History UsefulNotes / AVeryBritishChristmas

4th Sep '16 11:07:31 PM erforce
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* Christmas films -- terrestrial channels tend to show both more and higher-profile films (often ones receiving their terrestrial premiere) over the Christmas period (as exhaustively covered in the aforementioned ''RadioTimes'' bumper edition, naturally). In addition, while the usual Christmas-themed films (from ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' and ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (x2) to ''Film/{{Elf}}'' and ''Film/BadSanta'') will inevitably be on, many thematically-unrelated ones have nonetheless become staples of the season -- ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'', ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', ''Film/BriefEncounter'', ''Film/JamesBond'' films, the original ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' films with Creator/PeterSellers, ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' (which is almost a certainty for Boxing Day), etc. Interestingly, during its rather untrendy period in the late 1980s and early '90s, the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy definitely fell into this category, having become a much less common sight before it became cool again.

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* Christmas films -- terrestrial channels tend to show both more and higher-profile films (often ones receiving their terrestrial premiere) over the Christmas period (as exhaustively covered in the aforementioned ''RadioTimes'' bumper edition, naturally). In addition, while the usual Christmas-themed films (from ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' and ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (x2) to ''Film/{{Elf}}'' and ''Film/BadSanta'') will inevitably be on, many thematically-unrelated ones have nonetheless become staples of the season -- ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'', ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', ''Film/BriefEncounter'', ''Film/JamesBond'' films, the original ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' films with Creator/PeterSellers, ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' (which is almost a certainty for Boxing Day), etc. Interestingly, during its rather untrendy period in the late 1980s and early '90s, the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy definitely fell into this category, having become a much less common sight before it became cool again.
23rd Aug '16 4:44:13 AM Morgenthaler
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Curiously, a few songs are routinely wheeled out that are not lyrically 'festive', but apparently still count due to their originally charting highly around Christmastime and giving off a warm fuzzy feeling -- e.g. Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's "The Power of Love"[[note]](the band's label produced a Nativity-themed music video to capitalise on its December release in 1984, which contributed to this; a mimsy-pop cover version from a TV advert (see above) also topped the charts in December 2012)[[/note]], or East 17's "Stay Another Day", which beat Mariah to the hallowed Christmas Number One Single slot in 1994. The race for this chart position (and the often ultra-cheesy pretenders thereto) is very much a UK-specific phenomenon, as fairly accurately depicted in the film ''Film/LoveActually''. With the exception of the 2004 re-recording of ''Do They Know It's Christmas?'', the last actual Christmas-''themed'' #1 to date was CliffRichard's "Saviour's Day" back in 1990; after that, songs as varied as the ''Series/NoelsHouseParty''-derived novelty "Mr. Blobby" (1993), Music/MichaelJackson's dour GreenAesop "Earth Song" (1995), three consecutive Music/SpiceGirls songs (1996-8), children's TV character ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'''s "Can We Fix It?" (2000) and Gary Jules' SofterAndSlowerCover of "Mad World" from the soundtrack of ''Film/DonnieDarko'' (2003) have taken the crown.

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Curiously, a few songs are routinely wheeled out that are not lyrically 'festive', but apparently still count due to their originally charting highly around Christmastime and giving off a warm fuzzy feeling -- e.g. Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's "The Power of Love"[[note]](the band's label produced a Nativity-themed music video to capitalise on its December release in 1984, which contributed to this; a mimsy-pop cover version from a TV advert (see above) also topped the charts in December 2012)[[/note]], or East 17's "Stay Another Day", which beat Mariah to the hallowed Christmas Number One Single slot in 1994. The race for this chart position (and the often ultra-cheesy pretenders thereto) is very much a UK-specific phenomenon, as fairly accurately depicted in the film ''Film/LoveActually''. With the exception of the 2004 re-recording of ''Do They Know It's Christmas?'', the last actual Christmas-''themed'' #1 to date was CliffRichard's Music/CliffRichard's "Saviour's Day" back in 1990; after that, songs as varied as the ''Series/NoelsHouseParty''-derived novelty "Mr. Blobby" (1993), Music/MichaelJackson's dour GreenAesop "Earth Song" (1995), three consecutive Music/SpiceGirls songs (1996-8), children's TV character ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'''s "Can We Fix It?" (2000) and Gary Jules' SofterAndSlowerCover of "Mad World" from the soundtrack of ''Film/DonnieDarko'' (2003) have taken the crown.
5th Aug '16 2:00:38 PM twilicorn
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In recent years, the popular and iconic department store Partnership chain, John Lewis, releases a blockbuster 'advert' (Although the finished result is more akin to a short film) to herald the start of their Christmas period, which begins in September, ramps up in October and kicks it into a high gear as November begins. 2013 was a highly successful year for the Partnership because of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRzDUSDS-V4 The Bear and the Hare]], a cleverly animated advert which utilised both Cell and Stop Motion animation, while 2014 left many people wishing they owned or looked after an Adélie penguin. The vast majority of the money acquired from these pieces of media goes to a chosen charity that the Partnership has decided to support each Christmas season.

