Post # 1
What are some of your Christmas traditions? When do you eat your big holiday meal (Christmas Eve or Christmas day) and what do you have to eat?
Next year will be my first Christmas with just me and my husband. We are both super excited. The past handful of years Christmas hasn’t been big or really recognized in my family and it was never really seen as a big holiday for my husbands family, it was just another day for them. We both love Christmas and want it to be the biggest celebration of the year!
I have a new Christmas menu I want to try. I think I might have our Christmas meal and a special movie on Christmas Eve and use Christmas day to exchange gifts and travel to see family since we don’t have kids yet and don’t have to play Santa lol.
But I have no idea what else to do! I really want Christmas to be special and create some traditions. I’d like to keep one from my parents where every Chrsitmas we got new Pjs on Christmas eve. I really like that. And watching a Christmas Story all day the 25th 🙂
So what all do you do? I’d love to hear any traditions, foods, activities, anything you do around Christmas. 🙂
Post # 2
Christmas Eve – all cleaning and shopping done the day before so this day is for opening the chocolates and everyone picks a Christmas movie to watch. Last thing we do in the evening is have a cup of hot chocolate.
Christmas day – open the stockings in bed, then downstairs to the tree presents. Then we have champagne and smoked salmon for breakfast. Christmas dinner is traditional Turkey and trimmings and then the Queens Speech (pretty much mandatory for everyone in the UK!). Party games until tea time (a cold meat buffet) and then just lots of drinking and chocolate eating!
Post # 3
halfling: How exciting! So next year being 2016, you don’t mean next month you’re alone for Christmas? Darling Husband and I do a rotation of his family, my family then just us year on year. It means everyone behaves themselves 😉
Traditions: Firstly, I make the cakes. Half a dozen Christmas cakes for the family. Usually I start in September/October. Then meal planning!! This takes me a while poring over my books and surfing the web. Christmas puddings are made for us and the family six weeks in advance.
Christmas decorations December 1st latest. Every Christmas fair we can find around us, mulled wine, mince pies and buying presents. I add to my decorations at the fair trade fair. I date my husband throughout this season as it’s such a good time to do so!
I arrange a meet up with my family, his family and our friends. These are separate events and may be eating out and for at least one group I make a massive roast with all the trimmings.
Christmas Day we get up (usually at my behest!) Breakfast of smoked salmon, some fizz and chocolates! Cocktails: we must have drunk a pitcher of cocktails by midday…Not an aim but usually an outcome. I find Christmas cocktails so they’re there to be drunk! Then we cook the big lunch. This year I’m roasting duck and doing the usual trimmings. I’ll phone my family and we’ll open presents with them on the line! It’s not ideal but it’s nice to hear their voices and exclamations at gifts! There’s awful Christmas telly (hopefully Doctor Who and maybe a comedy programme) and eating chocolates and perusing our new goods. We slob out from thereon and maybe pull the antipasto and cheeses from the fridge. Port is a must. If we didn’t get around to steaming the Christmas pudding then we have it in the evening.
I can’t wait!!
Post # 4
This is our first Christmas together and our first Christmas engaged (we started dating early December 2014 & got engaged in August 2015…we actually ended up doing Christmas Eve mass last year together bc he was still in town & my dad got a stomach bug, he invited me to his house for champagne after).
We just finalized our plans with our families – both large and most everyone is married w/ kids.
- Sat. 12/19 – My Family, in our town
- Sat. 12/26 – his family 3 hours away
- Sun. 12/27 – his extended family, his mom/dad are hosting this so we’ll just stay overnight
SO this leaves Christmas Eve & Christmas for us! I’m so excited to start our own traditions because since my mom passed 12 years ago it’s been tough – it used to be easy before everyone got married/kids and trying to figure it out. So this is what we’re thinking
- Christmas Eve – Midnight mass w/ mimosas and poinsettas (cranberry & champagne) after with breakfast..prob breakfast casserole (a fam tradition from his parents/family)
On Christmas Eve or Christmas we are talking open house with my fam who can make it (some have in-law stuff but others do not) with just simple appetizers or maybe a couple homemade lasagnas and just visiting and some drinks, etc.
I’m SO excited to start our own traditions because again I’ve never been a huge Christmas person but it helps to have someone to share and start traditions with
Post # 5
daffodils: Hot Chocolate is a must 🙂 Christmas day sounds really nice. In the US the only thing we really watch on Christmas Day (at least in my family) is A Christmas Story because it’s played for 24 hours on ABC I think is the channel.
howdoyoudo: This year my husband is still in training, so he can’t come home for Christmas 🙁 I’ll just spend it with my parents. I may try to visit him though and as long as they don’t throw deployment at us we shoud be good to go Dec 2016 🙂 Rotations should good! That’s something I forgot to include. I’m so used to spending Christmas as one family. (My mom only has her mom, so she just joins in my dads side). Now I have my husbands family to work in. The Christmas cakes sounds nice. I’d love to do something like that (have a special dessert around this time). I think I may have to adapt some of this. Mainy chocolate for breakfast, drinks, and more snacks during the day. I love finger foods (fruit, cheeseballs, etc) but never had them in my family. Later in the day it’s just leftovers which is kind of boring to me lol. I’d like to have tons of different food! Thanks 🙂
summerbride2016: Midnight Mass sounds nice. I think I may want to do something similar. I never really been into church but I think it would be nice around Christmas. Especially once I have kids so they know more about the holiday than just trees and gifts. Lasanga might be my staple Christmas Eve (or Christmas day) dish. My grandma used to make it all the time, but stopped 🙁 At least I can pick it up again lol. I’m excited to start too! I’ll finally have control next year and don’t have to follow my familys lead.
Post # 6
halfling: Oh, I’m sorry he’s away this year. At least you’ve plenty of time to plan for next Christmas! Fingers crossed he’s not deployed.
I’d highly advise setting up a rotation plan. Families can be funny things. I’ve seen loads of bees and friends stressing about the in laws at Christmas because they never thought to factor in a year where they were by themselves. Then it’s really hard to shoehorn in at a later date.
Christmas cake and also pudding in England is basically a must. Not everyone likes it but usually they’ve only had store-bought. Christmas cake is a rich fruit cake with lots of brandy in it which we mature for several weeks and then we marzipan and fondant ice it. My family love them and making them gets me into the Christmas spirit, albeit early! I listen to lots of Christmas songs too, especially when Christmas baking.
You’re really lucky that you can start forming traditions as an adult. Christmas wasn’t up too much when I was a child as we had little money and our Mum hated it. But as an adult I love being able to do whatever I want! I still get advent calendars but they’re the expensive ones with artisan chocolates these days!