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Celebrating Christmas in London 06:24 min

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The next day we go to London. There is a lot of red and green there too. We want to go straight to Hamleys, the famous toy store on Regent Street, where the entire world shops each Christmas. But we decide to take a double-decker bus and see Buckingham Palace first. We want to try and see the queen. She is in there somewhere. As the Royal Standard is flying on the mast. We know that here in Buckingham Palace there are drawings and paintings and photographs from the time when the queen’s German ancestors brought their Christmas traditions to England. We didn’t see the queen. But at least we saw one royal Christmas tree through the gate.Our next stop is the Charles Dickens Museum on Doughty Street. The famous English writer Charles Dickens realized that the Christmas tree was very popular in England. Queen Victoria, her husband, Prince Albert von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, and their many children had a Christmas tree every year. The newspapers were full with stories about the royal Christmas celebrations. Charles Dickens called the Christmas tree “that pretty German toy”. The best known of Dickens’s Christmas works is “A Christmas Carol”. As Florian Schweizer explains. Charles Dickens is important for Christmas because he wrote so many books about it. And the most important of the books is “A Christmas Carol”. It was very popular in the 19th century and many people thought of him as the father of Christmas. His idea of Christmas as the festival of happiness and family really shaped the idea of Christmas in the era. Today there are countless performances of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” around the world every Christmas. The actor Jonathan Gillard Daly shows us what happens to the story’s central character, Ebenezer Scrooge. Christmas? Humbug. The bleakest day of the year. Christmas is not but foul memories, false hopes and heaps of hypocritical humbuggery. Scrooge is visited by three ghosts. The ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas yet to come. The last ghost’s visitation changes Scrooge from a man who hated Christmas, into a man who is the very spirit of Christmas itself. I shall honor Christmas in my heart. And try to keep it all the year. I will live in the past, the present and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me. We are at Trafalgar Square now, where the biggest Christmas tree in London is set up each year. The tree is a gift from the government of Norway, in gratitude for England’s help during the Second World War. It is shorty after four, according to Big Ben, and it is already getting dark. We are off to Hamleys, the toy shop on Regent Street. Actually, we don’t want to shop. We are looking for an answer to a question that struck us yesterday in Tetbury. We thought Father Christmas would have the answer here in London. We want to know why people in England sometimes say, “Happy Christmas” and sometimes say “Merry Christmas”. Is there a difference?Is it happy Christmas or merry Christmas? Which one do you say?I always say merry Christmas. I prefer merry Christmas. That’s much nicer.Is there a difference between merry Christmas and happy Christmas?Well I think not really. I mean both times are happy and both times are sort of merry, but I think that merry Christmas is a little bit happier, I think. Merry Christmas to all the boys and girls in Germany. I hope you have lots of merry Christmases.