The countdown to Christmas is in full swing, and I have yet to finish doing my Christmas shopping! Yikes! This is very unlike me.
And as I procrastinate just cracking on with doing some online shopping, I’m going to ask you a question. What NEW traditions did you start for your family at Christmas?
This year, E will be 14 months old on Christmas day, and much more aware than she was last Christmas (did anyone else want to break out into George Michael then?) and so I’ve started two new “traditions” in our house, that I hope she will look forward to for years to come.
But first, here are the traditions that I have retained from my own childhood:
A Chinese takeaway on Christmas Eve
How could I not continue this tradition in my own home? There’s enough cooking to be done on the big day without adding to it the day before. I even remember the order we used to get when I was younger; “an A1 for two.” Bliss! The Husband was quite happy for this to happen when I first made the suggestion, and after seven years together so far, we’re still oredering (and pre-ordering) that Chinese takeaway.
A three course Christmas breakfast
As if the Chinese, and the big turkey dinner isn’t enough, my family also used to go all in with breakfast. Grapefruit, followed by an English breakfast (we placed our orders with Dad the previous night), and then cereal or toast. All washed down with orange juice and/or coffee. What a way to start the day!
As you can tell, food is a major player in my family, but my two new traditions don’t go along with this theme.
E is the muse for both of these new traditions, and so they may not last much beyond her teenage years, but I shall enjoy them while I can.
Elf on the Shelf
If you haven’t heard of this pesky elf, then where have you been these past few Christmasses?
This is a Scout Elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a Scout Elf and gives it a name, the Scout Elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures.
Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun.
Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf each morning.
To be honest, this year it’s much more for my own amusement as E isn’t particularly interested in him, but I will swot up on some ideas ready for next year.
A Christmas Eve box
This is the tradition that I have been the most excited about starting. I think because it brings a bit of the heart back to Christmas; focussing on togetherness.
The contents of my box will be the same each year, with just a change to sizes and titles:
- Festive pyjamas
- Christmas stocking
- Ticket stub for a Christmas movie
- Christmas storybook(s)
- Plate for Santa’s mince pie
- Bottle for Santa’s milk
- Magic key for Santa
- Door hanger
- Letter from Santa
- Ornament for the Christmas Tree
- Hot chocolate and marshmallows (once E is older)
So, what traditions have you kept from your childhood, and what will you be starting? I’d love to know.