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32 Things All British Mums Do At Christmas

They're all about the Quality Street and tinsel.

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1. They refuse to tell you what they want for Christmas.

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2. They'll get angry about being missed off someone's Christmas card list.

3. But also make a point of not sending a card to Debbie this year after "the incident".

We don't speak about what she did.
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We don't speak about what she did.

4. They write "Christmas" on all the food so that you basically don't eat until the day itself.

It's more of a challenge to sneak food than ever.
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It's more of a challenge to sneak food than ever.

5. Mums have a selection of nuts in the living room that are mainly there for the display.

6. And of course the Quality Street must be on display until Christmas day.

Those foil wrappers really light up the room.
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Those foil wrappers really light up the room.

7. But we mustn't forget the nice tin of biscuits they bought especially for the occasion.

Usually it will either be a memorable tin or just anything from M&S.
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Usually it will either be a memorable tin or just anything from M&S.

8. They make a huge deal out of who gets to put the star on the tree.

9. And they hang your old Christmas tree decoration you made when you were five.

10. They force the whole table to wear the hats from the crackers all day.

If you're caught without your hat on then you're dead.
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If you're caught without your hat on then you're dead.

11. And you have to read out every terrible joke from the Christmas cracker.

12. Christmas decorations are everything to mums.

13. All British mums have one of these Nativity scenes.

It's always been vandalised just enough so that no one notices.
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It's always been vandalised just enough so that no one notices.

14. And tinsel must go on absolutely everything.

15. They love going overboard with the centre pieces.

If there's room for the plates on the table then she's doing it wrong.
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If there's room for the plates on the table then she's doing it wrong.

16. And there are literally Christmas nik-naks everywhere.

17. They come up with kooky ideas for decorations like putting little surprises in the wreath.

"A-wreath-a Franklin! Great pun, mum."
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"A-wreath-a Franklin! Great pun, mum."

18. Mums always miscount the number of people attending and get out too many chairs.

19. Or they underestimate the amount needed so that someone eats dinner sat on a step ladder.

It's usually the youngest who has to sacrifice themselves to the step ladder.
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It's usually the youngest who has to sacrifice themselves to the step ladder.

20. It's a crime not to watch the Queen's speech.

21. They dress up the dog in ridiculous festive attire that it obviously hates.

22. And sometimes she'll dress herself up too.

They bring all the Christmas glamour.
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They bring all the Christmas glamour.

23. They always wrap the batteries or the charger separately.

They trick you into thinking you've got two presents.
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They trick you into thinking you've got two presents.

24. She'll keep a list of everything she's received so she can later send a thank you note.

25. Mums have to save the wrapping paper.

Especially if it's fancy M&S paper.
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Especially if it's fancy M&S paper.

26. And they're always waiting with a bin bag to tidy up the paper.

27. They always buy you the best present then say “It’s a bit boring but I thought it would be useful”.

It's usually slippers, which are the best present ever!
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It's usually slippers, which are the best present ever!

28. They take the plates to the kitchen, only to find the pigs in blankets are still in the oven.

But you eat them anyway.
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But you eat them anyway.

29. Her charade game is nearly always poor.

30. They crack out the bubbly first thing in the morning.

31. And then spend the rest of the day a little bit tipsy.

32. She basically spends the whole day tipsily putting everyone else first, which is why mums are the best!