Hello! It is the 8th of December and nearing the time when we start repeating all of our favourite Christmas traditions. In this blog I’m going to talk about a few of my Christmas traditions in an attempt to inspire you if you’ve not yet gotten Christmassy…
Leading up to Christmas:
Before December even starts, my first Christmas tradition is to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting in my village. I always go with my best friend and we take part in a fire lit procession from our Church to where the tree is stationed, we sing some carols and then the lights are turned on. After this we visit the nearby park where the most incredible firework display is held every year. This Lighting Event is held on a Saturday and so we always try to get the Christmas decorations up around our own house the same weekend.
In the first week of December, I have usually finished my Christmas shopping which means I finally get to wrap up the presents I have bought my friends and family. I leave it until this time just in case I buy anything else or forget what I’ve decided to give people.
I also write all of my Christmas cards, and I’m usually ready to give them out in the second week of December. I never know when to actually give out my Christmas cards – is it still too early in the second week? Every year I take the time to write a personal message in my cards to those that especially mean a lot to me – this usually means a good load of soppiness and a bunch of inside jokes.
Lastly, on the 1st of December until the 25th I open my advent calendar. This year I have a MerryTeaser calendar.
Not necessarily always on Christmas Eve, but always a few days before Christmas, my Dad and I go in the car and drive around our village and any neighbouring places to look at any Christmas lights that people have decorated the outside of their house with. I always make sure that this tradition is kept because it’s something very personal to our family and not something that everyone else does.
Christmas Eve is usually a very chilled and quiet day for our family. The day is pretty much just spent being excited, waiting for the following day. The one tradition I try to stick to on this day is to fall asleep before midnight because even though I no longer believe in the magic of Santa Claus I still feel like the magic of Christmas is lost a little if I stay up until two in the morning.
In my house we don’t rush to open the presents. I’m an only child so I’m the youngest in the household and I don’t have to fight with any siblings. I typically try to drag the day out a little and therefore I will wake up at a normal time, say 9am or 10am, as opposed to 3am or 4am. At this time I’ll go on my laptop, wish everyone a Merry Christmas and then grab my phone and text my closest friends and family a little Christmas message too. I’ll then go downstairs to ensure my parents are up and then I have breakfast and wait until they’re ready. During this time I’ll play with my cats and dogs, who although don’t understand what is happening, get equally excited.
After all of this, I finally start to move the presents from under the tree and begin to pass them to the people they belong to and open my own presents. Once presents are finished, I properly open any packaging on my gifts and start to really examine/use what people have bought me. Then we have our Christmas Dinner. This consists of turkey and vegetables, except I don’t have the turkey because I’m a vegetarian.
The rest of my Christmas is spent watching TV (programmes such as Doctor Who, Miranda and Strictly Come Dancing – all Christmas specials), using my gifts whatever they may be and eating tonnes and tonnes of chocolate.
In the UK, we celebrate Boxing Day on the 26th of December. My family always goes to my Grandma’s house on this day to celebrate her birthday. My parents, my cousins and my aunt and uncle attend along with myself. We eat food, give Grandma her gifts and generally converse.
And that’s pretty much all of my traditions during the festive season. I hope this didn’t bore you too much. Merry Christmas!