I can’t really remember any particular Christmas traditions that my family had while growing up, except that one year a close friend of my Dad’s passed away and after that year we would visit his grave every Christmas Day. We would take a wreath and some cloths to clean his headstone – not the happiest of memories but my Dad would tell him all about what had been happening. I still think about him every year at Christmas time and hope that his family still go to the grave and keep him company now we have moved away.
The only other things that I remember are my Mum sending me to post all of the neighbours’ cards and we’d visit all of the family that we didn’t get around to seeing the rest of the year. There was also the Christmas Tree picking, we always went to Doddington Hall with Dad and would all try to find the best tree and argue about how tall a tree we could fit in to our living room and we had to have an angel on top of our tree. Then on Christmas morning we had to wait until everyone had eaten their breakfast before we opened presents; we always opted for weetabix because we could eat it quicker but would undoubtedly have to wait for my mum to get out of bed.
On to R’s family! His sister is 10 years younger than him (minus 9 days) so Santa was alive and well in their traditions for a long time; he also welcomed his niece in 2010 so there has always been a reason to have Santa.
Our traditions now mainly stem from his family with a few of mine thrown in; I’m sure we will add more as the years go on, but here are our Christmas traditions:
- Special wrapping paper for Santa presents that is hidden
- The stockings have a coin and orange in as well as other small presents
- Christmas is spent with the extended family.
- On Christmas Eve there will be a plate for Santa and his reindeer
- Choosing a tree as a family
- Oliver will be putting the angel on the tree (which was bought in 2012)
- The Children are bought a new Christmas Tree decoration each year by their Nana and Grandad.