British Christmas Traditions in Honor of Will and Kate's Visit

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The above are just awesome look-alikes of the royal family in a faux Christmas scene, but with Will and Kate having descended upon U.S. soil for a little Christmas shopping, we have caught a mad case of royal fever for all things Brit-style holiday!

British Tree Ornaments

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Why not start your holiday off with a British bang with these glittery tree baubles of Brit icons like Big Ben? It doesn’t get more Brit then Union Jack-themed ornaments. And this little phone booth might be the coolest ornament we’ve seen in a long while. 

Christmas Crackers

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Christmas crackers are a holiday tradition for the Brits. The cracker is a paper tube, covered in foil, twisted at both ends with hidden treasures inside. This is how the party starts: everyone lines up, holding their cracker in their right hand, crosses their arms, and pulls their neighbor’s cracker with their left. Even better, they make a little bang when you open them. Along with the pop! comes the little gift inside: trinkets, a paper crown and hand-written jokes to be read aloud at the dinner table. This can be a fun and charming tradition for any family, not just hardcore anglophiles.

Paper Crowns

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You don’t have to be royalty to feel like a king on Christmas. Tissue paper crowns, often found inside Christmas crackers are worn by kids and grown-ups alike at a traditional British Christmas gathering. Easy to make, they fold easy and go anywhere from insider a cracker, a stocking or even as a place setting! 

Figgy Pudding

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Figgy Pudding is the traditional British Christmas pudding, often baked, steamed boiled or fried. If you couldn’t guess, the main ingredient is…figs.  Whipping up this delightfully warm, custardy and cake-y affair (think carrot cake) will no doubt bring an authentic Brit flair to your holiday event. Why? Because in England, they’ve been making this pudding yearly since way back in the 16th Century! And when you sing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” you will not be kidding around when the chorus chimes in "Now bring us some figgy pudding"…

Wassail

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In the United States, this time of year we love to rock a pot of hot mulled or spiced cider. The Brits have Wassail which means “good health.”  There are different ways to make this hot cider. This year, why not ditch the eggnog and whip up some Wassail with a base of wine? Throw some toast on top to soak up the liquid and hello, wine-drenced bread to toast to. Royally divine! 

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