For most British families, this is the most important festival
of the year. This is the day when many people are travelling
home to be with their families on Christmas Day. If you try
to catch a train on 24th December you may have difficulty
in finding a seat. There are a lot of traditions connected
with Christmas but the most important one is the giving of
presents. Family members wrap up their gifts and leave
them at the bottom of the Christmas tree to be "bound on
Christmas morning. At some time on Christmas Day the
family will sit down to a big turkey dinner followed by
In the afternoon they may watch the Queen on the television
as she delivers her traditional Christmas message to the United
Kingdom and Commonwealth. Then they enjoy a piece of
Christmas cake or eat a hot mince pie. On the Sunday before
Christmas many churches hold a service where special hymns
are sung. Sometimes singers can be heard on the streets as
they collect money for charity. Most families decorate their
houses with brightly-coloured paper or holly, and they
usually have a Christmas tree in the corner of the room,
glittering with coloured lights and decoration. 26th December
is also a public holiday, called Boxing Day. This is the time to
visit friends and relatives or be a spectator at one of the many
Everyone in Great Britain is waiting and enjoying this
holiday very much!
1. What is the most important festival in Great Britain?
2. Is it difficult to catch a train on 24th December?
3. Are there many traditions connected with Christmas in
4. What do the family do during this holiday?
5. Do you like the way Christmas is celebrated in Great