My Christmas Traditions
Those of you who have been reading a while will probably know I am a huge Christmas fan. When I was a child, my wishes would always be something like "I wish it was Christmas now". I'd start writing my Christmas list in September and would have a little running countdown to Christmas Day in my diaries. Part of the reason I love it so much is that it is steeped in traditions, both old and new.
CHRISTMAS EVE CHRISTINGLE
This is my ultimate Christmas tradition. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my whole mum's side of the family has gone to my grandparents' church for the Christingle service on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately (for me, at least!) last year my grandparents went on holiday over Christmas so I dragged my little brother along. This year, they've moved and my little brother will be spending Christmas at Butlins with my mum. I flat out refuse to have a Christingle-free Christmas so, although Rich may be coming with me (and hating every second of it), I'll go alone if I have to!
From the blog: Christingle 2014 // Christingle 2013 // Christingle 2012
CHRISTMAS EVE ROUTINE
My Christmas Eve routine is a fairly new construct and one that will have to change this year. After getting home from Christingle, I take a bath with Lush's now discontinued Christmas Eve Bubble Bar and change into some new Christmas pyjamas while watching Muppets Christmas Carol. "After all there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas".
WINCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET
I first visited the Winchester Christmas Market in 2008 when I was at university in the city. In 2009, my best friend Laura moved into a flat near the Cathedral where the market is held so we would visit it two or three times a week. Even though I graduated in 2011, I still travel back to Winchester every December to visit the market and buy pomanders.
From the blog: Winchester Christmas Market 2014 // Winchester Christmas Market 2013 // Winchester Christmas Market 2013
1ST DECEMBER. TREE UP. LOVE ACTUALLY.
I'm not one of those people who waits until halfway through December to put up my tree. At the same time, however, I have a self-imposed rule that states Christmas can only start in my household in December. So 1st December is the day when I go all out. I always put up the tree on the first while watching Love Actually, and that is my signal that I can start watching Christmas films and listening to Christmas music. It's a great moment.
From the blog: Tips for Tree Decorating // Tree Erection Day 2013 // Tree Erection Day 2012
MY CHILDHOOD STOCKING
Every year as a kid, I used the same stocking. Not the little one- that was my brother's. As the eldest sibling, it was my right to have the massive stretchy stocking with pom poms. I still hang it up on the end of my bed every Christmas Eve and Santa still fills it up. What a great guy!
MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGALONG
This is another new tradition. In fact, I'm not even sure we could call it a tradition as this year will only be the third time but for the past two years, I've gone to the Prince Charles Cinema in London with my friends Marie and Christie for their Muppets Christmas Carol Singalong. We always wear our best Christmas jumpers and boo when they play When Love is Gone. Sorry about that, guys.
From the blog: Muppets Christmas Carol Singalong 2014 // Muppets Christmas Carol Singalong 2013
Rich buys me a special decoration every year. He doesn't always stick to the rule (that it has to be red and/ or gold) but he tries his best to buy a special one! The squirrel is his favourite because it is the only decoration that he's allowed to hang! Soon I'll be writing a post on my favourite Christmas decorations so I'll be sure to include a couple of his.
I'd love to know your Christmas traditions so let me know in the comments!
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