Christmas is nearly here (only three more sleeps!)! Hooray!
I simultaneously both love and hate Christmas, as I imagine a lot of people do. I love it because the day itself is always nice and relaxed, and you get to spend time with your family, but the lead up to it can be super stressful what with all the Christmas shopping and preparation to do (and as a postwoman, my work gets much busier over Christmas, what with all the Christmas cards and parcels!). Not to mention you always get that slump afterwards where you’re kind of like…so that’s over. It just seems like a lot of build up for one day, you know?
But since we’re still on the side of Christmas where I’m feeling quite festive, I thought I’d do a nice Christmassey post about what I do at Christmas, and I’d love to know other people’s Christmas routines! Everyone has their own little traditions and rituals specific to them and their families, and I’d love to hear about them!
My own family’s Christmas traditions have actually changed a lot these last few years, thanks to the arrival of new partners and new children etc., but I can honestly say I now love Christmas more than ever!
So here’s what my Christmas looks like these days:
My boyfriend and I wake up and exchange presents.
This is actually only my second Christmas living with my boyfriend, as I’d just moved in last Christmas when I started my new job. And we’ve actually moved since then, from a flat to a house, so I’m looking forward to spending our first Christmas in our new home!
But we have generally spent every Christmas together since we got together (almost five years ago!), so we do have a bit of a routine. We never get up mega early (it’s so weird to remember being a kid and waking up at 5am on Christmas desperate to get to the presents…like why? Enjoy the lie in!), but when we do get up, we generally get straight to the presents!
We then generally chill out for a bit, and since past gifts have included things like games and games consoles, we do the classic kids thing of setting things up and having a go with your shiny new things!
We then head to my parents’ house for Christmas lunch.
Later on in the morning we get ready, load up the car with gifts, and make the hour’s drive to my parents’ house. There’s always a pretty full house on Christmas day, because me and my boyfriend usually go, as does my sister, her fiance and her daughter, my brother and his two kids and my Grandfa (plus my parents are there of course!).
We all cram into the living room and it’s usually my Dad’s job to start passing around all the presents. This usually descends into chaos, with wrapping paper going everywhere, and a load of excitable kids running around!
The difference this year unfortunately, is that our dog Molly won’t be in the middle of the chaos, tramping through all the wrapping paper and looking bemused by all the noise. Sadly she died a couple of months back, so this will be our first Christmas without her (sorry for getting a bit depressing in a Christmas post!).
After presents are opened, there’s the inevitable helping the kids set up their new toys etc, so finding batteries and fighting things out of the packaging (why is everything always so difficult to get out of the box?). I definitely feel like I get in the Christmas spirit a lot more these days, thanks to all the kids in my family. For a few years as an older teenager I feel like Christmas kind of lost its magic a bit, but these days I can see it again, and I get quite excited for Christmas, because the kids get so excited about it and about all the presents.
Although for me personally, Christmas dinner is the highlight of the day! My Mum makes the best Christmas dinner, complete with turkey and all the trimmings, plus the absolute highlight: a gammon joint slow roasted in Coke (yes, as in Coke Cola!). It’s literally the best thing ever! It’s so delicious and melts in your mouth! And obviously we all sit there eating it wearing the flimsy paper crowns you get out of Christmas crackers.
After dinner we all head back into the living room and do the classic Christmas afternoon ‘sitting about and wondering why you ate so much food’. Until you inevitably decide you’re hungry again and start opening the boxes of chocolates!
My boyfriend and I head home and relax.
My boyfriend and I then generally leave my parent’s house later in the afternoon, and spend the evening relaxing, eating (more) chocolate and watching films.
I do always tend to go to bed fairly early on Christmas, just because I find it so tiring. It’s crazy that a day of doing nothing always knocks me out so much, but with Christmas I think that there’s so much rush in the lead up to it, that when you finally stop and relax a bit on the actual day, it all catches up with you (plus, you know….eating all that food makes you lethargic!).
And then it’s all over for another year!
So I’d love to know what your Christmas routine is like! Do you like a nice quiet day, or is it all go in your household? What are some of the traditions you have?