Chevron pointing rightFacebookLinkedInTwitterEmailFacebooklinkedInBlogYouTubeInstagramArrow downExternal link (before text)Toggle menu and search iconLoginTriangle pointing upSearch (magnifying glass)Cross (close)InfoPassenger ferriesBoatTruckAbout usDownloadCustomer center iconFerry crossingBusiness cruiseCruises and packagesGroupsAutomotiveHazardous cargoIndustrial cargoISO containerMobile machineReefer containerReefer trailerSelf-driveTrailerBulk liquidPdfSwitch-arrowsCheckmarkThree dotsCross with circleFlag nl-BEFlag fr-BEFlag sv-SEFlag da-DKFlag nlFlag etFlag fiFlag deFlag itFlag lvFlag ltFlag nnFlag ruFlag esFlag plFlag frFlag en (UK)Flag en (US)Flag en (Global)Flag pt (BR)Flag en (CA)Flag zh (CN)Flag cs (CZ)Flag ee (EE)Flag ja (JP)Flag ko (KR)Flag ro (RO)Flag sk (SK)Flag bgAlertOutbound and Returntickmarknumber of sailingsdruration of sailingdrive onsea view cabinbooking deadlinedrive on cycle onconcert ticketmatch ticketbus transfercurrency DKKcurrency €currency poundcurrency %romantic mealnights on boardmealromantic nights on boardnights in cityromantic cityfamily city
GDPR-DISCLAIMERGDPR-READMORE
GENERAL-REJECT
Destinations
A traditionally English Christmas

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN ENGLAND

Although Christmas is an international celebration, each country celebrates it differently. In England, figgy pudding, sweet mince pies and Boxing Day are just a few of the traditions that make up the festive season.

England's Christmas traditions

From the beginning of December, English families begin to decorate their homes, usually in green and red. Once the Christmas tree is dressed, Christmas cards are hung in the house until 6 January, the day of the Kings.

Children sing Christmas carols for their neighbours while the rest of the family prepare sweet mince pies for Santa Claus. On 25 December everyone gets up early to open the Christmas gifts brought during the night by Santa and many people go to a Christmas Mass.

Culinary Christmas traditions

Traditionally, the Christmas meal begins with an appetizer, usually a fish dish. The main meal consists of roast turkey with stuffing, vegetables and a meat gravy sauce.

Dessert is always Christmas (figgy) pudding, made up of suet, dried fruit and alcohol and served with custard. What’s more, there is a tradition to hide objects inside the pudding such as a coin (symbol of prosperity), 2 rings (symbol of love), a button (for old men), a thimble (for old women) or a little pig (for the greedy).

Boxing day

In England, 26 December is a public holiday called Boxing Day. Originally, this day was meant to show charity and generosity. Families would put objects and toys that they no longer needed in boxes (hence the term ‘box’) that were then delivered to charities. Many families continue to donate.

Boxing Day is also when a number of major sporting events take place.

FERRY-CROSSING-PRICE-DISCLAIMER