12 Surprising Differences In Christmas Celebrations In The US & UK

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12 Surprising Differences In Christmas Celebrations In The US & UK
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"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind." - Calvin Coolidge

Every place and culture has its own special way of celebrating its major festivals. Christmas is one of the most awaited festivals at a lot of places. But did you know, it is celebrated in a lot of different ways in the United States and the United Kingdom?

Take Santa Claus for example, in England there used to be a similar figure called 'Father Christmas' who wore a green suit and just made sure that everybody was eating & drinking. Interesting, eh?

Well, we have a lot more interesting differences in the list below. Take a look!

Christmas crackers?

Christmas crackers?

In the UK, there is a tradition of having Christmas crackers on dinners and wearing paper caps. No, these crackers don't really explode. They just have a little gift inside which two people hold and pull at the same time. There is no such tradition in the US.

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Christmas drink

Christmas drink

Eggnog is said to be the favorite Christmas drink in the US & Canada. Mulled wine, on the other hand, is a rather famous choice in the UK.

Christmas wishes

Christmas wishes

Did you know, in the US, Christmas wishes are exchanged by saying 'Merry Christmas' whereas, in the UK it is 'Happy Christmas'? 

White Christmas?

White Christmas?

In the US, white or snowy Christmas is often observed. Whereas, it is mostly rainy in the UK.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

We are all familiar with Santa Claus, aren't we? Well, earlier in England, there used to be a Father Christmas who wore a green suit and made sure everybody had a gala feast & drinks. 

Christmas gifts

Christmas gifts

Traditionally, we have only seen Christmas gifts being kept under the tree, haven't we? But in the UK, they are placed under the bed (or at the foot of the bed).

The day after Christmas

The day after Christmas

In the US, the day after Christmas is celebrated as the commemoration of Jesus's birth whereas, in the UK, it is the boxing day which provides amazing deals and discounts.

Christmas meal

Christmas meal

In the US, the grand Christmas dinner consists of ham, goose or roasted beef along with some other sides. In the UK, it is more like a Christmas lunch (it varies from place to place) which includes turkey and vegetables. 

Christmas desserts

Christmas desserts

The American Christmas desserts consist of the obvious pumpkin pies, mince pies, and sugar cookies. In the UK, it is more like Christmas pudding and cake.

Christmas celebrations

Christmas celebrations

Christmas is mostly about family and celebration in the US. Whereas in the UK, you can often see people out at night in the pubs celebrating with their friends.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

This is a glimpse of Winter Wonderland from the US as well as the UK. Both are absolutely pretty!

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Just some minor differences in the Christmas tree decorations. But both look amazing, don't they?

That is all for now, from us. Did you like the list? Have any comments about it? Want to give some suggestions? Write to me at ankita@wittyfeed.com or in the box below!