All of a sudden it’s December and the rush to be prepared for Christmas is here. So I decided to take a step back from the chaos and take a long look at what is really important to us as a family at this time of year.
What better way to do it than to join The Frugal Family when they host this weeks listography!
1. Decorating the the tree.
I’ve never been a fan of setting up the tree too early, the cats tend to strip it of all decoration and it ends up looking a bit sad after a couple of weeks. So the tree has always gone up on the last day of term. Wearing their silly santa hats and a christmas stocking on one foot the children set about decorating the tree. There is always lots of laughter and quite often singing silly songs! And afterwards, fish and chips for tea, out of the paper on the living room floor and a family favourite movie – usually “Elf”
2. Regular Presents.
Every year there are a regular set of jokey presents we buy each other, always new PJ’s and new socks (often with a silly picture or motto on them) The Pj’s are opened on Christmas Eve so after a bath of shower everyone is set for an evening of family time with new jimmer jammers and a board game with supper.
3. A walk on the beach.
We’re lucky enough to live within easy distance of the coast and since I first learnt to drive 16 years ago, we have made the effort to get out of the house on Christmas day and blow the cobwebs away with a walk on the beach. I’m not a great fan of the beach in summer, way too many people for my liking. But on a windy winter day there is nowhere better! The sea always looks fantastic with the wind whipping the waves up and I love the fact that we usually have the whole place to ourselves. A bracing walk to build up a healthy appetite and then home to cook dinner and relax!
4. Christmas dinner.
Why do we have to have turkey? Who said sprouts and Christmas pudding were the done thing? None of us really like turkey to be honest – and I’m certainly the only one who will eat the sprouts. So our tradition for dinner has always been to not have what everyone else is having! Beef, Nigella’s roast pork, Terry Pratchett’s hogswatch pie and one year when every was recovering from a horrid stomach upset – we had beans on toast!
5. Making time with G’ma A
Since they were old enough to stand on a chair in the kitchen, the children have gone to visit G’ma for a day before the holidays to make presents for everyone. Sat on Her lap to work the sewing machine to make me a cushion cover, or out in the garage with G’dad using the power tools to cut and stain a key rack for us all. Sweeties, chutney, christmas pudding truffles – years before Hotel Chocolate started making them! We’ve had so many love things from G’ma day! Long may it continue!
Hop on over to to the others in the link up and see how everyone celebrates!