How We Have Christmas in Britain

It's that time of the year, Christmas is just around the corner and many
families around the world are planning how they will spend the festive

To celebrate this exciting season of the year, we thought it would be jolly fun to share how Britain celebrates Christmas. So let's get crackin’ and find out How We have Christmas in Britain…


A traditional British Christmas is likely to be a loud and exciting one as
us British relish the opportunity to celebrate with a bang.

During the festive period and especially on the big day, many Britons pair up and pull Christmas Crackers – a large tube wrapped in lovely decorated paper with surprises inside.

When pulled, these crackers release a small explosion, revealing the hidden treasures it bears in the larger of the two pieces the cracker breaks into.

Although the items hidden within are small and cheap toys or tools, the competitive experience of trying to pull the cracker in such a way to win the prize
inside is very fun and worthwhile.

In addition to the made in China toys, you usually get an embarrassingly horrid joke that is only funny because of how terrible it is…

“Why did Santa's helper see the doctor? Because he had a low ‘elf’ esteem!”

Christmas Crackers

Food is Central 

Much like in America; food is a centrepiece during a British Christmas.

From a beautiful golden roast turkey with all the trimmings to a succulent zesty duck; a British Christmas meal is delicious and very moreish.

Many of the British Christmas meal mains are accompanied by hearty sides such as potatoes and the infamous Brussels sprouts that are popular if only for the love-hate relationship many people have with them. However, it does not stop there.

For a traditional British Christmas meal, pigs in blankets (or party sausages wrapped in bacon for everyone who was not raised within a commonwealth country) is a side that cannot be overlooked.

They taste awesome, great for snacking, fun to eat and are often the go-to choice for kids and cheeky adults.

For dessert, one of the many British Christmas dessert staples is the Christmas Pudding. A fruity pudding soaked in alcohol, boiled and soaked in alcohol again.

The Christmas Pudding is then brought out to the centre of the table and set alight, making it a compelling attraction for the whole family to spectate.

Christmas Pudding

As an alternative to Christmas Pudding, another British dessert favourite is the Christmas Cake. A Christmas Cake is a delicious fruit cake, much like the Christmas Pudding.

But instead of being repeatedly drenched in alcohol and turned into a fruit pyre, a Christmas Cake is covered in a thick layer of tempting marzipan and icing and then topped with an edible mistletoe or other Christmas decoration.

The Christmas Cake is a far more sane alternative to the Christmas Pudding, that tastes great, but is in no way as fun.

Joining the entourage of traditional British Christmas desserts is the Mince Pie.

A Mince Pie is a small fruity pie in a decorative pastry and sprinkled with sugar and is perfect for sweet-toothed snacking right after snacking on those amazing British pigs in blankets.

Christmas Dinner

A Royal Affair

The Queen is a national pride for Britain and every year she delivers a
the speech the nation eagerly tunes too.

During the Christmas period, many British families happily surround the television to watch their favourite festive movies and soaps.

But on Christmas Day, a different broadcast is made known as the Royal Christmas Message.

Where millions of Britons tune into their radios, gather in front of their televisions and start streaming online the annual speech delivered by the Queen.

The speech is known as the Royal Christmas Message or The Queen’s [or King’s] Christmas Message and is usually a recap of the year just passed and highlights some important events and milestones related to the Commonwealth realms.

The Queen

Family Fun

From letters to Santa to novelty Christmas Cracker games, a British
Christmas is packed with plenty of family fun and joy.

British Christmas is very much a period of family bonding, love and children eagerly anticipating the big moment they get to rip all their presents open.

The recreational family time during a British Christmas is often occupied with board games, cheesy Christmas Cracker games, novelty British-themed gifts, fun snacking food and a good laugh around the television… and most likely with a cup of tea or glass of wine in hand.

Oh, and plenty of letters to Santa Claus.

Family at Christmas

So how do we have a British Christmas?

Embrace what makes Britain British and enjoy the festivities in
traditional British fashion.

From combustible cakes and royal speeches on television to family bonding and cheeky gossip, every moment of a British Christmas is savoured and enjoyed.

Don’t forget your Christmas Jumper… or Sweater as Americans would say!

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