Hello fellow bookworms and Merry Christmas! I hope you all got some lovely and bookish gifts off Santa this year. With it being Christmas day I thought I would focus on some of my favourite Christmas traditions that I have taken part in over the years. Christmas is a massive holiday over here in the UK and there are plenty of things to do on the lead up to make it more special. What are some of your favourite Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments.
I’ve recently learnt that this is an utterly British tradition and that not many other countries know about it? Basically a Pantomime is a comical retelling of a Grim Fairy tale, usually Snow White or Cinderella etc. It’s really quite cheesy and there’s massive audience participation… “Oh no there isn’t, Oh yes there is!” I’ll admit to not going to one for a few years but I used to love them as a child.
Now I know that technically you can go Ice Skating at any time of the year, but there is something special about going to an Outdoor rink on the lead up to Christmas and absolutely freezing your ass off, rosy cheeks and being able to see your breath. Then going for a hot chocolate to warm up.
I don’t know how common this is, but ever since I can remember my Nan has bought me and my sisters brand new Pyjamas to wear on Christmas eve. There is something amazing about having a bath, then getting in fresh pyjamas and fresh bed sheets, knowing that Father Christmas would be bringing you lots of fun things for the morning.
Christmas Eve is a big thing in our house, when we got old enough to no longer believe in Father Christmas we were allowed to open one of our presents on Christmas Eve and then we would sit down, in our brand new Pyjamas, and watch a Christmas film, recently this has been The Polar Express. Ever since we’ve all become adults we have started the tradition of going out for a meal before coming home and chilling out. My dad still wont put our presents under the tree until we have gone to bed on Christmas Eve, just to keep the magic of Santa alive.
Our Christmas day is a pretty relaxed one. We normally get woken up by my little sister at around 6 in the morning, shes 23! We all open our presents together, then when its a more reasonable time I go and pick my Nan up to spend the day with us. We have bacon butties (a bacon sandwich) and then Dad gets on with cooking the Christmas Dinner. We usually just lounge around watching Christmas films, and of course the Snowman, and playing board games. After the usual food coma, I take my Nan home and then we carry on with the board games and maybe have a drink or two, nice and relaxed.