Christmas may not be until late December, but preparations start much earlier! From September onwards, shops stock festive items, such as gifts, sweets and cards. Many people buy a LOT of presents at Christmas time and they like several months to prepare. Others like to leave it until the last minute but run the risk of items running out! Stires stay open late so that people can go shopping after work.
From the beginning of December, Christmas music becomes more and more popular, playing on the radio, in shops and in pubs. This includes pop music, traditional songs and Christmas carols. Some people say it is unlucky to listen to Christmas music before December.
There are also lots of special events. There are carol concerts where singers perform Christmas music, nativity plays for children to perform for their parents, and Christmas lights and lantern parades, where people display pretty lanterns and Christmas lights are turned on in the streets.
In the U.K., there are some unusual traditions surrounding the T.V. too. All of the big stores have a competition to have the best Christmas advert, and characters from the adverts often become must have toys. There is also a game that friends play to see who sees the Coca Cola Christmas advert first and who can go the longest without seeing it!
Christmas also means a lot of people travel to see family and a lot of people take the opportunity to catch up with friends and loved ones that they haven’t seen all year. It’s a great time to come together! It is also a great chance to show off your Christmas jumper, the brighter and more glittery the better!
Whether you are celebrating Christmas or not, it is also the end of the year and a great time to make sure those you care about are okay and it is a great time for fresh starts and new resolutions!
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