Monday, December 24, 2012

A Tree Is At The Center Of English Holiday

Wiam Mostefai / youthjournalism.org
A Christmas display at the Wood Green Shopping Centre, Enfield, North London, England

By Wiam Mostefai
Junior Reporter
ENFIELD, North London, England – In a small borough in London named Enfield, most residents celebrate Christmas.
At Christmastime efforts are put to the test when people try their best in making Enfield look like a winter wonderland. Decorations are put outside houses, in shopping malls, on the streets and inside houses.
A classic Christmas decoration would be the Christmas tree. Before Christmas, people buy Christmas trees to place in their homes. Decorations such as baubles, tinsel, lights and a golden star or angel are put on the tree.
Wiam Mostefai / youthjournalism.org
The Wood Green Shopping Centre
in Enfield, England, is decorated
for Christmas.
As in many countries around the world, Santa Claus is recognized in England. On Christmas Eve, children leave mince pies and milk for Santa Claus to have when he is putting presents under the tree.
Santa Claus isn’t the only one giving at Christmastime, though. Giving gifts to loved ones or donations to charity is one way people celebrate Christmas.
But because of the economic crisis many families can’t spend a lot on gift and other expenses of Christmas like dinner, parties, cards and decorations.
Wiam Mostefai / youthjournalism.org
Merchants reduce prices
for 
Boxing Day, held on
December 26 
each year.
Some have sales before
Christmas, too.
Many shops reduce prices of their goods and do sales. The day after Christmas, called Boxing Day, there are huge sales and reductions of more than 50 percent.
After Boxing Day, Christmas is truly over in Enfield, but people look forward to celebrations for the New Year.

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