It gives me a lot of pleasure to share a little about our Christmas in England with others around the world joining in with Christmas Around the World organised by Living Life Intentionally and by clicking on the image above you can find out more about the series and all of the other countries that are included in the series and the other blogs participating as well as download a free Ebook to fill in as you follow the series about Christmas Around the World.

Christmas in England

All about England

England is one of 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom – the other three Scotland, Wales and Northern Island. Part of a small island we are just over 20 miles from the rest of Europe across the English Channel. Part of the European Union since 1993 we don’t as yet have the Euro but follow some of their laws instead we have our own currency the Great British Pound or Sterling.

England is made up of counties with 48 recognised geographical counties with fun difference in language between then and pronunciation of certain words and phrases unique to each.

Christmas in England

Christmas is a big deal in England – with the traditional religion being Christianity it’s our big festival of Winter and unlike the US/Canada we don’t have Thanksgiving.

Schools in England tend to break up the week before Christmas, this week in our County they break up on 21st December and don’t return to school till the 3rd or 4th January (occasionally depending on what day Christmas falls on this maybe over 2 weeks long for our Christmas break) and from that point on for children Christmas has started.

On Christmas Day the majority of people have the day off work to spend with the family as well as the following day which is called Boxing Day. If these fall on the weekend then the next two working days are set aside as a Bank Holiday (days off work) to spend with family and friends.

Out Now! – Countdown to Christmas Ebook

When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?

But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!

I’ve been there!

So that is why we’ve put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.

Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.

Find out more as we share with you our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.

Christmas Food

Christmas Food has changed very little since Charles Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol – on Christmas Day at around lunch time (1 – 3ish) families will sit down together for Christmas Dinner this is traditional a Duck or Goose but more recently has been replaced by a Turkey.

Accompanying the bird is Stuffing, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets (mini sausages wrapped in streaky bacon), vegetables including Brussel Sprouts and served with Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Bread Sauce and anything else you want (I ALWAYS have Yorkshire puddings with mine although they are traditionally served with Roast Beef).  After the main meal comes pudding – which could be traditional Christmas Pudding – a steamed fruit pudding which is traditional set alight with Brandy and served with custard, double cream, brandy butter, brandy cream (or other liquor creams or butters) and served hot, Mince Pies – these are sweet fruit mince meat rather than meat or Christmas Cake.

Chocolate Yule Log

We’re fairly traditional so will have some Sandwiches (usually with left over cold turkey, trifle, Christmas Cake, Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding or Chocolate Yule Log for super on Christmas Day.

Christmas Crackers

Christmas Cracker

One of my favourite traditions is with Christmas Dinner we have Crackers – these are filled with a toy, paper hat, joke and a Snap – at the beginning of Christmas Dinner we pull our crackers together and then for the rest of the meal (and often afternoon) we will all wear our hats. The jokes included are fun and silly like these Christmas Jokes from Nurturestore.

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas Day is called Boxing Day – traditionally this is the day when Employers handed over a Christmas Box to their employees with a gift or the Christmas Money in. For us it’s a day spent playing board games, going for a walk and enjoying time together – however more and more it’s turning into a day of shopping with many big chains opening for their January Sales.

Queens Speech

At 3pm on Christmas Day the Monarch – at the moment Queen Elizabeth II speaks to the nation in the “Queens Speech” – now on television but also broadcast on Radio we as a family and much of England do sit and watch as a family, she addresses the Nation and speaks about the year that has gone and her thoughts and prayers for the year ahead.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Oh I love this post! I am doing the Christmas Around The World from Living Life Intentionally and new England had to be our first stop since my oldest (5) is a dual British/American citizen since he was born in England. We were stationed there for 4 years and lived in a little village outside Cambridge. I worked at Tesco and got to experience so many lovely traditions through the friends I made there. My favorite are Christmas crackers and we try to find some every year so that we can keep that tradition going with our boys even though we are now in Oklahoma. I also loved the Caroling on the Green that happened in our village every year. The entire green was lit up with beautiful Christmas lights and on Christmas Eve the entire village would come out and sing Christmas carols. Love England, especially at Christmastime.

  2. I loved your post, Cerys! I have so many great memories from living in England for a year and a half while I got my master’s degree. I really loved the variations in language among counties and had a great time learning to identify different accents and phrases. Thanks so much for linking to my Christmas in Scotland post. I pinned your post to my Christmas Around the World Board at

  3. Very interesting! I love the crackers tradition. In the United States pigs in a planet are sausage in pancakes, so interesting. I had no idea everyone listened to or that the queen even gave a speach on Christmas. I learned something new =-)

    Your chocolate log looks so delicious!!

    Thanks for joining us in Christmas Around the World!!


  4. Very nice! I never really understood Boxing Day as attached to Christmas. I hope people don’t have to go back to work that day to get an envelope! Or at least, nothing more than that. I’m glad it is still traditional! Listening to the Queen year sounds like an important thing for families to do. Can we hear it by Internet in the USA? I’m going to find out! Thank you so much. Pinned!

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