British Christmas Traditions
Many countries have their own Christmas traditions but perhaps in Britain Christmas is bigger than in other countries. That's partly because in Britain we don't have many other times of the year to celebrate, which makes Christmas a lot more significant. In the USA, they have Thanksgiving and Independence Day. In Ireland, there's St. Patrick's Day. In the Netherland's there's King's Day and in France, there's Bastille Day. Although, some may claim Bonfire Night is an important day in Britain it's not a national holiday and doesn't have the significance of some of the national celebrations I mentioned previously.
As for Christmas, a lot of the famous Christmas traditions you know about were popularised by the British author Charles Dickens in his book 'a Christmas Carol', which was published in 1843.
Below I will explain some of those British Christmas traditions.
The Queen's Christmas Message
On the 25th of December every year, at about lunchtime, the Queen delivers a Christmas message to the nation and the Commonwealth of nations (Including Australia, New Zealand and Canada). It's a pre-recorded speech shown on TV. In the speech, the Queen does a summary of the year's events and wishes the nation and the Commonwealth a Happy Christmas.
Before people start their Christmas lunch they pull a cracker with the person sat next to them. When the cracker is pulled it makes a bang sound and inside the cracker is a small gift, a paper crown and a joke (which are often funny because they are so bad!).