Used To- UK Habits & Customs


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British Traditions- Used to Practice
Do you think the things below are common present habits in the UK or just in the past? 
Choose one and make a sentence about how popular you think that is now and how that 
has changed, then your teacher will tell you how accurate that statement is. 

Buying a live goose or rabbit and feeding it up during December to kill it for Xmas. 

Keeping a Xmas pudding for up to 12 months so that the taste becomes richer.

Putting stockings in front of the fireplace.

Cooking a whole turkey.

All public transport stopping on Xmas Day.

Shop closing on Xmas Day.

People sitting down to watch the Queen giving a speech on Xmas Day.

Putting a special “Yule log” (= piece of wood) on the fire.

Saying “Merry Christmas”.

Going to church on Xmas Day.

Going to midnight mass (= a special church service on the night of Xmas Eve).

Spending Xmas Day with their families.

Sleeping outside shops to get the best bargains in the January sales.

January sales starting in January.

Children going caroling (= go from house to house singing Xmas songs).

Xmas dinner being made from winter foods that are easy to preserve without a fridge.

Saying “Father Christmas” instead of “Santa/ Santa Claus”.

Buying real Xmas trees.

How about these things about the UK more generally?

Fog in London

Wearing bowler hats

Football hooliganism

Drinking lots of tea

Having high tea (= tea and cakes or scones at three o’clock)

Fox hunting

Being able to know someone’s social class from how they speak

Eating fish and chips

Few “English restaurants”

Bad food

Drinking warm beer

Being polite

Being reserved (= not showing your real feelings)

Rarely speaking foreign languages

Playing cricket

Eating a Sunday roast (for example roast beef and roast potatoes)

Watching fireworks on the fifth of November

Disliking garlic

Brick houses


DIY (= do it yourself, decorating and fixing your own house)

English breakfast

Traditional dancing

How about similar things in your country?

Written by Alex Case for © 2012

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