I love the whole build up to Christmas, I think I love it more than Christmas Day itself, is that bad? I mean, of course I love Christmas Day, watching Fletcher and Eden open their presents and to see their little faces light up and having our family round but what’s so special for me are the traditions we do every year throughout the month of December.
Here are our Christmas traditions as a family:
Open a small stocking filler present on Christmas Eve night. I’ve always done this as long as I can remember. It’s just a little fun before we go to bed ready for Santa to come 😉
Boxing Day evening we go to the theatre to see the pantomime. This for me finishes Christmas off perfectly. It’s something we’ve done for years and something I will carry on doing and I can’t wait until Fletcher and Eden are old enough to come with us. This years panto is Snow White. There’s always a mildly famous “celebrity” or two in it every year as well. On our way home we pick up a take away Pizza and eat it back at our place with the family before jumping into bed and talking about what an amazing few days we’ve had.
Christmas Eve dinner at my Mother in Laws. This is only something I’ve started doing since I’ve been with the other half, so about 4 years. A fairly new tradition for my list but one I’m sure will be our Christmas Eve tradition for many more years. We have Gammon, egg and chips. One of my favourite meals.
Traditional Turkey Christmas dinner. The only day of the year we eat turkey. I really look forward to my Christmas lunch. It’s usually turkey, mash potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, roast potatoes, stuffing, Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets, veg (carrots, cabbage, broccoli etc…) and gravy. I may have some mint sauce also. Ok now I’m really really looking forward to my Christmas lunch.
Christmas Day and Boxing day is about family. I’ve always remembered spending Christmas and Boxing Day with family. We used to take it in turns every year to go to my grandparents house or everybody at my parents house. Usually whoever is hosting would cook the Christmas lunch for everybody and then we’d just stay at their house til late playing games, watching films, eating, drinking and just having a laugh. Now I’ve got my own little family Christmas has changed a little. We stay at home and have lunch just the four of us and then everybody comes to us after lunch to spend the rest of the day together. It’s just a huge excuse to play with the kids new toys really! Boxing Day is the same really, everybody back at our house for the day where we put on a buffet.
Christmas shopping trip. This is usually with my mum and nan. We get the train into the city centre and spend the day shopping! It’s such a great atmosphere with all of the pretty Christmas lights up. We did our annual Christmas shopping trip a couple of days ago and it was a lovely girly day. Just me, my mum, my nan and Eden.
Frankfurt Christmas market. Also known to us as “The German market”. Before having kids I used to go at night as it looks so pretty but it gets very busy to the point where you cannot move so now I go during the day time when it’s a little quieter. I love having a hot dog and crepe and their hot chocolates are so yummy!! They also have some amazing doughnuts, chocolates and these marshmallow things covered in chocolate and all sorts. I basically just go for the food!
Opening presents. We open our presents as soon as we get up in the morning and while we do that we listen to Christmas songs. By about 6am all the presents have been opened!
Christmas breakfast. For breakfast on a Christmas Day we have bacon and egg muffins followed by Bucks Fizz.
Do we have any of the same traditions? What are some of your Christmas traditions? I’d love to hear!