One of the best things about Christmas has to be the festive traditions. From eating sprouts and Christmas dinner to watching the Queen's speech, you don't have to look far to get us in the mood for Christmas. Here are what we think are the top 5 British Christmas traditions...
1. A White Christmas
If there’s anyone more obsessed about having a white Christmas it has to be the British. As soon as it's December there’s at least one article in the newspaper about the likeliness of snow and info on the odds. This year may not feel like a bit of an anticlimax. The snow fell two weeks ago. But still, we can always watch the film of its namesake to make us feel more festive.
2. Boxing Day
Traditionally celebrated after Christmas Day, Boxing Day used to be when servants and tradespeople received gifts, known as a “Christmas Box” from the bosses or employers. Now it’s just another day to spend time with family and friends. Whether you’re up at 6am to get first grabs on Boxing Day sales, heading out to the big match, or walking off the Christmas feast, enjoy your extra day off.
3. The Queen's Speech
There’s nothing like sitting in front of the TV in your ridiculously comfy pyjamas or your Christmas jumper waiting for the Queen to make her annual speech. This tradition goes way back to 1932 when King George V did his very first royal Christmas speech over the radio. Today, the Queen now delivers this message from Buckingham Palace as a look back on the year’s major events.
4. Coin in Christmas pudding
Christmas Day wouldn't be complete without Christmas pudding. If sticking with tradition, then this fruity delight will have been created on the last Sunday of the Church year or fourth Sunday before Christmas. Known as Stir-Up Sunday, this is when everyone gets to stir the famous mix of dried fruit, suet, spice and alcohol and you drop in a sixpence or 5p coin. The person who is then served this coin in their slice come the big day is said to gain a lot of wealth in the New Year. Let's hope it's you, eh.
5. Crackers and Paper Crowns
So Christmas crackers doesn't exactly fall under the classic traditions category, but what’s not fun about holding the ends of a colourful roll and pulling as hard as you can just to win a paper crown? Yes, you'll feel silly but this paper crown does actually have some significance. They were first added to the cracker in the 1900s and give you the chance to feel like the king of the table.