Before I lost Ethan I bloody loved Christmas.
Then he died and well, the magic of it died too. I lost a huge part of me and I couldn’t see how I could enjoy it again.
Over the years I have had many various Christmas Traditions all of which I have loved. One of the things I wish to pass on to my children is sharing the traditions I had and also creating new ones. One of things we ensure now is that Ethan is some how incorporated into our traditions.
So as in love traditions so much I thought I would share with you some past and present Christmas traditions we have.
I remember when I was young and I lived at home with just my Mum, I remember we used to stay at my Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve. Sometimes we stayed at our own house too. Staying at Grandma’s house always seemed more fun though! Christmas as a child was simple to be honest, after presents we went to my other Grandma & Grandad’s house which happened to be accross the road! We sat with them a while, I had some of Grandad’s secret stash of choccies, may one had a butty and swapped and opened more gifts. Then whilst I stayed Mum went back to her Mum’s hiuse over the road and helped her prep for Christmas Dinner.
Christmas Dinner at Grandma’s was AMAZING! The only thing I was never a fan of was sitting at the little table. If you ask my family they will tell you I was traumatised by this lol. With15 plus for dinner me and my cousins sat at a poker table. Every year. Took me bloody years to get promoted lol. The only good thing is that. My cousin Martin and I often swapped the good and bad between us off our plates, I loved pigs in blanket and hated broccoli he was theothwr way around. So we swapped lol. Great in my opinion lol.
Then me and my cousins handed out gifts to everyone and afterwards we played games that had been passed through the family for generations. Trade secrets so I can’t tell you but it took me years to crack the secrets of the game lol. Took Ste 1 Christmas when he joined us lol I was gutted ha ha.
This was the same for us every year until Ste and I got together. I absolutely loved our huge family Christmases, it’s one of my most favourite memories as a child. Then fun we had on Christmas Day as a family fills me with warmth and fuzzy feelings.
Things have changed now that Steand I are together. They have also changed as several members of my family gave passed away now so traditions have changed somewhat.
Something I have passed to my children that I used to do with my Grandma is going to a garden centre every year and choosing 1 new decoration each for the tree. It’s so magical to look around and pick 1 favourite each. Funnily enough this year William and Alfie picked the same but in a different colour lol.
We also save Muppets Christmas Carol to death on Christmas Eve together and usually watch at least twice ad the kids talk through the first showing lol.
We ways go to the Christmas markets Ate and I and now Willis older we take him along as well although this year was a no go as I am.not well enough to go.
We also LOVE to have bacon butties on fresh white rolls on Christmas morning and a glass of bucks fizz too. Along with cutting the Christmas cake on Christmas Eve because my husband just cannot wait any longer bless him lol. We also spend most of December searching for the perfect mince pie. It always e endsup as Aldi’s and yet we still always have mine on Christmas Eve that I have made lol.
There is nothing I love more than having Christmas Traditions.
I was eagar to find out what other people have for traditions at Christmas time. So I have included some other bloggers and their traditions.
Hannah Louise at The Swirles Clan has some lovely traditions;
In our house we don’t put our tree up or decorate our house until the weekend that is closest to the 10th Dec as that was my mum’s birthday and it’s what I’ve done since I was a girl so we keep it up on our house even though mum has gone.
We also always have a nice outfit (dress for us girls, shirt for the boys) for Christmas Day and we try to have one colour for us all but a different colour each year, Christmas Day is now just for our family (under our roof). We did go and see my mum on Christmas Day but that was because she lived alone.
On Boxing Day we have all my hubbies family round and have a second Christmas Day as it was with exchanging all their gifts and having a very big meal in the afternoon.
David Pearson from Yorkshire Dad of 4 has a lovely old family tradition;
We visit the same Santa’s Grotto that I went to as a child. It’s the first weekend in December teacher year and we’ve gone every year for the past 15 with our girls, and went when it started (I was 2).
Becki from Beckasbubble has a beautiful blog on her family traditions. From cute advent calender notes, to Elf on the shelf and a Christmas Eve box and lots more. Go and have a look at her blog on her family traditions it’s beautiful.
I would love to here what Christmas family traditions you have. Leave me a comment and let me know. May be I can use it in the future. Or may be you could use one of mine.
Merry Christmas everyone and all the very best for 2019.