I love this time of year! I love everything about Christmas and New Year celebrations and nothing gives me more pleasure than planning and preparing for this time of year.
I’m linking up with Lesley from Once Upon A Time – Happily Ever After and other bloggers who are all sharing their 5 favourite traditions and fun things to do during the Festive period.
5 traditions for my Festive Season
1. Preparing the Tree
The first part of Festive fun for me is putting up the Christmas Tree and decorations plus making goodies to give as gifts to my friends and neighbours. When my children were little I would buy them a special ornament for them to put on the tree each year and I have continued this with my darling grandson who now has 3! My daughter still has decorations that my Mother used to have when I was growing up and they are also put on her tree. For Mike’s grandchildren I have a special ornament that they can put on our tree when they visit.
2. Our combined Family Get-together
Having a blended family can bring it’s share of problems – so many people to see on the one day of the year! When our children found partners and then our first grandchild arrived, I decided to make our combined family Christmas get-together a week before Christmas. I was fed up with being last on the list of visits for Christmas day when every one had eaten too much and were tired. Problem solved! We now have our get together a week before which enables everyone to come along and enjoy themselves.
On Christmas Day, Mike, my MIL and I spend the day with my daughter and her family plus her in-laws and her Dad. It is another busy and happy day but no rushing around!
3. Santa Sacks for the Grandchildren
Mike and I have four grandchildren between us and they all have three sets of grandparents! They are overloaded with gifts! Back when Lexie, our first grandchild was born, we decided to open a savings account and deposit money each birthday and Christmas. We have done this for each of the grandchildren.
Now for Christmas we fill Santa Sacks with little inexpensive items which Mike wraps individually. I love the looks on their faces when they open their sacks and there looks like 100s of gifts! It is amazing how much fun a $1 bubble blower from K-Mart can bring.
4. Our Personal Christmas Eve Tradition
Since Mike and I became a couple almost 25 years ago, we have always maintained Christmas Eve as ‘our time’ to celebrate. Having two children each in the early years we would spend Christmas day with them so decided introduce our Christmas Eve Tradition.
We open champagne (although Mike prefers a scotch and soda) and share our gifts. These days neither of us want for anything but we still give a little something to each other to open.
We make a delicious meal to share, play Christmas music and just enjoy each other’s company.
5. Our New’s Year Tradition
Each New Year is a time to celebrate and give thanks for life. Our tradition for New Year’s Eve celebrations is to be at the Gold Coast, near the ocean and enjoying a beautiful Seafood Platter with Champagne.
We shop early in the day, relax for the afternoon then enjoy a walk along the beach. We toast the end of the year with a glass of champagne and pre-dinner platter of cheese and olives, followed by the main course of fresh king prawns, oysters, smoked salmon and mussels.
After dinner, we take another walk to watch the early ‘fireworks’ or we watch them from our balcony. No waiting up until midnight for us!
This is our special time together and we treasure it. We reflect on our year and dream and plan and look forward to the coming year.
Do you have any Festive Traditions that you cherish? I’d love you to share it with us in the comments below. Don’t forget to read some of the other posts that have been linked up at the end here.