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  • (festive music)

  • - Hi we're Joel and Lia.

  • - And, welcome back to Vlogmas.

  • Today's video is 21 things British people do

  • but only when it's Christmas time.

  • - Yup, so some people might've read this title wrong,

  • like I did when I saw this article.

  • - How'd you read it?

  • - That things only British people do at Christmas.

  • And, that's not what it is, it's things

  • that only British people do when it's Christmas.

  • - Okay, got it, yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • - So, it might also be Americans, Canadians,

  • Italians, whatever, you guys might do it as well.

  • But, it's things that people only do when it's Christmas.

  • - Okay.

  • - So, the first one that this article on the Mirror

  • says that we do when it's Christmas,

  • is we light our homes like the Blackpool illuminations,

  • inside and out.

  • And, there's always one neighbor who takes it way too far.

  • - There is, I've been Googling actually

  • like pictures of like bad decorations,

  • and also pictures of incredible decorations.

  • - Why, for inspo?

  • - Just for like I was thinking we could

  • also do a video on like American versus English decorations.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Because Americans go so far with their decor.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Decor.

  • And, Brits just get is so wrong.

  • Like, it's like literally just these

  • really crappy like little stringy lights.

  • My mom's done it, we've all done bad Christmas lights.

  • - Yeah, we all do it. - We've all done it.

  • - Also, isn't the most fun part of Christmas lights,

  • going up, driving round where you live,

  • and judging people based on their taste.

  • Me and my family would do it. - Honestly it's so funny.

  • - We'll be driving past and be like oh, look at that house.

  • Why on earth have they done that?

  • - (Lia) Yeah, that's amazing.

  • - (Joel) It is so good.

  • - So, the second one is like comedy Christmas jumpers.

  • I don't know if you guys have this,

  • I don't know where you're watching from.

  • But, they'll be like Christmas jumper day at work,

  • and everyone's gonna wear like

  • the ugliest Christmas jumper ever.

  • - Yeah, and it's suddenly socially acceptable

  • to wear those jumpers out in public.

  • You can be nipping to the shops

  • and it's fine if you're in a Christmas jumper.

  • - In fact, like you get more smiles,

  • everyone's just like, oh, feeling festive.

  • It's really good. - It's so good.

  • In fact I was watching Zoella's Vlogmas

  • from last year, and it was the last day of Vlogmas

  • on Christmas Eve, and she was like,

  • oh no, I'm really gonna miss like

  • just not thinking about what I'm gonna wear when I wake up.

  • 'Cause, everyday until Christmas I've just woken up,

  • grabbed a Christmas jumper, and put it on.

  • And, I was like, that's so true.

  • It's just a really easy way to get dressed every morning.

  • - Yeah. - Chuck a Christmas jumper on.

  • - Jeans and a Christmas jumper.

  • Maybe a little layer underneath.

  • - Yeah.

  • - I've not brought mine today.

  • - No.

  • - But, you guys will see it in vlogs,

  • and also like throwback to John Lear 2015.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Sitting on that, the brick wall,

  • with our Christmas jumpers.

  • - On the sofa, yeah, in our Christmas jumpers.

  • Eating food, of course we were.

  • - Throwback.

  • Cheers Joel, cheers to us,

  • and cheers to the Christmas spirit.

  • Cheers to having best friends in each other.

  • - In each other, and in Prosecco.

  • - Cheers.

  • - Prosecco is also one of my best friends.

  • That's why we're lonely.

  • Okay, so the third one is that,

  • this is kind of an obvious one.

  • - Oh yeah?

  • - That only at Christmas time do we go hunting

  • for the perfect Christmas tree.

  • - Something your family do, don't they?

  • - Yeah.

  • - They love, don't you have like make an occasion of it.

  • - Yeah, well it's normally me and my dad,

  • and we go and find, we have a live Christmas tree.

  • We have one fake in the hallway,

  • and then we have a live Christmas tree.

  • - Live, I love it, it's live.

  • - A real Christmas tree. - Live one.

  • - In the conservatory.

  • So, we go hunting for the perfect one.

  • Last year it took us four trips

  • to find like the perfect tree.

  • - What sort of trees do you find along the way?

  • Just like not the right shape?

  • - They're too small, or there's different breeds.

  • So, there's a certain breed of tree that we like,

  • 'cause it looks good.

  • We normally go for like an eight foot one, I think.

  • - Yeah.

  • - And, sometimes they're too small or too big.

  • It really just needs to full, you know,

  • a fat Christmas tree. - Yeah.

  • And like, was it about a year ago,

  • we partnered with Celebrations.

  • - Yeah.

  • - And you did a picture of your tree in the conservatory,

  • with like Celebrations at the bottom.

  • - Yeah, it was so nice.

  • - Beautiful tree. - I love it.

  • But yeah, do you get an artificial one?

  • - Yeah, we do.

  • I'd love to have a real one this year though.

  • I need to convince dad or mom.

  • I just, someone get a real tree in my family,

  • will you guys?

