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Fairytale of New York: Christmas in the UK versus the US

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Across the pond, our friends at International Compliance Training North America discuss what Christmas means to them, in contrast to a traditional Christmas here in Blighty.


Jennifer Trenery, our Content Marketing Manager, talks about her traditional Christmas in the UK.


‘Pantomime. Brussel sprouts. Festive jumpers. Prosecco. Crackers. Paper hats. Pigs in blankets. The list is endless! Is there anything that epitomises Christmas more than a traditional turkey, especially when it comes with all the trimmings. And even though we’ve all eaten far too much, I can usually make room for a tub of Quality Street in front of the Queen's speech. Movie-wise, Uncle Buck is something of a Christmas tradition in our house – although I do love Elf too – and a board game. We manage all of this before falling into a food coma’.


But, what is this like in comparison to Christmas in the United States? – James Slattery, Business Development Manager explains what Christmas is like in New York:


‘Christmas is all about the meal – much like it is with Thanksgiving Day. Christmas, however, is all about roast beef or a ham. I’m not even sure what a Christmas hat or cracker is? What is that? For us, we celebrate with lights. Festive lights adorn all of the houses, and it’s really quite beautiful to see everyone in the Christmas spirit. It’s cool that you get another day off on the 26th (Boxing Day)! We’re usually back in the office by then. Christmas, though, isn’t too different from you guys in the UK. We eat a great meal, spend time with family and friends, exchange gifts and enjoy spending time together with the ones we love’.




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