Christmas traditions

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

I'll be the first to admit it. I'm a big kid. Which means me + Christmas = an over-excited, overgrown kid with an excuse to buy toys! It helps that I'm married to a big kid too, so that makes it all the more fun.

I think the run up to Christmas is almost more exciting than the big day itself. I love everything about it. The planning, shopping (mostly online these days), the food, baking too much, decorations, the smells... why does everything smell better with cinnamon in it?

Yep, Christmas is, hands down, my favourite time of year.

Over the last few years we've built up a pretty impressive repertoire of festive traditions, but I'm always open to more. I could spend days just scrolling my way through Pinterest taking in all the craft ideas, recipes and pictures of beautifully wrapped gifts etc.

Most of our family traditions are pretty standard, but I look forward to them every single year:

  • we watch Christmas movies every Friday night for at least a month before Christmas (the frequency of this increases as we get closer to the big day! It'll be more like three per day by 20th December)
  • we bake, make and decorate our own gingerbead house on Christmas Eve. We deviated from this last year and bought a pre-made kit. It was nowhere near as good as homemade gingerbread. Lesson learnt ;)
  • we go for a walk around the village we live in with torches on Christmas Eve, trying to spot Santa and his reindeer in the sky
  • we scatter reindeer food on the front lawn (muesli mixed with glitter) 
  • while the beanies are in the bath, one of Santa's elves leaves a Christmas box under the tree - inside it are new pyjamas, a Christmas movie and new story book and snacks
  • once we're done with the contents of the Christmas box, we read The Night Before Christmas and its bedtime for small people
  • oh, and Santa always leaves snowy, glittery footprints by the fireplace when he visits ;)

This year, we've added one more tradition to the list for the run up to Christmas Day. Good old Elf on the Shelf.

I'd not heard of it until this year but, as soon as I saw that kitsch little elf and the hilarious ideas on Pinterest, I knew I had to start this tradition in our house. So far my husband and I have had great fun coming up with ideas and the beanies can't wait to find him in the morning.

I think this might become a firm favourite.

What are your family Christmas traditions?


  1. Lovely post! Love all your traditions. We have Christmas channels on permenantly in our house. Love Christmas movies! x

  2. Thank you! I love Christmas movies too... Elf being one of my personal faves :) x