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Prince Louis will be eight months old on Christmas Day.© PA/AAP Prince Louis will be eight months old on Christmas Day. This Christmas will mark Meghan Markle's first as an official member of the British Royal Family—and she won't be the only one hitting a milestone.

It'll also be the first Christmas for Prince Louis, who'll be eight months old when December 25 rolls around.

In some ways, the Cambridge family is just like any other when it comes to celebrating the festive season. Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children will spend Christmas with members of their extended family.

Sure, their extended family happens to include the Queen of England—and those who will occupy the throne in years to come—but the concept is the same...

The royal family typically descends on the Sandringham Estate for Christmas, attending church together in the morning before continuing the celebrations at home. 

However, there's one festive tradition they observe that you won't necessarily find in other British households, according to royal historian Marlene Koenig.

"The British royals still follow the German tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve," Koenig tells Hello magazine.

"The members of the family who are present at Sandringham exchange gifts, usually not expensive. The gifts are put out on a trestle table after tea time."

a group of people standing in front of a building: This will be the first Christmas for the Cambridges as a family of five.© Getty This will be the first Christmas for the Cambridges as a family of five. Though Prince Louis is still too young to enjoy much of the Christmas fun—perhaps aside from rustling around in the discarded wrapping paper—his parents, siblings and other family members have plenty to look forward to.

The royals' Christmas is very much food-focused, for one thing. 

The family eats a "hearty breakfast" before attending the morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church. They then return home to a big lunch and, later, a buffet-style dinner with 15-20 items to choose from.

"[Lunch] includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert," Darren McGrady, the Queen's former chef, previously told Cosmopolitan.

It's not all eating, however. The Royals also watch the Queen's annual Christmas address on TV, and Princes William and Harry play a friendly game of charity soccer with the local Sandringham pub team in the afternoon.

After dinner, it's said the family stay up late playing Charades.

Prince Louis is unlikely to be of much help in that department, but we like to think he'll at least wear an adorable Christmas outfit.

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