In England we celebrate christmas on the 25th and not on the night of the 24th like in Brazil.
The tradition here is that christmas morning the kids wake up to check if there are presents under the tree, a sign that Santa had come, and majority of presents are opened there and then.
The cooking preparation starts soon after breakfast depending the size of the family. Usually English family see christmas day as a very family day where guests, friends and acquaintances are not really welcome, only in some cases. Very different than Brazil where 'the more the merrier'.
The christmas menu varies from house to house, but basically we serve roast potatoes and other roast or boiled veggies, roast turkey, roast gammon or pork,and or roast beef or steak, roast lamb or even the humble chicken. Starters and side sauces vary according to personal taste. The tables are very beautiful decorated and we have a thing called "crackers"
which we pull to open and inside there are some silly hats that everybody wears and small gifts.
The selection of desert or puddings as we call here also varies a lot from house to house, although the vast majority of deserts served are usually ready made and not homemade like in Brazil. They are very tasty but more sugary than our Brazilian "paves" for example. There are three very traditional deserts served here during the festive season, they are
' christmas pudding',
they are full of sultanas.
For the people that don't like deserts or just prefer a coffee after their meal, a board with a selection of cheese and biscuits is served. This is also the time where some people like to enjoy the Portuguese wine Port (vinho do porto) with Stilton cheese.
Families enjoy the rest of the day playing board games, watching TV, munching chocolates or just drinking.
I guess here it's much easier to believe in christmas, there's the freezing weather, loads of snow at some places, many christmas decorations in the houses, christmas songs playing everywhere we go weeks before christmas, and loads and loads of presents.
So merry christmas...