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How we spend Christmas Day in the UK

Learn about a typical Christmas Day in the UK. 

We were talking in class about Christmas in the UK and one of the students asked the question: “What happens on Christmas Day?” Of course, it depends on many things and is different for every family but there are some things that many families do together on Christmas Day.

Read the article about a typical Christmas day and put the 10 missing words into the correct place in the text.

 tinsel    Father Christmas    charades    pudding    gifts    turkey    mince    stocking    decorate    celebrates

Christmas Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom on December 25th. It traditionally ________ Jesus Christ's birth, and Christmas is also a time for many people to give and receive ________ and to prepare special festive meals. Before the 25th people ________ both their homes and gardens and these decorations may include, a Christmas tree, small coloured lights, ________, and leaves and berries from holly trees. Many people spend Christmas Day with family members and close friends, who often arrive on Christmas Eve and stay overnight. Children wake up on Christmas morning to find a ________ at the end of their bed filled with small gifts from ________. After breakfast, the families and friends sit around the Christmas tree and the children give out the presents that are under it. Later in the morning, some people attend special services at church. Around 2pm, it is time for the very special meal of Christmas lunch. This is often a roast lunch and includes roast meat like ________, beef or goose, potatoes and parsnips, and other seasonal vegetables. After the main course, it is traditional to have Christmas ________. This is a heavy, steamed type of cake that is filled with dried fruit and nuts and burning brandy is often poured over it as it is served. ________ pies are also popular on Christmas Day. They are sweet pastry cases filled with a mixture of dried fruit, fat and alcohol. After the long, afternoon lunch families play games, like ________, together, enjoy their new gifts and maybe have a well-earned nap.

English blog. How we spend Christmas Day in the UK.

Answers

Christmas Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom on December 25th. It traditionally celebrates Jesus Christ's birth, and Christmas is also a time for many people to give and receive gifts and to prepare special festive meals. Before the 25th people decorate both their homes and gardens and these decorations may include, a Christmas tree, small coloured lights, tinsel, and leaves and berries from holly trees. Many people spend Christmas Day with family members and close friends, who often arrive on Christmas Eve and stay overnight. Children wake up on Christmas morning to find a stocking at the end of their bed filled with small gifts from Father Christmas. After breakfast, the families and friends sit around the Christmas tree and the children give out the presents that are under it. Later in the morning, some people attend special services at church. Around 2pm, it is time for the very special meal of Christmas lunch. This is often a roast lunch and includes roast meat like turkey, beef or goose, potatoes and parsnips, and other seasonal vegetables. After the main course, it is traditional to have Christmas pudding. This is a heavy, steamed type of cake that is filled with dried fruit and nuts and burning brandy is often poured over it as it is served. Mince pies are also popular on Christmas Day. They are sweet pastry cases filled with a mixture of dried fruit, fat and alcohol. After the long, afternoon lunch families play games, like charades, together, enjoy their new gifts and maybe have a well-earned nap.

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