My family loves Christmas and just like every other family, we think we do it best (because we do). It’s the best time of year and I want to tell you about how my family celebrates. Every year on the first weekend after the 27th of November (my Dad’s birthday), we put up the decorations as a family. I put on some Christmas music, we put one of those Christmas scenes on the TV and we drink Glühwein while decking out our house in lights and Santa’s. I think the only room we don’t decorate is the garage. We also start watching a one Christmas movie every night leading up to Christmas and because there is so many to watch we have to start like mid-November. Once it finally hits December 1st, we start opening Christmas calendars. Mum and Dad usually have a chocolate one each, the dogs have a treat one each and my sister and I have a makeup one each. We spend the rest of the month watching crimbo movies, listening to music and planning out Christmas dinner. We also get the TV guide and mark all the shows and movies we are going to watch.
On Christmas Eve we spend the day getting ready for a day of doing nothing except eating and drinking. We clean the house so we don’t have to worry about anything on the day and put the final presents under the tree. It’s a Christmas tradition that in the evening we each go for a shower and then find brand new Christmas PJs on our beds. We put on our PJs and go back downstairs to drink hot chocolates and watch the same two movies we watch every Christmas Eve, Love Actually and The Polar Express. I know most people my age go to the pub on Christmas Eve but I couldn’t imagine not spending it in my PJs with my family. Also, I get wicked bad hangovers and wouldn’t be able to stomach my Christmas dinner. Once we have watched the movies my sister and I go to bed while my parents put the rest of the presents under the tree. I am honestly a big kid and can’t get to sleep because I’m excited.
Still being a big kid, I’m normally the first up. I go wake up my sister and then we bounce into my parents’ room to wake them up too. Once they pry open their eyes, we then do our stocking still sitting in their bed. After we have finished, my Dad goes downstairs to sort out the turkey and check that ‘Santa has come’. He calls us down with a glass of prosecco and orange for us each to drink and we sit around the tree to open our presents. We normally give the dogs their presents first so they can go play or eat something otherwise they would be sat on our laps excited to help open the presents. Once again with Christmas music playing and a scene on the TV, my Dad hands out the gifts and it’s always so amazing, they really go all out when they don’t need too. I LOVE giving people presents so that’s my favourite part. After all the presents are done, we finish our drinks and take our gifts upstairs so they aren’t crowding the living room. We each put on our Christmas outfit, do our hair and makeup and normally have something small like a bacon butty and a million chocolate bars for breakfast. We are always super chilled on Christmas. My Mum and Dad have perfected their timings when it comes to Christmas dinner so every now and again one of them will pop into the kitchen to check on the food but apart from that, we all spend the day on the sofa watching TV and Movies or trying to figure out how to get something we got for Christmas to work. Our Christmas dinner is amazing. We all sit at the decorated table and eat our starter of prawn cocktail with lobster and crab before opening our Christmas crackers. We don’t buy actual Christmas crackers because they are bad for the environment and normally have something shit inside so instead, we have small boxes that we each fill for each other with a joke, something nice, something funny and something you can eat/drink. We do it like a secret Santa so no-one ends up with an empty box. Then its turkey time! We have Christmas music playing in the background as we dig into an absolute feast. Once we are all stuffed and can hardly move, we somehow drag ourselves back to the living room and watch all the Christmas specials (except Doctor Who because it was stupidly moved to New Year’s). Somehow, we always manage to fit second and sometimes third helpings of dinner and drink until we are almost falling asleep on the sofa. Then the perfect day is over and we go to bed.
Boxing Day is a lot like Christmas but without the presents and we don’t change out of our PJs. We spend the day eating and drinking anything leftover and watching TV and movies. It’s the perfect day because no-one has work or responsibilities and we can just waste the day away laughing and stuffing our faces. I always make my signature Boxing Day sandwich which includes turkey that was soaking in gravy and juices all night, beef, pork, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and a little mayo all stuffed between two slices of my Dad’s freshly made bread. My mouth is watering just writing about it. Every year my mum gets us a new game to play as well so in the evening we have some drinks and play the game of the year along with Cluedo, Uno, Mario cart and some Wii games.
The days after Christmas are always a haze of eating and drinking and not knowing what day it is. I think I eat more in that week than I do the reast of the year combined. We are obviously celebrating New Year’s this year from home but I am fine with that because we normally aren’t all together to ring in the bells.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you all have an amazing Christmas! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Christmas Drinks’.