BTS Subjected to Awful British Christmas Traditions on Love Yourself Tour

The British Broadcasting Corporation's Radio 1 is turning over the airwaves to a bevy of celebrity hosts and guests on Christmas Day, including Michael B. Jordan, Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charli XCX and Little Mix. Guests will share their favorite Christmas songs and, for some reason, perform on kazoos. But the strangest trials have been reserved for guest hosts BTS, who were recently subjected to awful British Christmas traditions while on their Love Yourself World Tour.

BTS will join Adele Roberts for the 12 p.m. slot (7 a.m. EST) and the show promises to be more than just a playlist. Instead, the seven members of BTS—Jimin, Jungkook, J-Hope, V, RM, Jin and Suga—will try out British Christmas traditions, like mince pies and Christmas crackers.

For anyone unfamiliar with British Christmas, it mostly seems to involve unpleasant foods. Mince pie contains dried fruit "mincemeat," which essentially mashes raisins, prunes, dates and orange peels up with spices. It tastes a little like eating a holiday candle.

No wonder then that Radio 1 chose to only show BTS reacting to the more innocent tradition of Christmas crackers in the preview:

Christmas crackers, a popular tradition throughout the U.K., aren't food, but cardboard tubes in wrapping paper. Similar to the Thanksgiving tradition of snapping the wishbone, Christmas crackers are pulled from both ends, with one person "winning" the prize inside. Tissue paper hats are a common prize, which the members of BTS seem eager to pawn off on whoever's sitting next to them.

Some British Christmas traditions seem almost tolerable… at first. There's Christmas cake, which sounds nice until you discover it's that perennial gag gift, fruitcake. Things get even stranger if you're in Yorkshire, where it's commonly served with a nice slice of cheese. Christmas pudding, another popular tradition across the U.K., also has raisins and other dried fruits, which seems to be something of a theme. Also, it's alcoholic, and commonly stored in a cupboard at room temperature for months prior to eating. Very merry.

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, are a South Korean boy band sensation. After two record-breaking albums—Wings and follow-up EP Love Yourself: Her—BTS released Love Yourself: Tear, which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 in 2018. It's the first K-pop album to top the U.S. album chart. They've since released a movie, Burn the Stage: The Movie, which became the biggest-ever "event" release, pulling in nearly $20 million worldwide.

Their Love Yourself World Tour took them to London in October, with upcoming 2019 show dates in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

The BBC 1 Christmas broadcast, which will also stream on BBC Sounds, begins at 10 a.m. (5 a.m. EST). Check the BBC website for the full schedule.

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