Christmas Traditions

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As a kid Christmas was the most exciting time of year. I always looked forward to Christmas, decorating the tree, lacing the house in lengths and lengths of tinsel and homemade paper chains, eating my body weight in food and most importantly unwrapping the coolest 90’s toys ever! We all celebrate Christmas differently and we all have our own traditions too, during my childhood Christmas was a really special time of year in our house. My mum would go above and beyond for us to make sure Christmas was amazing, we all had the best time!! I have a lot of fond memories of Christmas, but sadly no photos! On my street we had this large vehicle of sorts that one night during December would drive up our road. It was built into something resembling a sleigh and full of flashing Christmas lights. It was large enough for about 20 different Santas and had loud Christmas music blaring out of it. Everyone would come out of their houses and each Santa would come up to your front door, hand out lollipops and you’d make a small donation in their buckets. Not sure what charity it was for or even if it was for a charity, but everyone loved it!

FUNFACT – Nearly 60 million christmas trees are grown each year in Europe alone!!

I never really had a big enough family to have a huge family Christmas, Christmas day consisted of my mum, her boyfriend, my sister, my brother, me and our pets! Every year we would make mounds of paper chains and other Christmas decorations to hang all over the house, this was one of my most favourite traditions. When it came to tree decorating our one would take hours!! I don’t remember ever having a real Christmas tree when I was younger although I’m sure we must of at least once. We had this huge artificial Christmas tree that touched the top of the ceiling with this huge angel on top! It wasn’t one of those crappy Christmas trees that look a little bare in the way of branches, this badboy was fuller than full! We’d decorate with lights first, often those multicoloured ones and we’d have them flashing or doing something garish! Then on went the tinsel, and the beads, then baubles of all different shapes and sizes. Once you thought that was enough, we’d then stick on bows and candy canes, hanging Santa chocolates and systematically placed table crackers. Yeah remember it was the 90’s!

FUNFACT – Before traditional Turkey the traditional English meal was a pigs head and mustard!!

Christmas morning always consisted of waking up exceptionally early and running into mums room, although she later made it a rule that if she were to get up before the crack of dawn it had better be with a nice cup of tea! We would always wake up with a present on the end of our beds, usually something like slippers or a nightgown, you know so we could open the rest of our gifts in Christmas themed comfort! We’d rush downstairs greeted with the sight of a buffet laid out for us to snack on throughout the day, I’m not joking the table was packed with food! Then we’d get cosy and start to open our gifts. I never really thought about the look on my mums face when we opened our presents as a child, but I can remember it well and recognise how she was feeling, full of so much happiness and pride! Honestly I don’t know how she did it, how she was able to give us so much, but she made sure she did! Now for the even more exciting part, my mum would hide one of our gifts somewhere in the house and give us a riddle in order to find it. One year I had a bad dream on Christmas eve so I hurried downstairs to see my mum, she was in the process of hiding my gift and my older brother was acting suspiciously awkward, I knew from that moment where my gift was. On Christmas morning I acted like I had no idea, pretended to look elsewhere, then acted surprised when I found it!

FUNFACT – The best selling Christmas single is Band Aid’s 1984 ‘Do they know its Christmas?’ – Obviously!!

Christmas dinner was always a feast worthy for a king, literally it would have sufficed for someone like Henry 8th! We would all wear our Christmas cracker hats, share our cracker jokes (that I never really understood unless it was silly) and once bellies were almost exploding we’d move on to playing games!! There is something so special about not relying on TV to have a nice time. Playing games with my family on Christmas day was one of my most loved traditions! I can’t pinpoint my favourite Christmas of them all, they were all so amazing but one memory sticks out to me more than any other. Whilst opening gifts one Christmas morning the house phone rang, it was one of those old house phones with the curly cords. Apparently the man on the phone was Santa, I almost died at this point it was just so magical and overwhelming. I was told to open the front door because Santa had accidentally left my gift outside, to my amazement there was a pink bike with tassels, a basket and everything I’d ever wanted waiting for me to ride. I was the happiest girl on the planet that day!

Now I have my own children we’re making new traditions aswell as applying some of the traditions I grew up with! What makes Christmas special for me now that I’m a mum is seeing my children happy and the looks on their faces when they open their gifts, nothing beats it! What are your most important Christmas traditions?

xox

48 Comments

  1. Sarah Bailey December 21, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    What lovely traditions your family had while you a child, and now you get to make traditions for your own children. I’m sure they will have as many wonderful memories of their Christmases as you do of yours x

    • cheskaaanels December 21, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you!! Christmas as a child is just something else!

  2. allaboutthelashes December 21, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    We never really had traditions however, the last few years it has been christmas day starts with bacon sarnies and a trip to the pub. I think once us kids have kids it’ll change a bit and we will make our own traditions.

    x

    • cheskaaanels December 21, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Awwwh awesome tradition there though!!! Bacon sarnie what a win!!!

