I love Christmas. I love everything about it, the food, the family time and the magic of it. Growing up I loved the traditions that came with Christmas almost, if not more, than I actually loved the day itself. From a Chinese on Christmas eve, Christmas bucks fizz on Christmas morning and boxing day cold meat and mash buffets, the traditions that my family created growing up made Christmas all that more special for me.
I’m pretty sure that’s why I’ve struggled to make our own traditions now that I have a family of my own. For the last 4 years I’ve come up with every excuse possible as to why we cant possibly spend Christmas day at home, of course, the fear of the pressure of a Christmas day lunch has always been my main reason. But there’s also all the added extras!
But this year, and this isn’t meant in a horrible way, I hit my Christmas tradition wall. I no longer pine for the traditions that my mum and dad made, but instead I am desperate to make our own.
SO, this year I am doing Christmas dinner at our house for just the four of us. And you know what, I’m not terrified, I’m the opposite (I know, I’m just as surprised as you are!) I cant wait to don an apron and cook a turkey and jazz up some sprouts in an attempt to get my 4-year-old to eat them for just 1 meal of the year! I also cant wait to get showered and back into fresh pj’s because ill be honest, getting dressed to go out on Christmas day is not fun!
Boxing day will be spent at Chris’ grandparents in the morning and too his parents for lunch! followed by an evening at my brothers. Which is a stark contrast to our lazy Christmas day, but it will be fun.
Christmas eve is where the traditions are already slightly alive, with reindeer food made to sprinkle on the grass for the Rudolph and his pals already purchased and our plates specifically made for santa and his mince-pie all ready under the Christmas tree. We also have our special santa’s sacks and stocking ready and a Christmas movie picked out by Abi.
I don’t know what it is that made me have such a change of heart, I had been thinking it was having Izzi but in all honesty I think its more than that. I think it’s seeing over the last year just how much the dynamic of our wider families have changed. The cousins are no longer young and playful but instead head into Christmas day with an adult headache and no desire to get out of bed, none of which is meant in a negative way but in a way (hell before Abi came that’s how we spent our Christmas days from 18/19 years old!) People are starting to have their own families and partners which, as well all know, means that Christmas is a sharing holiday and unfortunately does mean that there is an element of making everyone happy. So with that being said, I guess you could say I’m being incredibly selfish in refusing to leave our house on Christmas day and share our babes with anyone… Although we have said our house is open to whoever if they want so I am being kind of nice…
I want our Christmas’s to become all about playing, board games and lots of nice food, with BBC ONE on all day in the back ground. I want the girls to grow up loving the day and our traditions itself as opposed to loving just the presents!
What are your Christmas plans?
Do you have any traditions?
Mumma Of Daughters