London is a city that really closes up shop on Christmas Day. The Underground and buses do not run; most restaurants and shops are closed. Our cab driver the other night and local guide Stuart both commented about how “dead” the city is. So, after a little bit of walking in the neighborhood, we took a bit of a holiday ourselves.
The Queen delivers a Christmas Day address that is televised each year. The broadcast opened with the band rendition of “God Save the Queen.”
The Queen’s speech was about hope and reconciliation. She referred to a sculpture called Reconciliation, a copy of which appears in London and Belfast. She also talked about the Christmas Eve truce in 1914, where German and American soldiers in WWI paused the fight to meet in the middle, exchange gifts and sing Silent Night. In addition, she spoke of how her own faith fuels her leadership and her belief in the future of the U.K.
Have you ever spent a holiday in a different country? Tell us about it in the comments!