As an American, there are plenty of things that I either intentionally or intentionally find myself at odds with when it comes to British culture. For example, I enjoy shouting the word ‘awesome’ and really, really meaning it. My eyes glaze over when confronted with yet another screed on the proper way to boil water and make tea. And sometimes I just really want to drink a Bud Light without being judged.
On other things, though, I truly connect with the British, namely when it comes to the following things: swearing like a sailor, being skeptical of positive feedback and being annoyed with pretty much everything having to do with what my fellow Americans call the three-month-long mess lovingly dubbed ‘the holiday season’.
When I am shopping and happen to overhear Christmas music in October, I openly grimace and, like a good agnostic Yank, shout ‘NOT AWESOME’ at the speakers on the ceiling. I think Christmas lights are at their best when they are strung up around bar patios during the summer, not when they’re wrapped around some poor unsuspecting driveway shrub the day after Thanksgiving. And I don’t understand why people lose their minds over egg nog, unless of course I’ve managed to choke down three glasses of it, in which never mind, it’s the best cocktail ever. The only Christmas-related things I like are, in order: A Christmas Story, because it was filmed near my hometown and I sort of have to like it, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, because come on, it’s awesome.
Anyway, if you feel so inclined, BBC America is hosting a chat today at 2pm ET on this very topic. You can use #MindTheChat on Twitter to join in, or leave your Seinfeld-esque ‘what’s the deal with Christmas jumpers?’ in the submissions queue.
(Photo of an obviously psyched Jon Snow: Save the Children)