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In recent years, the popular and iconic department store Partnership chain, John Lewis, releases a blockbuster 'advert' (Although the finished result is more akin to a short film) to herald the start of their Christmas period, which begins in September, ramps up in October and kicks it into a high gear as November begins. 2013 was a highly successful year for the Partnership because of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRzDUSDS-V4 The Bear and the Hare]], a cleverly animated advert which utilised both Cell and Stop Motion animation, while 2014 left many people wishing they owned or looked after an Adélie penguin. The vast majority of the money acquired from these pieces of media goes to a chosen charity that the Partnership has decided to support each Christmas season.
season. At least once, said charity had a tie-in with their ad's subject matter: 2015's "Man on the Moon" advert supported a charity that was helping old people who were alone on Christmas.



Curiously, a few songs are routinely wheeled out that are not lyrically 'festive', but apparently still count due to their originally charting highly around Christmastime and giving off a warm fuzzy feeling -- e.g. Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's "The Power of Love"[[note]](the band's label produced a Nativity-themed music video to capitalise on its December release in 1984, which contributed to this; a mimsy-pop cover version from a TV advert (see above) also topped the charts in December 2012)[[/note]], or East 17's "Stay Another Day", which beat Mariah to the hallowed Christmas Number One Single slot in 1994. The race for this chart position (and the often ultra-cheesy pretenders thereto) is very much a UK-specific phenomenon, as fairly accurately depicted in the film ''Film/LoveActually''. With the exception of the 2004 re-recording of ''Do They Know It's Christmas?'', the last actual Christmas-''themed'' #1 was CliffRichard's "Saviour's Day" back in 1990; after that, songs as varied as the ''Series/NoelsHouseParty''-derived novelty "Mr. Blobby" (1993), Music/MichaelJackson's dour GreenAesop "Earth Song" (1995), three consecutive Music/SpiceGirls songs (1996-8), children's TV character ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'''s "Can We Fix It?" (2000) and Gary Jules' SofterAndSlowerCover of "Mad World" from the soundtrack of ''Film/DonnieDarko'' (2003) have taken the crown.

Since 2005 though you can nearly always expect the coveted Christmas Number One spot to go to whoever won ''Series/TheXFactor'' that year. This led to a backlash in 2009 when an online campaign propelled Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing in the Name" to the top instead, much to the displeasure of X-Factor supremo [[TheMeanBrit Simon Cowell]]. Since then numerous similar campaigns have attempted to hijack the position back for "real music" in the same fashion, though with less success (only two non-X Factor #1's have appeared between 2009 and 2015: Gareth Malone and Military Wives' "Wherever You Are" and a Hillsborough-inspired remake of The Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", from 2011 and 2012 respectively). The 2015 battle for the number one might prove that the X Factor's glory days are history, as that year's winner's single ("Forever Young", for those wondering) only finished at #12 (the fact that it was said that the song wouldn't interfere with the Christmas chart arguably helped), and the top spot turned out to be a two-horse race for the position between Music/JustinBieber's "Love Yourself" and a CharityMotivationSong mashup of Music/PaulSimon and Music/{{Coldplay}} by the NHS Choir (the latter would eventually claim the top spot - [[Heartwarming/{{Music}} Bieber himself even thought that the choir deserved the #1 more than he did]]).