  • Come on, up your game.

  • - Have you seen some of the gross ones

  • that are Christmas tree upside down?

  • Someone has tried to make it a trendy thing.

  • - Oh no.

  • - Where it goes that shape, instead of the classic.

  • So, it's a fake one that goes like that.

  • - Oh no. - Awful.

  • - I don't know, luckily my mom's not heard of that, so.

  • - No, no.

  • - Mom. - Mom, please no.

  • - Please no.

  • But, this year we've got our Christmas tree up here guys.

  • - Yeah, here it is.

  • - So, we've gone for tall and skinny.

  • - Yeah, 'cause we're, it's a skinny legend tree.

  • (laughing)

  • It's a tree for skinny legends, so.

  • - Next one is to just cover the said Christmas tree

  • with as many decorations as it can hold.

  • So, I'm talking like stuff you made

  • when you were four years old at school.

  • Stuff, just anything. - Yeah, anything.

  • - Just stuff, just throw it.

  • - Or you've just gone to a garden center

  • and you've found one bauble that you really like.

  • - That's going on there.

  • - And, you're just like, put it on the tree.

  • - And also like, pole position on the tree.

  • So like, mom will be like no, I want my Fortnum and Mason

  • like baubles there, and then I'm like,

  • no, but my thing has to go front and center.

  • - Yeah, that's mine.

  • I always take charge of decorating our Christmas tree.

  • So, I'm going home next week to do it.

  • - They've got Joel home to do the tree.

  • - Yeah, I always do.

  • But, you know what, my mom always

  • goes in after me and moves stuff.

  • She's like, you've put those baubles too close together.

  • Or she's like, you've put two gold baubles

  • next to each other, it has to be like gold and a red,

  • not gold or--

  • - I think, I yeah, I agree with that.

  • - Yeah, really.

  • Yeah. - Yeah.

  • You've got quite a good eye for.

  • - Well no, I agree as well.

  • When she points it out, I'm like, yeah,

  • why did I do that?

  • But, I just love that my mom's like,

  • no Joel, you do it, you do it,

  • it's your Christmas, you do it.

  • And then, I'll do it, come back in.

  • - She corrects it. - And she's like

  • moving baubles around.

  • - She just wants to have you home.

  • - Yeah, I know, that's it.

  • Debbie, sneaky. - She's like,

  • oh glad I got Joel home.

  • - Sneaky little woman.

  • But, do you never decorate your tree?

  • - Yeah I do. - Oh, okay.

  • - But, it's not like a big deal.

  • Usually I'll get home and it's been done.

  • Or like, I can chip in on it.

  • But yeah, like when we were younger

  • we'd just be like, who's gonna put the,

  • what's gonna go on top this year.

  • - Did you fight with brother John

  • about who could put the thing on the top of the tree?

  • - No, we've never fought.

  • - Oh, never fought, ever.

  • - No, me and my brother don't fight.

  • No. - Fighting, not me.

  • - Mom's like, some people would say

  • I'm incorrectly 'cause I've put Father Christmas

  • at top this year, and I'm not--

  • - Oh no, go for it.

  • - Yeah, you go.

  • I'm like, go for it Hon. - You go for it.

  • - Go for it Jo-Jo, do what you want.

  • - You just live your true self babe.

  • Like, she's like, yeah, I know a lot of people

  • would have a problem with this but I'm just doing me.

  • - Absolutely not.

  • - And, I'm like, you just do you Hon.

  • - You do you.

  • Christmas is a time for you. - For you.

  • - And everyone else. - And everyone else.

  • We have like chocolates hanging on our tree and stuff.

  • So, there's always like, so as soon as I go in,

  • I check out the tree and I'm like,

  • right, what's going, we've got caramel,

  • got this, got Dairy Milk.

  • Like, so there'll always be chocolatey things hanging.

  • - As a dog owner, we can't do that

  • 'cause Oscar would like try and get it.

  • - Oh yeah.

  • - Or jump up at the tree.

  • - Oh my gosh, you can't, you can't.

  • - No.

  • - You can't just have like

  • a bowl of chocolates lying around?

  • - No, well we can do.

  • We will if they're wrapped up.

  • - Okay.

  • - But you can't just have anything laying about,

  • 'cause Oscar will eat them.

  • - Oh Oscar.

  • - Oscar.

  • Oh, so leading on, like Oscar.

  • - Yeah.

  • - This is the time of the year

  • that we'll give our pets a Christmas makeover.

  • - Okay.

  • - So, Oscar does have a Christmassy costume.

  • I don't think we've, I think we might've chucked it away.

  • But, he did have like a Santa coat.

  • - Oh, is that his present?

  • - Yeah, and every year we get him presents.

  • He has his own little stocking.

  • So, all of us will buy a present for Oscar.

  • So, we'll have five presents, and we open them.

  • - Have you got him anything this year yet?

  • - Not this year, not so far.

  • I will. - You have to get

  • something good Joel.