I’ve loved reading about all your Christmas plans and traditions over recent weeks. It’s so interesting how each family has a slightly different variation of the same theme. Where to put stockings, when to open presents, what to leave out for the big man himself?
Much cherished traditions from both mine and Paul’s childhood Christmasses have started to feature regularly as our children grow. I thought I would share some with you today…
Firstly, Christmas Eve. I like to have everything finished by this day. None of the last minute running to the shops that used to happen in my London days. I like Christmas Eve to be a special, family day. An activity, a nice meal, possibly a small present to open, perhaps a viewing of something Christmassey all snuggled up together after bath. This year there are plans. They involve a camper van, a wind-swept beach, hot chocolate and a sausage sizzle all topped off by the Snowman and the Snowdog. Can’t wait.
We’ll leave mince pies, a glass of sherry and carrots for Rudolph. All the usuals. Although Paul is adamant that reindeer eat moss. It was part of his offering when he was little, so our babes will offer it too. Slightly strange, I agree.
I also like the idea of leaving a snowy footprint by the fire this year. Finding fake snow is on my to-do list for the week.
As we tuck Oliver in for the night we’ll tell him to leave his curtain slightly ajar,so Father Christmas knows he is asleep and ready for him to pop down that chimney.
Our stockings are always hung downstairs around the fireplace. I never had a stocking in my room as a child and hate the thought of missing out on seeing Oliver and Lila opening theirs. Yes, this may mean having to be up at the crack of dawn, but so worth it to see their faces light up at that first magical ‘he’sbeen!’ moment.
They will read letters from the big man – such a wonderful memory of mine. Mum used to make us little scrolls from tea-stained, burnt paper, tied up with ribbon and complete with curly writing. I intend to do the same.
We’ll open presents in turn. There was never any manic wrapping paper ripping in our household and I’d like to keep it the same way for us. It really helps you appreciate that Christmas isn’t just about you and your presents, especially when siblings are involved.
Father Christmas gifts in the morning, family presents after lunch. Now this was tough as a child, mostly because once lunch was over we always had to wait until clear-up was 100% complete before moving on to the next round of presents. As I got older though I understood. It makes so much more of the day and makes you appreciate that family give gifts too.
Other than those little family traditions of ours, I’m sure we will be doing the same as every house across the land – eating too much, possibly taking a little walk in the cold, nodding off by the fire. A lazy, happy day.
I can’t wait!
How do you do yours?
*Cute Christmas crafts brought home by my lovely boy on Monday. Such a proud Mama moment.