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14 Christmas Struggles That Are All Too Real For Expats In The UK

Turns out the British REALLY love Christmas.

1. We need to talk about Christmas crackers.

2. There's the paper crowns...

3. ...and the jokes that seem to be missing a punchline.

4. Boxing Day. What is it?

5. People will assume you're celebrating Christmas, even if your religion doesn't necessarily recognise it.

6. And it's definitely NOT the holidays. It's Christmas!

Me, seeing Halloween décor in September: WAY too early! Me, turning to see Christmas décor: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!🎅🏼

In most parts of the world, Christmas is just a single day: the 25th of December. In the UK, Christmas refers to the entire season. And in some shops, that starts around mid-September!

7. Hearing adults referring to Santa as Father Christmas is a bit strange.

8. Christmas adverts are a national cultural event.

9. While we're here, let's talk about "Auld Lang Syne" too.

10. They get very excited about advent calendars.

11. Mince pies...

12. In fact, Christmas seems to have a lot of spiced things. Like mulled wine!

December - Christmas enters 4th month - Chocolate for breakfast - Fridge visits triple - Scissors/tape vanish - Mulled everything

It's a delicious tradition that, like most traditions, sometimes gets taken a bit too far. Mulled wine? Yes. Mulled beer? Not so sure!

13. Christmas pudding, too, remains a bit of a mystery.

14. Also, Christmas sandwiches?

Better things happen when different traditions are shared at Christmas in new places with new people.

As part of Western Union’s chain of good deeds all around the world, this December, the Chain of Betters is supporting people celebrating Christmas somewhere new.

Every day from 1 to 24 December, Western Union is giving away $100 eVouchers* to US and UK residents, to help share your favourite traditions with the people around you.

Simply comment on this Facebook post and tell us what holiday tradition you or someone you know is celebrating away from home. Make sure to include the hashtags #WUXMAS and #SWEEPSENTRY in your comment.

How will you make someone’s Christmas special this year?

*Prize will be $100 (or £ equivalent) Amazon eVouchers. Open to residents of US and UK. No Purchase Necessary. Official Rules at Void Where Prohibited. for more info.