Henrich Ravas is desperate for his first taste of one British Christmas tradition - the Boxing Day match.
Boston United’s Slovakian goalkeeper is in his second year in England, but this year’s trek to Lowestoft Town will be the first time he has seen action over the festive period.
“I will play Boxing Day. I heard that Boxing Day here is mad. English people are mad about Boxing Day,” said the teenage stopper.
“At home in Slovakia, Christmas is on the 24th and the 26th is a rest day.
“Here, all the people are going to watch football.
“Here, Boxing Day is massive, so I’m looking forward for my first Christmas match.”
Festive football is not something the climate in Slovakia welcomes, with clubs shutting down for a two-month winter break.
However, Boston’s keeper - who came to England with dreams of playing for Manchester United - claims he would much rather be involved in a season which doesn’t have to shut down midway through.
“It’s not the same,” Ravas added.
“In Slovakia we play until November and after we’ve got December and January and we start the league again in February.
“It’s like pre-season in winter.
Here it is better because you are still playing. In Slovakia we are not playing, just friendlies and training. It’s not the same thing.
“I prefer this one.”
Last year was Ravas’ first in England, but as part of the Peterborough United youth set-up, playing on Boxing Day was never an option.
“Last season I was in the youth team so we had 10 days off for Christmas, and a few games were cancelled for bad pitches,” he added.
With Christmas falling a day earlier in his home nation, Ravas would love to jet home to see his family on their own Christmas Day before heading back in time to face Lowestoft.
However, he reluctantly realises that probably won’t be the case.
He said: “I’m trying to get home for the 24th but to come back for Boxcing Day.
“If not I will be on the Skype and have my first English Christmas on the 25th.
“Everything is good experience, if I stay here I will not have any problems with that.”
Of course, the hectic Christmas period isn’t just the Boxing Day match.
First the Pilgrims have to host Stockport County on Saturday (KO 3pm), with the contest in Suffolk swiftly followed by the Lincolnshire derby against Gainsborough Trinity at York Street two days later.
That will be followed by January 2’s home return against Lowestoft.
But experience is everything for Ravas.
He said: “In every game I’m learning something.
“I’m trying to get better every game, the games are very important for me.
“When I get more experience I hope I will just get better.
“I’m really enjoying playing the game at this level as well.”