Novelty hats and dad jokes are all part of the Christmas fun – but an etiquette expert has revealed the signs that he says show your Christmas to be ‘common’.
William Hanson shared a list of pitfalls that he says expose your festive celebrations as a little less than posh, from artificial trees to the time you choose to open your presents.
But some Mirror readers have called the guidelines “nonsense”, replying to say they will keep doing their “common” Christmas and loving every second of it.
We recognise most of the warning signs from our big day, and now you can see how many you can tick off too.
Do you tear open your presents the moment your eyes open Christmas morning? Tut tut. William says Christmas should be an exercise in restraint, and although stockings can be opened before breakfast, main presents should only be exchanged after the Queen’s speech at 3pm.
The later in the day you open the presents, the more sophisticated you are. Apparently.
If you stack four plates with all the trimmings, then you’re doing it right in our eyes. But unfortunately you don’t pass the test for William, The Sun reports.
He advised people not to ‘pile up your plate’, and the meal should simply include a meat, one type of potato and two other vegetables – with the turkey ‘ideally’ being homegrown on your family’s farm. Better start digging up the garden.
Another Christmas regular who will be turned away at the door at William’s house.
“When we go down the Christmas cocktail route we’re in serious naff territory,” he says. “For example Bucks Fizz.
“Egg Nog is American – so it’s fine over there – but it’s too sweet and gloopy anyway.”
Artificial Christmas trees
Cost effective and easy to maintain, fake Christmas trees are a staple for many. But the etiquette expert says anything that is pretending to be something it’s not again falls into the “naff” category.
Do you know what else is naff? Having to vacuum up pine needles for a month.
Social media updates
Sharing snaps of your big day on social media is considered another “common” activity.
Although William allows photos to be taken to capture special moments, he believes there’s no need to post them on the day.
“It’s supposed to be about the people you are with – not the people you are not with,” he said.
Flashing Christmas lights in an array of colours are a huge no-no for the expert, along with novelty baubles and tinsel.
He describes Christmas lights as ‘generally awful’ and says if you insist on having them, they should be only white or off-white, representative of stars. “Awful” is also the word used to describe Christmas jumpers, as William says they are a waste of money and bad for environment.
William says matching PJs “reek of unsophistication”, adding that he thinks they look “tragic”.
If you stay in your pyjamas all day, you’re also doing it wrong. He recommends smart trousers for men and smart trousers or skirts for women. We prefer something with an elasticated waistband.
Treating yourself to a chocolate every morning (which may be the only thing getting us through December at this point) is unsophisticated in William’s eyes.
Even beauty advent calendars are to be avoided as, although they aren’t considered “terribly downmarket”, he doesn’t think they ooze sophistication either.
But after the full list was shared last year, Mirror readers hit back as one said: “Well apparently I’m common as muck. Personally I’d rather have a happy household and enjoy the celebrations than worrying my tinsel looks tacky and my plate has too much food.”
A second argued: “Part of the problem here is that we’ve confused ‘traditional’ with ‘common’. I’ll keep my traditions, thank you very much.”
And another simply added: “William can do one… According to this I’m common as muck, and proud.”