Today is technically Christmas Eve Eve Eve and I’m sure there’s a fair few of you who are winding down and perhaps have even finished work already for the Christmas break. We’re super excited here at RMLtd HQ having eaten our combined body weight in food at the Christmas party last week and indulged in a tipple or two.
What better then than to share our individual old and new Christmas traditions with you as we gear up for the holidays. It seems that team RMLtd remain staunch fans of the Christmas stocking and are fond of a festive film or two…
We always take our dog, Sash, out for a morning walk together before madness ensues in the kitchen. I also always inevitably forget something for Christmas dinner… it’s become a sort of guessing game as to what it will be each year. One year I grilled the pork(!), last year I forgot the pigs in blankets, all bets are on for this year’s fiasco.
Now that Leo is a bit older I want to start some traditions with him; I want to give him a parcel to open on Christmas Eve that will contain a new pair of Christmas pjs and a new book for bed time… something Christmas related obviously. I’m also keen for him to have his stocking on the end of his bed. That’s where ours always were as children and I used to love waking up and having that something instant to open.
I always have a few glasses of Prosecco, wear a fancy frock and play Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas” whilst I’m cooking the dinner. We always watch Downton in the evening – usually accompanied by a large tin of Celebrations or Quality Street, I can’t believe it’s the last ever episode!
I hope to start some traditions with Mabel when she’s a little older – although the advent calendar with chocolates in has already been a huge hit!
Our Christmas traditions have changed somewhat since my sisters and I have grown up and Hector made an appearance last year. When we were smaller we all sat down and watched It’s a Wonderful Life without fail every Christmas Eve and I’m glad to say that this tradition remains despite the milk and cookies being exchanged for a glass (or two!) of fizz and some decadent champagne truffles. Treats were left on the mantlepiece for Santa accompanied with a note and a plea for him to write back which my sister used to compare to all the previous years’ notes for consistency!! Stockings were always hung at the bottom of beds although one year my mum tried to make us hang them on the outside of our doors which went down like a lead balloon and us girls opened the presents on my bed on Christmas morning taking turns one by one whilst the oldies tried to catch some extra precious minutes in bed.
This year marks Hector’s second Christmas and he’s beginning to have some awareness that there is something going on that involves a tree, sparkly lights and the opportunity to stroke some reindeer. Whilst previously we would have popped to the pub on Christmas Eve to celebrate with friends, pretty much everyone we know has now got a baby so we’ll be staying in this year for a change. I’m curious to see if it will make Christmas Eve feel any different for Ste and I.
This Christmas morning will be all about Hector opening his stocking or rather his personalised sack which my mum had made for him last year and celebrating for the first time as a family of three since my family are off to London to celebrate with cousins. I’ll be making sure that we’ll be opening the rest of our presents to the gentle strains of some Christmas carols as we did when we were small.
When it comes to Christmas traditions as a child me and my sister would always open our stockings in the middle of the night and then Christmas morning carefully show my mum everything she had made. Once we were in our new frocks we would go to our local pub where the whole village would gather with a festive drink and wish a Merry Christmas to all our friends. Now the girls are old enough to understand we are starting to establish some new ones.
On Christmas Eve we will go to our local church for a rather chaotic nativity play. It’s a teeny church and everyone packs in to sing carols and watch the children. There is even a real Donkey that makes an appearance! After that we go to my neighbours for mince pies and mulled wine before heading home to tuck the girls up and get the stockings ready for Santa. In the morning I have a sneaky suspicion it will all be over in a whirlwind of paper and presents so we will go for a nice walk before joining family for lunch.
This is the first year in many that I’m not cooking so it will be nice to relax and enjoy the morning. I am on pudding duty still though (no surprise there!). The rest of the day is spent together and in the evening we love nothing better than popping a film on and opening the tub of Celebrations. Can’t wait now!
When my sisters and I were little we’d always leave carrots out for the reindeer and a glass of sherry and a mince pie for Father Christmas. We loved surprises so we weren’t ones for trying to guess what we were getting, or secretly trying to open the presents – I’m still like that now! On Christmas morning we’d pile into my parents’ bed and open our stockings, then go down stairs and lay out our gifts in a different corner of the living room each (not sure why?!?).
The rest of the presents were always opened throughout the day slowly – probably so that excitement levels didn’t hit the roof by 9am. When we were really little we’d all head to our local church for the Christmas morning service, followed by a walk, then home for lunch at 1ish. As we’ve all got older the traditions are still there, but usually one of us isn’t 🙁 I guess that’s what happens as you and your siblings grow up, but this year I’m super excited for Elle’s first Christmas, bringing the whole family together, and to start new traditions with her.
Our Christmas traditions will start as early as October half term week, when we’ll all pop round to Nanny’s house to bake the Christmas cake and make a wish stirring the cake mixture before it goes into the oven. I’ll also get involved in the copious amounts of sausage roll making (my Mum’s sausage rolls are legendary) whilst listening to Phil Spector’s Christmas album which are always demolished on Christmas Eve.
As a family we enjoy so many traditions in the run up to Christmas as well as Christmas Day itself including a Christmas Eve box, ‘Chase the Ace’ card game and more and you can read them all on Rock My Family.
What do you do at Christmas? Do you still hang up your stocking? What’s your favourite Christmas jingle? And is anyone looking forward/super sad about the last ever episode of Downton?
Merry Christmas folks xxx