As we hurtle towards the end of another year it makes me really take stock of my family and it’s quite astonishing how much my girls have grown up this year.
It makes me more keen than ever that they have many happy memories for their futures. One of the things I know they will always remember will be our little Christmas traditions – maybe they will carry them on. Its funny isn’t it ? The small things but probably the moments that we will hold close the most. I’m not sure how many of our traditions started – I think we’ve just taken inspiration from my own childhood and then added on some of our own new fun bits along the way.
We never forget to put up little trees in our own bedrooms as well as the main one. The girls decorate theirs every year with all sorts of things. We seem to accumulate different baubles along the way and they make some decs at school.
As it gets dark so early it’s a good opportunity to close all the curtains It really doesn’t feel like Christmas Eve until everything sparkling away. Lighting is key for our Christmas.
It is impossible not to have a hot chocolate ladened with marshmallows while we crack open the mince pies for Father Christmas. I have some festive vinyl that I always put on. The classic songs are the best – White Christmas, Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. So we have a little dance and maybe scoff a pie or two along the way. Rude not to eh ?
It’s imperative that we are dressed in some cosy pyjamas to snuggle up and watch a classic film, usually something like The Sound of Music or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This year the girls have very cool festive ‘ Father Christmas riding a Unicorn ‘ pairs that come in sets of 2 and I have this very apt ‘ Do not Disturb ‘ set all from Marks and Spencers. Christmas Eve is one day of the year where I won’t be disturbed :) I love a party at this time of year but there’s usually too much to do for the the big day so chilling is just fine by us.
We then make sure the stockings are all in their place, in the right place and then put a plate with a mince pie and some carrots for the reindeers.
There are always last minute gifts to wrap and the girls love helping with that. Then it’s bedtime for them and not soon after …. us too – always knackered by about 9pm !
I really, really love Christmas. It’s one of my favourite times of the year. I literally can’t wait …
What are your own traditions for this Christmas Eve ? I’d love to hear them. Do leave me a comment under the post.
You can find some more traditions of fellow bloggers on Instagram and Twitter if you search for #MyMarks – this year’s campaign by Marks and Spencers.
This is a collaboration with Marks & Spencers. All opinions as ever are my own.
All images taken by me, Lucy, except image 6 which is by my awesome Daughter Mae.