Have you ever heard about people leaving
a drink and a snack for Father Christmas
and his reindeer?
Have you heard the name Father Christmas?
Let me tell you something about Christmas
traditions in the West...
In England, the name most often used for
the jolly man with the beard, wearing red,
was traditionally not Santa.
In the 17th Century a character called
Father Christmas first appeared. He was
connected to adults enjoying themselves
around Christmas time, which meant eating
It wasn't until Victorian times,
around 200 years ago that Father Christmas
became associated with Children.
Around the same time, the American story
of Santa Claus came to the UK.
The concepts of Santa Claus and Father
Christmas started to mix and now they
are considered the same.
Now in the UK, it is still common to
use the name Father Christmas,
as well as Santa Claus.
If you have kids, do you leave something
for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve?
For many families around the world,
it is customary to leave a drink or some
food for him. And also, the reindeer!
In my country, the UK it is common to
leave a glass of Sherry or Brandy for
Father Christmas and a mince pie
(a small sweet pie with dried fruits),
and also a carrot for the reindeer.
I heard that Americans leave milk,
cookies and carrots, while in Sweden
they leave coffee.
In Australia and Ireland they keep
it simple and go for beer!
Kids wake up in the morning and check
the glass and plate and see that the
drinks and snacks have disappeared.
This must mean that Father Christmas
came to deliver presents!