It’s Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is having a lovely time getting into the Christmas spirit. For my penultimate Blogmas post I thought I’d list ten of my family’s traditions during the festive season…
Watching The Snowman on Christmas Day
We’ve done this for as long as I can remember, and it is for sure my favourite Christmas film. The animation, music and story are all beautifully timeless, and I think this will be a tradition I carry on for years to come.
Buying a special bauble each year
Growing up, my mum and I visited the local garden centre each December to choose one extra bauble to add to our tree and we still do this every year – except this season we left it too late and there weren’t any left in the shop! Hopefully next year we’ll be more organised.
Going to the same Christmas Eve party each year
We got back from a party we attend every single year an hour or two ago: each time we go, the same families are there, and it’s lovely to catch up and see what everyone’s been up to as we don’t see most of them for the rest of the year.
Arguing about how to keep the tree upright
Quite a few years ago, my family bought a Christmas tree that was too big for the stand we already had. My mum wanted to buy a new one; my dad said he’d cut it down to make it fit. Every year since, the same argument has played out and the end result is always the same.
Foraging for and making decorations
Having macaroni cheese/nut roast for Christmas dinner
I grew up vegetarian, and so Christmas dinner was always a little unusual in my household. Once I was old enough to have an opinion, I always pushed for macaroni cheese, my favourite food, for our main meal, alongside roast potatoes. Now that my family is vegan, we have shifted our dinner to nut roast, which I look forward to so much.
As a kid, I always felt left out of drinking wine with Christmas dinner, and so my parents started getting a type of sparkling grape juice called Shloer for me. Now I’m older, I don’t actually like wine, so the shloer tradition persists.
Stockings for cats
Our cats joined the family a decade ago, and most years since then we’ve made them a stocking full of treats and toys. They never seem that interested until it’s unwrapped though!
Making handmade gifts for my parents stocking
Once I had a greater appreciation for my own stocking, I wanted to be able to give my parents one too – except I didn’t have my own money back then. Because of this, I began creating handmade gifts and still try to give them a couple of homemade presents each year.
What traditions do you have at Christmas? Let me know in the comments!
Want to read more Blogmas posts? Scroll to the bottom of Day One for the full list.
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