Christmas Traditions In The Christie Family

 This months subject was one of my favourite subjects, Christmas and our top 5 family Christmas traditions. Woohooo for months I have been meaning to join in with vlog home, and working from home had finally enabled me to achieve this.
christmas traditions, and what are our top 5

Do you know I filmed this and then thought arghh I missed loads out. You see Christmas has always been a huge deal for as long as I can remember. And when we had the boys I knew I wanted to make their memories of childhood Christmases as wonderful as mine were.

I have talked about Peter the Elf  before, a much-loved family tradition that is still with us to this day. He has to be our top tradition and many other traditions stem from Peter.

Traditions I have missed from my vlog are;

We always watch Elf and The Nativity whist putting up the tree. The boys always start with good intentions and try to help but soon get bored and either clear out of the room or sit by the fire watching the movie.

My Christmas mugs, to be honest they could probably do with replacing but I love them. And every year they make an appearance for the festive season.

Christmas Calendars that the boys send to grandparents, I have a feature about these coming up soon but this is something we have done since they were little.

We leave Santa Bailey’s! Many years ago Peter the Elf told me Santa loved Bailey’s, and we have left him a glass ever since. We still leave a mince-pie, but come on? You can only drink so much milk in one evening.

We sprinkle reindeer glitter on the front lawn so the reindeer’s can find us, again Peter leaves this on Christmas Eve, it is super useful especially in snowy conditions.

Christmas Eve lunch is always a big event.  We bake in the morning, and then go out for our lunch; the atmosphere in our local village is always fantastic.  After lunch we all walk home (hopefully in the snow) a watch a Christmas movie and chill by a roaring fire.

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I wonder how our traditions will change, as the boys grow older, Christmas has already changed for us in many ways but I think it is important to replace traditions with new ones. Maybe travel more at Christmas, as they get older.

Two things on my list are to visit New York the week before Christmas, I am desperate to feel the New York festive atmosphere, and another is to embark on a Caribbean cruise for the festive period. I want to make sure that, as Christmas changes we are ready and waiting with new traditions to keep building those festive memories.

To see our top 5 check out my little vlog x

 

To get that gorgeous snuggly Tipsy Elves all in one check out the website.  And if you are feeling festive check some more festive traditions from some great friends of mine.


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14 Comments

  1. 25th November 2015 / 11:25 pm

    You are such a natural. I love this 🙂 and love the idea of Peter too xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th November 2015 / 9:40 am

      Ha ha thanks Katie, I know we love Peter x

  2. 26th November 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Great video Sarah and I love your Disney baubles, we’ve been to Disneyworld twice at Christmas but I don’t think we actually bought any Christmas decorations! Eek…I love Elf too, I save it until near to Christmas and still laugh so much at it. Christmas PJs are a bit tradition in our house, my mum always did it with me and my brother so we all get new ones on Christmas Eve too 🙂 xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th November 2015 / 11:37 am

      Hayley this may sound mad but for me buying Disney Baubles is part of my Holiday, I love the Christmas shops at Disney, and yes Elf is just the best Sunday afternoon Christmas film isn’t it?

  3. 26th November 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Swooning at the Disney baubles and Sarah you literally invented Elf on the Shelf lol. It really hit me about your traditions changing as the boys get older. I am halfway through writing a post about hanging on dearly to some of our traditions. But like you said its a chance to make new traditions going forward. My best friend is off to New York Boxing Day and my sister is heading on a Caribbean Cruise few days before Christmas (yes I dislike them too lol). Love the vlog and I agree you are a natural xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th November 2015 / 11:48 am

      Ha ha Peter actually came from our good friends, he had also visited their daughter but he is becoming a legend bless him. And yes new traditions are the way forward and exciting times ahead for us with our older children Tracey x

  4. 26th November 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Love this and I loved your vlog. I remember reading the Peter The Elf post. So excited about Christmas. What a year you have had too huni! LOVE the new header by the way. Xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th November 2015 / 11:50 am

      Ah thank you Kat, I know it is such an exciting time of year isn’t it? And even though the boys are older I still love it x

  5. 27th November 2015 / 10:43 am

    Bloody love Peter the Elf!!! What a fab video, go you!!!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th November 2015 / 11:55 am

      Ha ha he is a hero, and thank you so much its scary putting yourself out there like that xxx

  6. 27th November 2015 / 2:53 pm

    I love this insight into your Christmas traditions. You bake in the morning, blimey you are super Mum!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th November 2015 / 8:23 pm

      Ha ha just because the kids love cakes at Christmas x

  7. 1st December 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Yay!! Great to have you join in and I love your traditions. Candles are a big one for me too and Peter the Elf is genius, you were ahead of your time there Sarah. Fab video xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd December 2015 / 9:46 pm

      Ha ha thank you Heledd, yes we love Peter, although our visited our neighbour first. And then adopted us x

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