Christmas is almost here and it’s around this time that we get incredibly excited about the festive period as a family. Over the past few years we have noticed that we actually have a few family traditions, none of the traditions were planned in fact I suppose they originally were just a one off idea which worked and so the family decided to do it every year thus creating a new tradition.
My first tradition is that on the 1st December each year I get out my Spode Christmas china, even before I think about presents or decorating I start to unwrap the china and I always like to buy a couple of new pieces to add to the collection.
The second tradition is Christmas Eve stockings. I originally used to do a Christmas eve box for Lucie which contained Christmas pyjamas, a dvd, book and some chocolate but this has evolved over the years into a stocking and now we all have a stocking each year which contains a few small gifts like chocolate, skincare, and a book, we open them after dinner and we all select a film/tv programme we would like to watch and if we have time we watch all 3.
Our third tradition is something started by Lucie a few years ago which has been carried on and that is that we take turns to open our gifts on Christmas Day, all of the gifts are placed underneath the tree by father Christmas and Lucie has the job of handing them out from underneath the tree and we’re not allowed to open the next present until the previous person has finished opening their gift.
Our fourth tradition is that each year each of us gets to choose a new Christmas tree decoration which is put on the tree that we decorate together.
I have a bit of a special fifth tradition which is that I always buy a gift for someone who is worse off be it an adult or a child. For me Christmas is about giving and it always makes me incredibly happy knowing someone’s day will be a little brighter.
Christmas films are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine and since last week I’ve ben indulging in some me time by switching on Christmas24 shown on channels BT 513, Virgin 419 and Sky 327 which I only recently discovered, I have a feeling this is going to turn into a new tradition just for me! My favourite film so far is Guess who’s coming to Christmas? they are all real feel good films and a couple have made me shed a tear or two.
Do you have any family traditions at Christmas time?