Christmas Traditions

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Every family will have those little traditions that they uphold year in, year out. Whether it's the Queen's Speech, a particular cheesy song that you just HAVE to have playing on Christmas Day, or the board games that you play. And I bet as you're reading this, you're smiling at the thought of another year of Christmas traditions that you just can't bear to break.

Well, I thought I'd share with you our little Christmas traditions, from the beginning of December right through to Boxing Day, and maybe you'll get a little insight into how we celebrate.

Lincoln Christmas Market
Always the first weekend in December, this is when Christmas really starts for us. We've been going on family visits to the Lincoln Christmas Market for years, and we love getting wrapped up and braving the cold to have a look around! We always come home feeling really festive and looking forward to the rest of the season! I don't want to give too much away about it because I'm going to do a separate post about this year's visit, but our little traditions tend to include hot pork sandwiches while we're there and a Bailey's hot chocolate halfway round to warm our chilly hands!

The Tree
At mum's house, the tree doesn't go up before 14th of December, and it comes down on the 6th of January. Twelve days before Christmas, twelve days after Christmas. It's just the way she does it. And apparently my Nanna was a stickler for it too. While my brother wrestles with the ceiling decorations (at 6'4", it's clearly the perfect job for him. Much to his dismay.) my sister and I put on our pre-selected Christmas playlist as loud as we can, wrap tinsel round our heads and waists, and dance around the house as we decorate the tree. It takes much longer than is probably necessary, but we love it!

Christmas Baking
My mum, sister and I always spend an afternoon baking mince pies and maids of honour in the run up to Christmas. Again, usually with cheesy Christmas tunes on in the background! We all have our own little workstations, Mum's in charge of pastry (she let me try it one year. I was rubbish.) I've been relegated to greasing baking trays and filling pastry, and Isabelle pops the lids on and puts them in the oven. We usually get so carried away that we end up baking way too many and I'm sent back to uni with a huge tupperware box crammed full of mince pies... But I'm okay with that.

Christmas Eve
Usually Christmas Eve is very chilled out for us. Mum puts on a buffet of crusty bread, crackers, meats and cheeses for us to nibble on while we watch some sort of Christmas film in our PJs.

When we were younger, my dad accidentally let slip to me and my brother about the truth behind Santa. My little sister was only three at the time, so my parents swore us to secrecy about what we knew. So every year, we kept up the charade of putting out a glass of milk and a mince pie for Santa, and a carrot for Rudolph. My sister is now 15, but we still put out the snacks every year before bed on Christmas Eve. You might think it's sad, but it's tradition, and if you can't be a little kid at Christmas, when can you?! (Maybe it's just that I don't want to accept the fact that my little sister's a grown up. Yep. That's probably it.)

Christmas Day
We still get up pretty early on Christmas Day, usually about 7am and run downstairs to open all our presents. Our usual Christmas morning film is Nativity, we all sit together with a cup of tea and tin of Celebrations (because chocolate for breakfast is always acceptable at Christmas). The day is generally spent eating, playing board games, and watching films, one of which usually being Harry Potter!

Boxing Day
Again, I've started having to work Boxing Day (bleh) but prior to that, Boxing Day was always pyjama day! Mum always makes bubble and squeak for lunch, and we have a really lazy day full of food and films... Basically the same as Christmas Day, really!

Christmas tends to happen the same way every year in our household. Sometimes I wonder if we should mix it up a bit, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

What are your favourite Christmas traditions?

Sian Kathrine xo


  1. Nice traditions you have. I also love looking forward to the Christmas markets and sipping on my Gluehwein. Your Christmas tree looks beautiful. :)

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read lovely! xo