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Christmas day

Christmas, the major religous festival for Christians, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a family festival in Britain, too. All families exchange Christmas presents and cards. In every house there is a Christmas tree, decorated with candles, tinsel and glass baubl es. On this da, British people attend a church service, "midnight mass"open their presents, eat Christmas dinner and go to pantomimes or carol services.T he famous British Christmas dinner includes roast turkey, Christmas pudding, mince pies and wine. Children, going to bed on Christmas Eve, traditonally hang up an old sock at the foot of their bed. Santa Claus, the legendary patron saint of Children, will fill them with presents during the night. He is presented as a cheery old man with a white beard, dressed in a scarlet robe and hood. According to tradition, he arrives from the North pole in a sledge drawn by six reindeers and visits each child`s house by coming down the chimey on Christmas Eve in order to leave his presents. The truth is that his role is actally played by the children`s parents! If the children knew that, Christmas would lose all its magic atmosphere for them.

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