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A child’s Christmas


A number of Christmas traditions were created
or made popular by Brits.

The best parts:

Going to Panto with your parents, hissing loudly at Captain Hook, screaming at Peter Pan to warn him, clapping your hands raw to prove to Tinker Bell you believe.

Acting in the Nativity play, but not as a sheep or a cow.

The Christmas tree lit in the darkness and shining with ornaments on Christmas Eve.

Listening to A Christmas Carol while the Yule log chuckles in the hearth.

Singing carols around the piano – Angels We Have Heard on High, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Deck the Halls, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.

Trying to fall asleep on the night before Christmas as snow falls.

Finding your Christmas stocking full of treats when you wake up.

Eating Christmas cookies before breakfast.

Opening presents left by Father Christmas.

The table stretching out as uncles and aunts and cousins gather for Christmas dinner.

Pulling the Christmas cracker with a bang, getting a good surprise, putting on paper crowns, and noticing the adults look silly.

Not the Christmas turkey and definitely not kissing under the mistletoe; not eating mince pie and not eating Christmas pudding; however, watching the pudding burst into flames as it arrives is quite exciting.

Opening more presents and playing games.

Boxing Day, as adults have finally relaxed.

Spending twelve whole days in ice-hockey, torchlight processions, theatre, riding, and massive covert operations that leave adults too shocked to shout.