  3. Jodie December 21, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Lovely to hear of others family traditions and it must be exciting to create your own traditions x

  4. Anosa December 21, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Loved all the fun facts in the post, my earliest memory of a Christmas tradition is cooking with my mum every day and dancing all night long.

    • cheskaaanels December 21, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Awwwh thats so sweet!! What an awesome memory!!

  5. hann182014 December 21, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    I’ve never been one for a traditional christmas dinner. I hate roast dinner anyway. i just have what i want on christmas day x

    • cheskaaanels December 22, 2016 / 12:27 am

      Oh well thats brilliant!!! A roast is my fave though so I couldn’t cope without!

  6. Emma December 22, 2016 / 9:07 am

    What great traditions. I’m sure you guys will have a fantastic time this year x

  7. Rhian Westbury December 22, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Our most important traditions including always having dinner at my nan’s on Christmas eve and we don’t open any presents until after breakfast on Xmas day, but my nan keeps hers back for after dinner x

    • cheskaaanels December 22, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      Awwwh so sweet I love how differently everyone does Christmas and its still so special for us all!

  8. Stephanie Merry December 22, 2016 / 11:05 am

    My Christmas traditions as a child were similar to yours, we used to get up so early to open the presents and then feel so ill after eating a huge dinner! x

    • cheskaaanels December 22, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      Hahahaha and every year I still eat waaay too much!

  9. jojo140883 December 22, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Pigs head and mustard? Yuk! I always remember growing up that we weren’t allowed to open our presents until after breakfast and when everyone was dressed. My Nan used to take AGES and it used to drive me and my Sister mad as we were desperate to open our presents x

  10. Claire December 22, 2016 / 11:37 am

    What a cute post! My favourite Christmas fact is that Mariah Carey makes an average of £236,000 each year from ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’!

  11. Stressed Mum December 22, 2016 / 11:47 am

    I love posts like this and hearing about family traditions, they are always somethig you carry through to adulthood x

    • cheskaaanels December 22, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      Right!? Love hearing how everyone celebrates!

  12. Ana De-Jesus December 22, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Your mum sounds like an amazing woman and it is great that she managed to do so much for you guys. Great traditions too x

  13. joannavictoria December 22, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    My Christmas as a child sounds a lot like yours. Now I’m a mum myself I like having traditions for my son and my favorite is a Christmas eve basket its not something i had as a child but something i do love doing.

    • cheskaaanels December 22, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      I love Christmas eve boxes they are awesome its not something I had either but a great new tradition to bring in!

  14. Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D) December 22, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    What lovely traditions to cherish and remember. We too love decorating out tree and each year we take it in turns to choose a colout theme for the tree decorations.

  15. Mellissa Williams December 22, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    We always put out a carrot for the Reindeer and a glass of something alcoholic for santa.

    • cheskaaanels December 22, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Hahaha yes we always left a beer and a mince pie!

  16. Rachel December 22, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    I think I will stick to turkey over a pigs head with mustard!

  17. MELANIE EDJOURIAN December 22, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    OMG you had a phone call from Santa that’s great! I must try and do something like that for my daughters, I just need to find someone that can try and sound like him. Carrots for the reindeer and something for Santa.

    • cheskaaanels December 23, 2016 / 11:30 am

      Hahaha awesome right!? Just love Christmas!!

  18. Stephen December 23, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    There was definitely some facts I was not aware of, but imagine serving up a pigs head!

  19. Lubka Henry December 23, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    I find that there are some slight differences about Christmas celebrated in different places, but the essence is all the same.

    • cheskaaanels December 23, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Yeah so true but thats the beauty of it too!

  20. Laura Hartley ❄️ (@WhatsHotBlog) December 24, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    60 MILLION trees in Europe alone?! That’s insane!! We’ve always had a fake one as it’s much easier to clean up and I have quite bad hay fever anyway! Merry Christmas 🙂

    • cheskaaanels December 24, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Awwwh I do love a real one but ours has gone dry and crunchy already!! Merry Christmas xox

  21. Jessica & James December 31, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    This is the sweetest post ever! Christmas traditions are the best and I can only imagine the joys it’s brings as a mother to see your own kids have your traditions. Love the fun facts along the way too! Pigs head and mustard.. yum? Hahahah hope you had a fabulous Christmas!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

    • cheskaaanels December 31, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Awwwh thank you!!! Honestly its the most wonderful feeling in the world! Hope you had a beaut christmas too xoxox

  22. Leah Lander-Shafik January 2, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    I love this post – the fun facts were brilliant. I love your traditions and it got me ad the wife talking and we decided we do have a few traditions of our own which we hadn’t realised x

    • cheskaaanels January 2, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Awwwh thats awesome!!! So glad you enjoyed the read and the little fun facts haha xox

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      I know thank God thats not the case now!

  23. Elizabeth @ Rosalilium January 11, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Best thing about Christmas is the traditions. I love our breakfast on the big day, sets up for the long wait for the turkey.

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