Signs Your Christmas Is 'Common' - Including The Time You Open Presents
We all like to do Christmas differently, and we all think our Christmas is the best way of doing it.
Everyone has a couple of traditions which make our festive celebrations unique, but now an etiquette expert has revealed the signs that he says show your Christmas is 'common'.
William Hanson told The Sun the things to look out for this year which expose your own Christmas celebrations as a little less than posh.
We recognise most of these from our big day, so who says you need to be sophisticated to have a laugh?
Your Christmas tree should be real and anything that's pretending to be something it's not is a 'bit naff', according to William.
Although he admits there are some very realistic artificial trees out there, he says they're simply not the same.
Apparently, using social media on Christmas Day is another 'common' activity.
William believes you can use your phone to take photographs and capture special moments, but they shouldn't be posted on the day itself.
"It's supposed to be about the people you are with - not the people you are not with," he said.
This is where we part ways. William warns not having eyes bigger than your belly when it comes to Christmas dinner, advising people not to 'pile up your plate'.
He says the meal should include a meat, one type of potato and two other vegetables - with the turkey 'ideally' being homegrown on your family's farm.
We'll be in the corner behind our third plate piled to the ceiling if you need us.
Christmas should be an exercise in restraint and, stockings aside, the expert says all main presents should be exchanged after the Queen's speech.
He says the later in the day you open your presents, the more sophisticated you are. Oopsie daisy.
Calling him Santa
William says we are in the UK and not the US. It isn't Santa, it's Father Christmas. It remains unclear over whether Kris Kringle and Jolly Old St Nick are allowed.
"When we go down the Christmas cocktail route we're in serious naff territory," says William.
"For example Bucks Fizz. Egg Nog is American - so it's fine over there - but it's too sweet and gloopy anyway..."
That's another one to add to the list. We've almost got a full house.
Flashing lights, inside or out, are on William's no-no list, along with tinsel and novelty baubles.
He says they are 'generally awful' and lights should be only white or off-white, representative of stars.
Also described as awful.
William says most people tend to wear them only once, which is both a waste of money and bad for the environment.
To be safe, wear them for the whole of December - like us.
Chocolate calendars should be left to the children if you don't want a 'common Christmas'. Bah humbug.
Beauty advent calendars are also to be avoided, as William explains although they may not be 'terribly downmarket', the aren't sophisticated either.
William says coordinated PJs 'reek of unsophistication', adding they look 'tragic'.
He also believes pyjamas shouldn't be worn for the whole of Christmas Day, recommending smart trousers for men and smart trousers or skirts for women.
Updates on holidays and children's achievements should be banished from Christmas cards, as William says they are 'just showing off'.
"If you feel the need to update somebody on your family's comings and goings with a newsletter, it shows you haven't stayed in touch with them throughout the year," he added. "So just don't have them as friends."
So there you go. Good luck...