Cat Deeley: An English Christmas

updated 11/18/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/18/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

Each year, Cat Deeley's family has the Queen of England in their Sutton Coldfield home to partake of their Christmas feast—sort of. As many British households do, the Deeleys flip on the TV when Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual holiday address. "It's a strange tradition," says the So You Think You Can Dance host, 33. "Even if we don't sit down and watch it, it will be on in the background. It says Christmas to me." As does the English cracker—a decorated tube filled with a paper crown, a small prize like a key chain, and a joke—that each Deeley family member opens at the dinner table. "We'll tell the bad jokes and eat with the hats on," says Deeley, who loves digging into her mom's turkey, mince pies and Brussels sprouts. "I've never been a fussy eater." She even dares to dip into Christmas pudding, the British dessert akin to fruitcake. "Just a spoonful," says Deeley, "to say: 'I've completed my Christmas meal!' "

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