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Scottish Christmas traditions explained

By bzbeth 04 Dec 2017

With only 21 days until the big day, we hope you're in full Christmas mode by now!

We go mad for Christmas and can't get enough of it. Whether you've lived in Scotland all your life or not that long at all, you'll probably think some things are a bit weird.

Here's a breakdown of everything that happens around Christmas and an explanation of why we love them so much:

  1. John Lewis adverts: Christmas hasn't started until you've seen the latest John Lewis advert. We wait for it all year and usually cry after watching it because it's so good!

    Why? It always captures what Christmas is all about and really gets you in the spirit! Check out the John Lewis YouTube channel to see the best ones.
  2. Christmas jumpers: We track down a hideous jumper and wear it with so much pride. We love them so much that we've dedicated Christmas Jumper Day (15th December) to raise money for Save the Children.  

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    Why? Everyone is aware how terrible they are but that's what makes it so much fun. In fact, the uglier, the better!
  3. Christmas drinks: We feel genuine excitement when Costa release their wintery flavoured drinks and Christmas cup because they taste and look SO good.

    Why? This is perfectly normal because what isn't amazing about a Lindt hot chocolate or coffees that come with little Gingerbread man dipped in?
  4. Scottish Christmas Dinner: A traditional dinner at Christmas in Scotland is made up of broth, smoked salmon, turkey and Christmas pudding. Bannock cakes are pretty amazing too.

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    Why? You only get to eat it once a year and it's probably one if the best meals you'll eat all year too. Bring on the food!
  5. Black Bun: On the 12th night, Scottish families make this! It's similar to a fruitcake, has thick pastry and is packed with spices, fruit, nuts and more than a dash of whiskey.

    Why? It's traditional and tastes amazing! 
  6. Christmas TV: On the week running up to Christmas, everyone gets all excited for the shows on TV to put your feet up and watch.

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    Why? It's usually things like a Downton Abbey or Eastenders special but they're much more exciting and star big names for one night only. Pick up a copy of the Radio Times and check what's on.
  7. Boxing Day: As you know, we love a bank holiday in the UK and the 26th is yet another. Not many people know how to spend it but we all make the most of it. 

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    Why? There's usually a lot of football matches to go to and films on TV to watch when eating your leftovers.
  8. Auld Lang Syne: The song that's sung just before midnight strikes on New Year's Eve written by Scot Robert Burns in 1788.

    Why? It's a positive song about leaving the bad things behind and moves you onto the next year giving you instant good vibes for the year ahead!

We hope that's cleared everything up! Now all you have to do is enjoy an amazing traditional Scottish Christmas.

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