19 Things About The Festive Season That Are Distinctly British

    Being overly competitive about pulling Christmas crackers.

    1. Buying countless chocolate variety boxes and avoiding certain flavours at all costs.

    When you look in the celebrations box on Christmas morning and it’s only bounty’s left

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    There is no pain greater than opening a box of Celebrations to find a dozen Bounties staring back at you, or making a beeline for the Quality Streets and discovering that there’s only orange creams and strawberry delights left. It’s devastating.

    2. Waiting for every retail Christmas advert to drop so you can decide which one is the best.

    3. Donning an ugly Christmas jumper at every event.

    4. Venturing out to watch the Christmas lights get switched on in your local area.

    5. And rating all the Christmas trees around town.

    🚨| NEW: The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree this year

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    What is your least favourite Christmas tree and why is it always Trafalgar Square’s?

    6. Heading to an outrageously cheesy panto.

    Panto News - @stephywebber and @DenquarMusic are heading to @New_Theatre with @PaulChuckle2, @Gareth_Gates, @gareththomas14 and @MikeDoyleComedy

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    It’s not officially Christmas until you’ve gone to a panto and yelled “he’s behind you” at a bunch of celebs you recognise but can't quite place.

    7. Going to the pub on Christmas Eve with your old school friends.

    Me walking home from the pub on Christmas Eve: @CourtneyAct @ComeDineWithMe #CDWM

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    Because nothing screams Christmas like getting completely shitfaced in the pub with your nearest and dearest. And by nearest and dearest, I mean old school mates that you spend the majority of the year avoiding…

    8. And waking up on Christmas Day with a hangover.

    9. Becoming uncharacteristically competitive as soon as the Christmas crackers make an appearance.

    10. And genuinely dying of laughter at the jokes inside.

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    Christmas cracker jokes are elite and that is a hill I’m willing to die on.

    11. Fighting over the best dish on the table – pigs in blankets.

    12. And eating mince pies (even though you probably hate them).

    13. Being more excited about lighting the Christmas pudding on fire than actually eating it.

    14. Watching the Queen deliver her annual festive speech.

    15. Then tuning in to all the Christmas TV specials.

    16. Watching Love Actually for the hundredth time.

    17. Drinking at every opportunity on Christmas day.

    18. And eating your bodyweight in leftovers on Boxing Day.

    19. Or braving the cold to find some Boxing Day bargains.