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Curiously, a few songs are routinely wheeled out that are not lyrically 'festive', but apparently still count due to their originally charting highly around Christmastime and giving off a warm fuzzy feeling -- e.g. Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's "The Power of Love"[[note]](the band's label produced a Nativity-themed music video to capitalise on its December release in 1984, which contributed to this; a mimsy-pop cover version from a TV advert (see above) also topped the charts in December 2012)[[/note]], or East 17's "Stay Another Day", which beat Mariah to the hallowed Christmas Number One Single slot in 1994. The race for this chart position (and the often ultra-cheesy pretenders thereto) is very much a UK-specific phenomenon, as fairly accurately depicted in the film ''Film/LoveActually''. With the exception of the 2004 re-recording of ''Do They Know It's Christmas?'', the last actual Christmas-''themed'' #1 to date was CliffRichard's "Saviour's Day" back in 1990; after that, songs as varied as the ''Series/NoelsHouseParty''-derived novelty "Mr. Blobby" (1993), Music/MichaelJackson's dour GreenAesop "Earth Song" (1995), three consecutive Music/SpiceGirls songs (1996-8), children's TV character ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder'''s "Can We Fix It?" (2000) and Gary Jules' SofterAndSlowerCover of "Mad World" from the soundtrack of ''Film/DonnieDarko'' (2003) have taken the crown.

Since 2005 though you can nearly always expect the coveted Christmas Number One spot to go to whoever won ''Series/TheXFactor'' that year. This led to a backlash in 2009 when an online campaign propelled Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing in the Name" to the top instead, much to the displeasure of X-Factor supremo [[TheMeanBrit Simon Cowell]]. Since then numerous similar campaigns have attempted to hijack the position back for "real music" in the same fashion, though with less success (only two non-X Factor #1's have appeared between 2009 and 2015: Gareth Malone and Military Wives' "Wherever You Are" and a Hillsborough-inspired remake of The Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", from 2011 and 2012 respectively). The 2015 battle for the number one might prove that the X Factor's glory days are history, as that year's winner's single ("Forever Young", for those wondering) only finished at #12 (the fact that it was said that the song wouldn't interfere with the Christmas chart arguably helped), and the top spot turned out to be a two-horse race for the position between Music/JustinBieber's "Love Yourself" and a CharityMotivationSong mashup of Music/PaulSimon and Music/{{Coldplay}} by the NHS Choir Choir's unlikely Music/SimonAndGarfunkel[=/=]Music/{{Coldplay}} mashup, "A Bridge Over You" (the latter would eventually claim the top spot - [[Heartwarming/{{Music}} Bieber himself even thought that the choir deserved the #1 more than he did]]).
26th Jul '16 6:41:15 AM GojiBiscuits
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In recent years, some traditions and conventions from other English-speaking countries have started to appear, mostly due to the lower cost of transport and increased relations between the UK, America and The Commonwealth. For example, UsefulNotes/BlackFriday, previously a chiefly-American spiel, has crashed into the Christmas season in full force, and Brits everywhere seem to go just as crazy for it as their friends across the pond.

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In recent years, some traditions and conventions from other English-speaking countries have started to appear, mostly due to the lower cost of transport and increased relations between the UK, America America, Europe (especially Germany, Italy and France) and The Commonwealth. For example, UsefulNotes/BlackFriday, previously a chiefly-American spiel, has crashed into the Christmas season in full force, and Brits everywhere seem to go just as crazy for it as their friends across the pond.
26th Jun '16 3:06:06 AM gewunomox
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Since 2005 though you can nearly always expect the coveted Christmas Number One spot to go to whoever won ''Series/TheXFactor'' that year. This led to a backlash in 2009 when an online campaign propelled RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing in the Name" to the top instead, much to the displeasure of X-Factor supremo [[TheMeanBrit Simon Cowell]]. Since then numerous similar campaigns have attempted to hijack the position back for "real music" in the same fashion, though with less success (only two non-X Factor #1's have appeared between 2009 and 2015: Gareth Malone and Military Wives' "Wherever You Are" and a Hillsborough-inspired remake of The Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", from 2011 and 2012 respectively). The 2015 battle for the number one might prove that the X Factor's glory days are history, as that year's winner's single ("Forever Young", for those wondering) only finished at #12 (the fact that it was said that the song wouldn't interfere with the Christmas chart arguably helped), and the top spot turned out to be a two-horse race for the position between Music/JustinBieber's "Love Yourself" and a CharityMotivationSong mashup of Music/PaulSimon and Music/{{Coldplay}} by the NHS Choir (the latter would eventually claim the top spot - [[Heartwarming/{{Music}} Bieber himself even thought that the choir deserved the #1 more than he did]]).

