Hello December, this is the first year I have had my blog up and running during the festive season and I’m so excited to get creative with my Christmasy ideas. Writing blogmas has always been an idea that I’d love to get behind and 2017 is definitely the year to do so. Since the age of around 13/14 every year I look forward to all the christmassy YouTube videos and blog posts that people write and I can’t believe this year I am going to be one of them.
I started my blog on the 1st January 2017 so I’m extremely excited to look back on everything I’ve achieved these last 365 days and celebrate for the whole damn month in preparation to do it all again for 2018. Due to being at university and having a job I don’t want to put to much pressure on myself for blogmas. I hear a lot of people plan and prep and then get stressed and give up, Since giving up is not on my agenda I would rather just share a little post here and there and enjoy the experience.
I’m jumping straight into the Christmas spirit with this post as I believe you either go hard or you go home. My family are all big children when it comes to christmas so it’s not a surprise we all get so excited around this time of year. Today I have decided to share my families Christmas traditions when it comes to Christmas Eve. By no means am I saying what we do as a family is right or wrong and I completely understand everyone has different beliefs and traditions that they share. Here is just my ideas of the perfect Christmas plan and I hope you throughly enjoy.
As a family, the first thing we do together is head to the local church for the Christingle Service which usually goes on for around an hour. Although, all of my family are in fact christened, I wouldn’t say we were an extremely religious family. However, we have all been brought up in a little countryside village were it just seems to be a tradition for everyone to go to the church. All the village go there together and celebrate and it’s really cute. The children get sweets and who doesn’t love a good christmas hymn. For people who don’t know what a Christingle service is, its very similar to midnight mass however its for children and is very child orientated.
We then head home as a family with my nan tagging along. Every year for as long as I can remember my nan will always sleepover on Christmas Eve, that way she will be there in the morning ready to see us open our presents. My nan has always been such a huge part of all of our lives, she is a second mother to me and I could not imagine Christmas without her. I mean her sleeping over is pretty pointless because she literally lives around the corner from us however, it does make it more exciting and who else are we going to wake up at 5am if she wasn’t there. Due to not having much room in our house my nan is always given my brothers bed. This normally results in Kieran and I top and tailing and giggling ridiculously until silly o’clock where we are that excited. It’s so sad but I would not have it any other way and that’s a fact.
We then spend the evening all snuggled up together on the sofa in our brand new pjs and fluffy socks watching christmas films, listening to Christmas music and eating a hell of a lot of chocolate. You sit there looking at your family all happy and realise that it doesn’t get much better than that. The next stage of the evening is my favourite. It’s not so much of traditional tradition however my brother and I are such spoil brats. Every single year we beg and plead to my mum to let us open a present early, how can you not when they are all sitting there in front of the tree looking at you. So now as a family we all get to open one little present on the night before christmas. It’s usually something simple aka. stocking filler from Santa.
(An old Christmas picture from a few years back but here you can see our personalised stockings ft my brothers cheesy smile, what a cutie)
It then comes to that part of the evening where the children must go to sleep otherwise santa will not turn up and will not bring us presents. Unfortunately my brother is now 12 and I no longer think he believes in santa which is really sad because i’m 21 and have been getting santa presents all this time. Although, my mum is no scooge and still works part time for father Christmas so I’m sure our stockings will be full by morning. My brother and I both have little matching personalised stocking sacks with each of our name on them. We put these at the bottom of our bed when we go to sleep and by morning they are magically filled up (normally of fluffy socks and primark face wipes) but I am not complaining.
Well that pretty much sums up my Christmas Eve and the traditions we do as a family. I am extremely looking forward to reading everyones blogmas posts as this is definitely my favourite time of the year, feel free to comment and send me your blog links I would be more than happy to check them out. I think Christmas is such a heartwarming time of year and everyone deserves to celebrate a good one.