Christmas Traditions

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Traditions

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!

Christmas Lights

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? 

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  1. We do the car tour of Christmas lights....which I suppose is just driving around staring at strangers houses - possibly only okay at Christmas?! ;)

    Stevie x

  2. Your post has added on to my obsession for Christmas time! I love Christmas traditions, it gives us all something extra to look forward to. Yours are brilliant and I think they'll be very similar to ours #kcacols

  3. Awww! Lovely traditions! I'm looking forward to starting some new traditions with our son this year. It's his second xmas. He was only 6months last year so didn't have a clue!
    I'm introducing new Xmas pj's on Xmas Eve and starting Elf on a Shelf next year. Haven't decided what else yet! I'm sure they'll be some that happen naturally xxx

  4. I might start the washed and dressed one actually otherwise you find half the morning has gone and you're still in your pjs and then running around for Christmas dinner. This year we're starting a Christmas eve box and I quite like the idea of driving around and seeing all the lights too :) #kcaols

  5. It's our first one with the baby this year so hopefully we'll be starting some new ones! My mum always insisted on the washed, dressed, and breakfasted one and I'm definitely continuing with it. There's no hope once the new toys have been revealed! #KCACOLS

  6. Washed and dressed was a Christmas tradition when I was a kid. I'd like to make looking at local Christmas lights a tradition with my kids. There weren't many around when I was small so this would be a new family tradition. My eldest is nearly three and just about ready to appreciate the lights so this is the year to start :) #KCACOLS

  7. Some lovely traditions. Rev T's family always did their presents after lunch, so that's what we do now. (Slightly less keen on this as we always did our presents after breakfast, but we also had to be washed and dressed). But it is a work day! Have a wonderful Christmas. (It may be a bit early, but this is a Christmas post!)

  8. Lovely Christmas traditions. I love the idea of all getting in the car to go and see all the houses lit up with lights, think my little ones would like this. We used to do a version of washed and dressed but my dad would take forever with his breakfast to make us have to wait to open our presents! #KCACOLS

  9. Oh I love this post Laura! I'm starting to get very excited about Christmas already!! I love Christmas! Back home in Peru we celebrate it from Christmas Eve. We have out big Christmas dinner that night and it is when we got all together. My dad and my brother used to do a firework display around 11 pm and it was always something that we were looking forward too. We opened some presents at midnight! And the remaining ones on Christmas day. We also love getting our Christmas Stocking after breakfast on Christmas Day! I can see already that my traditions are so different!! Also we have Christmas during the summer so it is about being near the beach than in the snow! LOL Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I'm so happy to see you again this week!! :-) xx

  10. Aaaàh you have some lovely Christmas traditions, I especially like the little present in the Christmas tree. Last year we started a new tradition wit our magical elves. This year I'm hoping to start baking cookies on Christmas Eve to leave out for Santa instead of store bought ones.xx #KCACOLS

  11. Aaaàh you have some lovely Christmas traditions, I especially like the little present in the Christmas tree. Last year we started a new tradition wit our magical elves. This year I'm hoping to start baking cookies on Christmas Eve to leave out for Santa instead of store bought ones.xx #KCACOLS

  12. I love Christmas traditions and Christmas! We do the washed and dressed because we only have one person opening a present at a time so that we can all enjoy watching each other being pleased (hopefully!!) with their present. Opening presents this way can take a long time! (I have 4 children) Each child chooses a small gift to give to the other. But, we try to focus on the giving, not just the receiving and it is so lovely to see how excited the child who is giving the present is for that present to be opened and the delight when the receiver is pleased. Lots of people think we are very strange doing it like this! Each year it is a different child's turn to be Santa and give the presents out from under the tree. #KCACOLS