Christmas Eve in UK


イギリスでは、サンタ・クロースは、Father Christmas(ファザー・クリスマス)と呼ばれる。子供たちはファザー・クリスマスのためにミンスパイとシェリー酒かブランデーを、そしてトナカイのRudolph(ルドルフ)にはにんじんを用意する。そして、Christmas stockings(長靴下)をベッドか暖炉上部の飾り棚に吊るして、ファザー・クリスマスからのプレゼントを待つ。イヴの夜は、教会でキャロルが行われる。夕方に行われるCandle Lit Service(キャンドルライト・サービス/燭火礼拝)では、信徒たちがろうそくを片手にクリスマス・キャロルを歌い、子供たちがキリスト降誕物語(Nativity)を演じる。そして深夜頃に行われるMidnight Mass(深夜ミサ)では、クリスマスの始まりを祝う。イギリスのイヴはこんな感じです。


Today is the Christmas Eve. Shops and restaurants are either closed today or close earlier than usual. People hurry back home for a family reunion or a Christmas party with friends and families.

In UK, Santa Claus is often called Father Christmas. Children prepare a glass of sherry or brandy and a mince pie for Father Christmas and some carrots  for Rudolph, a red-nose reindeer. They hang Christmas stockings to receive presents from Father Christmas, at the end of their beds or along the mantelpiece above the fireplace. On Christmas Eve night, there are usually two church carol services: Candle Lit Service is held on early evening, and the congregation hold a candle whilst they sing Christmas Carols and watch a Nativity performed by children. On the Midnight Mass, Christians welcome the beginning of Christmas Day. Christmas Eve in UK is like this.

Have a happy Christmas, everyone!

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