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Since 2005 though you can nearly always expect the coveted Christmas Number One spot to go to whoever won ''Series/TheXFactor'' that year. This led to a backlash in 2009 when an online campaign propelled RageAgainstTheMachine's Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing in the Name" to the top instead, much to the displeasure of X-Factor supremo [[TheMeanBrit Simon Cowell]]. Since then numerous similar campaigns have attempted to hijack the position back for "real music" in the same fashion, though with less success (only two non-X Factor #1's have appeared between 2009 and 2015: Gareth Malone and Military Wives' "Wherever You Are" and a Hillsborough-inspired remake of The Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", from 2011 and 2012 respectively). The 2015 battle for the number one might prove that the X Factor's glory days are history, as that year's winner's single ("Forever Young", for those wondering) only finished at #12 (the fact that it was said that the song wouldn't interfere with the Christmas chart arguably helped), and the top spot turned out to be a two-horse race for the position between Music/JustinBieber's "Love Yourself" and a CharityMotivationSong mashup of Music/PaulSimon and Music/{{Coldplay}} by the NHS Choir (the latter would eventually claim the top spot - [[Heartwarming/{{Music}} Bieber himself even thought that the choir deserved the #1 more than he did]]).
31st May '16 4:28:15 AM GojiBiscuits
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'''Special church services'''. 'Christingle' is a service held on the last Sunday before Christmas Eve in Anglican Churches. Originating in Germany (as before the two wars Germany and Britain were fairly chummy, [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor the monarch]] [[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria originally being]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover German]] and all), it was brought into the UK by the Children's Society charity and is a major fund-raiser for them. Children are given an orange embedded with a candle and four cocktail sticks with sweets/nuts/raisins on and a red ribbon tied around the middle (there's also a bit of tin foil to catch the melting wax) - these are all, bar the tin foil, symbolic: the orange is the world, the foodstuffs are the fruits of the earth and the four seasons, the red ribbon is the blood of Christ and the candle is Jesus, The Light of the World. The children may parade around the church with the lit Christingles, attempting not to set the hair of the child in front of them [[FlamingHair on fire]]. Ahem.

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'''Special church services'''. 'Christingle' is a service held on the last Sunday before Christmas Eve in Anglican Churches. Originating in Germany (as before the two wars Germany and Britain were fairly chummy, [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor the monarch]] [[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria originally being]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover German]] and all), it was brought into the UK by the Children's Society charity and is a major fund-raiser for them. Children are given an orange embedded with a candle and four cocktail sticks with sweets/nuts/raisins on and a red ribbon tied around the middle (there's also a bit of tin foil to catch the melting wax) - these are all, bar the tin foil, symbolic: the orange is the world, the foodstuffs are the fruits of the earth and the four seasons, the red ribbon is the blood of Christ and the candle is Jesus, The Light of the World. The children may parade around the church with the lit Christingles, attempting not to set the hair of the child in front of them [[FlamingHair on fire]]. Ahem.
Expect plenty of 'Peace be with you-s' and a somewhat pleasant smell of burning cinnamon to be found.
31st May '16 4:21:30 AM GojiBiscuits
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In recent years, the popular and iconic department store Partnership chain, John Lewis, releases a blockbuster 'commercial' to herald the start of their Christmas period, which begins in September, ramps up in October and kicks it into a high gear as November begins. 2013 was a highly successful year for the Partnership because of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRzDUSDS-V4 The Bear and the Hare]], a cleverly animated advert which utilised both Cell and Stop Motion animation.

