We're accustomed in the United States to the oppositions party's "response" to the President's annual State of the Union Address. They're even given time each week to rebut his weekly radio address. Did you know that in the UK, the Queen gives an annual Christmas speech and the BBC provides time for a "counterpoint."
A veiled Muslim woman will deliver this year's alternative Christmas speech on Channel 4, the broadcaster has said.
Khadija, a Zimbabwean-born British citizen who has been wearing the full veil - or niqab - for 10 years, has been given the slot.
The message will reflect a year in which the wearing of religious clothing and symbols have "dominated the news agenda", said a Channel 4 spokesman.
A counterpoint to the Queen's Christmas speech first appeared on C4 in 1993.