My Christmas Traditions
8th December 2015
Mine and my family’s Christmas traditions.
I love Christmas, I really do, and I feel like in recent years I have come to appreciate how the festive season brings family and friends together in the depressing winter months. Going home for Christmas is such a special time for me, and as I’m not going home until December 23rd this year I think that this Christmas is going to be extra memorable.
Today I thought I would talk about some of mine and my family’s Christmas traditions, including what we get up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Decorating the tree
A few years ago I started collecting Christmas decorations from around the world. It all started with a bauble that my friend Becky bought me one Christmas that has a beautiful illustration of a snow covered Liverpool on it. Since then, I’ve made it my mission in life to collect Christmas decorations from all the countries I visit. It’s slow progress, as they can be difficult to come by, but this year I picked up some from America and Italy.
Since living with Tyrone we have made it our tradition to put our tree up on December 1st because November is always such a rubbish month for us, and the bright lights of Christmas raise our spirits. Back home my parents put the tree up later in December because they have a real one. I’m gutted that I won’t be at home to put the tree up with them this year. Sometimes being an adult sucks!
Christmas Eve – Church and pub
In some ways I love Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day. I get to see more of my family on Christmas Eve as myself, my mum and my nan go to church for the Christingle service, and usually meet up with my aunty and cousin there. As I’ve probably mentioned a million times before, I was christened but I now consider myself to be an atheist. However, I still go to church on Christmas Eve because I have been every year for as long as I can remember and it wouldn’t be Christmas without the Christingle service.
We always return to my aunt’s house for a buffet, and once we are full, my mum and I join my dad in the pub.
We usually end up bumping into the rest of my family and some of my family friends at some point in the evening. The pubs back home in Shropshire are the best because they are classic country pubs with roaring fires that make you feel super cosy on a cold evening. Everyone gets pretty drunk, and then we take a slow stroll home before getting into bed.
Christmas Day – Food, food and more food!
On Christmas morning we wake up and open our presents pretty much immediately. My mum pops in and out of the kitchen to cook the Christmas dinner (turkey, of course), and usually serves pastries and Buck’s Fizz for breakfast. We start as we mean to go on!
Christmas is always a lazy day for us. We watch TV, drink, eat and sleep. Just your average Christmas Day really. This year it will just be myself, my parents and one of my brothers at home for Christmas as my other brother is spending it with his partner.
My nan usually comes over either in the morning or for dinner in the evening (which is normally a buffet of leftovers), and Tyrone pops over in the evening so that we can open our presents together.
Do you have any Christmas traditions?