Thanks to Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge, we have the Christmas traditions that we cherish today. It was, in part, thanks to Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol, that the Victorians rediscovered the magic of Christmas. A short time later, Christmas was redefined; it became a day of crackers, cards, good food, and, most importantly, a time for family.
Most families in England celebrate on the big day, December 25th, but that doesn't stop the festivities from starting in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Family and friends come together to deck out their homes, offices, and, well, anywhere they can get their hands on with tons of tinsel and decorations.
Not to mention the effort that goes into making the Christmas tree perfect, hanging the baubles is the best bit! But did you know that the first Christmas tree in England was introduced by the wife of King George III, Queen Charlotte, in 1800?
Having a yew tree in your home was a common Christmas tradition in her native Germany, although we have long since ditched hanging candles from the tree in favour of the safer LED lights.
However, it's not all just mince pies and figgy puddings with pennies in the middle. England certainly has its fair share of quirkier traditions.
Although not as common nowadays, Wassailing, also known as Christmas Caroling, can be traced back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. This old English custom saw farmers visit the Apple Tree Man, the local orchard's most prolific cropper, and pour cider of tree roots whilst singing a toast!
Another tradition that many of us Brits continue to uphold is the Christmas Day Swim - as if Winter wasn't nippy enough. This tradition can be traced back to 1864 but really made waves in 1904 when Playwright J.M. Barrie donated a prize cup to those brave enough to tackle the 100-yard swim in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake. Brr!