Everyone does Christmas differently. Each family has their own traditions, whether they are ones that have been passed down over several generations or new ones that you have created with your partner and children. For us, it’s a combination of both, things that we loved doing when we were children plus a few new things we have introduced.
Decorating the tree – this is a real family time. For us it is the start of Christmas time. We always decorate the tree on a weekend so that Kevin is home to join in. The children love unpacking the boxes of decorations, discovering the glittery, sparkly things inside, and remembering things they made last year. They take it in turns to add the star to the top of the tree each year, and we finish the afternoon off with hot chocolate and gingerbread men. It’s a lovely way to start the festive period.
Christmas Eve – when I was growing up we were always allowed to open one small present on Christmas Eve, and I have continued that tradition with my own children. We make up Christmas Eve boxes which contain new pyjamas, a Christmas DVD, reindeer food, sachets of hot chocolate and marshmallows plus the small present. After opening those, the kids pop their new pyjamas on and we watch the film with the hot drinks and snacks, before sprinkling reindeer food outside and tracking Santa to make sure we are all in bed before he arrives!
Christmas Day – we have a fairly traditional Christmas Day, although it may be slightly different this year as we are moving house a week before the big day! We wake up, the children open their stocking presents and then we have a Christmas Day breakfast – something like pancakes with bacon. Then it’s time for some play with any new toys and gifts, before a big turkey lunch with all the trimmings. After lunch we open the presents under the tree and head off for a wintry walk int the woods. Once home we let the kids play with their new things and watch some Christmas TV before bedtime. It’s such a lovely family time.
Boxing Day – this is usually spent catching up with family. My parents usually put on a cold turkey spread with lots of buffet style bits and pieces, and we often pop over to see Kevin’s mum too. There are usually more presents to open too!
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