This is one of those posts that will either get people super excited or make people dislike me a little! And I can completely understand those of you who do not enjoy Christmas and of course I respect those who do not celebrate Christmas. Now may be the time to stop reading..
I personally love Christmas. It is my all time favourite time of the year. It hasn’t always been in all honesty, I did fall out of love with it for a while, which gave me a whole new respect as to why not everyone loves it. It’s not only a time for spending time with loved ones but it also makes you think of those you’ve lost. It’s impossible not to remember them and in my opinion it’s important that you do! Last year I found it particularly hard and spent the day crying. I don’t need to go into great detail as I’m sure you will all know. I was lucky that Mike turned up in the afternoon and rescued me from my stuper! I also went completely OTT with presents last year but it was one of the things that really cheered me up. I absolutely love giving people presents. I am one of these people who puts a lot of thought into a gift. I love seeing peoples faces when they open them. Soppy eh? Mike and I won’t be giving each other presents this year as we have a lot of saving to do for the baby and Mike has a new van being made for pick up November time. All I want is some quality time with my family. My mum and step dad get a nice bit of time off over Christmas, my brother gets a week or so off and Mike’s family will get time off too.
I’ve already made a table of dates in November and December of all the Christmas things we have on! Yes mental aren’t I? In all honesty most of it is band dates and I wanted to make sure I made it fun for the kids as well instead of them being dragged from one band thing to the other! For security reasons I can’t show the table because it has addresses on and times and dates but I can give a list of the things on it.
- Rogue Theatre- Possibly one of the most magical experiences ever! http://www.roguetheatre.co.uk/
- Christmas Movie Night
- Baking Day
- Father Christmas Train Ride- This is a family tradition we’ve done since Flo and my nephew were born. What makes it extra special is we are supporting a local charity who are working hard to get an old railway line back up and running. My grandparents used to pass each other notes on this railway line between trains while on the way to work/college and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy. http://www.helstonrailway.co.uk/
- Christmas Lights Tour- Last year Mike took me on a date. I was still suffering really badly with anxiety and didn’t fancy being surrounded by crowds of people. So Mike being the sweetest man on the planet bought a bottle of diet coke and a pack of pink donuts and we went on a walk and then a tour of the Christmas lights! This year we’ll do this with the kids and keep it as a tradition from then on.
- Putting the tree up!
- Carolling and concerts with the band.
The kids don’t break up till fairly late this year and most weekends are full up. As soon as they are off school I’m going to fill it with Christmas fun! Christmas for myself and Mike is for the kids. We have so much band stuff happening in December I’m trying to find a good balance for everyone. I’m contemplating throwing a little Christmas party for the kids and their friends but it’ll all depend on how uncomfortable I am 8 months pregnant.
Every family has traditions they do over Christmas. For me and mine it’s been the same forever. On Christmas Eve we have tea with my grandparents, cold meats, salad and chips although I’m not sure if this will happen this year as my grandparents are getting older the big crowds of people, preparation and cleaning up is getting tougher. I’d love to do it as my house but my home is no where near big enough for 20 people to fit into! Christmas Day is going to be slightly different this year, I’ve never actually had a Christmas dinner in my own house! Mike and I will work together to make our own lunch for the first time! I’m normally at my mum’s so this is a bit alien. We didn’t want to upset anyone by choosing one family over the other. We may go visiting in the morning but I can’t imagine we will have time. I’m hoping people might visit us as I will be huge! We’ve decided to start a family tradition of a Christmas Day game contest. We’ll play board games and who ever is the winner over all will win a trophy and a little prize. I expect for the first couple of years I’ll have to be on Flo’s team but I don’t mind. Better chance of winning ha ha! Boxing day will be lunch at my mum’s. Mike is going to rugby all day which he has done forever so I’ll drop him to rugby and head to Mum’s with the kids. I’m going to take our pyjamas and let the kids pick a couple of toys to take and sit in front of the fire all day eating yummy food! On the way home I will probably pick up a very intoxicated other half. The 27th is my birthday and also Mike’s birthday! It’s his 30th this year and my 24th so I think it’s probably fair I make it his special day more than mine. I’m planning on doing a special breakfast for everyone and we are hoping to go out for a lunch somewhere. It’s a super expensive time for everyone so we will extend an invitation to anyone who can make it but won’t be offended if no one can. In the evening I’d like to put my pyjamas on and eat cheese and Christmas cake or birthday. For those who can’t make lunch they may end up popping over in the evening and that’s fine as long as they don’t mind be being in my pyjamas.
I hope this post hasn’t bored you too much. I am just so flipping excited! I’d love to know what traditions you guys have each year.
Thanks for your time!