I love traditions and I especially love our family Christmas traditions, both the ones that have been carried on since I was younger and the new ones we've created. Here are a few of ours.
Christmas Tree Presents
When Mark and I were married, I wanted to make Christmas for our new family really special.
One great tradition that we started was Christmas tree presents. We all buy each other a small present, something silly and fun, with the one rule being that it can fit in the Christmas tree. On Christmas Eve, we then open them.
It's great fun!
A lot of houses in town have brilliant lights on show at Christmas and on the week before Christmas we all get in the car and have a drive round to see them all, from one end of town to the other. Although our town is pretty small, it takes nearly 45 minutes as we slowly drive around!
One of our favourites is a family nearby that have a house that is completely lit up to raise money for charity.
Washed and Dressed
This is something that my mum and dad started when we were younger. On Christmas Day, we all had to be washed, dressed and eaten breakfast before we could open presents from under the tree. This was because there were 4 of us, but it is something that I've carried on. I like it because it reminds me of when I was younger and trying to beat my brothers and sister to be ready and get a good seat!
Make your own crackers
Another tradition we started after getting married was making our own crackers. Every year we buy kits and prizes and then all sit at the table and make the crackers together. Mark puts the crackers together, Mikey closes his eyes and randomly picks a prize, a hat and a joke and then we put them into a cracker before I tie them up. I really like it because we put on some Christmas music and laugh a lot. Especially when Mikey tried to peek at the prizes so he knows which cracker to have!
This is an important tradition. Every year from when we were old enough, we always used to have a drop of Walnut Brown for a Christmas toast with our Grandma and Grandad. Although they are sadly no longer with us, I still like to toast them with a glass of Walnut Brown.
What Christmas traditions do you have?