Like most families we love our traditions at this time of year. Sadly it’s the first year neither of my children believe in Santa, (although now we’re only a few days away from Christmas Max has suddenly decided he does again. I think he’s panicking he won’t get any presents if he says he doesn’t believe anymore!!! ) but we’ll still do things just the same & it will still be just as special.

Christmas for me starts just a little bit in October as that’s when I make my Christmas cake and feed it with brandy up to Christmas! I also start my gift buying in October to be as organised as possible but there’s still always a rush for a few bits up to a few days before like everyone else. 

I like to put our decorations up at the beginning of December which gets me in the Christmas spirit and we love to watch Christmas movies throughout December. 

I always had wonderful Christmases throughout my childhood, however I always remember Christmas Eve being spent at home with my mum cleaning right up to us having guests round for our annual Christmas Eve party. I loved the party but hated that the day was just a huge cleaning day which I vowed not to do when I had my own house. I enjoy Christmas Eve as much as the day itself and want everything to be organised and completed before so all my cleaning, house preparation and laying the table happens on the 23rd so that we can all enjoy Christmas Eve together. 

Christmas Eve starts with me giving the kids their Christmas Eve boxes which includes a DVD, a tree decoration, hot chocolate & a mug, Christmas chocolates, reindeer food & a new pair of pyjamas each for Christmas Eve night. Then we always watch Santa Claus the Movie which I just love! We then meet my parents, my brother James & his wife Kate with my nephews Jack & Ned for a meal at lunchtime & I also give Jack Ned a Christmas Eve box. This year we’re going to one of our favourite local restaurants Harvey’s Bar & Kitchen in Huddersfield. After that we go on to some family friends for tea & games which is always fun. The day is finished off with my parents coming round for a drink and a mince pie whilst we watch a Christmas movie. 

Once they’ve gone it’s then time to set everything out for Santa, put the Christmas sacks out and sprinkle reindeer food outside for Rudolph which I’ll still continue to do!!! Before the children go to bed we all snuggle into our bed & I read ‘The Night Before Christmas’.

Christmas Day is spent at my parents house with the four of us, my brother James, sister in law Kate and nephews Jack & Ned & now our puppy Dora. It’s just a lovely relaxing family day with my mum & dads fabulous Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.  Boxing Day is spent at our house but unfortunately my brother and his clan won’t be with us this year as they’re going to Kate’s mum & dads, so it’s just us and my parents. I do a 3 course meal and usually do a fish dish for the main course as its a bit lighter after a huge Christmas dinner the day before. I always give everyone a little table gift too and we have crackers again on Boxing Day. 

I absolutely adore Christmas & everything about it from writing my cards to the gift buying, Christmas songs & carol concerts but, most importantly spending some wonderful quality time with my amazing family & friends.

What are your Christmas Traditions? 

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