What are your family’s Christmas traditions?
Some of your answers might include putting up bright lights on the house, decorating tall pine trees, visiting a large jolly man dressed in red, midnight mass, cheerful caroling about our Lord and Savior, a Christmas ham, and opening presents on the morning of December 25th—at least if you’re from the United States.
If you live in the United Kingdom and happen to be of Royal descent, you might celebrate Christmas a little differently. The Royal family has their own unique and festive holiday traditions around Christmas time, originating from the Royal’s German heritage.
Every year, the Royals travel to their Sandringham estate on Christmas Eve for the festivities—with the Queen arriving a few days early for preparation, reported Evening Standard. Christmas Eve consists of afternoon tea, opening “ridiculous” gifts (rather than heartfelt or expensive ones), and a family dinner.
The Royal family kicks off Christmas Day with a big breakfast, morning church service, and a large Christmas lunch with salad, shrimp, lobster, turkey, and a variety of sides, according to The Sun. For dessert, they indulge in pudding with brandy butter.
Finally, the eventful day ends with a Christmas speech given by the Queen.
One similar tradition between the U.S. and Royal family is the decor. The Sandringham estate is reportedly decorated with Christmas trees and other winter holiday decorations.
This year, the Royal family will be celebrating Christmas with all of their usual traditions, but they will also be incorporating something new.
As tradition stands, only official members of the Royal family are welcomed. However, it has been confirmed that Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle will be joining the family for the holidays this year, making her the first fiancee to join the Queen for Christmas.
It is not yet known if Harry’s brother Prince William, his wife Kate Middleton, and their two children will be joining them. Evening Standard reported that last year, their little family spent Christmas with Kate’s parents. Unlike Meghan Markle, Kate did not spend Christmas with the Royal family during her engagement to William.
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