Ozbourne and Marge Simpson who give viewers the ‘alternative’ Christmas message. The messages, whether from the Queen or a cartoon character, typically give an account of the public and personal highlights of the year.

The 26th is a second day of festivities called Boxing Day. The exact origin of the name is unknown but it is thought that the name derives from the day that servants were rewarded with a box containing gifts and bonuses from the wealthy landowners for ensuring that their own Christmases ran smoothly.

In today’s Britain the 26th is now the day in which the public reward themselves for surviving yet another Christmas with the family by taking a trip to the biggest sale of the year. Customers queue for hours for the treat of battling the in-store crowds and risk stampedes and injuries to secure the best bargains of the year.

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