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Tom Fletcher Settles Your Christmas Debates Once And For All

When is it OK to put the tree up, open your presents, and eat your Christmas dinner? And, most importantly, is Die Hard a Christmas film?

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We all know Tom Fletcher as a member of our beloved McFly. And if you know him well you'll also know he's a MASSIVE lover of Christmas and the festive period. So much so, he's written his debut novel around the theme, a children's book called The Christmasaurus, which he's turned into a play and will hit the stage next year.

So we thought it only right that we invite him in to BuzzFeed UK to settle the age-old Christmas debates ahead of this year's big day. If you've ever argued over what's the correct way to do Christmas, Tom has the final say here...

1) Turkey or goose?

"Turkey all the way for Christmas dinner. Although I did do a nut roast one year, which is pretty good. It's not the same as turkey though."

  1. Do you agree with Tom? Turkey or goose?

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    Turkey OBVIOUSLY.
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    Tom's wrong, it's got to be goose.
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    Turkey OBVIOUSLY.
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    Tom's wrong, it's got to be goose.
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2) When should you put your Christmas tree up?

"For me, putting a Christmas tree up, as long as Halloween and Bonfire Night are done, I think it's perfectly acceptable any time from then on... My wife disagrees."

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    Tom's totally right. Get it up ASAP after Halloween and Bonfire Night.
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    No way, it should be 12 days before and that is that.
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    Christmas Eve? You shouldn't be too keen.
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    Tom's totally right. Get it up ASAP after Halloween and Bonfire Night.
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    No way, it should be 12 days before and that is that.
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    Christmas Eve? You shouldn't be too keen.

3) And when should you take it down?

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"Actually, I mean, I love Christmas a lot but I am up for taking it down relatively early. I prefer putting it up early and taking it down early rather than leaving it up late. I kind of feel like in the New Year it's nice to get a fresh start."

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    Yep, as soon as Christmas is over it's time to take it down.
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    NOPE. It's got to be 12 days after Christmas Day. Don't you know anything?
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    Yep, as soon as Christmas is over it's time to take it down.
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    NOPE. It's got to be 12 days after Christmas Day. Don't you know anything?

4) Yorkshire puddings: acceptable Christmas dinner component or no?

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[laughs] "You've got to have Yorkshire puddings on a Christmas dinner! I've never heard of not having a Yorkshire pudding on Christmas dinner. It's a roast dinner so I feel like you'd be lacking a real... you know, why not? Why wouldn't you have one?"

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    No. Yorkshires. On. Christmas. Dinner.
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    Tom's right. Obviously you can't have Christmas dinner without Yorkshire puddings.
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    No. Yorkshires. On. Christmas. Dinner.
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    Tom's right. Obviously you can't have Christmas dinner without Yorkshire puddings.

5) Is Die Hard a Christmas film?

"Die Hard is totally a Christmas movie. It's set at Christmas, the end credits come up and it's a Christmas song. It's a Christmas movie."

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    Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker! Of course it's a Christmas movie.
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    Wrong. So wrong. It is NOT.
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    Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker! Of course it's a Christmas movie.
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    Wrong. So wrong. It is NOT.

6) Plain lights or coloured lights?

"I actually quite like a bit of both. I like plain lights on... We've got a fake Christmas tree that we've had for years and I like plain lights on that one. Then I like having a 'tacky' tree, where we just chuck, you know, anything goes on that tree. Coloured lights on that one."

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    It has to be coloured lights – it's Christmas.
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    Plain lights. Coloured ones are far too tacky.
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    I'll go with Tom. Both are fine by me.
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    It has to be coloured lights – it's Christmas.
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    I'll go with Tom. Both are fine by me.
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7) Bread sauce: Y/N?

"I've never made bread sauce. I'm going to go no on the bread sauce. Sorry."

  1. Is he right?

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    No, you must have bread sauce with Christmas dinner. It's the law.
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    Yeah, he's right. No bread sauce for me.
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    No, you must have bread sauce with Christmas dinner. It's the law.
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    Yeah, he's right. No bread sauce for me.

