Image courtesy of A Piece of Heart
Our Top 10 Family Christmas Traditions
- New Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve
- Bucks Fizz and Bacon Sandwiches for breakfast on Christmas Day
- Sprinking reindeer dust on our lawn
- Making our own Mulled Wine
- Visiting Fenwicks Window display in Newcastle
- Watch a Pantomime
- Watch a family Christmas movie together
- Buy Roasted Chestnuts from our local Christmas market
- Enjoy a bottle of Champagne and chocolates on Christmas Eve (Grown ups only!)
- Buy one new tree decoration every year
These are our core traditions that I don't think will ever change. Some of them were started during my own childhood - for example I remember Christmas day being the only time we would be allowed bacon sandwiches and a special drink of orange juice and lemonade and it was such a treat being taken into town after school to view Fenwicks window. The excitement I would feel walking along holding hands with my mum in the dark and trying to guess the window's theme for the year is something I still feel when I visit Fenwick's window now as an adult. I really hope my own children have fond memories of our Christmas traditions when they grow up too.
Starting New Traditions
I realise that a lot of our traditions are quite materialistic and this isn't how I want to raise our children. Whilst I doubt I will start any of these unusual Christmas traditions from around the world or stop the traditions we already have, I do think it's important to encourage traditions that promote the true meaning of Christmas and more specifically promote kindness and think of those less fortunate than us.
This year we have decided to start a couple of new traditions and will be helping our community instead of sending Christmas cards. We will be providing an extra gift for a child in need, donating to a food bank and spending time with the elderly in our community. Another idea we have been thinking about is to carry out a daily random act of kindness throughout advent. I have been inspired by this video from Christmas 24 and in the last 12 days of advent our family will endeavour to complete a random act of kindness every day. Whether this be helping our neighbour with their shopping or asking our friends if they need a babysitter for the night, it really is the thought that counts.
Isn't the sentiment in the video lovely? I think it definitely captures the true meaning of Christmas well.
Do you have any Christmas traditions that have continued from your own childhood or have you started your own traditions? Perhaps like us, it's a mix of both. Either way, I'd love to hear what they are in the comments below, especially if they are slightly unusual or quirky.