Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas traditions: The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles off the east coast at the bottom of South America. Since they are in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s summertime at Christmas with long sunny days. The Islands share many Christmas traditions with the U.K. There are very few trees on the islands because it is very windy, but despite it being windy, people still have Christmas trees although they are normally artificial ones.
Lamb is the main Christmas dish as there is lots of sheep on the islands. Another reason behind that is that it is very expensive to fly in turkey from South America or the U.K. Also every year a Pantomime is put on every year by the local dramatic society. Traditionally the governor of the islands goes on the last night and is gently made fun of.
Also children living in the camp get a small parcel from Santa's helper named Stanley. Santa's helper elves have to fly to the remote farms around the camp to deliver presents to the kids. On Christmas Eve, people gather to sing Christmas carols under the Whale Bone Arch, which is located next to the Christ Church Cathedral in Stanley. On Christmas day there is a church service. The cathedral is the southernmost Anglican Cathedral in the world.  ~ Dylan Painter
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