Our Christmas Traditions

I think one of the most ‘interesting’ about having a family of your own is that you have two lots of experiences to collate and decide what you do and don’t want to carry on doing. It seems like my family had quite a few more traditions at Christmas than the hubby’s so a lot are my suggestions (plus, I’m usually the one taking in charge to do them – I love traditions and I love Christmas!

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  • One thing we do each year is to do some Christmas baking for others. This is something I did growing up and then we’d deliver them to others and it was always more fun when you just drop it at the door, knock and then runaway. Generally it is trickier to do the whole running away thing with the little ones but we get our bake on, traditionally mince pies, wrap them up and deliver them. I hope the kids grow up loving to do this, as I did.

 

  • Another thing that we started to do when I was a teenager was unwrapping a present on Christmas Eve. When Mr U and I started dating I introduced that tradition to his family too – what’s not to love? So we have carried this on in our own family too. Generally it is pyjamas but we don’t always stick to that.

 

  • When we decorate the tree and around the house, we have to have certain Christmas songs on. Il Divo’s version of O Holy Night has to play, along with Mariah Carey’s All I want For Christmas and Mr Buble’s Christmas album. Who knows what albums will be out in a few years down the line but Mariah’s absolute tune will never be out of fashion in my eyes! We always watch Home Alone as well. I’m not sure if that is traditionally Christmassy or not, but we love it.

 

  • This was something that hubby and I didn’t agree on at first as we grew up with different things. He grew up with having a small stocking in his room from Father Christmas and he would open that without his parents. I grew up with all of our presents in the living room, all from Father Christmas and we all opened together. We have kind of merged the two and decided that there will be a small stocking from Father Christmas but we want to see them open everything so that will be downstairs with their other gifts from us, under the tree. I can’t imagine opening my Santa presents sat in my room by myself. Apparently is was to let their parents have a slight lie in ha.

 

  • The Queen’s Speech – now I can’t say I’ve always paid attention but we always have it on. I’m a bit of a Royalist (I love you Kate) and I think it is just quintessentially British, so why not?

 

  • Christmas morning will usually start reading the Christmas story from the bible so we can start the day off the right way. I want my kids to grow up knowing the real reason for the season and not just expecting presents. The giving of gifts is definitely more important than the receiving. We love to get a real Christmas tree too :)

 

  • Boxing Day is another family oriented day. We never go to the Boxing Day sales, I couldn’t think of anything worse. More time with family and a classic buffet. I love just prolonging the festivities. Family time is the best.

What are some of your Christmas traditions? I think quite a lot of people have similar ones so would be fun to hear something quirky!

Mami 2 Five

Rebecca x

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15 Comments

  1. twinderelmo2014
    21st December 2014 / 8:13 am

    All our presents were always downstairs. We never had a real tree so my husband now always likes a real one and him & our son go and pick it which is lovely! x

    • 21st December 2014 / 3:12 pm

      I love real trees! So nice to go and pick it out :)

  2. 21st December 2014 / 3:53 pm

    lovely traditions! christmas is my absolute favourite and very important! My hubby is French and I’m German so we disagree on lots of things. In Germany we open the presents on the 24th for example… We eat goose rather than turkey, everyone has their own plate with christmas treats and if they’re gone they’re gone so you have to be quite disciplined 😉 We also sing christmas carols together as a family. This year we’re celebrating in England with the French family so we decided to have a traditional English christmas… I can tell you afterwards how that went 😉 #sundaystars

    • 22nd December 2014 / 1:54 pm

      Oh how fun! and interesting. My sister lived in Austria for a year so I learnt all about Krampus and getting treats in your shoes. Merry Christmas x

  3. 21st December 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I’m totally with you on the stocking front. I couldn’t imagine myself when I was younger or my children opening their stockings in their rooms on their own. I love to see the magic in their faces. Xx

    • 22nd December 2014 / 1:53 pm

      Totally! Thanks for your comment. Have a lovely Christmas x

  4. 21st December 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Totally agree about the boxing day sales. I am usually so stuffed and tired that the thought of fighting people over the last jumper in Next makes me feel ill…! This is such a lovely post – and I had never really thought about mine until now. Its special now that we have the twins and making their Christmas’s full of memories. Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars and have a wonderful Christmas x

    • 22nd December 2014 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks for hosting the link up. Merry Christmas! x

  5. 21st December 2014 / 9:59 pm

    I completely agree about the sales on boxing day too. It is still part of the holidays for me too. Love watching the kids open their stockings, plus mine would definitely be awake too early if stockings were in their rooms!

    • 22nd December 2014 / 1:52 pm

      I know, I think its lovely seeing them open the presents. Everyone can nap later if need be 😉

  6. 21st December 2014 / 10:27 pm

    We had our presents delivered at the end of our bed but took them all downstairs to open!

    Loved reading this as my little one us two and so keep thinking of things we can make as traditions! #sundaystars

    • 22nd December 2014 / 1:51 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Its fun seeing what others doo too :)

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