Actually, it was even earlier - some supermarkets here have already had the tins of chocolates out for the last few weeks. I know there's now less than four months until Christmas but still. Also, my lovely American girlfriend is finally able to get one of her visits over here to England scheduled for Christmas so this'll be the first festive one together since we hooked up around six years ago. We were talking about all the Crimbo things we'd get up to and there's several things we do and have here that she over there doesn't. Apparently there's no Christmas pudding (brandy butter and all), or crackers to pull over there. But then we're not so into egg nog in Blighty. And I never got the stringing popcorn thing. We sometimes hang Christmas cards we've received on string around the room like decorations, but apparently not over there (actually, maybe it's just us old farts in my house that still do that). Also, so many of the festive songs we here in England are so familiar with she's never heard of. Good thing I have about a dozen Xmas music CDs to expose her to. With she and me being from two countries there's always been differences in things (it's chips, dammit, not fries!) but I can see this coming Christmas is gonna also be fun as I get to show her a Uk-y nice Christmas and she can bring some of her USA-y Christmas over to me. I'm sure many more differences will come to light as me and my lady plan our holiday, but anyone know of other Christmas differences between countries, particularly England and America? Or do you just have an Xmas tradition only your family does that I can then steal?