As you can tell, this post is all about Christmas Traditions, and the ones I try and hold every year. I love the way some traditions are instilled in to us from kids, and others are made over the years of growing up. When new people come in to your life, they can often bring traditions with them. The same as if someone leaves your life, that can create a new tradition too.
Me visiting Father Christmas. I think I’m about 6 here.
I feel like the month of December really kicks off a month of being sociable. This can be really hard to keep up with, especially if you’re someone like me. I like to cram in as much as possible in to one month. Weekdays, evenings and weekends, there’s not a minute that isn’t full. This however has its down sides.
I’m so busy trying to fit in all our regular traditions, and more, that I end up exhausted, and often full of cold. I’m full of it right now as I sit and write this.
But, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Traditions for me are one of my favourite things about Christmas. They get my festive cheer going, and also give us time to catch up with friends and reflect on the year.
Some of the things I love to do each year is attend Carol Services. We often go to one at our local Church, which is always lovely. For the last 2 years we have also gone to the Cash For Kids Carol Concert at the Anglican Cathedral, in Liverpool. It is such a wonderful night that is raising money for a fantastic charity.
The most beautiful wreath on the doors of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool.
Somewhere in December there is always a games night or quiz night. Be it at a friends house, or a pub, there is always at least one. Each year we’re guaranteed quizzes at Ste’s Aunty’s house on Boxing Day. This is another tradition of ours to always have a Boxing Day party there. I’ve gone to this with Ste’s family since we started dating, and it’s one of the best nights of Christmas for me. So much fun, food and family.
Christmas Decorations from our Christmas Night Out in the Double Tree Hilton, Liverpool.
Another family tradition I have is to do a few nice things with my Dad. We always have a Christmas Shopping day together and I help him get bits for me and my Sister. He hates shopping, so doing it with someone, and having lots of drink stops throughout the day, makes it much better. We also always go out for a meal on Christmas Eve, with my sister too. We’ve done this for about 7 or 8 years now, and it really puts you in a lovely mood, and feels really Christmassy.
Speaking of more traditions with family, I try my best to make it to midnight mass with my Mum. Now I don’t live with, or near her anymore, it can be difficult to get to. But if I am around, then I love to go. Midnight Mass is a lovely service to attend. Plus when you leave, at midnight, we would often get home and open up our first present – New Christmas Pyjama’s. A very popular tradition with many. This year I have gone with a pair from Matalan.
Decorating my trees is one of my favourite traditions.
Seeing your friends in December is always good. If you’re like me and my friends then we always try get each other a few little gifts. So meeting up to exchange them is good. Our annual painting night is a tradition between me and the girls I used to work with. As is a meet up with my other 2 besties, we swap our gifts and then catch up over coffee or a Christmas film. Although these are all “plans”, they don’t feel like manic plans, so I love these nights for being able to relax.
Visiting different Christmas Markets is always lovely as well. We head to Chester with family friends each year, and Liverpool’s festivities are getting better and better each year also.
Christmas Shopping at Cheshire Oaks. We love strolling round here, grabbing a coffee, and some food from the German Christmas Food Stalls.
Although traditions can fill up our December, I wouldn’t have mine any other way. I think doing Blogmas this year has turned in to a tradition for me now. If you’ve enjoyed reading them, then I’ll certainly do it again for the years to come.
Have you enjoyed my blogmas posts? This post, going live on Christmas Eve, is my final post. I have really loved writing them all, and posting each day, despite how busy it gets. Let me know in the comments what has been your favourite post.
Do you have any Christmas traditions? I’d love to know what they are.
Wishing you all a really amazing Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful time.