Christmas is a Christian festival, but many people who are not religious still celebrate and enjoy this time to see family and give gifts. But what are the best things about celebrating Christmas in the UK? 1. The lights
At Christmas time, UK towns are decorated with lights and a large Christmas tree is placed in the town centre. Shops decorate their windows and lantern parades are held the streets. People also decorate their homes, both inside and outside, with lights, Christmas trees, shiny decorations and fake snow. The UK gets dark by the afternoon in winter, and people look forward to the lights coming on.
2. The presents People send each other cards and gifts. These can range from little gifts, known as 'stocking fillers', to big and expensive presents. Children in the UK normally get a lot of presents; one big gift from their parents and lots of smaller ones from all of the family members and friends.
3. Family time
Christmas is a time when family comes together. One household will often host the Christmas dinner and invite the extended family to share this with them, so all the aunties, uncles and grandparents are together. It is also a time to travel and see loved ones that you do not often get to see because they live too far away.
4. Food and drink
Chrismas means sweets, treats and eating too much! The traditional Christmas dinner consists of roast turkey, potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, stuffing and pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon). This is followed by Christmas pudding or mince pies!
5. Time off Many people take Christmas off of work and children don't have to go to school, and so it is a great time to recharge and focus on family, hobbies and relaxation.
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