Today I have a special guest post for you from Elle Goes Global! Elle’s blog is truly amazing as is she and if you can go check her blog out please do.
I asked Elle to share her Christmas traditions with me for part of Blogmas, so here she goes…
…Christmas is quite simply the most wonderful time of the year. For me this season is all about spending time with those who you hold dearest and love the most – oh and eating twice my body weight in yummy food. The way my family celebrate Christmas day is fairly traditional and similar to the vast majority of the British public with a few unique celebrations in the run up to the special day. Here is how Elle Goes Global celebrates Christmas….
I get so excited when December starts. Well to be honest I get excited after Halloween because in my mind that is when it’s acceptable to start buying Christmas gifts, watching Christmas films and wearing Christmas jumpers (yeah, I get a lot of teasing at work for that one).
In the weeks following the Christmas lights switch on, I get busy and creative making home-made cards and personalised advent calendars for my loved ones which you can see in my Feeling Festive post. Giving people things you have created yourself is very important to me as it allows me to pour extra love and meaning into the cards and advent calendars I give.
One thing I’d still love to do is learn how to make a homemade Christmas Wreath – hopefully I’ll have time to do that this year. I love baking so much so that last year my parents very kindly bought me the most beautiful red Kitchen Aid. This year I made mince pies for the first time and special Christmas themed brownies for recipes you can see the results via my Feeling Festive post.
Celebrating with friends
One of my closest friends has her birthday in December so we try very hard to co-ordinate our busy schedules in order to get together for a celebration. Last year we went ice skating and yes, I was like bambi on ice eek! This year we will be enjoying a cosy evening in her new flat with our snuggly Christmas pyjamas on, drinking gin, watching classic films like The Holiday and Elf and even playing some board games!
I also have a yearly tradition of a meal with my two friends from college and some form of Christmas celebration with my boyfriend and our two friends. For a couple of years, we went to Winter Wonderland its full of thrilling rides and a cute little Christmas market – I’d recommend it for families, teenagers and students (although it can be expensive and super busy so try visiting on the weekdays rather than weekends). This year we are planning on going to a smaller market followed by a quirky bar maybe Mr Foggs or Cahoots. Last year me and my boyfriend went to Christmas at Kew and it was such a wonderful experience full of stunning light displays, a fire pit and tasty mulled wine we are going with my family this year but here are a few photos from my visit last year.
Precious family time
I have such precious memories of Christmas Day, me and my brother would lovingly prepare port and mince pies for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph (I tried to tell my mum I needed to give all seven of the reindeers carrots but she convinced me they could all share…). Every Christmas Eve I’d struggle to get to sleep I was so excited. Of course, we grew up but we still race down the stairs in our pyjamas on Christmas Day to open our stockings.
This year will be a smaller family celebration, but our traditions will remain the same. Open the stockings with a glass of baileys or prosecco in hand and a tasty croissant. Then I help my mum prepare the roast dinner and lay the table. Before we start opening our presents – I am the Christmas elf, so I have the responsibility of handing out the gifts to everyone one at a time. We tuck into our tasty Christmas lunch of turkey, gammon and all the trimmings plus my mums homemade Yorkshire puddings and marmite gravy (my mouth is watering at the thought of it). We pull our crackers and laugh at the shockingly awful jokes and toys inside before watching the Queens speech. Full of delicious food and ample amounts of alcohol we spend the rest of the day watching festive tv, playing board games and singing along to Christmas songs. The day passes with no arguments (really? You cry) the exchanging of very thoughtful gifts and we have a wonderful time, very limited phone time today apart from me sending a few festive messages, thanking my other family for presents and speaking to my boyfriend on the phone. Today is the day I totally switch off from social media and give my loved ones my full attention.
We are exceptionally lucky to live very close to the spectacular Devils Punchbowl so every Boxing Day we go for a leisurely walk with my bonkers mad Cocker Spaniel Alfie and take some family photos. Of course, today is also spent looking at and enjoying our presents. Last year we had a boxing day with a difference and the six of us went to Fontwell Races – I didn’t win anything but it was a lot of fun especially when we had to push the car out of the muddy car park.
Ultimately for me Christmas is the season of love and joy and however you choose to celebrate I wish you a very Merry Christmas! To see images from my festive season be sure to follow me on Instagram.