Day 24 of #blogtober is ‘X for Xmas’, and I can’t believe it’s getting to that time of the year again. I am not a Halloween-y type person and so really don’t understand the hype around it, but I am ON BOARD with Christmas and I can’t wait to get in the festive spirit in the run up to it! Being a teacher, that last week before we break up is pretty gruelling, but I absolutely love the Christmassy buzz that fills any school – the excitement is infectious! Our Christmas fair is one of my favourite events of the school year, and I can’t wait to set up our class stall – we’ve got the best idea this year!
So the theme of ‘Christmas’ got me thinking about traditions we have in our family!
First of all, every Christmas Eve, we go out as a family for a meal, and then to Midnight Mass – we used to go to the Christingle service, and I have the funniest memories of my brother starting a small fire by melting his marshmallows on the lit flame – the following year, the church changed the marshmallows to raisins and the candles weren’t lit!
We always open one gift on Christmas Eve – always a gift from my dad, as mum doesn’t agree with this tradition! Irina from wavetomummy says that this is a proper tradition in her home country of Finland – if that’s not a good enough excuse then I don’t know what is!
As adults, we all stay at my parents’ house, and now we have Squid, Christmas morning is so magical! When Christmas morning comes around, and we have to wait for mum to have a cup of tea before we open presents. Then we have Bucks Fizz and croissants for breakfast, and eagerly await our Christmas lunch…
As a family of 3, hubby and I have developed our own traditions! Much like Kim from raisingaragamuffin, and Laura from fivelittledoves, each year, we buy one more bauble to hang on the tree – by the time Squid is an adult, we will have quite a collection! Laura said that this tradition is extra special in her household – each new decoration is hung upon the tree in tribute to her son who sadly died in 2006. I imagine that’s a really special tradition to have.
We also have a Christmas Eve box, and I think this year will be the first that we can properly indulge in the preparations for Father Christmas! We have a special plate with spaces for a drink and snack for the big man, and I just know that Squid is going to love preparing that this year.
Also this year, we are doing a ‘Book Advent’ for Squid – a book per day during Advent – I can’t wait! Stacey from onesmallhuman also has this tradition – and it’s always ‘The Night Before Christmas’ that’s saved for Christmas Eve!
The thing I am most excited for this year is seeing the Christmas panto on Christmas Eve! It’s Snow White, and I am sure Squid is going to love it (Oh no he won’t!). Beth from twinderelmo and Danni from momof3boys reckon this is a top priority family tradition too!
I asked some fellow bloggers what their Christmas traditions are, and there’s definitely a few here I will be stealing!
Cat from rockandrollpussycat and Christy from welshmum say that Christmas Eve means new pyjamas for the whole family – and it’s even better if they’re matching, like this set here!
For the families who don’t have a chimney, Sophie from sophobsessed says she always leaves a magical key out for Father Christmas – and what a great idea! I can imagine this would have been something that I would have felt really worried about as a child, had we not have had a chimney!
Tom from theunlikelydad says that Christmas starts around December 1st, when he and his family head to a local farm to choose their Christmas tree! I absolutely love a real tree, and I think this is a great tradition! It seems that December 1st is a popular day for choosing and decorating the tree – Nicole from thelittlestdarlings says that this is the perfect time to eat Christmassy food, listen to cheesy songs and decorate the tree – all topped off with a Christmas movie and a hot chocolate!
Kerry and her family from kerryshawmummyoffour sprinkles ‘reindeer dust’ on their driveway every Christmas Eve, so the man in red and his trusty sidekicks know where to stop! I love this reindeer dust recipe to make at home!
Samantha from bigsteviecool and her hubby make sure they crack open a bottle of Moet when the kids are in bed on Christmas Eve – in our house, after the frivolity on Christmas Eve, we can often be found wrapping last minute gifts, so I much prefer the idea of Moet!
I absolutely loved Hollie from thriftymum‘s suggestion of having a huge pre-Christmas clear out – and then taking all your unwanted things to a local homeless shelter. What better way to spread the Christmas love and give a new life to unwanted belongings.
Ahh, Christmas is just my favourite time of the year. This year, we are taking Squid to see Father Christmas at Bluewater on the 23rd of December and I can’t wait!
I’ll leave you with this video from last Christmas which my brother filmed – so lovely!
What traditions do you have in your family?
See you tomorrow,
Love, Squidmamma x
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