When you grow up, Christmas is no longer about the presents and becomes more and more about spending a day with the people closest to you. This is the first year ever I’ll actually be spending away from home, as I’m spending Christmas with my Boyfriend and his mum this year. Their traditions are a little different from my family’s – with it usually just being the two of them they have a quiet chilled out day. My sister has four children, and so Christmas is a big affair featuring as many people as we can fit in our living room. Everyone is welcome in our house on Christmas day!
Each family has their own unique way of celebrating Christmas, and mine is definitely going to be hard to let go! So I thought I’d reminisce and share my favourite family traditions on Christmas day!
We start the day early – My sister and brother in law get woken up around 6am when their children wake up and pile into their bedroom to open their stocking presents. Last year was the first year they spent Christmas morning in their own house, so me and my parents actually got a bit of a lie in. The kid in me still woke up bright and early though!
The kids then open up their Santa presents – we leave big sacks in the living room for them. Once that’s done the adults get to open up a present each, and then it’s on to breakfast. We always have croissants on Christmas morning. And after breakfast, and usually another present, we get started on the Christmas drinks!
Bucks fizz (champagne and orange juice) is our late morning drink of choice. It’s around this time my mum disappears to get started on Christmas dinner. We can always argue who makes the best Christmas dinner, but my mum is always so proud of herself by the time our dinner is done, and for good reason. It’s never not amazing! We don’t eat until around 3pm and it’s worth the wait.
My favourite tradition my family has is making our presents last – we open them one at a time, throughout the day. It makes the magic last and keeps us occupied all day, and the kids entertained. I’m forcing my boyfriend to adopt this tradition this year, and he and his mum are very up for it!
We always have champagne/prosecco flowing, and a fridge full of beer. If you want something stronger, we always have Baileys, whiskey, gin or any other spirit one of guests prefers – my parents know how to host!
Our Christmas is always loud, busy, but treasured family time. As sad as I am to not spend it with my family this year, I’m looking forward to a new set of traditions, actually spending it with my boyfriend (it’s our third Christmas together, but the first one we won’t spend at opposite ends of the country), and having a quieter Christmas than normal.
What are you’re family Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments!