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Christmas Tradtions

December 15, 2012

I have been slowly getting ready to be descended on this Christmas. Our first Christmas in our new house, my parents and my sister’s family will be joining us over Christmas eve/ day and the in-laws will be arriving on Boxing day. I have never hosted Christmas, however I often help my mum prepare for it when we all descend on them, and I love it… I love it all, peeling the vegetables the night before, drinking snowballs, finally digging into the Christmas tin of chocolates were all the things that happened on Christmas Eve! I love our traditions and the excitement of the whole holiday. I guess this is what makes Christmas… our Christmases have always been pretty simple growing up. It was only mum dad, L (little sister) and me. The usual up early, open our presents from Santa, then have breakfast, shower etc. Mum would cook an amazing Roast Turkey but we would all be so full from breakfast and chocolate to really enjoy it. We would then settle around the Christmas tree to open presents from one another, and friends and family. This was lovely growing up we would spend the afternoon playing games and watching Christmas TV and if Nan was with us, The Queens speech would always grace the TV set. Boxing day was the day for extended family, lots of food and drink and showing our countless cousins the hoard of presents. Great fun!

However M’s family Christmas couldn’t have been more different when he was growing up. He lived (his parents still live) In a house with his mum and dad, Aunt and uncle, two cousins and his grandparents on his paternal side. Plus an array of animals! Christmas at his house was crazy… wake in the morning to a stocking at the end of the bed and open that. This was his presents from ‘Father Christmas’. This is the followed by getting bathed/ showered and having breakfast… and there was a great array of choices for breakfast from mince pies and lemon drizzle cake and bucks fizz to scrambled eggs and ham on toast. It wasn’t until mid morning that everyone came together; first in Grandma’s living room gathered around the tree someone would be allocated the job of handing out the presents, everyone gathers they’re presents and heads to his Mum and Dad’s living room to do the same, they then go to M’s Aunt’s living room to do the same and then it’s a free for all, wrapping paper everywhere, dogs going mad, everyone sat with they’re presents dotted around the room. Total chaos, but obviously lots of fun! This was followed by a rather large late family lunch and Christmas TV. Boxing day M would travel to his Mum’s sister’s house to see that side of the family. And have another Christmas lunch and presents- a lot quieter then the day before until the games start!

Anyway slowly getting off the point and now I’ve started rambling. The point is every house hold, has a different way of doing things, different traditions and I love that… but how do you combine that? Husband and wife. Or do we need to wait until we have a brood of our own to start creating our own traditions? What are all of your Christmas traditions? I would love to hear about them.

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