Blogmas day 11: Christmas traditions

I thought I’d give you a little insight to my Christmas and mine and my families Christmas traditions.

1. Christmas decorations

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I love these decorations.  I know most people think they are retro and tacky but I think they make the place look so Christmassy. They remind me of my childhood as we used to have these at home when I was younger!

We have silver ones in the hallway and red ones to go with our green, red and gold theme, in the lounge.

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2. Mums wind up advent calender tree

My mum has a wind up, musical advent calender tree and I always found it fascinating as a child. I love all the little decorations you get each day to put on the tree and it plays ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’.

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My mum still has this today and she has got my nephew (her grandson) Noah involved. In each box with the little decoration is a chocolate button for him. He also helps her to put the little decorations on the tree and he loves listening to it play music.

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3. Leaving a treat out for Santa & Rudolph

Every year as a child my dad would get a mince pie, carrot and a drink out for Santa and Rudolph. We used to leave it on the phone stand so that he saw it when he came through the front door. Mum used to say that she left the latch off so Santa could come in through the front door since we didn’t have a chimney.

I thought I’d build on this tradition, this year for Noah and make him a Christmas eve plate to leave out for Santa and Rudolph. I found this idea on Pinterest. You use sharpies to draw onto your plate. I just grabbed a plain white plate for £1 from Asda and I already had the sharpies for work.

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4. Seeing all the family

This is what Christmas is all about really. It’s a lovely time of year but it wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t have your family and friends to share it with.  I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year as we have lots of plans and Noah is so much more aware of what is going on now which is lovely.

So our plans…

Christmas eve: We go for a drive to see the Christmas lights. This is a tradition I did with mum a few times before I moved out but she came along when me and Tim did it last year. It’s so festive and fun on Christmas eve. Sarah is going to join us this year and bring Noah along too.
We are going back to Sarahs afterwards for Christmas eve treats.

Christmas day: In the morning me and Tim will spend time together exchanging presents and having a yummy breakfast. Then we will pop round to mum and dads to see them as well as Sarah, Dan and Noah. We are having Christmas lunch with Tims dad and brother this year which will be nice, then to my older sister Charlottes in the evening.

Boxing day: We will spend this with Tims mum in the morning/afternoon and my parents and sisters etc in the evening.

5. Christmas food

Now I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favourite things about Christmas!! And I brought my first bit of Christmassy food yesterday, see below.

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Shortbread!!

I like LOVE Christmas dinner, it’s my most favourite meal EVER!  and I also love all the snacky bits that go with Christmas too. Pigs in blankets, cheese boards, chocolate, sausage rolls, mince pies… I could go on!

So much yummy-ness  I can’t wait.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

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