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17 Great Things About Going Home To Wales For Christmas

The "Croeso i Gymru" sign is welcoming you home.

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1. The welcoming sight of the Severn Bridge.

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2. And Welsh train passengers are quite unique.

You'll never have the same experience anywhere else in the UK, that's for sure.
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You'll never have the same experience anywhere else in the UK, that's for sure.

3. Arriving home to your mam's homemade cawl.

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4. Plus there's usually bara brith or bread and jam to greet you.

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5. There's always time to visit your mamgu.

Not to mention all your aunties and uncles who have magically appeared in one place. It's a festive gathering of ALL your family.
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Not to mention all your aunties and uncles who have magically appeared in one place. It's a festive gathering of ALL your family.

6. And your mamgu never forgets to give you Calennig money.

Calennig is a Welsh tradition where family members give each other bread, cheese, or money at New Year.
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Calennig is a Welsh tradition where family members give each other bread, cheese, or money at New Year.

7. But you have to make plans for traveling about because public transport is almost non-existent over the festive period.

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8. There's nothing like a proper Welsh Christmas dinner.

Filled to the top with roast potatoes.
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Filled to the top with roast potatoes.

9. Except maybe a Christmas Day walk in the Welsh countryside.

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10. And there's always the chance of a white Christmas.

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11. But these are our views, so even without snow, Christmas in Wales is lush.

Nothing compares to the brisk Welsh air on the best day of the year.
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Nothing compares to the brisk Welsh air on the best day of the year.

12. In the evening you probably end up playing board games with your family – like the Welsh version of Monopoly.

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13. And you might even get to re-read your battered copy of A Child's Christmas in Wales.

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14. Christmas in Wales always involves some rugby in one way or another.

It's just not right without it.
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It's just not right without it.

15. Then there's the annual Boxing Day tradition of going to the pub.

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Where you see EVERYONE you know. Friends you grew up with, your ex-boyfriend, old teachers – literally everyone is out on Boxing Day.

16. You get to participate in some of the strange Welsh festive traditions like Mari Lwyd.

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17. But the best thing of all is being greeted by the "Croeso i Gymru" sign when you reach your homeland.

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You know you're finally home when you see it.