This year, Christmas is a bit different at our house, what with having a small baby. We’re doing things much more quietly and this means traditions are changing.
The above decoration was made by my mum. She made nine and said that each of her children, as we moved out, could take three with us. I like this Santa (each decoration has a different type of Santa on it), I think he looks pretty traditional and friendly! Every year, these are the first baubles to go on the tree after the lights and the tinsel. I like the idea of collecting decorations for D as he grows up so that one day, if he wants them, he has some decorations of his own.
I think it’s really exciting that we’ll have new traditions in the coming years. D is too little now and probably will be next year as well, but I’m looking forward to visits to Father Christmas and watching A Muppets Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. I’ve always loved traditions; as a child, we would have Burger King for tea on Christmas Eve and my mum would put the turkey in at midnight, so we got up to the smell of it cooking in the morning.
This year, instead of our annual Christmas Eve meal out with Benn’s parents, we’re staying in and will probably have an early night, so that we can deal with the inevitable night feed with Christmas cheer instead of the usual exhaustion. Then I reckon there will be a Skype call to my mum (we’ll be up there next year, all being well), and a breakfast of croissants (part of Christmas that hasn’t changed!) Maybe we’ll go for a walk in the park, weather permitting, and watch all the kids on their new bikes. Then we’ll go to Benn’s parents for lunch and visit his grandparents at some point too.
I think traditions are wonderful and it’ll be fun to see which ones we develop over the years. I have a feeling that they’ll be a mixture of our own from childhood and new ones.