Christmas traditions

When I was a child, right up to my teens, (my teens being when my dad died), regardless of what dad was like, Christmas, Boxing Day, through to the New Year, was always good.

Christmas morning would be opening of presents before I had my breakfast.
When I was in my teens and onwards, I would open them after my breakfast.
Living in a house that was only a coal fire for heating, my dad would light up the other fireplace in the front room on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, through to the New Year. This was the only times we would have two coal fires going, because of only having so much coal. This was a luxury treat I felt.
When I was old enough and under at first the watchful eye of my dad, I was allowed to make up and light the fire. Later, I would do this on my own. I enjoyed doing this.

Mum and dad would do Christmas dinner together. Some years we had homemade Christmas cake, made by dad. Christmas dinner was always chicken, which I look forward to, as we didn’t have it often.

Depending on my cousin and her mum’s schedule, (my mum’s sister,) they would come down with their presents either Christmas Day, or Boxing Day afternoon and have a few hours with us before going back for their Christmas dinner. TV would be on mostly through the Christmas period, catching any films that would be on, or something else. We would stay in over the holiday period, but I think come Boxing Day and in between to new years eve, dad would have an hour, or two in the pub over the road.

When I was a child, there were some Christmases that dad would hang chocolate in their foil wrappers, on the tree. I would be allowed one at the time he put them up, in early December, but I wasn’t allowed anymore until Christmas Day and onwards. I remember the countdown to Christmas, admiring the chocolate on the tree, knowing I could not touch.

I was always grateful what I received from my parents at Christmas. I never asked for things, as I knew they could not afford much. I would have fun playing with whatever I received.

When it was just me and my mum, at Christmas Eve, for a few years we would open one of our presents before going to bed, then the rest would be opened in a morning.
Now I wasn’t planning on getting up till 7.30am on Christmas morning. I had my own alarm clock to wake me up. But mum would wake me up in a morning at a time much earlier, even though she knew what time I was getting up. When I realised the time it was, I swore. It was 6am. This happened on two Christmases running. I may have sworn at the time, but we would joke about it later. And if you were wondering if I got up. No, I didn’t. I went back to sleep. Mum was waiting downstairs like a big kid, to open her presents, until I got up.
After a few years, I said to mum, let’s wait till Christmas Day to open all our presents. Mum still wanted to open one on Christmas Eve, but I said you do what you like, you’re an adult, but I’m not opening mine till Christmas Day. Again, I would not open mine until between 7.30am to 8am, but mum tried to get me up earlier. Again, I stayed in bed. Mum started staying up till midnight, opening her presents right on Christmas Day, so by the time I’m up, hers are unwrapped and she’s watching me.

When it came to having my own place, me and mum will decide who is going to who’s on Christmas and the other will do New Year’s Day. When mum was at mine, she’d stop a night, or two. I’d cook Christmas dinner. Then when at mum’s for the day on New Year, she would cook dinner.
For many years, except starting from this year, I would receive mum’s Christmas presents from some family and all friends to give her on Christmas Day, so she did not open them early.

This Christmas, mum is at mine and is stopping the night. I will do our dinner in the slow cooker. It will just be us two having a relaxing day, watching a Christmas dvd, or two that I bought earlier on and maybe play some cd’s. At night, it will be sandwiches of some kind and crisps.
Boxing Day, will be another dinner involving chicken, if there is any left, otherwise it will be salmon.
For New Year, we have not discussed that far ahead, as I write this, but I am hoping she will be fine with 2nd January.

As mum originally said she wasn’t coming, I made plans how I would start my Christmas Day. The dinner wasn’t going to change, so should she have changed her mind, (which she did and in the end has decided to stop the night,) there would still enough for two. I decided that once dinner was in slow cooker and I had my breakfast, I would first walk in the park, before going home, to open my presents.
Even though mum is now coming, I plan to still do this, so mum has been given instructions on a time not to come before on, otherwise she will be waiting for me.

I hope you, my readers of this blog, will have a lovely Christmas. Do you have a particular tradition, or routine, over Christmas?

17 thoughts on “Christmas traditions

  1. This is lovely Liz. So interesting reading all about your Christmases. We don’t have any particular traditions as my mum hates Christmas and always did. But me and hubby have put a lighted tree up. This was so lively to read

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    1. Thank you. With me living on my own, I don’t go over the top with decorations. Just my Christmas tree and cards is enough. My fairy lights are all year round, to make it feel cosey at night, with sometimes a candle. These fairy lights are warm white and go well with my peg lights that are also warm white lights, for when I don’t want my main lights on.
      Enjoy your Christmas. X


      1. You too Liz. We never go overboard either. Cwe are gaving gammon for Christmas dinner! And I was only saying to hubby yesterday that chicken used to be a luxury reserved mainly for Christmas for most people, butnow it is commonplace. Chuckens don’t taste like they used to though!

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      2. When I was a kid chicken was luxury for us too. I only known us to have it around that time.
        Surprisingly, I don’t eat chicken as often as I thought I would. I totally recommend checking clean in the slow cooker, it makes it lovely and moist. It’s the only way I do it now.


    1. Thank you. X
      Sounds like a lovely Christmas for you too. A games night is lovely, to bring people together.
      Have a lovely Christmas, all of you. X

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    1. Thank you. I will pop on over and take a look soon. I have received one of these awards before, some time ago, but happy to do again. It will be in the New Year though, when I do it. X

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  2. I enjoyed reading about your Christmas traditions, Liz. We always put up a small tree and decorations in the living room. My husband and I are like your mum and open one present on Christmas Eve, then the rest on Christmas morning. All of my family live close by and we take turns with having everyone for Christmas dinner. They are all coming to us this year. Being summer here, it is always very hot at Christmas, so we just have a cold buffet dinner, with everyone bringing something. I try to do as much preparation as I can the day before so that on Christmas Day we take our dog for a walk first thing in the morning, then try to have a relaxing day.
    Have a lovely Christmas with your mum.

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    1. Thank you. Have a lovely Christmas with your family and thank you for sharing your Christmas. Sounds like you will all have a lovely time.


  3. I remember the wrapped striped candy canes that hung on my home Christmas tree and how as a child I would eat some of them lol. It used to be a tradition that every year my mom would let my brother and I write something in a few Christmas cards that she sent out to her side of the family. I spent many Christmas mornings with my closest cousins coming over to hang out. Now I don’t really do anything for Christmas, except drink hot chocolate.

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    1. Lovely Christmas memories. Hot chocolate good any time of the year, but seems even more special when it’s the colder months and Christmas. Extra special, if there are marshmallows.

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