It’s been a little while since I said hi on here and if you are still around, I want to say a huge thanks and hope you all had a wonderful Christmas – I know I certainly did.
With it being that time of year, I thought I would take the time to discuss my family Christmas traditions – old and new.
Before bed, my sister and I always have the excitement of opening one present and have done for as long as I can remember. This one present being a pair of pyjamas that we can wear to bed and wake up in on Christmas morning.
After a long lie (we have no children in the family), we head downstairs and tuck into a breakfast of bacon rolls with a cup of tea, cosy on the sofa.
We head into our sun room, welcomed by our Santa stockings that we have both had for a number of years, as well as our dog, Benji’s stocking. I’m 23 but I love still having a stocking. It keeps the magic alive.
We open our stockings, exchange some gifts with the parents and then head off to get party ready for the day.
My family have always been one to dress up on Christmas Day, no matter what we are doing. Never once have I sat about in pyjamas on Christmas Day, or even just a jumper. It has to be a dress, heels; the full shebang for the Jarvies.
Most years we spend Christmas at home, just the 4 of us. This year, we also went to see Grandma for a little while in the early afternoon which was a lovely change. We drank, ate pate and had a good old catch up.
Then we came home, had the rest of our starter and proceeded onto the main course. My family have a traditional Christmas dinner as you would expect. I’m not the biggest fan of gravy so I always have a small pot of curry sauce to accompany my dinner. This year I had Red Thai curry sauce which was incredible. For dessert, it’s our homemade banoffee pie which is hands down my favourite.
Rest of the Day
Over the space of the day, we open and exchange more gifts and of course, eat and drink.
Every year, my parents will buy a board game for us all to play at the dinner table. We don’t sit and play games as a family any other time of the year so it’s always great fun. This year we had the game ‘Taboo’ and a firm favourite in our house is ‘The Logo Game’.
Changes to your Christmas traditions is definitely a weird feeling but this year, I spent my first Christmas with someone other than my family. In the evening, my boyfriend came over to spend a few hours with my family and then we did the same at his family home. We both agreed it felt strange leaving our families on Christmas Day for a while but both felt very welcome and had a lot of fun at each other’s homes.
For me, Boxing Day is usually a day of work. But not this year! After 6 years, I finally got to let my hair down a little more and enjoy a full Boxing Day.
Boxing Day ‘Day’ might not have been the most enjoyable in the past few years but in the evening, as a family, we always tend to go to the pantomime. This year’s was ‘Aladdin’ and it did not disappoint once again. Panto is one of my favourite things about Christmas time.
I had a lot of fun on Christmas and I know that I will year after year, traditions new and old.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too.
What are your Christmas traditions?