My Christmas Traditions

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 Christmas Traditions
My family have many traditions that I hadn’t even realised were a tradition until this year.
Decorating
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!
Christmas tree
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.
Christmas music
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.
Liverpool Christmas Markets
Christmas Eve
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 throwback
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.
Merry Christmas
Christmas Day
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.
Chocolate Yule log
We’ll watch Christmas specials into the night while my cousin sleeps and have a great laugh.
Boxing Day
The day of chocolate, pyjamas, watching more TV & being lazy. I will not move on Boxing Day other than to get more food.
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What are your Christmas time traditions?
Baby Christmas
Bex
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20 thoughts on “My Christmas Traditions

    Roadtirement

    (December 13, 2017 - 1:29 pm)

    Your tree is very very pretty!

      bexcapades

      (December 13, 2017 - 2:07 pm)

      Thank you! I love it – weโ€™re not particularly stylish so we love just throwing nearly everything that we own on it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sharon Burke

    (December 13, 2017 - 1:54 pm)

    I love our Christmas traditions too … what are you going to do next Year when you are in Oz …. we will have to FaceTime while I put the tree up lol xx Mum xx

      bexcapades

      (December 13, 2017 - 2:05 pm)

      Iโ€™ll have to find a way to watch Love Actually simultaneously with you ๐Ÿ™ˆ xxx

      bexcapades

      (December 13, 2017 - 2:06 pm)

      Iโ€™ll have to find a way to watch Love Actually simultaneously with you! Xxx

        Sharon Burke

        (December 13, 2017 - 2:14 pm)

        Or come home the week before Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

          bexcapades

          (December 13, 2017 - 2:19 pm)

          Or come home in February? Youโ€™d like that wouldnโ€™t you ๐Ÿ˜‹

    Suffering Wanderlust

    (December 13, 2017 - 2:00 pm)

    My parents also had the 7am role haha! Great post, I love the Christmas photos from when you were younger

      bexcapades

      (December 13, 2017 - 2:08 pm)

      Hahaha, it seemed cruel at the time but I completely understand now! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜บ๏ธ

    Alys

    (December 13, 2017 - 4:33 pm)

    I also had the 7am rule hahaha, great post!

      bexcapades

      (December 13, 2017 - 5:19 pm)

      Thank you Alys! It seems cruel when youโ€™re 7 but I understand it at 22 ๐Ÿ˜‚

    newyorknorthfineart

    (December 14, 2017 - 8:09 pm)

    Enjoyed your post. I love the idea of traditions. This is a new tradition i am trying to spread this holiday season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hidlnk1NC10 If you like it, please share it. Thanks, Rita

      bexcapades

      (December 14, 2017 - 9:06 pm)

      Thatโ€™s a brilliant idea! In England lots of families do something called a reverse advent calendar where each day of December you add one item into a box, it could be toiletries, canned food, clothing etc & then by Christmas you have 24/25 items to donate to a homeless charity/food bank, itโ€™s a similar kind of idea but on a local small scale! ๐Ÿ™‚

        newyorknorthfineart

        (December 15, 2017 - 9:24 pm)

        Thank you! That is a wonderful idea too! It is all about awareness…. such simple ideas that have a huge impact. Thanks for taking the time to watch it and respond. I really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    aggie.coutinho

    (December 22, 2017 - 10:24 pm)

    Ah what a lovely post ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.
    You may want to read about my Polish, Brazilian and English Christmas traditions if you have a moment too ๐Ÿ™‚ https://mindset4progress.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/christmas-in-europe-and-at-the-end-of-the-world/

      bexcapades

      (December 22, 2017 - 10:26 pm)

      Iโ€™ll definitely check it out! Thank you for reading mine! ๐Ÿ™‚

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