Christmas in England: traditions and secrets
Christmas in England loomed in October, when most of them sat at home at the table and, sticking out the tip of his tongue, with the most serious look wrote Christmas Lists Father Christmas. The owners of the stores in the UK, don’t be stupid, hurry up to sell the different themed stuff just about now… But I settled the age-old Tradition. In the United Kingdom traditions, rites, superstitions, hang-UPS, issues and other things associated with winter festivities, probably more than in the rest of Europe. And there are old traditions, and there are relatively young, but already had time to firmly cement in the depths of the British mentality.
For example, since the end of the XIX century in England from Germany came the advent Calendars. Initially, they had a purely religious “adult” goal, but soon they began to use children. And now every year, starting from the first of December, all the young Britain is “counting down to the Coming”, and calendars can themselves crazy: flashing, chocolate, waffle, in the form of Martian heads… In fairness, we note that most of the buildings here begin to decorate only two weeks before Christmas. The trees, many of which still have leaves, they wrap the tinsel (shiny), wires with lamps (flicker), ribbons tartan (curly and round) and many others. other manifestations of the British sense of beauty. The lawns in front of the houses are usually completely hidden by statues of Father Christmas, wreaths of Holly and ivy, and in the Windows – so that no one else seemed – include welcome Scandinavian lights! All this, in fact, is called Tradition.
The kids are actually having a good time. On Christmas Eve in the evening they go to bed after they read prayers and Christmas stories. Before that, they always leave a cake with minced meat and milk for Father Christmas’a (and carrots for a certain Rudolph) – otherwise gifts are not seen! In the morning, at the crack of dawn, children with greedy eyes burst into the bedrooms of sleepy ancestors and drive them quickly down to the living room, where under the tree, in stockings or in special socks, lies “what they have been waiting for”.
In the area of lunch (one o’clock) in the house attracts relatives and friends, all kiss, cuddle, give Presents, enthusiastically discussing some nonsense and finally sit down for Christmas dinner. In fact, some holidays the British, with their dull fresh cuisine, still manages somehow not to spoil from a gastronomic point of view – Christmas is one of them. Overclocking is served “cocktail” shrimp snacks, then the main thing – Turkey in currant sauce, and for dessert – Christmas Pudding or Christmas Cake… But usually it is much worse!
In three hours a day on TV zababakhina old Queen Elizabeth with a festive speech to the British m-M… people, then still for some time staring at the box, which made “all the best and funny”, and then, if the family is absolutely correct, play charades, or requiring ingenuity Board game.
A true Christmas House and a Cradle of most traditions, of course, London. These days, the atmosphere in the metropolis is simply electric. The streets sparkle under the influence of magic of thousands of magic bulbs and other design ideas. Fresh air tingles the cheeks and nose, and frost transforms the city into a Christmas Wonderland, described by Dickens – the British, by the way, love to make this comparison…
But with all that, London allows you to experience all the shades of the “festive atmosphere”. Windows dumped the most elegant stuff, in the corners, passages and churches sing choirs of all kinds, all cafes, restaurants and drinking establishments offer special menus and some special entertainment, and the streets, theatres (open and closed) and the area flooded with inventors, pop groups and even clowns.
But, for both our and London man, X-mas is first and foremost, of course, Phaser Shopping.
Despite the General poorly disguised high cost, Christmas sales in London are usually not bored. Officially, sales are announced in the twenties of December, but it is important to know that a really serious decline in prices happens after Christmas, when in the mad purchase of gifts from people is no longer necessary. The largest discounts are provided by Department stores (this year mainly on December 27). The most shopping slaughterhouse can be seen in the West End and in the Oxford Street area. The most gorgeous place – dear Russian heart (and in General the center of Russian culture in London!) Selfridges. Each time it is somehow thematically decorated according to some one plan and it is always done, of course, with great taste.
In another no less pleasant place, Liberty’s (here are found true English fabrics for the production of women’s clothing) prices during sales are reduced to 50%. In addition, the shop is located in a building of the XVI century and its Windows are known among the other Windows of the most beautiful in London. Shop by the name of Simpson’s is interesting that on all its five floors sell almost exclusively goods for gentlemen. It is doubtful that anyone other than the English could have decided on such a rigid specialization.
The flagship of London, and indeed the British supermarkets, is considered Harrod’s – they say there are people who just looking at his Windows spent a few days… That’s where really sells anything you want! And all – a schizophrenic at exorbitant prices. But what is truly pleasing is that “staff working up until will not be satisfied with the most recent whim last customer”…
Discounts in this store, too, “the most-most” and in a mad waste reach as much as 75%! However, from the standpoint of common sense, these discounts roughly the same as if we turned 75 cm from the height of a skyscraper… In London decided to start sales with Saturday, but Harrod’s announce them in half a week later, on Wednesday, confidence in their own superiority. And makes, as they say, on the first day of sale turnover equal to a month. And don’t lie, I guess. Here it is – the power of habits and traditions.
For Christmas sale (with the most significant discounts for the year) all stores are prepared in advance, from about mid-October. Showcases are inhabited by angels, snowmen, deer broods and cohorts of Santa Claus. By the way, keep in mind that you can give for Christmas in England everything in the world, from Adam to Potsdam, depending on your tastes and capabilities. The most recent trend is to reduce time and stress while shopping and izluchistaya and buy something is, SUCH THINGS that it junk not dare to call anybody! For example, a ticket for a helicopter ride (the whole fashion now). In this regard, the Internet, which distributes such things, comes on the tail of traditional shopping centers. For people with issues with less opportunity poizvraschatsya materialized in more modest disease – in the choice of the 100,000 varieties of festive wrapping paper… And the presents you bought? What was wrapped?! And here we are – look – what a nice piece of paper… etc., etc…