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Christmas Family traditions

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Marydoll Thu 19-Nov-20 10:07:21

Recently, I have been doing a lot of thinking probably too much, Shielding Syndrome and too much time on my hands methinks.
Anyway, I started reminiscing about past Christmases , I know, too soon and all the happy memories I have. It's funny how you forget about the burnt turkey, hard potatoes and sprouts and the arguments! grin

On Christmas Eve, we had a tradition of, no matter what was happening in the midst of all the madness, we would take our three children to the cinema (a rare treat) and have a sit in Macdonalds, another rare treat, as money was tight.
When they came home, they would find new pyjamas laid out in preparation for Santa coming.
To this day DD always gets new pyjamas on Christmas Eve, the boys don't need any. blush.

Right up until they were teenagers, we did it. They still remember all the films, like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Santa Claus the Movie, Home Alone, Scrooged and DD's favourite, The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Nowadays they still follow that tradition by watching a movie on Christmas Eve and have takeaway.

I have two questions.

Do you have a family Christmas/festive season tradition and what is your favourite Christmas film?
Mine has to be White Christmas. I always end up crying at the end!

Lesley60 Thu 19-Nov-20 10:19:40

When I was a child my father would take me to the bake house with our massive Turkey for cooking on Christmas Eve, I loved to see all the turkeys in their tins ready to go in the oven, I would go back later to pick it up with him and can still remember the excitement I felt when seeing and smelling the cooked birds.
My treat would be to have a slice before going to bed.
Years later I used to cook the turkey Christmas Eve so my kids could have some before bedtime.

Witzend Thu 19-Nov-20 11:01:13

The only 2 traditions I remember as such, was my mother making the Christmas pudding(s) - everyone had to have a stir and make a wish.
And we were always taken to see Father Christmas at a big department store.

We had no TV until I was 11 and there wouldn’t have been any spare money for the cinema - a very rare treat then - but Christmas was still always a magical time.

My personal tradition for decades now, is that I must either watch or listen to Carols from King’s - preferably with mulled wine and mince pies! To me it’s just not Christmas without it. When we lived overseas I’d always listen on the BBC World Service - I’m still a fan of that.

CaptainCarol Fri 20-Nov-20 12:28:19

I and my family always order a Chinese on Christmas eve and watch a muppets Christmas carol, It has been our tradition now for more years than I can remember. We also always open 1 present each before bed time and buy new pyjamas for Christmas smile

Marydoll Fri 20-Nov-20 12:31:56

Sounds a bit like us, CaptainCarol. smile

Grandmabatty Fri 20-Nov-20 12:43:09

I always watch 'Carol's from Kings ' on Christmas eve. I have done for years. It was my quiet, still moment in a time of great busy-ness. Now I watch it for the singing. When my marriage broke up and it was my two children and me, every year we would buy three identical Christmas tree ornaments to signify we were a wee unit together. The kids still talk about it. When I was young, a must was top of the pops on Christmas day. My favourite film is 'It's a wonderful life.'

TwiceAsNice Sat 21-Nov-20 09:14:36

I don’t remember particular traditions from my own childhood except my mother did marvellous stockings and right up until the time I left home at 19 I still got one and sat on my parents bed to open it.

Our traditions now are to have new pyjamas for the children and after they’ve been put on after our meal, we all sit down to watch a new Christmas film , hot chocolate for the children , a glass of something for us.

Favourite Christmas film is Arthur Christmas. Watch it , it’s an absolute riot and completely suitable for even small children

TwiceAsNice Sat 21-Nov-20 09:15:23

I also always buy a new tree ornament for both daughters and granddaughters every year

Auntieflo Sat 21-Nov-20 09:20:14

We don't really have any traditions to follow now; but when the children were small, money was tight, and after buying all the necessities, I could find that there was nothing special for tea on Christmas Eve, and so it began that we would cut the christmas cake that evening.
Most time we would have been too full anyway on Christmas Day, to enjoy it.

mumofmadboys Sat 21-Nov-20 09:33:11

As a family when I was a child we went to church on Christmas morning and then went into our neighbours for a drink and nibbles. In the evening our neighbours came to us and we either played Momopoly or Newmarket followed by supper. I always remember being exhausted by then. Oh and we always watched the Queens speech

Greyduster Sat 21-Nov-20 09:44:10

Twiceasnice Arthur Christmas is my favourite film too! Always Carols from Kings on Christmas Eve. As children we went out Carol singing early on Christmas Eve. I used to enjoy that a lot. I remember we didn’t have a lot of fruit in the house when I was a child. We were occasionally allowed to go and buy an apple from the greengrocers, but on Christmas Eve afternoon I would go with my father and we would buy apples (always Cox’s), oranges, dates (big seasonal treat) and nuts to put in a big glass bowl. The turkey, which my mother had plucked of its feathers and drawn😝, would be hanging in the cellar. Queen’s speech either on the radio or, later, on the tv, and I always remember sitting with my dad on Christmas Eve watching a sort of one act opera called Amahl and the Night Visitors. I can still remember the theme music that ran through it.

Grannybags Sat 21-Nov-20 10:07:26

We always had warm mince pies straight from the oven for breakfast on Christmas morning. I always thought it was a cosy family tradition.

It was only once I had grown up I realised that they were straight from the oven because my poor Mum had been up since the crack of dawn slaving away to make sure we all had a special day.