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    5 UK Christmas Traditions That I, An American, Love, And 4 That I Find Confusing

    Happy Christmas > Merry Christmas.

    Hello! I'm Isabel, I'm American, and for the past six years, I've lived in London. And while I've gotten used to the rain, the constant queuing, and people saying "sorry" instead of "up yours," there are still a whole lot of things that confuse me about the UK — mainly, Christmas. You guys celebrate December 25 way differently across the pond, and while some of your traditions are totally awesome....others I just don't get.

    1. First of all, Christmas crackers are a pure delight and I don't understand why we don't have them in the US.

    2. I'm sorry, but Christmas puddings are inedible.

    3. Pantomimes: amazing, brilliant, no complaints.

    4. What the hell is Boxing Day and why do you guys spend it shopping?

    5. "Father Christmas" is a better name than "Santa Claus".

    6. Why is the Queen's Christmas speech such a big deal?

    7. Advent calendars are totally genius.

    8. Why does it seem like the entirety of the UK's advertising budget goes toward these confusing Christmas commercials?

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    Christmas commercials in the UK go all out. They're high concept, super expensive, and they occasionally feature Elton John. And sometimes, they don't even promote their products. They just sort of advertise the spirit of Christmas? I'm confused. Someone explain it to me.

    9. The Christmas decorations on the high street are insane.