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10 Christmas traditions that make us very British…

Whether it's leaving a carrot for Rudolph or getting Xmas PJs, we've all got our favourites (and Bell of Northampton tells us theirs)!

In the Muddy household we ALWAYS get new PJs on Christmas Eve. There’s always an orange and shelled nuts in the stockings (that no one eats), only I’m allowed to peak in the room downstairs to see if Father Christmas has been and we’re always allowed chocolate before breakfast on Christmas morning. Listed below are ten very British behaviours that you’ll probably recognise (and we’re sure you have a few of your own)…

10 things that make a truly great British Christmas *

Telling terrible cracker jokes
Losing the end of the Sellotape
Falling asleep in front of the television during Christmas Day afternoon
Wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve
Drinking fizz before lunch
Watching film classics, like the Muppets Christmas Carol
Getting a Christmas card from someone you’ve not sent one to
Receiving a pair of socks, again
Complaining you’ve eaten too much, then going in for more
Circling TV programmes in the Christmas television guide

We’ve all got weird and wonderful traditions we adhere to, so we asked Bell of Northampton, what their staff get up to at the most favourite time of the year!


Nicola Andrews – Bathroom Consultant

1.We always go to the cinema on Christmas Eve, then the boys write a letter to Santa and leave him a mince pie, glass of sherry and a carrot (for Rudolph). I get the terrible job of scoffing the mince pie and downing the sherry before they wake up on Christmas morning (the carrot goes in the pot for dinner).

Amy Smart – Team Leader Bathrooms & Richard Capell – Flooring Consultant

1) We always go to a carol service on Christmas Eve then mince pies and port when we get back home!
2) We play cards on Christmas night, usually about 10-12 of us.
3) Some of our Christmas decorations are older than the kids, but they still go up every year.

Paul Roccotiello – Team Leader Kitchens
1. The one thing we do that doesn’t change each year is that I play the Pogues, Fairytale of New York really loud Xmas morning, that means Christmas has begun and they can come down and open their gifts.
2. I also have 3 special elves who make it feel really Christmassy. They magically do this whilst I sleep on the sofa full of mince pies & booze! 😉

If you get a mo, tell us your Xmas traditions, there’s always room for more in the Muddy household and sharing’s caring!

*Source: Sainsburys

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