Christmas traditions

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Most families will make their own Christmas traditions.

When I was a girl living at home with my parents and 2 sisters we didn’t put the tree or other decorations up until a few days before Christmas: Now I am living in my own home the tree goes up on December 1st, usually, however, this year we put it up towards the end of November as a way of cheering everyone up after the strange year we have had.

As children our presents were loaded into pillowcases and brought into our bedrooms by Father Christmas while we slept; in the morning we dragged them into our parents bedroom where we all piled into bed with mum and dad to open our gifts. Grandparents would usually come over for Christmas lunch.

I don’t remember having an advent calander to open as a child, but my own children had one each.

When my own children came along their presents were put under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning while we sat and watched, We stayed at home on Christmas day having visitors come to us so the boy’s could enjoy their gifts.

On Boxing day we would go out to lunch then went to the local pantomime in the afternoon.

I was super organised and liked to get everything ready for Christmas by the end of November so I could enjoy the Christmas month with my children, We made decorations from marzipan together to decorate the Christmas cake.

Of course the children would leave a mince pie under the tree for Santa amd a carrot or some hay for the reindeer.

On Christmas eve we would walk into town as a family and enjoy refreshments while sitting in a café in the shopping centre surrounded by festive decorations watching shoppers dashing around like headless chickens!

I also had Christmas traditions for the children who I looked after as a registered child minder:

At the beginning of December we made Christmas treasure boxes by covering empty shoe boxes with pictures cut from last year’s Christmas cards, stickers and glitter then the children would fill them with their Christmas crafts and take them home just before the big day.

I also made marzipan fruits and Christmas cookies with the children which we all enjoyed doing.

I always took the children along to any Christmas parties at the toddler groups we attended and to Christmas activities taking place at my children’s schools; one of the benefits of being a registered child minder means that you can attend such important events in your own children’s lives.

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Please share your Christmas traditions with me.

As always questions and comments are welcome.

Until next time.

Merry Christmas to all my followers,

Karen

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