Since D and I both live away from our families, our Christmas is very different to how we both remember it. I’ve found Christmas to be a stressful time of the year because it is a season that really highlights our lack of extended family here in NZ. In order to stave off the lonely feelings as a result, the last few years I have busied myself with hosting a Christmas lunch at our place with other friends who also don’t have family here. I remember Christmas’ past and try to recreate the specialness of those days for the sake of my own children. In my mind it has to be perfect, and with that expectation comes the stress. The day usually turns out fine and everyone seems to have a good time.
But, I still feel that’s something’s missing. It’s missing our own family traditions. I want to have some meaningful traditions that capture what is important to us about Christmas and that make Christmas a special time of the year for our children. It’s time for making our own way.
Some ideas so far:
- New PJ’s to open on Christmas Eve for nice present opening pictures.
- Christmas stories starting on the 1st December
- Nativity scene
- Christmas tree putting up as a family and annual photo
- Chrsitmas music – especially favourite carols like Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful
- Christmas baking
- Christmas Eve Drinks (for grownups) eggnog, mulled wine (or this one)
- Giving to needy
- Some sort of coutntdown adventy thing but not a cardboard calendar that has chocolate inside
- Making stuff together….decorations, gifts whatever.
What are your favourite Christmas traditions? How do you celebrate? What do you remember most about Christmas as a child?