MERRY CHRISTMAS! We hope you have had a lovely day with whomever you have spent it with! We will be eating our own body weight in food and drinking all the champagne we can get our hands on. We have enjoyed Blogmas so much this year, we are so sad it is over! Twenty Five blog posts involved so much planning, writing, giggling and eating but we wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
We hope you have enjoyed following us along on our journey and the lead up to Christmas, we have been feeling more festive than ever this year and we have blogging to thank for that! We thought the best way to end Blogmas would be to write about our own family traditions!
Christmas Day is only with my immediate family as the rest of the family live in Northern Ireland. Christmas Day for me isn’t a huge family affair and nothing out of the ordinary as we will often eat meals as a whole family. For this reason I have chosen to take advantage of all the bank holidays and go away for 3 weeks to South East Asia. I am sad to be missing Christmas Day today however I am currently living it up in Bangkok before my tour with G Adventure begins tomorrow.
However we would usually wake up early-ish on Christmas morning to stockings waiting in the hall for us. We all sit in the front room and open our stockings whilst listening to Christmas music. Then myself and mum start making breakfast. We always have a box of Cinnamon Squares for breakfast, these are from our local cafe called believe it or not Cinnamon Square and they taste delicious! We heat them in the oven and enjoy these with bucks fizz! At the breakfast table we open what we call our ‘main present’. This is the big main item we have asked for. We all open at the breakfast table and its always exciting!
We then get ready and all dressed up to head to church. We always attend Church on Christmas morning without fail and its a short family service.
Then we go home and start getting ready for a late lunch, I will always help mum prepare the lunch. I also help serve up the starter which is always fish. We usually have a selection of terrines and king prawns. We all sit down to the starter and open our crackers.
We then eat the main course about 30 minutes later which of course is a Christmas meal with all the trimmings, Turkey, Gammon, potatoes, veg, pigs in blankets etc all washed down with wine or prosecco.
We are always too full to have dessert but will spend the rest of the day munching on a selection box! We spend the rest of the day opening presents and will often crack out a board game or two! We end the evening watching a film that we have most likely received that day before tucking into bed!
Usually the music will be playing at full blast from about 7 o’clock in the morning! Even if you wanted to stay in bed (which we don’t) you wouldn’t have a choice. My dad always cooks a full English on Christmas morning and makes sure there is plenty of champagne flowing (you will never have an empty glass in our house). We tend to open our Santa presents in the morning before heading down to the pub for more beverages. This is actually a new tradition, we never did this when we were younger as we were too busy playing with all our new toys and who wants to go to the pub when they are younger? BORING, now we are older we love it!
Once we are home from the pub; Canapes will be served, games will be played, presents will be opened and champagne will be drank- this is basically our day on repeat.
We have always had Christmas dinner quite late, we have never been a Sunday lunch family we always have our roast in the evening. Table presents have always been a tradition in our family; they are usually small funny gifts! We always have salmon and prawns to start which seems to be a tradition for most families! Christmas dinner is then served followed by homemade Christmas pudding.
We usually end the day on the sofa in a carb coma still munching on chocolate whilst watching a film or a Christmas special that is on TV. Christmas day is pretty relaxed in our house and boxing day is when we have the rest of the family over to celebrate.