For most in the UK, Christmas is a time of familiar traditions: putting up the tree, watching Love Actually for the 100th time and eating too many mince pies.
During the festive season, knocking back a bucks fizz at midday or laying out carrots for a herd of fictional flying reindeer might feel perfectly ordinary to some – but how does a British Christmas look from the outside?
Thousands of people will experience their first Christmas in the UK this year after fleeing war, violence and persecution in their home countries.
Now settling into their new home, we asked refugees around the country what they make of British Christmas traditions and festivities, and whether they plan to mark the day themselves.
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“People drink so much [at Christmas] – that has surprised me!” he says.
Both Mohammad and Fatima will be with their family in their hotel at Christmas. Though they don’t plan to celebrate the day themselves, they say the hotel has planned some festivities ahead of the 25th for the refugees staying there.
Ibrahim, 17, from Sudan
Ibrahim arrived in the UK recently after having fled Sudan four years ago. He arrived alone, and faced immense difficulties in reaching Britain as a refugee.
He is now a student in Yorkshire, where he has been placed with a foster family.
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