As the big day approaches (I’m not talking about my 50th .. thankfully that’s still a little while yet) .. I got to thinking about traditions on and around the Christmas period .. there are somethings that I remember from my childhood things that my mum and dad started & I still continue with today .. hopefully these will be part of my three’s traditions when they have families of their own.
Decking the halls .. or in my case sitting room won’t happen until at least after the 15th December, which I think nowadays is considered very late indeed, but my mum was the same .. and so it continues … don’t get me wrong I love Christmas but I just can’t put the tree up until later in month.
A firm favourite is of course the Bucks Fizz on Christmas morning … when I was younger it was obviously more orange juice than fizz .. I also always have to have croissants and pain au chocolat as breakfast .. I just love the simplicity of it even though I of course have this .. (without the fizz) during the year.
Another thing we do is the stocking pressies are only to be opened once everyone is downstairs (with a drink in hand). Presents from under the tree are opened in stages throughout the day .. I started doing this when the children were fairly young, I wanted them to appreciate the gifts from either family or Mr C and not just go onto the next present until they were all open, of course when they were younger the present opening lasted until late into the evening, nowadays as they are getting older there are fewer presents so the gaps between opening are longer !!
I remember going for walks on Boxing Day as a youngster, although back in those days I probably moaned and groaned the whole of the time, however, nowadays it is one of the things I most look forward to, the opportunity to blow those cobwebs aways and work up an appetite for the bubble and squeak that we will eat later.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without watching both The Railway Children (with Jenny Agutter as Bobbi) and The Sound of Music both of which I have on DVD .. but for me they are the ultimate festive film .. I will of course have a big box of tissues for when my bottom lip starts to wobble and tears drip down my face .. its the “Daddy my Daddy” bit in the Railway Children that gets me every single time. Sadly this is the one tradition that I do alone .. though you never know one day my three may appreciate these classics.
Do you have any traditions over the festive period? I think its so special having these little routines .. ones that can (maybe) be continued when my children are all grown.