Have you ever wonder if everyone celebrates Christmas the same? The answer is no, there are a lot of differences in terms of Christmas traditions between countries. Here comes more Christmas fun facts between United Kingdom vs United States:
# Letter to Santa
In the US, kids will write letters to Santa and drop them in the mailbox whilst in the UK, kids toss the letter straight in the fire. British believes that burning the letters will send them directly to Santa and he can read the Christmas wishes in the smoke. Yes, the British way seems more magical.
# Christmas Cracker
To the Americans, Christmas crackers like a kind of snack however to the British, Christmas crackers are cardboard tubes which has a present inside it and the tube wrapped in colorful paper. When two people pulled it apart, it will make a loud sound. On Christmas day, family members open their crackers together and the person holding the larger end gets to keep the present inside.
# Christmas Hat
After opening the Christmas cracker, you are expected to find colourful paper crown inside it and it is absolutely mandatory to wear them in the UK. While in the US, they have no idea about the Christmas cracker nor paper crown and would just stick to the pointy red hat.
# Stock Hanging
In the US, kids traditionally hang their stockings around the fireplace for Santa to fill the stockings with presents after climbing down from the chimney whereas in the UK, kids were told to hang their stockings around their bed.
# Christmas Tree
So after celebrating Christmas, how much time do we have to remove the Christmas decorations? There is no set time for the Americans to take down their Christmas decorations however for the British, they believe the Christmas tree and the decorations should be taken down within twelve days after Christmas Day to avoid bad luck for the rest of the year.