Our Christmas Traditions

I love Christmas.  To be fair it hasn’t always been that way, but now I’m lucky enough to have my own family it really is a magical time.  It makes up for those that weren’t quite so cheery back in the day.

When we’re faced with dark nights and the many surprises a British winter can bring some fairy lights and tinsel can go along way.  I know a lot of people think Christmas starts too early, decorations are up too soon but personally I like to embrace it.  Anything to bring a little sparkle to this otherwise gloomy time of year.

I think all families have their traditions whether they are conscious of them or not.  Some evolve over time, and others are handed down the generations, but however they’ve come about they are what make each and every Christmas that little bit special.

Here’s our favourite traditions that have grown with our family and some new ones we’ll be adding this year.

1. We love the good old fashioned chocolate advent calendar.  Everyone who is old enough for chocolate has one.  Sorry little Pudding, not you this year.

Christmas Baubles2. Everyone helps dress the tree, even if it’s just adding one bauble.

3. We like to track Santa on NORAD on Christmas Eve, it builds the excitement for everyone, including Daddy!

4. This year we’ll be making some magic reindeer food to spread over the garden on Christmas Eve.  It will keep them going for the rest of their journey.  Some oats and some cake sprinkles should do it.

5. We have family over for Christmas breakfast and present opening.  I always make smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and sausages for those who aren’t quite so keen. Breakfast comes with a Baileys coffee and a Bucks Fizz, just to get everyone in the mood.

6. On Christmas morning we skype family who we are not able to visit to wish them a Merry Christmas.

7. We have brussel sprouts every year, without fail, but I cook them with bacon to make them at least bearable.Merry Christmas

8. I always have mulled wine, I love it.  It’s Christmas in a cup!

9. It’s got to be turkey dinner, with pigs in blankets, roast parsnips and all the trimmings.  Christmas isn’t Christmas unless there’s a turkey

10. Go for a Christmas walk after dinner.  It helps all that turkey go down.

There’s so many traditions I’d like to do, but the girls are still a little young for some of them.  I think next year we’ll be writing a letter to Santa and opening a gift on Christmas Eve as Princess really starts to understand what it’s all about.

This year she just wants to ask Santa for a dinosaur.  I have a sneaky suspicion she might be a dinosaur in her Christmas play at nursery, but ssshhhh!  Don’t tell anyone, it’s meant to be a surprise.

 

Do you have any Christmas traditions?  I’d love to hear them in the comments

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18 Responses to Our Christmas Traditions

  1. I love your traditions – I really like how each family have their own. I must admit I am so pleased your reindeer food will have cake sprinkles in rather than ordinary glitter (much better for the reindeer anyway!)
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  2. I love your family traditions and I think the reindeer food with cake sprinkles sounds brilliant 🙂
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  3. Sonya Cisco says:

    They sound very similar to ours! I hope you have a lovely Christmas this year x
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  4. Globalmouse says:

    I love Christmas traditions…it definitely brings some spark to these gloomy winter days. I like the idea of reindeer food!
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  5. Louisa says:

    We have our own traditions too and they make Christmas all the more special. I agree that the lights and tinsel bring some much need brightness to a gloomy time of year x
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  6. I’d never even heard of NORAD! thats such a cool idea! x
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  7. We track Santa on Norad its so good I get more excited then the kids lol.
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  8. I am a huge fan of traditions and they have got me through the last four Christmases as my Mum died suddenly four years ago on Christmas Day. Now I fake it till I make it for the boys
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    • Emma T says:

      Aw, that’s sad. But good you’ve been able to get through due to traditions and expectations from other family. I know last year when my mum died at the start of Dec, that continuing to make Christmas special for N was really helpful.
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  9. Sara-Jayne says:

    Love your traditions! We make reindeer food, I think it’s the boys’ favourite thing to do! I hope you enjoy it!
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  10. Rachel says:

    I love that everyone is involved in decorating the tree x
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  11. Louise says:

    Love your traditions. We’ll be doing reindeer food too and I add bacon to the sprouts. We always go to the Christmas morning service and the girls will have matching Christmassy dresses. Love the sound of your Christmas breakfast too! 🙂
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  12. Polly says:

    love these – we always use NORAD too on Christmas Eve 🙂
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  13. wendy says:

    I love your traditions very similar to ours. Everyone helps decorate the tree, we always track Norad and put reindeer food out . I always get up early as I am so excited about watching the kids open their presents.
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  14. One of the best things about having your own family is that you end up with your own family traditions and they keep being added to as the kids get younger. This year we have started the new tradition of Christmas pancakes on the 1st December

  15. Breakfast with Baileys coffee! Now there’s one tradition I could use in our house 😉 Lovely list you have there x
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  16. We always track Santa on Norad too, and make our reindeer food (with glitter I’m afraid) for the door step. Plus we leave out a carrot too. (What if the reindeer is going carb-free??) And bubbles on Christmas Day is a definite too!
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  17. Kara says:

    We always play kinect / wii u christmas evening – next door must think we are strangling cats though with our singing
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