We love Christmas

 

Take a look at our guide to having a jolly holiday in the festive season, and join in the fun! If you also love Christmas share your favourite places, programmes or recipies with us.

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12 British Royal Christmas Traditions That Will Surprise You

The formalities of Christmas at Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham country estate could have been lifted straight from an episode of Downton Abbey (including a schedule of festivities delivered by the Master of the Household, and five outfit changes in a day!) — but what about those British royal traditions that aren't as well-known? We're taking you inside the royal festivities, from a bit of rough and tumble on Christmas Eve to cider and movie nights.

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Christmas Carol singing in Szentendre

Students and teachers of the English Center used to sing Christmas carols on the main square of Szentendre.
We had some rehearsals before the performance. In this video you can see how we prepared for the concert and then how we performed the songs. You can also find the list of songs in case you feel like learning them :)

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60 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments to DIY

Trim your tree with handcrafted ornaments made with love. To help get you inspired, look at some easy-to-make Christmas ornaments.  For examples salt dough Christmas ornaments are super fun to make and the kids will love getting their hands messy helping out. So if you're looking to add a twist to your tree this year, we suggest you take a peek at some homemade versions.

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How to make mulled wine by Jamie Oliver

A pan of warming, spiced mulled wine (also called Glühwein) is the taste of Christmas in a glass – and it's dead simple to make.  The key to the perfect mulled wine is patience – let everything mull away and warm up gently so the flavours have time to mingle with the wine. Then simply ladle it into glasses, as and when your guests pop in. 

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Popular Christmas songs and carols

Top 36 popular Christmas songs and carols playlist.  Without Christmas carols, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas. From angel-singing, bell-ringing ebullience to deep, spiritual contemplation, nothing can match the Christmas carol in terms of creating an atmosphere – whether echoing through a vast cathedral, or sung by children in a nativity play, their power to move can be simply overwhelming.

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Bet You Didn't Know: Christmas

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

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Mary Berry's Christmas pudding

Mary Berry's Christmas pudding recipe is loaded with fruit, peel and, of course, brandy. With an extra dollop of brandy butter on the side, this pudding will win over the harshest critics. On this page you can find the recipe and a How to make video, too.

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The 40 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to put away our differences in the interest of peace on earth, goodwill toward others, etc., etc., and kick back with a great Christmas movie, a filmmaking tradition that dates back to the 1898 film Santa Claus. In that one, Santa slides down a chimney, stuffs some stockings, and promptly disappears into the ether; the whole film runs just over one minute long.