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How to Have a British Christmas

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Siobhan Thompson, host of the BBC America series Anglophenia, compiled this humorous look at British Christmas traditions that "never made it to America." Although the fun of Christmas crackers is pretty common in the U.S., at least in my experience. I often see them for sale in stores, and my family has been popping them and putting on the silly hats for years now. What's your take on the British Christmas traditions highlighted in the video? -Via Laughing Squid 


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Growing up, we always wrote letters to Santa and then sent them to the north pole by way of the fireplace. I wanted to continue this tradition with my kids but I live where fireplaces aren't necessary so I haven't had a working chimney to do it. It's just not the same putting a letter to Santa on the barbecue. Though the rib roast I got in my stocking that year was fantastic.
The last several years we have had the Doctor Who Christmas invasion as part of our tradition so we have sat through the Queen's speech as well.
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I never knew that the British Christmas pudding was that close to an American fruitcake. We just leave out the awful parts, like boiling it and burning it.

Last year, my SIL brought crackers to the family gathering. POP, confetti, funny hats -it was almost like New Years Eve.
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