Thursday, 22 December 2016

Our Christmas Traditions

Each and every family have their own Christmas Traditions, whether it's watching a classic festive film the night before or leaving out Coco Pops for Rudolph and Father Christmas a glass of sherry and mince pie. My family have a set rules of Christmas and how we celebrate it every year, there are a few newer additions throughout the years (and as we all grow up!) but we still believe in the magic of Christmas...

- Putting up the Christmas tree to the Snowman and Father Christmas films in the background. This starts pre-Christmas and usually at the end of November, but it's always been a tradition to watch these films whilst putting the tree up. If you haven't seen these films, then add them to your Christmas Day list!!

- Our annual girls Christmas Trip. On the last weekend of November, my sister, mum and I take a four day trip to a festive market and this year it was our favourite, Bath. We've been to Germany and Belgium before, but the UK ones have proven to be the best of the bunch! It's where we start our Christmas shopping and end up coming home with a car full of presents.

- Christmas Carols and fish 'n' chips. On Christmas Eve, the family head to our local church for the nativity and carols then bring home a fish 'n' chips takeaway - as mum doesn't want to cook the night before Christmas Day! We've been doing this tradition for as long as I can remember and it signals the start of a relaxing and festive period for me.

- Christmas Day breakfast and lunch. Of course it would be Bucks Fizz and a full English to start the day, then onto Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. I'm the pro pigs in blankets wrapped and my cheesecake is known in West Sussex for being one of the best.

- Mini 'tree' presents after lunch. Usually we'll open our big presents after breakfast and keep back a few smaller gifts for after lunch, which we call 'tree' presents! They can be things like a Lush bath bomb, new pens or silly things like a pooping reindeer or stick on moustaches.

- Board games and films. Because everyone is so tired after Christmas lunch, it's usually time to stick on a Disney film and play a board game. The obvious choice is Monopoly, of which I play the neutral banker so I don't get caught up in all the cheating of how my family normally plays!

- Boxing Day chill and rest. After a busy Christmas Day, I'll be waking up in new pyjamas on Boxing Day and we'll be eating all the leftovers from yesterday and find places for all our new presents! A long walk is a must too after all the food we've eaten the day before.

- Christmas sales! Some people are totally against shopping the sales soon after Christmas Day and I always, without a doubt, hear my mum saying, "Back in my day, the sales didn't start until 1st January!". But who can resist a bargain from Zara or Marks & Spencer?

What are your Christmas traditions?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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