When I think of Christmas in England I think of snow falling on frosty grass, red ribbons on Christmas trees, sprigs of holly, Christmas pudding and Christmas carols.
Now, lets imagine you won a plane ticket to go to London for Christmas and you stayed with an English family (it would be great, wouldn´t it?!), you would have a brilliant time and an interesting insight into Christmas traditions.
The first thing you would notice would be that houses are decorated with lots of colorful lights and see inflated Father Christmases nearly everywhere!!!
You would also see that night-time on Christmas Eve is a very exciting time for young children. Traditionally they leave mince pies (traditional English cakes) and sherry (a sweet liquor) or milk for Santa by the fireplace, and nowadays they even leave carrots for his reindeer!
You and your family would either go to the midnight church service and enjoy the carol singing, or go to the service on Christmas day.
On Christmas day you would be served roast turkey, roast potatoes and Brussel sprouts covered with gravy for dinner; as a dessert, Christmas pudding, which is a very rich fruity pudding with brandy sauce, and mince pies which are pastry cases filled with a mixture of chopped dried fruit such as raisins.
I´m sure the thing you would like most while having dinner would be opening Christmas crackers.
Don´t think they´re edible!!! Christmas crackers are cardboard tubes wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper. The cracker is pulled by two people and when it splits it makes a small bang. Inside a cracker you can find a paper crown, a small toy, a joke or a riddle.
After dinner you would probably listen to the Queen’s message which is broadcasted on television and on radio stations.
Now, imagine you have just opened a Christmas cracker and you have found this riddle. Try guessing the answer.
“What do lions sing at Christmas?”
Good luck and merry Christmas!
p.s. the answer is: Jungle bells!