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Harveys Yule Rules | Christmas Family Activities

Following the ground breaking revelations of the British public’s penchant for turkey over beef for their traditional Christmas dinner, this week we turned our attention to the post-lunch customs asking: for your family, what is the definitive activity at Christmas?

The results are in, and they may surprise you…


A huge 46% of the UK public taking part in our survey chose watching a festive film together as their favourite of the Christmas family activities. With only 4% of respondents choosing charades and 2% that enjoy carolling it seems that the big square box is King on Christmas day, making way for a Silent Night

This news left us wondering: which other Christmas traditions have fallen short for families over the years? Rebecca from Here Come the Girls blog told us how she’s trying to keep one tradition alive.

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There is something fundamentally British about the Christmas cracker, but with a few homemade updates, they don’t need to be outdated. This year, the kids and I have made crackers using clear plastic, lots of glitter and sequins and beautiful ribbon.

You can pick up cracker snaps and hats from a craft shop or online, and choose a personalised gift to put inside. The trick to making crackers is to have a small tube inside to hold the shape. Then roll in a rectangle of pretty paper and tie the ends with matching ribbon.

To make your table look really lovely, make your crackers to match your colour scheme. We love to use transparent materials so you can see glimpses of what is inside (they also look especially pretty on the tree with the lights glimmering through them,) but you can choose any paper.

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So, Rebecca has shown us that with a little update, Christmas crackers are one British tradition that we need’t break with.

Will you be donning your paper hat with pride this year? Let us know your #HarveysYuleRules on Facebook and Twitter.

If this post has left you yearning for more answers to those Christmas conundrums, check out what the Great British public chose for the ultimate Christmas dinner centrepiece. And keep your eyes peeled for our next big gift…

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