What makes a traditional British Christmas?
Everyone has their own traditions but here are some of our favourites! Let us know what yours are on our Facebook page!
A Christmas Tree
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree now would it? With tinsel, lights and baubles galore in 2016 we often think of putting up the Christmas tree as a signal that the festive season has really started. Did you know that the Christmas tree originally became popular in Britain as Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria, introduced it from Germany in the Victorian Era?
A Festive Feast
Turkey was introduced to Britain from America and according to the fact site, Henry VIII was the first to eat turkey for Christmas dinner here but it wasn’t popularised until the 1950s. Previously you could have enjoyed goose, pheasant, or even a boar’s head!
The Original Christmas Crackers
Tom Smith created the first Christmas crackers in the 19th century and since then they have been a firm Christmas favourite. With a paper crowd, a classic joke, a fun prize and a ‘crack’ when you pull them, it’s an essential before you tuck in (wearing your crowns of course!) Many Britain’s don’t realise that our American friends rarely see Christmas crackers – unless they’re watching BBC America!
Heading to church at Christmas time whether it’s for a nativity, mass, carol service or with a Christingle reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas!
The Queen’s Speech
Harry Potter, Doctor Who and The Snowman are definitely firm favourites on Christmas day, but yea after year the Queen’s Speech attracts a large audience all around the country and across the commonwealth. According to the Telegraph, the ‘Queen’s Speech is actually called ‘Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech.’ The first ever Christmas address was from King George V.
From everyone at Tom Smith, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!