updated 12/16/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/20/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
For any newlywed, the first Christmas with the in-laws can be intense. Now imagine spending it with Queen Elizabeth.
The pressures range from what to wear to what to give the family that has everything.
Even so, the festivities will kick off on Christmas Eve, when the presents are exchanged, following the German tradition started by Queen Victoria. As the Queen sips her usual gin and Dubonet, the younger royals will likely partake in the locally brewed cider or wine.