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.
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