One of the loveliest things about Christmas is continuing some of the traditions from your own childhood, and starting some new ones with your kids.
~(This is a RARE photo of me on my blog, I prefer to be behind the camera!)
A walk on Christmas Eve to view the lights and decorations in the neighbourhood. Then back home, kids into pyjamas, and then drinking hot chocolate by the fire while watching a Christmas movie. We then read some Christmas stories, including The Three Trees and Twas the Night before Christmas.
Leaving some snacks for Santa and his reindeer – glass of port, mince pie, shortbread and a carrot.
All presents are left by Santa, and his helpers, downstairs by the fireplace – both the stockings and the Santa sacks.
Before breakfast Santa gifts are opened, and we TRY to take turns opening gifts, so we all get to see what everyone has received.
After breakfast, the kids get their gifts from us.
We used to manage to get to church on Christmas morning even when we had 2 kids, but we have admitted defeat to the 9am service and instead stay home.
Turkey goes in the oven around now.
Mid morning our sociable neighbours invite everyone round for mulled wine and mince pies. The kids all get to see what their friends have got, and it is a lovely chance to catch up.
Late morning back home, and I get started in the kitchen.
Which ever family are joining us for dinner usually arrive about 2pm, and there is another present opening frenzy.
Dinner is usually served about 3pm.
And no Christmas Dinner is complete without crackers
One tradition we have NOT kept on is watching the Queens Speech at 3 oclock on Christmas Day! My childhood memory was having to keep quiet for my Granny so she could hear the Queen.
I will post about our Christmas Dinner Menu another day.
After dinner the kids get to open any remaining gifts, and usually the men of the family do the dishes, and I curl up on the sofa, usually with some toy to assemble or instructions to decifer.
This is the name for the day after Christmas Day, and it is usually a day to relax, see more family members, and eat Christmas Dinner leftovers.
I think I nearly enjoy my meal on Boxing Day as it is much more relaxed, and is so easy to prepare.
I will share more of our traditions here in Northern Ireland over the next few days, as Christmas approaches and would love it if you could return and join me.
So, what are some of YOUR Christmas traditions?
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