There has been a lot of talk recently about family traditions. Initially I was a little jealous thinking we don’t really have any but then I thought about it and we do. We have loads of them and I hadn’t realised. Then the more I thought about it the more I got excited about it all.
Each year I make gingerbread biscuits and cut them into all sorts of shapes, this year I plan on making baubles for the tree.
I take the girls to see Santa. This is as traumatic as you would expect and we never have a photo at the end of it but it is tradition damn it so we are going!
Hubby and I spend our weekend evenings drinking Winter Cocktails.
I watch as many Christmas films with the girls as I can.
We actually get crafty for a month, which normally I hate. I can usually get into it a bit more for Christmas.
This year we have started Elf on the Shelf… Stay tuned for more of that.
We all go out and pick a Christmas tree together.
We put out food and drink for Santa and the reindeer, a mince pie, a G&T and a carrot, on Christmas Eve.
Hubby takes a bite out of the carrot so it looks like it has been eaten.
I make the girls a Christmas Eve box, which includes pyjamas, slippers, a cuddly toy (all of Disney of course) and some chocolate. They get to open it after dinner.
I sit and wrap all of the presents on Christmas Eve whilst watching Christmas films and drinking Santa’s G&T. Sorry Santa.
On Christmas morning the girls come into our bedroom so we can open their stocking gifts all together.
After opening the ‘tree presents’ we go to Hubbys parents house where we spend the rest of the day eating, drinking and unwrapping presents.
We stay the night there, or at least the girls do, so when they are in bed the adults play board games late into the night.
Boxing day we go to the races at Kempton Park. If we can’t physically go we have the family round to our house and we ‘Host the Races’ in our living room.
This usually concludes our Christmas traditions. Hubby and I both get a little exhausted with it all and usually have the tree down by the 28th. Scrooge I know, but we don’t do anything for New Years Eve anyway now we have children (although I don’t think we ever really did). We are often asleep by midnight so our party season is over by then. Plus the sooner the tree is down the sooner the count down to my birthday can begin!
Does anyone share our traditions or have any good ones I can adopt?