My five favourite Christmas traditions

Jingle those bells, I’m actually writing my first Christmas 2016 post!

I’ve realised it’s almost halfway to the big day and I haven’t actually posted about Christmas. Which is quite weird. Because I love Christmas a lot and haven’t been any less of a festive Felicity this year than I have any other year.

I’ve actually done quite a few festive fun things that I haven’t got around to writing about yet. On Friday, I went along to Winter Wonderland – and of course, my tree’s up and decorated. Therefore, the festive force is strong with this one right now. So to apologise for my lack of Christmas cheer (and blogging loud for all to hear), I thought I’d share a little ol’ list about some of my favourite parts of the festive season.

I’d love to hear yours in the comments too!

1. Dinner with the family

When I go back to spend Christmas in the home I grew up in, it’s quite a small affair – just myself, my parents and brother. When we were younger, my grandparents used to come round for dinner too, but even then, it was just six of us. A lot of people I speak to have larger families, but I’m actually quite happy with our small gathering. It takes the pressure off hosting, which means we spend more time enjoying ourselves and drinking enough fizz that a sofa sleep afterwards is totally necessary.

Plus, I only have to listen to four awful cracker jokes. It’s a win-win situation, basically.

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2. Putting the presents under the tree

When I was a child, my parents always put presents under the tree when I’d gone to bed on Christmas Eve. Except, me being me, as soon as they were asleep after being convinced I was peacefully slumbering, I’d creep through our bungalow and sneak into the living room to shake some boxes and try and work out what everything was. Other people did this, right?

Now that both myself and my brother have grown up, we still put presents under the tree, but as I usually come in from Christmas Eve after a couple of glasses (aka a bottle) of prosecco, they’re usually put under there a bit earlier. I still love the anticipation of trying to work out what things are though! One thing I did used to worry about (generally, not just at Christmas) is burglars. Which is horrible enough as it is, but at Christmas, I imagine it would be even worse. So perhaps some home insurance from Chill is probably a good idea, in case those gifts get taken in some horrible reverse Santa scenario.

3. Christmas Eve drinks

This is a favourite tradition not just because it’s an excuse to drink prosecco (as if I need one…), but also a chance to catch up with old friends, something I don’t get to do as much as I’d like. Since moving to London, I don’t really get back to Norfolk much, and there are people I miss a lot. We all come together on Christmas Eve, to share drinks, homemade brownies and Christmas cards.

At one point, I actually used to drive home and was responsible for giving people lifts because I’m generally all-round awesome. All the Diet Cokes for me then. I might actually be driving this year, but drinking or not drinking, I just love spending Christmas Eve with some of the most important people.

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4. Having a post-Christmas Christmas

As I spend my Christmasses with my parents still, Conor and I don’t spend Christmas together. Instead, we do a ‘post-Christmas’ celebration instead. We go out for dinner to our favourite Greek restaurant (except last year when it was closed and I had a full on wobbly until we went to Jamie’s Italian instead…) and swap presents, and it’s really nice to have something else to be excited for after the Christmas buzz is over with.

5. The food shop

I’ve always loved the Christmas food shop with my mum. The usual ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the cheeses, estimating exactly how many sausage rolls we’ll eat (and then realising by Christmas Eve they’re all gone already and having to do a last minute top up shop), and obviously, working out how much I can sneak into the trolley. Even now I live away from my parents, I still nag my mum to wait for me to come home.

We always do our Christmas shop at Morrisons, and I was actually able to head along to their press day in July and check out the ranges – which are where the images from this post are from! Although this year, I might end up missing out on the food show as I can’t go home until the 23rd. Boo. That might mean there are more sausage rolls to go round though…

What are your favourite festive traditions?

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  • LaaLaa

    We have very similar traditions. Last year we only had 4 people and it was so relaxing and good. No clue about this year besides games after dinner lol x

    • Ahh I do love a post-dinner board game!

  • I have very similar tradition to you. I love the post Christmas Christmas and getting to wrap all the presents and put them under the tree x

    • Presents under the tree are so exciting!

  • I love all these traditions too but I think dinner with the family on Christmas day has to be my favourite, i’m all about the feasting 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

    • The food is the best part of Christmas, right?!

  • Your Christmas traditions are lovely and it is so nice that you still have your Christmas with your parents. Small Christmases are nice, I think there is less pressure and less likely to be squabbles, lol.

    • Yeah, we don’t argue nowadays so it’s all nice and laid back!

  • I love the decor, eating a festive dinner or going festive food shopping is of course a great tradition to have. I like to drink plenty of hot choccy and gingerbread/eggnog drinks.

    • Oh that sounds lovely! Hot choc is definitely a perfect winter drink!

  • I don’t have a big family and we have eight of us for Christmas which is such a nice amount. My parents put our presents in the living room and even now at 25 and 26 me and my brother aren’t allowed in there until after breakfast Christmas day when we can open presents x

    • Haha aw I love that they still do that!

  • Jo Wiggins

    We always go for Christmas Eve drinks with friends, we’ve been doing it for years. I love the simple things, good food and family x

    • Christmas Eve drinks are a total must for me!

  • I love the Christmas dinner, opening presents and spending time with my family!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Oh gosh the Christmas shop is the one I least look forward too, people rush round as though shops are closed for months x

    • Haha well, my parents live in quite a small town so it’s usually a bit more relaxed!

  • All great ideas especially having a post christmas christmas as its something my family loves to do.

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    What lovely traditions. My favourite tradition is our Christmas Eve box – I look forward to it every year!

    • Ooh that sounds really intriguing!

  • Its lovely to have traditions that evoke good memories.

  • Your photography is always so lovely. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and it’s always nice hearing how other people plan their days. I love the idea of Christmas Eve drinks!

  • Charlotte

    I like having more than one Christmas too. This year we are spending Christmas with my family and then having another Christmas with my husband’s family at New Year. x

  • Baby Isabella

    We’ve never had Christmas Eve drinks…might have to start this year! X

  • We don’t really have a tradition. It changes every year.

  • mummyandthechunks

    I am still getting to grips with our traditions. I have children of my own now and have more people to deal with complicating things. The only one I really have is movie afternoon in festive pjs with the kids xmas eve

    • I can imagine it must get quite hectic with the kids! Movie afternoon sounds awesome though!

  • Ali

    I love how the supermarket’s are so into Christmas, there are some amazing things here.

    • Same! Morrisons is definitely my fave for festive things.

  • Anthea

    Our Christmas tradition involves a new movie to watch christmas eve with the kids, staying up till gone midnight christmas eve frantically wrapping present and having an enormous brunch Christmas Day morning

    • That sounds lovely!