8) When is acceptable to have food on Christmas Day?

"Christmas Day for me is just a constant day of eating. So if there's loads of family staying over, someone will make a bacon sandwich or something... Plus we probably would have eaten about four selection boxes across the breakfast period. And then Christmas dinner's planned normally for about 2 o'clock but usually it runs a little bit late."

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    2pm sounds about right or around lunchtime.
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    It has to be in the evening!
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    Who cares? Eat whenever, it's Christmas.
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    2pm sounds about right or around lunchtime.
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    It has to be in the evening!
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    Who cares? Eat whenever, it's Christmas.

9) Christmas pudding: Y/N?

"Christmas pudding is the best! Although we always have to buy an extra one for my nan. We have one that we share and then Nan has her own one. The Heston Blumenthal one with the orange in the middle is amazing."

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    Tom's correct, they are delicious and part of Christmas.
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    Yuck! No thank you.
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    Tom's correct, they are delicious and part of Christmas.
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    Yuck! No thank you.

10) Should you be allowed to open one present at midnight?

"No, do you know what, I'm not a fan of opening presents before Christmas Day. I'm not a midnight present opener. I'm not that kind of guy."

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    Tom's right, you can't open a present before Christmas Day!
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    Why not? I can't see anything wrong with it.
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    Tom's right, you can't open a present before Christmas Day!
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    Why not? I can't see anything wrong with it.

11) So do you open presents on Christmas morning or Christmas evening?

"Christmas morning! It's the first thing on the list. You wake up Christmas Day, you open presents. Wake up. Presents. Pre anything, except maybe coffee."

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    Christmas morning all the way.
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    No, you must be patient and wait until the evening.
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    Christmas morning all the way.
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    No, you must be patient and wait until the evening.

12) Should shops be open on Boxing Day?

"No, I'm not a fan of going out shopping on Boxing Day. I like sitting on the sofa and watching TV and eating leftover Christmas food. But if people want to go out shopping... You guys go for it. I will not be there."

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    I totally think shops should be open on Boxing Day!
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    No, he's right. No one should go shopping on 26 December.
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    I totally think shops should be open on Boxing Day!
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    No, he's right. No one should go shopping on 26 December.

13) Tinsel: tacky or good?

"I love a bit of tinsel. Tinsel lasts forever, doesn't it as well. I'm sure I've had the same bits of tinsel since I was a kid."

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    Tinsel's the best!
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    I hate tinsel, so tacky.
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    Tinsel's the best!
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14) Tear off wrapping paper or take it off carefully?

"Rip. It's all about the rip. I'm not a fan of, you know, saving it for next year."

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    Rip it all off!
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    I like to take my time and take the wrapping off carefully.
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    Rip it all off!
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    I like to take my time and take the wrapping off carefully.

15) Buck's fizz at breakfast: Y/N?

"I think I remember my nan and grandad having Buck's fizz at breakfast. I've never had it. Maybe I'll try it this year."

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    Oh, you must have Buck's fizz on Christmas morning. It's tradition.
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    Nope, not for me.
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    Oh, you must have Buck's fizz on Christmas morning. It's tradition.
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    Nope, not for me.

16) Brussels sprouts: good or bad?

"I love a Brussels sprout. My sprouts are pretty good too, I've perfected them over the years. I've made Christmas dinner for the last three years, I think, and I make a nice sprout now."

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    Ew gross, he's so wrong. No sprouts for me.
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    They're great and a must over Christmas!
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    Ew gross, he's so wrong. No sprouts for me.
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    They're great and a must over Christmas!

17) Telling your children Santa is real: Y or N?

"Santa is real. I don't even know where this questioning Santa has come from. He's totally real. I haven't bought any presents for my kids; Santa's going to bring them. I've got faith in you, Santa."

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    Of course I tell them he's real. He is real.
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    No, I tell them he's not real.
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    Of course I tell them he's real. He is real.
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Thanks for helping us solve all of those dilemmas, Tom!
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