I'm a huge lover of traditions and even more so during my favourite time of the year. I have been chatting to friends over the last few weeks or observing what traditions they have with their families and so I decided to make a tradition list for you! If you are a new family, as in recently had a bubba and not quite reached the time where Christmas is no longer about just you and hubby, then one or a few of these could be good to adopt. Even now, I seem to start something new I find or see others doing and think our fam would love that so it's never too late to begin a new tradition.
In my last blog I talked about visits with Santa so I will just skip right on ahead and start with Christmas Eve and Christmas!
Traditions for Christmas Eve
- Open stocking presents
- Christmas Eve box with pj's, new underwear, school items for the following year, books, treats
- Dress up in Christmas outfits for the day or dinner
- Explore your neighbourhood's houses for Christmas lights
- Movie day
- Games night with friends or family
Christmas Eve Food
A few years ago some friends of ours from the UK came over to Sydney to have Christmas with us. They took over Christmas Eve dinner with a tradition they do and we have used it ever since. Apart from the fact you can almost literally feel your waist and hips expanding, the taste is memorable! And it's all about the taste right? Plus IT'S CHRISTMAS!
I have two words for you. CHEESE FONDUE!!!! This bowl of melted deliciousness is just the best way to share Christmas Eve with a group of friends and family. You can find a load of cheese fondue recipes on the internet and put anything you like with it.
I love to bake our Christmas ham, smothered in sticky sweet marinade and accompany that with the cheese fondue. We then cut up into small chunks a mountain of crusty bread and veg like carrots, asparagus, beans, broccoli, whatever goes well dipped in cheese. A table of food, surrounded by friends and a glass or two of wine and you have yourself one amazing Christmas Eve dinner tradition! Dust off those old fondue sets sitting in the back of your cupboard that you were given and used once and go for it!
For most, Christmas day will play out the same as when you grew up and what your family does. For Cam and I, we have always spent Christmas lunch and dinner between our families and swap each year. My family always have a traditional roast turkey lunch, we open presents one at a time so everyone can see what we all get and then we sleep, eat some more, watch a movie; 'Home Alone' of course, play games or sit around and chat. At night, more food comes out like my mum's homemade sausage rolls, the leftovers from lunch and a couple of sausages on the BBQ if anyone has the room. We have a card game that we love playing or the boys and girls separate if there are any signs of the very boring and long standing game of Risk that the boys enjoy. The kids are flopped anywhere there is a spare piece of couch or bed and we make the most of a great day together.
Christmas was my dad's absolute favourite time of year and he went to every length to make it a fun day for the kids. Since my dad has passed away, that has never changed and we always make that day an even more special one knowing how much he loved it, and noticing him missing every year never makes it easier. We always go to church on Christmas morning, which is a short hour service full of fun and carols singing, but for me, my special place to shed some tears, think about and miss my dad. I have always been open with my children about Poppy no longer being with us and how much I missed him but on a day like Christmas, that gets to be my special time to remember so I can then enjoy the day with my family.
So it was easy when it was just Cam and I. We followed the schedule of our family's lunches and dinners and sometimes even caught up with friends later in the evening for a quick hi. When our kids came along and even more so since they became aware of the day, we realised there was no time in the day for just us. It was time to start our own little tradition and incorporate that into the day.
For us, we start our morning opening Santa's present and the ones we got each other over a breakfast of croissants (stole that one off my sis). The rest of the day is then spent with the rest of the family. Now that we live in a different state we drive over to spend Christmas with family, however a few years ago we decided to spend one Christmas in our own home in Sydney every third year. That way we had the whole day together and the kids could wake up to find Santa had visited their own house. It's still exhausting I must admit but I do love our special time together.
So whatever your Christmas traditions are, I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas break with your family and I especially wish those enjoying their first Christmas as a mumma an enjoyable and special day. x
Join me in January for some special blog posts on getting your kids school ready, and tips on starting your year as an organised mumma
Love you all and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year xx
© The Realistic Mum
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