Christmas time is my favourite time of year, I adore it. I love the positive energy, I love the communal excitement in the air & I love the goodwill. I even prefer it to my birthday! One of the things I love about Christmas is that everyone has their own traditions that they repeat and recreate each year because they know what makes them happy at Christmas time.
My family have many traditions that I hadn’t even realised were a tradition until this year.
Generally, it is only me & my mum who decorate for Christmas. My mum likes to put the lights up and we put up the tree together. I know some people who like to blast the Christmas tunes and sing along but for us, nothing can beat putting Love Actually on as we’re hanging baubles!
When my brother & I were children, the outside of our house would be decorated every year but now that we are 22 & 19, it doesn’t seem as important. We used to decorate after my mum’s early December birthday but now she’s decided she doesn’t mind putting the tree up on the first December weekend which I’m glad of!
For me, I want the inside of the house to be bright & full of light because I see everything as more beautiful then. The tree has to be traditionally cluttered, no theme to speak of. I see many beautiful Pinterest worthy trees on instagram etc but it’s just not us!
Before Christmas Eve
Again, this has changed since we were younger but it is our new tradition of sorts. Casually, Christmas songs start entering the playlists around the second week of December though I enjoy listening to them on the radio a little earlier.
I’m a last minute Christmas shopper, usually not starting until we’re already in December & not finishing until a few days before Christmas! I am also notoriously bad at wrapping! Even if it’s inside a box!
I love to visit a good Christmas market too & in the last 2 years I have visited the one at St George’s Hall, Liverpool which is fairly small but my favourite part is getting a hog roast.
Christmas Eve is one of my favourite days. We spend the day doing our own things in the house, be it wrapping last minute presents, eating immeasurable snacks or watching Christmas films then in the evening we ALWAYS go to the cinema & watch our Christmas Eve movie! We have been doing this for as long as I can remember & we always go to the showing that means that as soon as we get home, it’s bedtime. This means that as we’ve gotten older, the film times have been later but the tradition remains!
Christmas Eve films that we have chosen over the years include The Polar Express, The Santa Clause 3, Four Christmases, Skyfall and Sully: Miracle on the Hudson. I am hoping that this year, our Christmas Eve movie is Wonder!
Once we get home from the cinema, we put on our new pyjamas & off to bed we go.
Quite possibly my favourite day of the year! So, firstly, no one is allowed downstairs before 7am! My parents were geniuses for this rule because I was the type of child to wake my brother up early because I wanted to get up! We used to sit outside our parents bedroom door until 7am when we could wake them up.
Then, we would open our presents, both of us at once. I would unwrap and have a look at each gift individually, my brother ripping all the wrapping paper off as quickly as possible! Christmas music playing on the TV in the background.
Once our presents were open, we would give our parents their present & then my mum would start making breakfast while me & my brother would play with some of our new things.
Then my grandad visits us at around half9/10o’clock while we’re still in our PJs! Once he’s gone, we get dressed and make our way to our nan’s & then our great-nan’s which is were we try & fit dozens of us in the house! This is my favourite part, the busy house, people in & out, all the cousins together, laughter.
We usually get home at around half4 & put a film on while Mum finishes off the Roast Dinner. For Christmas dinner, there is usually the 4 of us, plus my auntie, uncle and their little girl who is now 6. We eat, we laugh, we pull crackers, we eat so much that we (I) have to undo the buttons on jeans.
We’ll watch a Christmas or Disney film after tea & about an hour in, my Mum will offer us a choice of dessert. My personal favourite is the chocolate Yule log.
We’ll watch Christmas specials into the night while my cousin sleeps and have a great laugh.
The day of chocolate, pyjamas, watching more TV & being lazy. I will not move on Boxing Day other than to get more food.
What are your Christmas time traditions?
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