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Britain's weirdest 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!

In Britain, we go mad for Christmas (some more than others) and can't get enough of it. But if you haven't lived in the UK for long, no doubt you'll think that 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.  

    Renee Zellweger Reindeer GIF
    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. Pantomimes: Ok, we'll admit this is a weird one! Watching Z-list celebrities like the Chuckle Brothers, X Factor rejects and boyband members performing the classic stories of Dick Whittington, Jack and The Beanstalk, Snow White etc.

    Audience Applause GIF by Official London Theatre
    Why? It takes you back to being a child and shouting out "he's behind you!" and you can guarantee that it will be hilarious. 
  5. Mince pies: Quite possibly one of the strangest things you'll ever eat in the UK and you either love or hate them. Once you see the spiced fruity filled treats, you know it's nearly Christmas.

    Why? They just taste like Christmas! Most people hated them as a kid but the older you get, the more you appreciate them, especially warm with brandy butter.
  6. Terry's Chocolate Orange: Another treat that comes out at Christmas time. It's so infectious that you can even get a Terry's Chocolate Orange McFlurry.

    Why? They taste amazing and they're usually on offer around Christmas so you can grab one for about £1! 
  7. 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.

    The Middle Popcorn GIF by ABC Network
    Why? It's usually things like a Downton Abbey or Coronation Street 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.
  8. 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. 

    Excited Dan James GIF by Much
    Why? Who would turn down an extra day to lounge around eating chocolate and Turkey sandwiches? Not us! There's usually a lot of football matches to go to and films on TV to watch when eating your leftovers.

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

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