Christmas Traditions

'Tis the Season to Don Blackface: How My Friends Celebrate Christmas

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

Despite the warnings, 5 December, and the days and weeks that surrounded it, still proved to be a major challenge for me. Although I was aware that people were going to don blackfaces, I couldn't help but be surprised by the scale of the practice. Children and adults alike wore their afro wigs, red lips and gold earrings with pride...

Do You Know What a Christmas Cracker Is?

Roobla | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Apparently, on most of the rest of this planet, Christmas crackers aren't a thing. Nobody knows what they are, and nobody much cares either. Crackers are a thing in the UK, Ireland, and a few commonwealth countries like Australia, South Africa, and Canada. Nobody else has a stocking-stuffing CLUE what they are.

10 Ways To Have A Very British Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Americans! And other foreigners! Want to celebrate Christmas like a Brit? Then simply follow the advice of Anglophenia's Siobhan Thompson. Yes, the...

Six Overrated British Christmas Traditions

Caterina Soave | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caterina Soave

As Christmas 2013 draws to a close, it must be said that I have plenty to be thankful for: my family are in fine health, I am generally happy, plus I got One Direction's calendar for the upcoming year. However, as the inevitable Christmas Day argument ensued, I began to ponder other annual occurrences that most families experience specifically during the festive season...

Where Has All the Wassailing Gone?

Jon Wilks | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jon Wilks

Not enough wassailing is done in this day and age, in my opinion. It's a lost talent, overdue a comeback, and this year I intend to get right back into it. There's no time to lose, either - wassailing is best enjoyed during the festive season, and come late January, a decent wassail is a hard thing to come by.

Six Ways to Have a Mann Family Christmas

Andrea Mann | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

Hey, kids! And your parents! Want to enjoy Christmas in the style of a middle-class family living in the West Midlands in the 1980s? Then look no further: because here is my handy guide to How To Have A Mann Family Christmas.

A Weird History of Christmas, Part Two - Who on Earth is Santa?!

Greg Jenner | Posted 17.02.2013 | Home
Greg Jenner

St Nick was said to secretly give gifts of cash to those in need, thereby making him the Patron Saint of children, sailors and prostitutes... which is a slightly worrying combination that would no doubt have caused a lot of finger-pointing in the ancient offices of BBC Newsnight.

Why Being Born on Christmas Day Sucks

Jody Thompson | Posted 22.02.2012 | UK
Jody Thompson

Yes, I am one of those unfortunate few along with the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Annie Lennox and Quentin Crisp who were born on Christmas Day - at 10am, to be precise. And I possibly haven't stopped moaning about it since.

Maybe I Don't Want My Christmas to Be a Pissed-mas

Alice E. Vincent | Posted 22.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alice E. Vincent

I'll toast a notional glass of fizz any day, but being prevented from eating another pig-in-a-blanket by any reason other than sheer food-based gluttony? Ridiculous. There's no way a house double vodka and being bored by one's old lab partner is going to get in the way of my festive feeding.

Christmas Traditions Around The World :Defecating Figurines, Burning Goats, and KFC

Huffington Post UK | Cosima Ungaro | Posted 23.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The Victorians gave us the kind of Christmas we know today, reviving the tradition of carol singing, borrowing the practice of card giving from St. Va...

Festive Expectations Lead to One Thing: Chrisappointment

Ellie Slee | Posted 03.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Ellie Slee

When I got home that night, I found a Christmas video on my Facebook wall. What this video showed me was one of the saddest Christmas revelations ever to occur. Sadder than that bit in A Muppet's Christmas Carol when the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge that, twenty years ago, he let the love of his life slip through his fingers.