Christmas in the UK

Christmas in the UK

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Christmas crackers aren't a snack

Christmas crackers, which also date back to Victorian times, are cardboard tubes wrapped in colorful paper that, when pulled apart by two people, make a loud cracking sound. Families traditionally open their crackers together on Christmas Day, and the tubes are usually filled with a small toy, a riddle or joke, and a tissue-paper crown.  After opening the crackers, it's also tradition to wear the paper crowns throughout the Christmas meal. 

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This is something Brits enjoy watching on a holiday season

One of the more confusing British holiday traditions is pantomime, which are over-the-top musical comedies based on famous fairy tales. The family-friendly theater performances are produced throughout the Christmas season all over the UK and involve plenty of slapstick humor and loud audience participation.

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Every year, the queen gives a broadcasted speech on Christmas Day

King George V started the Royal Christmas Message as a radio broadcast in 1932, and it has remained an annual tradition ever since. In 1957, Queen Elizabeth II moved to the broadcast to television. During the speech, the queen talks about current issues and reflects on what Christmas means to her, according to the royal website.

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People in the UK only celebrate the day of Christmas

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is a public holiday in the UK. Today, however, Boxing Day is more about shopping (or returning gifts) and watching sports.

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In the UK, it can be bad luck to keep your decorations up for more than 12 days after Christmas

In the UK, it's tradition to take down your tree and decorations 12 days after Christmas — known as Twelfth Night — to avoid bad luck in the new year.

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