With the first week of November done and dusted we are getting ever closer to that time.
Personally, I love it. It’s a little glimmer of joy in the midst of dark, cold days and even darker, colder nights and just about the only thing which makes winter even remotely bearable.
When I was young we always celebrated Christmas on the evening of Christmas Eve, when several members of the extended family would visit and presents would be opened after a feast of different Greek and Turkish dishes plus a roast thrown in too. Christmas Day would then be relatively quiet.
This worked out well as I got older and had my own family. We could continue with our old Christmas Eve tradition and then have our own celebration on Christmas Day together at home.
Now that we no longer do the Christmas Eve thing I feel we need something else to be able to look back upon. I’m just not creative enough to think of anything.
I know that some people send out annual newsletters to friends and family, something I always love the thought of doing yet never have got around to myself.
A few years back we did send out personalised Christmas cards where the children (however many there were in that particular year) would dress up in Santa hats in September and we’d take the photo in time to set up personalised cards to send out. That probably came close to something different – a sort of tradition which went on for all of two years and something I had completely forgotten about until I was browsing Hallmark UK.
I love the tackiness of decorations and love, love, love houses that have gone overboard with theirs. I swear I’d be over the moon if someone came and created a complete grotto on the front garden. The neighbours must be hugely relieved that I am a) too lazy and b) too unimaginative to actually do it myself.
My lack of imagination shows as you can tell, as I’ve yet to come up with a single tradition we can adopt as a family so I’m throwing it out to you, dear readers
(yes, that’s both of you). I would love to create a new tradition for our family that can be passed down but I don’t know where to begin!
What traditions do you have? I’d love to hear all about them. Go ahead and inspire me!
(Post in association with Hallmark UK)