We all have our own traditions at this time of year. From when we put up the tree (I’m a December 1st kinda girl myself) to what we eat on the big day itself (anyone else hate turkey but have it ‘because it’s Christmas’?). But do you do anything special on Christmas Eve? Other than panic buy the last of the brussel sprouts, run out of sellotape and stay up until gone midnight wrapping Christmas presents while crying into your gin, of course. Here’s what we get up to:
Who can resist tracking Santa on Christmas Eve? I’m sure whoever invented it had parents in mind when they did so. I can guarantee my little dude will be in bed on time and fast asleep every Christmas Eve because he knows Santa is on his way. Here’s hoping they’ll event something that works for the other 364 days of the year.
A Festive Film
We love Christmas films. I do anyway. Give me The Muppet Christmas Carol any day and I’ll happily sing and blub along. You’ll find me happily circling films I’ll be subjecting the kids to throughout the festive season in the Radio Times as soon as it hits the shelves. I guess you could call that another tradition of mine. I remember my nan doing it when I was a little girl and it’s just one of those things that’s inbuilt I guess. Come Christmas Eve we’ll be watching our Christmas DVDs snuggled under a blanket together.
Christmas Eve Box
Ever since the teen was a baby I’ve always made up Christmas Eve boxes or bags. They’ve contained many a festive treat over the years, but you can guarantee they’ll contain new pjs. Not to mention hot chocolate, a Christmas DVD, a new book and some biscuits or chocolate to nibble on that evening. But I’m always looking for more Christmas Eve box ideas for what to pop into them.
This year we have this rather fabulous personalised Christmas Eve box full of goodies for the little dude, including my favourite Christmas book, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. And a whole host of special treats for him and even Santa’s reindeer. It really is beautiful and I can’t wait to see his face light up when he sees it. Plus I love that we can use it again and again.
Christmas Eve is all about feasting with friends and family in Spain. And it’s one of those things we picked up when we lived there. While we might not invite everyone and their neighbours over for dinner, as they do in Spain, we do enjoy a slap up meal. Whether it’s a table full of ‘picky bits’ to graze on, or a decadent 3 course meal, Christmas Eve is all about indulging. This year we’re getting together with my sister, brother-in-law and nieces and nephew for a game of bowling and a meal to celebrate the little dude’s 7th birthday.
Leaving Food Out for Santa
I’ve been leaving Santa a little treat ever since I was a child. So it’s no surprise my two do the same each year. They have very different ideas about what Santa and his reindeer might like to eat and drink and it varies year on year. We’ve had everything from a mince pie and sherry (nanny is to blame for that) to milk and cookies (the teen may have encouraged her little brother to leave that out). This year I think Santa might quite enjoy some pink gin personally…..
A Christmas Story
Christmas Eve wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without snuggling up for a Christmas story before bed. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is always the one I reach for over any others. I loved the story as a child and the cartoon was just so sweet. Needless to say my two have the story read to them whether they like it or not. It is a tradition after all.
*The above mentioned Christmas Eve box was gifted to us for the purpose of this collaboration