Tuesday, 25 December 2012

My first Christmas in England

2003 was the year when I spent my first Christmas in England.

Unlike us, the English don't make a big deal of Christmas Eve. For them, it's all about today - Christmas Day - when they have their Christmas dinner (between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm).

On Christmas Day the nation watches the Queen's Christmas message. In Spain, the Christmas message was delivered last night - Christmas Eve - by King Juan Carlos.

Just as we have "turrones" (nougat), you will find mince pies and Christmas pudding on the table if you are in England.

Homes are decorated with Christmas trees, but nativity scenes are more common in Spain. Christmas cards are very popular in England but they haven't really caught on here yet.

Today, children will be enjoying all the presents Santa brought them. Most Spanish children, however, must be patient and wait for the Three Kings until the 6th of January!

One song I remember hearing on the radio during the day (among others) was "Last Christmas" by Wham!. It's one of my favourites. Here's the video and Merry Christmas to everyone!

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