- Oct 16, 2017
Don't bother with Dr. Who - not a British tradition! Queen's speech is definitely traditional. The only dessert for setting on fire at Christmas (brandy poured over then lit) is a traditional Christmas fruit pudding as was brought to your Thanksgiving dinner. The original home made puddings had silver sixpenny pieces put in them for luck - unless you found one by breaking a tooth on it! Of course there are no longer any such coins in circulation so that tradition has died away aided by the fact that nowadays most people get their Christmas puddings from shops. Roast turkey for Christmas dinner - same as for your Thanksgiving. Have some family games and ignore the endless repeats on tv. Most of all just enjoy being together as a family - hope that we can this year with all that's going on with lockdowns and visiting restrictions etc.A few years ago I was recovering from major knee surgery and wasn't up to cooking a full traditional Christmas dinner so we decided to do something completely different, a Mexican inspired Christmas. I ordered Mexican-style decorations and a Christmas pinata and we had tamales on Christmas Day instead of Christmas Eve. A tradition where I live (Texas) is to have tamales on Christmas Eve even if you're not Mexican.
We had a traditional Christmas last year but the kids have such fond memories of that Mexican Christmas that they want to explore other country's Christmas traditions every few years. My family decided to explore UK traditions this year because we had a blast visiting England and Scotland a few summers ago.
Here's our plan so far:
What else should we do? I'm looking for fun suggestions.
- Christmas crackers
- a Yule log in our outdoor fireplace
- a dessert that's lit on fire. DS8 still remembers when some of our British friends bought a Christmas pudding to our Thanksgiving dinner and lit it on fire.
- watch a Dr. Who Christmas episode.
Merry Christmas from the UK