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Christmas in London and Fun Christmas Facts

Experience the joy of Christmas in London

Can you believe that Christmas is only a few days away?! This year has really flown by! People of all nationalities and religions come together to celebrate the magic of Christmas in London. 

Christmas decorations in Covent Garden

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year in London. There are decorations all around London – in the streets, in shop windows, on people’s houses and of course in Bloomsbury International! Everyone always seems to be in such a good mood at this time of year too (the only other time people seem this happy in London is when the sun comes out!!) 

If you are in London at the moment you are very lucky! In my opinion it’s a really great city to celebrate Christmas in as there is so much to do! Below are a few suggestions about how you can make the most of your Christmas in London:

1. Go ice skating
There are many beautiful outdoor ice rinks that are especially put up at this time of year. Even if you haven’t been ice skating since you were young, I guarantee that you will have fun! You can go ice skating at the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Canary Wharf, Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Westfield, the London Eye and many more! It is a good idea to book in advance as tickets sometimes sell out quickly for busy periods.

Winter Wonderland, Christmas in London

Source: hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

2. Winter Wonderland
Have you been to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park? If not, I would definitely recommend putting it on your list of must-see places in London! There is an amazing Christmas atmosphere all day long and you can visit Christmas markets, walk through the Magical Ice Kingdom, go ice skating, take a ride on the Giant Wheel, visit the Christmas Circus or just stroll through the park listening to free live music! It is open from 10am to 10pm every day (apart from Christmas day) and it’s free to enter (you just need to pay if you want to go on any rides or attractions).

3. Visit a Christmas market
There are many Christmas markets all around London where you can find interesting and unique gifts, taste Christmas food such as mince pies and mulled wine and you can often hear carol singing. My favourite Christmas markets in London are in the Southbank Centre, Kew Gardens, the Barbican, and Berwick Street, which is very close to Bloomsbury International so you can go there after your English classes one day!

4. See the Christmas lights
If you are in London between 9th November 2013 and 5th January 2014, you must go to central London to see the Christmas lights on Oxford Street and Regent Street one day. They are especially impressive in the evening.

Pulling Xmas crackers

5. Have a Christmas party!
If you are studying English in London and you cannot go back to your country for Christmas, why not get together with other students who are in the same boat as you and have your own Christmas celebrations! Even if you do not usually celebrate Christmas, you can get into the festive London mood and have a nice meal, pull Christmas crackers and give small gifts to your friends. Remember though that most shops are closed on Christmas day so don’t forget to buy everything you need beforehand!

Here are 10 fun Christmas facts that you probably didn’t know:

1. From 1647 until 1660, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in England!

2. Christmas crackers were invented in 1846 by Thomas Smith who owned a sweet shop in London. He got the idea from French sweets which were wrapped in a twist of paper.

3. Have you ever wondered why mince pies have that name even though they are usually vegetarian? In Victorian times they were made with beef and spices.Xmas snow penguin

4. It is considered unlucky to cut a mince pie with a knife!

5. Christmas pudding didn’t use to be a cake – originally it was a soup made with raisins and wine.

6. The name “Christmas” is a shortened version of “Christ’s Mass”.

7. The first Christmas card was printed in London in 1843.

8. Christmas is sometimes written as Xmas – do you know why? In Greek, the letter X is the first part of Christ’s name.

9. Have you seen the large Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square? This is actually a gift from Norway – they have sent Britain a Christmas tree every year since 1947 as a gift for the help Britain gave them during World War II. 

10. Data analysed from Facebook shows that a very large number of couples break up 2 weeks before Christmas but hardly anyone breaks up on Christmas day!

Bloomsbury International Christmas Card

Have fun with English

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Last week’s answers

Christmas song gap fill

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss good night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Bye for now and enjoy your Christmas in London!

 

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