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British Christmas Traditions
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A Traditional English Christmas Dinner

Woodlands Junior School is in the south-east corner of England

The Christmas Dinner is the main Christmas meal and is traditionally eaten at mid-day or early afternoon on Christmas Day in England, and also in the rest of Britain. © copyright of

image: Family Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner
Christmas dinner

The Traditional Christmas Dinner

A traditional English and British Christmas dinner includes roast turkey or goose, brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, rich nutty stuffing, tiny sausages wrapped in bacon (pigs in a blanket) and lashings of hot gravy. © copyright of

image: my chrsitmas dinner plate

For pudding (dessert) we eat a rich, fruity pudding which is doused in flaming brandy – said to ward off evil spirits. This rich, fruity pudding is called the Christmas Pudding.
Follow this link to read more about the Christmas pudding

Photographs of food eaten

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Roast Potatoes
Roast Turkey covered in bacon
Roast Potatoes

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Pigs in a Blanket (sausages wrapped in bacon)

Brussel Sprouts and chestnuts
Parsnips and Swede
Brussels Sprouts and chestnuts
Parsnips and Swede

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Roasted Gammon


Ginger Bread Stuffing

by Nigella Lawson
from Nigella's Christmas Kitchen



Bread Sauce
Cranberry Sauce
Bread Sauce (recipe)
Cranberry Sauce ( recipe)

A Turkey Wishing Tradition

A Christmas tradition involving the turkey is to pull its wishbone. This is one of the bones of the turkey which is shaped like the letter 'Y'. Two people will each hold an end and pull. The person left with the larger piece of the bone makes a wish. copyright of

Christmas Crackers

Traditionally a Christmas cracker is placed next to each plate on the Christmas dinner table. When the crackers are pulled, out falls a colourful party crown, a toy or gift and a festive joke. (Click here to find out more about crackers)

Christmas Cracker
Paper Crown

Interesting Fact about a Christmas Dinner
One notable medieval English Christmas celebration featured a giant, 165-pound pie. The giant pie was nine feet in diameter. Its ingredients included 2 bushels of flour, 20 pounds of butter, 4 geese, 2 rabbits, 4 wild ducks, 2 woodcocks, 6 snipes, 4 partridges, 2 neats' tongues, 2 curlews, 6 pigeons and 7 blackbirds.

It is said that Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey. However, it wasn't until early 20th century that eating turkey became fashionable at Christmas. © copyright of

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Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.