Christmas around the world
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Cheree, UK

For me, Christmas is about spending time with my family but it’s not as straightforward as it sounds... My parents are divorced and my boyfriend is Spanish, which complicates matters somewhat! I typically spend one year with his family in Spain, the year after with my mum, the year after with his family, and then the year after with my dad!

A typical Christmas Day at my Mum’s starts with a light breakfast and a glass or two of Buck’s Fizz. We take it in turns to open our presents, which are all underneath the Christmas tree in the living room and we each get to choose which songs we have on in the background (I invariably choose cheesy Christmas songs!).

Afterwards, I help to prepare Christmas lunch, which for me consists of a vegetarian dish (nut roast or Quorn roast for example) and lots of vegetables: brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, carrots, etc., Yorkshire puddings, a big helping of stuffing and lashings of gravy! I usually can’t manage dessert, which is often apple crumble or a cheesecake of some sort. Lunch also involves the traditional pulling of crackers and wearing of silly party hats.

After lunch, we watch the Queen’s speech then we take the dog for a walk so we can walk off some of the food! When we get back, we play a board game or two: Monopoly, Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit usually. Then it’s time for a nibble (crackers and cheese, a bit of salad, plum loaf).

We usually spend the evening watching Eastenders and whatever film‘s on TV, whilst tucking into sweets (often a big tin of Roses or Quality Street).

On Boxing Day, we have a full English breakfast with veggie sausages, of course, and we visit my brother and sister and their children to give them their Christmas presents.

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