10 British Holiday Traditions Americans Just Don’t Get

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1. Boxing Day

Nope. Nothing to do with boxing. It’s like an extra day off to recover from Christmas. You don’t realize how great that is until you’re sitting at your desk on December 26.

2. Christmas Cake

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Why does fruitcake get such a bad rap in the states? Throw a thick layer of hard icing on it and stop whining — it’s delicious.

3. Cadbury Selection Boxes

You can always count on an elderly relative to throw one of these your way.

4. Crackers

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When you pull the ends, toys and paper crowns come out. Then everyone wears the paper crowns and looks posh in holiday photos. It’s the best.

5. Christmas Pudding

Totally different from American pudding cups. If you’re not setting fire to the brandy, you’re doing Christmas pudding wrong.

6. Mulled Wine

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Get out of here with your eggnog.

7. Mince Pies

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Not every holiday calls for apple pie, but Christmas definitely calls for a mince pie.

8. Christmas Tree Chocolates

Yes, they go ON the tree. Anyway to inject more chocolate into Christmas should be embraced by all.

9. Christmas Tea

Just as your stomach feels like it might recover from midday meal, it’s time for tea. More cakes, bread rolls, biscuits…

10. Brussels Sprouts

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No Brussels sprouts? Christmas is cancelled.

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