Brits who follow tradition for celebrating Christmas in England will put up their trees precisely 12 days before Christmas, and take them down precisely 12 days after Christmas.
Each and every member of the family, by tradition, stirs the pudding with a wooden spoon from east to west. This is intended to represent the honorable Three Kings. Then, the family drops a silver coin into the pudding mixture before it is cooked. The lucky person who gets the coin when the pudding is doled out, is supposed to be in line for wealth, health and happiness. if they keep the coin, that's a start toward the wealth....unless they happen to be the same family member who produced the coin in the first place, of course.
A unique aspect of celebrating Christmas in England is the Christmas cracker. These small wrapped toys are placed on the Christmas table before lunch. When pulled apart, they make a loud "pop" sound-hence the name Christmas cracker. Inside, there is usually a paper crown and some type of toy or gadget. Everyone puts on their paper crown to enjoy the Christmas lunch.
An idea for celebrating Christmas in England, is to book reservations at a pub or restaurant. Many English pubs and restaurants provide a special meal at Christmas or Christmas Eve. However, book well in advance, because it's a popular option.
Many British families take a vacation during the Christmas holidays in England. Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts tend to get booked up quickly, so plan ahead.
Celebrating Christmas in England means many days of celebrations. Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is also one of the holidays that are celebrated. Families might enjoy a meal together or enjoy a walk by the seaside.
Celebrating Christmas in England is a fun way to learn about different traditions. Just keep in mind that most businesses are closed for the holiday so buy any supplies you need well in advance for your English Christmas.