Christmas traditions. it’s something I’m sure most households have over the festive period, what everyone does though depends on the individuals and what they had when they were growing up. Here are some of the Christmas Traditions we have in our family. Most of them are ones I had a child but as the years have gone on I have added a few of my own and now every year we enjoy doing them.
As soon as December begins I can’t wait to start watching Christmas Films. C is at an age now where he’s really starting to enjoy sitting down all snuggled on the sofa to watch a film. Some of the favourites in our house is Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, The Snowman, The Santa Claus ( you know the original featuring Dudley Moore) and C has been enjoying Arthur Christmas this year.
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At the start of the month, we obviously have advent calendars – they both usually end up with a couple each because family members get them and for the last few years I’ve been using a re-useable one for each of them. I pop a little treat inside each day with a special one for the 24th December.
We put our Christmas tree up the first weekend of December. The whole family gets involved. We have Christmas songs on the TV and once Mr S and I have worked our way through sorting the branches out and the dreaded lights we then leave the actual decorating of the tree to the kids … whilst I usually sit back and take a ton of photos of them. I have to say they do a pretty good job of it as well. It’s finished off with a little train that goes around the bottom …. something I have wanted for years.
Christmas Tree Decoration.
Every year we add a new decoration to our tree – for the past 4 years, we’ve had them personalised with our names and the year. It’s lovely getting them out of the loft each Christmas working out how old the children were on the year certain ones were purchased. This is only a tradition we started a few years ago but it’s a firm favourite now and one that we will continue to do every year.
We always go to see Santa in his grotto every year – this year we are going a local garden centre and they’ve even got real reindeer. I try and get a booking as near to Christmas as possible. This year we’re going on Sunday so it’s exactly a week before Christmas.
Message from Santa via PNP.
If you’ve got children and you’ve never done this it’s a must! Honestly, it’s brilliant and every year creates a new video and it’s even personalised too. All you have to do is add the details and await your email from Santa.
Christmas Eve Box.
Ever since L has been born I have always bought her a new pair of pyjamas. They used to be on her bed waiting for her after she was out of the bath on Christmas Eve, but about 4 years ago I changed it into a new tradition of a Christmas Eve box. I usually make them up a box of goodies containing new pj’s, some hot chocolate & new mug, a new book to read before bed for C and a novel for L, some reindeer food, and usually some sort of Christmas art for C to do during the day. I give them their box in the morning on Christmas eve.
Reindeer Food & Treats for Santa.
Before bed on Christmas Eve we scatter some food on the grass outside for the Reindeer and in the front room on a little table we leave a plate of goodies for Santa …. this for us usually entails a glass of milk & some cookies. We also leave a carrot out especially for Rudolf too …. he needs his vegetables on such a busy night!
What Christmas Traditions do you & your family have?