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21 British Christmas Traditions That Will Confuse The Hell Out Of The Rest Of The World

Home of the DEFINITIVE Christmas dinner.

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1. Watching pantomimes featuring questionable celebrity combinations.

The Chuckle Brothers AND Chico?!
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The Chuckle Brothers AND Chico?!

2. Enjoying an iconic tin of Quality Street.

And getting outraged over the new plastic tubs they come in.
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And getting outraged over the new plastic tubs they come in.

3. Getting weirdly excited for AN ADVERT.

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4. Experiencing Nativity plays filled with really bizarre roles in order to fit in all the children.

Wait, how would Jesus even have a Grandfather?
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Wait, how would Jesus even have a Grandfather?

5. Either absolutely loving or absolutely hating mince pies.

There is no in-between.
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There is no in-between.

6. Christmas lights being turned on by former X-Factor and Pop Idol contestants.

7. And taking a drive around your hometown to see all the slightly-crap Christmas decorations.

Not everything has to be over-the-top and flashy. Looking at you, America.
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Not everything has to be over-the-top and flashy. Looking at you, America.

8. Fantasy shopping through an Argos catalogue.

It's a habit that's leftover from your childhood.
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It's a habit that's leftover from your childhood.

9. Belting out classic Christmas bangers like “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”.

Fucking hype.
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Fucking hype.

10. Drinking a glass of buck's fizz (that's a mimosa to Americans) first thing on Christmas morning.

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It's the only time it's really acceptable to drink outside of an airport pre-breakfast.

11. And eating Christmas cake at any point during the day.

Yeah, it's kind of a crap cake, but it's our crap cake.
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Yeah, it's kind of a crap cake, but it's our crap cake.

12. The adrenaline rush that comes with pulling a Christmas cracker.

If you're lucky you get a mini-screwdriver set.
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If you're lucky you get a mini-screwdriver set.

13. And enjoying terrible, terrible comedy.

If Christmas cracker jokes aren't enough for you there's probably a Mrs. Brown's Boys Christmas special on later. (See also: Pantomimes)
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If Christmas cracker jokes aren't enough for you there's probably a Mrs. Brown's Boys Christmas special on later. (See also: Pantomimes)

14. The ~definitive~ Christmas dinner.

All other Christmas dinners are false pretenders.
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All other Christmas dinners are false pretenders.

15. With AT LEAST three different sauces.

Usually gravy, bread sauce, and cranberry.
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Usually gravy, bread sauce, and cranberry.

16. And saving the leftovers so you can eat nothing but turkey sandwiches for the next couple of weeks.

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17. Having a Christmas pudding, even if everyone in your family hates it.

And setting it on fire because Britain is metal as fuck.
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And setting it on fire because Britain is metal as fuck.

18. And drinking drinks you normally wouldn't, like Baileys.

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19. Watching the Queen's speech for reasons you're not entirely sure of.

You’re usually to drunk to fully understand what she’s saying at this point.
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You’re usually to drunk to fully understand what she’s saying at this point.

20. Feeling miserable after watching the Eastenders Christmas special.

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Why do we do this to ourselves every year?

21. And extending the celebration with Boxing Day.

Christmas 2.0.
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Christmas 2.0.