Britain's weirdest Christmas traditions explained
If you're not from the UK, spending Christmas here for the first time is likely to be a whole new experience.
To avoid any confusion or misunderstanding, here is an explanation of the weird (and wonderful) things that happen during Christmas time in Britain. With just three weeks until the big day, we need to get a move on.
1. Christmas jumpers
Us Brits aim to track down the most hideous jumper we can get our hands on and wear it with pride. We love ugly Christmas jumpers so much that 15th December is National Christmas Jumper Day, which raises money for charity.
There's no doubt that your local theatre will have some kind of pantomime showing over the Christmas period. Most are tongue-in-cheek, with famous faces acting in classic stories like Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. It may not be the same experience as going to see a show on the West End, but pantomimes are hugely fun and will definitely get you in the festive spirit!
3.Christmas TV adverts
You might have noticed your British flatmates and course friends talking about Christmas adverts from big-name brands e.g. John Lewis and Sainsbury's. They can be a huge talking point over the festive period and it just doesn't feel like Christmas until you've seen them! If you're yet to see this year's John Lewis advert, it's definitely worth a watch!
4. Mince pies
Along with a lot of other British food, this is a strange snack. It's basically pastry filled with spiced fruits (and despite its name, meat-free). Most Brits either love them or hate them, so give mince pies a try and see what you think. Either way, they're incredibly festive and a VERY British Christmassy treat.
5. Terry's Chocolate Orange
This will be one the best things you'll ever eat in the UK! A chocolate orange is something that is hugely popular at Christmas time and you can get them almost everywhere for about £1. More often than not they are milk chocolate, but sometimes you'll find white and dark chocolate versions. Don't mind if we do!
6. Boxing Day
You're familiar with Christmas, but do you know Boxing Day? It's basically an official lazy day! Boxing day is an extra bank holiday for British people to spend with friends and family and is usually spent lounging around. Some people will head out shopping for the Boxing Day sales - how will you spend it?
We hope that's cleared any confusion you had. Now all you have to do is enjoy an amazing traditional British Christmas, only 21 days to go!
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