When people overseas imagine what Christmas day is like in the United Kingdom, they probably think we sit there with our cups of tea and biscuits, sitting down to chortle and guffaw at re-runs of Faulty Towers.
Well, they’re damn wrong! Kind of. There’s no denying how much we all love drinking tea. And Faulty Towers is a quality show, to be fair.
Let’s clear the air on this one – what usually happens on Christmas day in the UK?
1. Terry’s Chocolate Orange for Breakfast
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the need to devour a superficially damaged Terry’s Chocolate Orange at the crack of dawn. Oh, and the day usually continues in the same vein as well. Turkey dinner at 3pm, then left-over finger food until you’re about to pop.
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2. Emergency chairs!
Let’s face it, there’s nothing more British than having to tuck into the most anticipated meal of the year from the safety of a fold-up chair that could spring shut at any point.
3. Part of the meal goes walkabout
Not the Brussel sprouts! Lord upon days. The world is going to end without them. How will Christmas continue? Unfortunately for Uncle Dave, he gets the side-eye stare from your Auntie Jean for the rest of the afternoon.
4. Did someone say Baileys and After Eights?
There’s nothing that says Christmas more than watching your Grandma fill up her favourite crystal glass with a bit of Baileys. Yeah, and don’t start to put those empty After Eight packets back into the box, because that’s not cool.
5. Christmas TV
Christmas Day in the UK is part presents, part food and part TV. In fact, Christmas TV is a serious issue, so it’s important to pick your battles and lay down your marker before it all kicks off. But before you know it, you’re all huddled around Grandma’s tiny portable TV in the back-bedroom, as your Granddad wants to watch ‘The Great Escape’. Again.
6. Social media envy
Whether it’s pictures of engagement rings with the caption, ‘I can’t believe he asked the question’, to people proudly presenting their Christmas Day haul, everyone gets a little bit jealous at Christmas. Well, there’s nothing to worry about, as everyone knows they got the same socks and Lynx Africa gift set as you did.
7. Spending the night in your old bed
They’ve not even changed your football quilt. Everything is untouched and spotless. You realise how much you’ve eaten when your hips begin to fall off the sides. You end up having to roll up like a burrito just to stay in place.
Do you fancy giving your Christmas a refresh? Why not pop down to Revolution for a pre-Christmas meal that’ll get you in the festive spirit? Our Christmas party venues have better booze than your nana’s sherry cabinet and there’ll be no shortage of food, either!