Ever since we decided to spend Christmas in England this year, our minds have been focused on all the things we’re looking forward to most while we celebrate our favorite time of the year in our favorite place in the world.
This post will be published on Friday, December 13th when we will already have arrived in London.
So, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of all the British Christmas things that we’re looking forward to.
Christmas TV Specials – Our passion for Britain is stoked by great British TV and it will be a treat to be in the UK watching all our favorite Christmas specials live as they air on TV. No downloading. No streaming. Just being there. I’m particularly looking forward to the Doctor Who and Downton Abbey Christmas specials (no SPOILERS from us!).
Christmas Lights – I’m a Christmas light junkie, so I’m very interested to see how they’re different in the UK. I plan to spend an evening in London walking around taking pictures of all the lights. I’d also like to do the same in Shaftesbury, where we’ll be staying over the festive period.
Crackers – Every year, I’m the damp squib that brings crackers to my family Christmas party and get strange looks. So, it will be quite treat to actually be in Britain to pull them apart! This is one of the first things we’ll have to buy when we get there.
Christmas Lunch – Mrs. Anglotopia is going to do her best to attempt a traditional British Christmas Lunch. What’s the main course? Turkey. Yes, Turkey. So, I have a feeling our lunch will be a lot like Thanksgiving.
Boxing Day Sales – We like to shop just as much as everyone else, so we’re looking forward to setting out the day after Christmas and seeing what kinds of deals we can find.
Christmas Morning Churchbells – Updown Cottage, where we’re staying for Christmas, is on the same street as a Victorian era church with a steeple full of old bells. I cannot wait to hear them ring out on Christmas morn.
Christmas Carols – I love Christmas music and I’m really looking forward to seeing which ones the British prefer and if they sound differently that the ones we fancy back home.
Christmas Shopping in London – Mrs. Anglotopia and I have set a budget of £100 each for Christmas and we can’t wait to set each other loose in London to find the perfects gifts to put under our tree in Shaftesbury. I’ve already bought Anglotopia Jr. a special gift that’s waiting for him in England.
Christmas Evensong – If the kids co-operate we’d love to attend an evening service on Christmas Eve to hear the songs and celebrate the reason for the season.
Learning New Christmas Traditions – This is the highlight – we have our own set of family traditions for Christmas so it will be fun to learn and experience new ones that we can incorporate to future Christmas’s back home (that is if we don’t return to Updown again next year!).
The (Hope) For a Snowy England – Looking at the weather forecast for our trip, we’re going to be blessed with mild and sunny weather. Couldn’t ask more. Except that a little bit of holiday snow would be appreciated. Preferably on a day we don’t plan to drive anywhere. But I don’t think we’ll get it.
Mulled Wine – Mrs. Anglotopia is looking forward to this more than me as I can’t stand the taste of most wines. But I’m sure I’ll give it a college try.
Mince Pies – Anglophile confession time. I’ve never had a mince pie. I know. Gasp. So, I’m looking forward to trying them for the first time and I hope they become a favorite.
Christmas in London – What’s more magical than seeing London all lit up and decorated for Christmas. We’ll be living our own version of Love Actually minus all the sorrow!
What’s your favorite British Christmas tradition? Let us know in the comments!