My Favourite Christmas Traditions: Blogmas
I fully meant to do Blogmas this year, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t actually had time to sit down and write. I decided I’d better start with a post about my favourite Christmas traditions.
Now, I promised myself that I’d do Blogmas, so I have made a compromise with myself – that I will attempt to post at least a few Christmas themed blog posts this December.
Christmas is my favourite time of year. For me, it means summer, barbeques and beach days. It means the summer holidays and relaxation time for a month.
Since I live in New Zealand, we have our Christmas in the summer.
Last year, when I was in England, I had quite possibly the best lead up to Christmas though. I loved the cosiness and the mulled wine. I loved the markets and just the general festive period. It’s magical being somewhere cold for Christmas, as it is just a completely different experience to NZ. I miss the winter Christmas.
Now onto my favourite Christmas traditions:
1) Having pre-Christmas drinks and cocktail parties to go to!
2) Making Cheesecake with mum on Christmas eve night. My job, since I was a little kid, has been to crush the biscuits for the base. I am fully competent at that job now.
3) Decorating the Christmas tree whilst listening to Michael Buble. I love him.
4) Waking up super early to look under the tree. Yes, I am 27. And yes, I still go and look under the tree. When I was young I used to go and eat all the sweets that ‘Santa’ left for me, or I’d sneak on the family computer and go on Neopets (lord, how times have changed!).
5) Yelling at my brother to hurry up and get out of bed, so that we can open the damn presents. To this day, he still has not changed. He doesn’t stumble out of his room till about half nine, so that time waiting, impatiently is super annoying.
6) Playing Christmas music, dancing around the house and getting ready to go to my Oma and Opa’s for Christmas lunch.
7) Going to my Oma and Opa’a place and stuffing myself so full of food that I can barely walk afterwards. I usually come back with an actual food baby.
8) Spending time with my family. As we’ve all grown up, it feels like we (my siblings and I) don’t spend much time together. Christmas is such a great time to laugh, talk, joke, and just feel like kids again.
9) Sitting outside after Christmas lunch, gossiping with my siblings and cousins. Usually involves me getting grilled about why I haven’t got a boyfriend.
10) Watching Love, Actually when we get home, and eating leftovers (not that we need to eat any more food…but it’s there!).
11) Going for a beach walk to, at least try to, walk off the Christmas food, and seeing half the neighbourhood down at the beach trying to do the same thing.
What are a few of your favourite Christmas traditions?