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Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad

Christmas exposes the expat's emotions like no other time of year. But here are ten yuletide products to give your festivities a very British feel, wherever you are.

Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad

If you're not making it 'home' for Christmas, you find yourself desperately trying to embrace the local festivities, the food, the songs, the disorientating focus on the day before Christmas. 

But it's not the same, is it? Christmas in another country, however long you've lived there, just doesn't hit the spot. That's hardly surprising, though, since everything we feel about Christmas is so entwined with childhood. It's all about nostalgia and the wise expat doesn't let that go. 

These days, there's no need to. With Europe-wide delivery, you can have a Christmas the way you want it, wherever you are.

For the Brits out there – and anyone seeking a bit of that 'Christmas Carol' feeling this year – we've selected ten fabulous British Christmas products from Marks & Spencer. But don't let that limit you – there's a fantastic array of gorgeous gifts to choose from.

And even better, M&S is giving away a voucher for €250. You could buy everything on this list and more. Click here to enter. And there's still time to receive your Christmas order.

Merry British Christmas!

Tea mugs

As every Brit abroad knows, tea is more than just a drink; it's like Popeye's spinach, the source of magical powers and a symbol of a retained national identity. 

Exaggeration? Perhaps, but any tea over the Christmas period will be improved immeasurably by these gorgeous festive mugs.

English cushions

Perhaps you've become accustomed to the traditional Christmas carols in your new home country, but the old British standards are still strangely comforting, right? 

This line from Silent Night is perfect for a stylish cushion and brings a British touch to any sofa or bed – and it will probably have carols running through your head all season and beyond. 

Map of Great Britain

Of course, you've embraced everything your new home country has to offer, but with this beautiful map of the British Isles on your wall you'll feel closer to home every time you glance at it.

(OK, you weren't living there in the 18th century – but who wants a map of the M25 on their wall?) A perfect addition to your home and a great gift for the Brit in your life.

Woodland creatures

Invite some British woodland friends into your home this Christmas. These felt tree decorations are small enough to hang nicely on the tree, but sturdy enough to stand on their own as mantelpieces as well – or even toys. 

This collection of felt fauna is ideal for the little ones who haven’t had the chance to wander through the English woods.are ideal for the little ones who haven’t had the chance to wander through the English woods.

Traditional wrapping paper

You may not want to judge a book by its cover, but if people judge gifts by their wrapping you'll be ahead of the pack with this beautiful paper

Gifts of all kinds get a traditional makeover with this tin soldier Nutcracker wrapping. Invoke the memories of British Christmas past in your expat Christmas today.

Stocking

We all do our best to embrace the traditions of our new home country. But don't forget your own. 

The more the merrier – indeed, pass your traditions on. A globalized Christmas is perfect for a globalized world – and who can resist a traditional stocking packed with little gifts on Christmas morning?

English oven gloves

Whether you're having turkey or not this year, these oven gloves will bring a festive feel to your kitchen this Christmas – which is critical since that’s where you’ll be spending so much of your time. 

It’s also the perfect present for your foodie friends. These gloves turn cooking from chore to cheer.

Nostalgic cake tins

Whether you're baking mince pies, Christmas fruit cake or some local festive treat, it will all taste a lot better coming out of these gorgeous tins.

Decorated with nostalgic images of Christmas, they'll bring a traditionally British flavour to any festive feast. 

Christmas jumpers

What would Christmas be without a Christmas jumper? Miserable, that's what. 

These cosy sweaters are the perfect attire for any Christmas celebrations – an irresistible ice breaker guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the Scroogiest of yuletide companions.

Owl aroma hottie 

Granted, you may have left behind the damp and drafty British climate, but nothing is more comforting in the sack than a warm, fragrant owl. 

And chances are, your new European friends will never have seen one. Change their lives with an aromatic hottie – for that friend who’s always got cold feet. 

CHRISTMAS

German Christmas market closures ‘can’t be ruled out’: health expert

As Germany battles a fierce Covid wave, concerns are growing over events, with one health expert saying closures of the country's beloved Christmas markets can't be ruled out.

Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th.
Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marcus Brandt

Martina Wenker, president of the Lower Saxony Medical Association, said she believed Christmas markets may have to be cancelled if the Covid-19 situation gets worse in Germany. 

“Depending on the regional incidence situation, closures should not be ruled out in extreme cases,” Wenker told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

“We can’t stand by and celebrate while next door in the hospitals, planned operations have to be postponed frequently, corona patients are dying, and staff in practices and clinics are at their limits.”

Wenker said regional leaders allowed the opening of Christmas markets on the basis that the Covid situation was moderate.

“But if we reach higher levels of escalation, we will have to consider whether Christmas markets are still justifiable,” she said.

Germany on Tuesday reported 32,048 Covid infections within 24 hours and 265 Covid-related deaths. The 7-day incidence increased to 312.4 Covid cases per 100,000 residents. 

READ ALSO: Germany’s Covid incidence tops 300 for first time

‘Maximum safety’

Bavarian state premier Markus Söder said on Monday that he wanted to ensure there was “maximum safety” around Christmas markets.

He said it will be among the topics discussed at the Covid crisis talks between the federal government and state leaders this Thursday. 

In general, Söder said mask requirements should remain at Christmas markets as well as distance rules and other protection measures. 

In an interview with broadcaster Bayern3, Söder explained that so far there is no legal framework for Bavaria to cancel Christmas markets. “At the moment, we cannot legally order it,” he said.

Some Christmas markets, which have recently opened to the public, are already enforcing strict rules such as excluding the unvaccinated from entry, or not serving alcohol to people unless they can show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid. 

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Vocabulary

Christmas market – (der) Weihnachtsmarkt

Celebrate – feiern

Planned operations/procedures – geplante Eingriffe 

Postponed – verschoben

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