I can’t believe it’s the 22nd of December?! December has gone in a flash! It’s been a pretty hectic week for me, having just moved house *phew*. It’s been a crazy few months in general, and i’m glad to finally have some time to focus on this little slice of the internet. You may have noticed a little transformation… I was up until the early hours last night switching my blog from blogger to WordPress, which is a step in the right direction to eventually go self hosted and own an actual slice of the internet. Baby steps! Anyhoo, now that I’ve got time to write and am feeling all merry, I thought it would be nice to share what I usually do on Christmas Day. But when I actually started writing this, I realised our family don’t really have any traditions, and for the past 5 years each Christmas has been completely different. This year is actually my first as a single parent which is weird enough (I’ll be writing a seperate post on this).
So I took to the Parent Bloggers of the UK, and asked them how they traditionally spend their day. I couldn’t stop smiling while reading their responses and funny little ways and i’m sure you will too!
‘We always gather at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning and wait for daddy to go downstairs to see if Santa has been. Only when he says yes does everyone run down’ – Deborah; http://countryheartandhome.com
‘Christmas morning has to be started with bacon sandwiches!’ – Beth; http://Twinderelmo.co.uk
‘My partner and I open our presents on Christmas Eve, we have done this since our first Christmas together. We are continuing it and having Christmas Day morning all about our toddler and his presents. For lunch we spend it with my parents, brother and grabd parents. For evening we spend it with my Dads side of the family and Boxing Day evening with my Mums side of the family’ – Jenni; www.chillingwithlucas.com
‘Christmas now involves me and daddy waiting for the kiddies to get up. Then its present opening followed by coffee and a sausage sandwich for mommy and daddy. Hard working watching all this present opening haha.’ – Amy; http://www.amyandtots.com
‘The ‘plan’ is usually the kids open their stockings upstairs and then daddy does all the farm jobs before we open the presents downstairs. Increasingly though, they are too excited to wait and daddy just gets to see what they’ve got when he comes in ‘ – Emma; www.farmerswifeandmummy.com
‘We have stockings upstairs with the kids in our bed. Then we come downstairs and have a nice breakfast. After breakfast we open the presents that are under the tree. Then we’ll be starting on the Christmas dinner as we have all family coming to us this year.’ – Lisa; www.backsnbumps.com
‘We do the same as we did when I was a child. My husband goes down the stairs first while we all wait on the landing (my Dad did this for us) and turns on the Christmas lights, puts on some Christmas music in the background and my children shout down “Has he been??”. Then when he shouts up to come and see they run down and into the lounge where all of the presents are waiting. From then on it’s a manic flurry of wrapping paper and presents before my parents turn up and we make a start on the Christmas dinner while the kids eat their body weight in chocolate!’ – Laura; www.fivelittledoves.com
‘We have no set plans because we don’t celebrate Christmas as such. Even then, we’ll probably go to Church in the morning, depending on whether our new arrival is here or not. This would hopefully be followed by lunch, and some lovely walks through quiet streets. I imagine we would have lots of discussions about Christmas and how we connect with it in our family. Altogether, I’m hoping for a chilled out day for all of us, with some relaxing evening screen time with hubby after our child or children go to bed.’ – A Novice Mum http://adventuresofanovicemum.co.uk
‘We have a Christmas tradition of a family Christmas quiz which my father in law spends all year compiling. It’s the highlight of our day.’ – Clare; http://www.mumsymidwife.com
‘We have a tradition where santa leaves a small wooden toy made by the elves with a little note explaining what moments he was proud to see and then a trail of chocolate coins leading to the present pile from my daughters bedroom to the living room’ – Tracey; https://www.wittsinthewild.com/
‘The children all receive a Xmas eve gift which is always new pjs – we have not chocolate and treats while watching a Xmas film (all 6 children despite ages) Xmas morning we take turn opening a gift. Gift opening is always hectic with so many excited children. My mother comes at 10am and we swap gifts – then friends start calling then at 12 my dad comes for gift swapping and he stays for lunch with us – we don’t bother getting dressed for Xmas day as we spend it at home and all friends and family visit us. Xmas day is about pjs and treats and having fun the tidy up starts Boxing Day and we celebrate as a huge family the day after when we get to dress up.’ – Emma, http://jigsawparenting.com/
‘I always brush my hair….random. I know, my mum always said I had to brush it before going downstairs (probably to make sure they hadn’t forgotten anything lol) and the habit has stuck, we also brush teeth before heading down. Than it’s bucks fizz and a mass opening session ‘ – Helen; http://www.allthebeautifulthings.co.uk
I don’t know about you but this given me ALL the warm fuzzies and am so ready for the special day now. Especially the Christmas dinner!
Now excuse me while I go eat copious amounts of chocolate and type up the other 28334865 posts I have lined up!
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