Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It's the time of year when we roast chestnuts, gather round the yule log and sit on Santa's lap. There are so many different ways to celebrate Christmas. We take the day off to open Christmas presents and spend time with family... and then avoid our family by going out to the movies. Our fond Christmas traditions help get us in the holiday spirit.
But in England, their Christmas traditions are a little bit different. Let's take a look at some of the ways they celebrate Christmas differently across the pond. And no, Santa doesn't drive a "lorry" instead of a sleigh.
If you're in England and you want to send a letter to Father Christmas, don't send it to him by mail. He won't get it. Instead, put your letter to Father Christmas into the fireplace then burn it. It's much more reliable than the post office. Don't ask us how he's able to read the ashes, though.
In England, Father Christmas is a full grown man who can't be bothered with this whole "milk and cookie" nonsense. Children in England leave out brandy, cookies and mince pie for Father Christmas. Apparently, Father Christmas can handle his brandy quite well, because he's never gotten a DUI.
In England, children do not wake up on Christmas morning to a mountain of presents placed under a Christmas tree. It's not because they're bad, it's just because gifts aren't placed under the tree. Presents are left at the foot of the bed, placed in a big stocking. But if you get coal in your stocking, that's an entirely different story...
Everyone's dreaming of a white Christmas, even the English. You're more likely to see a rainy Christmas across the pond. Which, honestly, is not too dissimilar from America if you're spending your Christmas in Florida.
Christmas dinner is a big deal in both America and England. But what you're eating gets a little bit lost in translation. In England, Christmas dinner will include turkey, bacon wrapped sausages and bread sauce (which is sauce thickened with bread.) You had us at "bacon wrapped."
Christmas dessert is just as different as Christmas dinner. Americans might opt to finish out their meal with a slice of pie. However, the English go-to is Christmas pudding. Christmas pudding is dried fruit flavored with spices and held together with egg and suet. Honestly, it sounds way more appetizing than "spotted dick."
In America, Christmas crackers sound like a food product with a Holiday tie in. In England, they're anything but edible. A Christmas cracker is a small present that you open by pulling its sides. But there's a catch. When you pull open the present, it explodes. Oh hey! We get why it's called a "cracker" now!
If there's one decoration that Americans go all out with, it's Christmas lights. In England, not so much. You won't be able to find houses glitzed up with a light show choreographed to "Silver Bells." Honestly, they're missing out.
In England, "Chrimbo" is slang for Christmas. Because who even has time to say the whole word? "Chrimbo" is usually used when referring to the secularized and commercialized aspects of Christmas. Because generic "Holiday" just isn't good enough sometimes.