We all have our different Christmas traditions, whether it’s going away for the festive season or staying home and celebrating with family. If you celebrate Christmas, one thing that stays pretty similar every year are the decorations- a tree, baubles and lights.
This got me inspired to share with you some of my own Christmas traditions which tend to stay the same every year (except the year I spent my Christmas at the beach in Australia!)
We keep our decorations pretty minimal and a tree is ALWAYS a must. Our living room has a blue theme so the baubles are all white, silver and turquoise. We have tinsels and lights on the coffee table intertwined with candles.
My housemate and I made the decision a few years ago to buy stockings and with a £10 budget, fill them with little gifts to open on the big day.
Every year without fail, there are certain Christmas classics I can’t go without rewatching, including Elf, The Holiday, Love Actually and Home Alone. Plus, there’s always a load of brand new festive hits added to Netflix every year. This year, I loved The Princess Switch, no shame.
Garden Centre Displays
At least once a year, I visit my local garden centre with my grandparents for lunch and to take a look at all the Christmas displays. Brand new this year was this beautiful Cinderella carriage which I was tempted to climb in for the sake of the ‘gram.
Present wrapping usually happens the weekend before Christmas, accompanied by a huge hot chocolate and a playlist featuring all the Christmas classics. However, this year I’m ahead of schedule and everything is wrapped…the weekend before Christmas I’ll be in the Big Apple!
Living just outside of Manchester City Centre, a few visits to the Christmas Markets are on the agenda. Strolling around the stalls before enjoying a mulled wine in the many bars is the perfect idea of a Winter’s evening.
I go back to my parent’s house for Christmas Eve and it kicks off with a Chinese for tea as a family before watching The Polar Express and if there’s time, The Holiday. It’s so nice to be back at home for a night and to spend this precious time together.
What are your Christmas traditions?