I’ve spoken a little bit about Christmas traditions this month but I really think they’re what makes this time of year so special. Ever since I can remember my family has followed certain routines and traditions around Christmas time, and aside from the sense of nostalgia these actions and events bring I just find them all so fun and exciting.
I love to learn about other people – from what groceries they buy, to how they spend their evenings and with Christmas traditions that’s no different. What do you do with family and friends to celebrate the festive season? I’d love to know [and I’m also secretly on the hunt for some more ideas] – you can never have too many traditions in my opinion!
MY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
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Every evening during December Harry and I make Baileys cocktails, watch our favourite TV shows and play Mario Kart. I know it doesn’t sounds very traditional but we only do this during December and so I guess that makes it a tradition for us.
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It’s not Christmas without the Christmas lights! There were some amazing houses in the Sunshine Coast that Harry and I drove around and looked at this year, but there’s a house in Grafton that always takes the cake. The lights move to music, just like in Deck The Halls. It’s pretty impressive.
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Every December I bake a ridiculous amount of cookies that I know we’ll never be able to eat. I don’t really know why I do this, but it gives me an excuse to distribute them around to my family and friends, which is quite merry and festive I guess.
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I had five Christmas trees this year. That’s right. FIVE. Granted, four of them were tabletop trees – but if they’re covered in lights and baubles they’re still counted as Christmas trees – right? I decorated each tree in a different style and rearranged them multiple times before I was satisfied. Because of this indecisiveness/compulsiveness it’s become sort of a running joke in my family that I’m obsessed with perfect looking Christmas trees, and so when I arrive at my Dads house for Christmas he allows me to rip apart his tree and redecorate it in my own style. It’s just what we do – and he always compliments my efforts in excess afterwards, which is kind of essential as I’m borderline needy af.
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Something else I insist upon doing is wrapping peoples gifts. I usually spend a great portion of Christmas Eve at my Nan’s house wrapping all of her gifts in pretty, bright paper with lots of ribbons and bows, and then I spend a few hours in the evening afterwards wrapping my Dad’s Christmas gifts too. I like to do it in front of a movie or TV show with a Diet Coke beside me, and I insist upon doing it every year. Firstly, because I’m the fastest [and… ahem… best] at it, but also because I just love being a little Christmas elf and helping my family out.
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Christmas Eve at my Dad’s house involves a delicious dinner and a movie marathon. You can guarantee Home Alone 1 [and 2!] are the first films we watch each and every year.
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After the present wrapping, feasting and movie watching, I love to retreat to my room and read a book in bed. Belle and Nala will usually make their way in and join me for a snuggle, but I really love staying up until midnight on Christmas Eve reading a festive book or two. It’s usually dead quiet outside and you can almost touch the magic in the air.
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I don’t care what you say – my Nan is the queen of Christmas. She spends days preparing for the feast that we call lunch and her entire decor vibe is so classic but cute at the same time. Think red and green with a bit of gold and lots of glitter, complete with a couple of stuffed teddies under the tree in between the mountain of [perfectly wrapped] gifts. She also spends the entire day in the kitchen cooking way too much food [roast turkey, fried potatoes, carrots, peas, gravy, trifle, jelly, fruit salad, pudding, cheesecake] and doesn’t rest until she knows that everyone is well fed and feeling merry. I think I’ve inherited her festive spirit and love of cutesy Christmas decor and it might just be my favourite thing about myself.
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After our massive lunch I love to come back to my Dad’s house and spend a few hours with Belle and Nala. They’re usually all worn out after playing in wrapping paper for hours and are super cuddly all afternoon. We watch a film, eat turkey [they love turkey] and take a nap together on the couch. It’s just perfect.
Make sure to let me know in the comments below what traditions you have this time of year. I find it all so fascinating [because I’m v. nosy if you hadn’t figured that out yet]!
Merry Christmas xo