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In recent years, the popular and iconic department store Partnership chain, John Lewis, releases a blockbuster 'commercial' 'advert' (Although the finished result is more akin to a short film) to herald the start of their Christmas period, which begins in September, ramps up in October and kicks it into a high gear as November begins. 2013 was a highly successful year for the Partnership because of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRzDUSDS-V4 The Bear and the Hare]], a cleverly animated advert which utilised both Cell and Stop Motion animation.
animation, while 2014 left many people wishing they owned or looked after an Adélie penguin. The vast majority of the money acquired from these pieces of media goes to a chosen charity that the Partnership has decided to support each Christmas season.
31st May '16 4:17:11 AM GojiBiscuits
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Starting from right ''before'' the current year's Christmas (Usually Christmas Eve or Boxing Day), the cost-spreading company Park will usually release an advert telling people to begin saving or using their services so that they have enough money for next year's festivities. This usually leads to people feeling down and a bit upset over money concerns. The advert mysteriously disappears after around a quarter into the following year, only to return time and time again as Christmas gets nearer, like a ruthless alligator waiting to feed on people who are insecure about their finances.
30th May '16 8:05:42 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''TopOfThePops'', former long-running music show that was killed off after a disastrous rebranding back in 2006, now survives as an annual special which serves mainly to announce who has secured the above-mentioned coveted Christmas Number One single, usually from a ''TheXFactor'' winner.

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* ''TopOfThePops'', ''Series/TopOfThePops'', former long-running music show that was killed off after a disastrous rebranding back in 2006, now survives as an annual special which serves mainly to announce who has secured the above-mentioned coveted Christmas Number One single, usually from a ''TheXFactor'' winner.
27th May '16 3:58:38 AM GojiBiscuits
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Before we begin, let's debunk a tabloid myth. There is no [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad mass PC-ing]] of Christmas. "Winterval" was a one-off commercial event and few things could annoy a Brit any more than someone wishing them "Happy Holidays". It's "Merry Christmas" or nothing. A "winter scene" on this year's Christmastime postage stamp still means Baby Jesus or suchlike will show up on next year's. Cards are still sent. Office parties are more common every year. [[Series/{{QI}} Thank you, Stephen Fry.]]

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Before we begin, let's debunk a tabloid myth. There is no [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad mass PC-ing]] of Christmas. "Winterval" was a one-off commercial event and few things could annoy a Brit any more than someone wishing them "Happy Holidays". It's "Merry Christmas" or nothing. A "winter scene" on this year's Christmastime postage stamp still means Baby Jesus or suchlike will show up on next year's. Cards are still sent. Office parties are more common every year. [[Series/{{QI}} Thank you, Stephen Fry.]]
]] In fact, Christmas in Britain is so popular that from around the 1800s onwards, it has begun to be celebrated by virtually every religious denomination in some way or another.



'''Christmas themed goods appear in the shops'''. This can happen as early as August, but is often delayed until after [[AllHallowsEve Hallowe'en]], or at least interrupted by it with products for both festivals coexisting. Expect shopping centres to have their basic decorations up long in advance, and jokes about mince pies going off three months before they're used. Widely believed to be [[ChristmasCreep getting earlier and earlier each year]]; it isn't really, nor is it solely about rampant "commercialisation": British employees are usually paid at the end of the month, so for any Christmas bonus to be paid, there has to have been lots of Christmas shopping in October and November.

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'''Christmas themed goods appear in the shops'''. This can happen as early as August, but is often delayed until after [[AllHallowsEve Hallowe'en]], or at least interrupted or competed with by it with products for both festivals coexisting. Expect shopping centres to have their basic decorations up long in advance, and jokes about mince pies being eaten or going off out of date three months before they're used. Widely believed to be [[ChristmasCreep getting earlier and earlier each year]]; it isn't really, nor is it solely about rampant "commercialisation": British employees are usually paid at the end of the month, so for any Christmas bonus to be paid, there has to have been lots of Christmas shopping in October and November.
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