Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year!
I have such fond memories of our Christmas’ growing up. Mum, like me, was Christmas’ number one fan and as a result made it so magical for Emily and I. Year after year the house gets filled with the scent of Noel, traditional decorations and Mum implemented such special traditions, all of which I’d love to continue if/when I have a family of my own one day.
There’s no real purpose to sharing these special memories but it reminds me of such happy times, makes me feel all nostalgic and perhaps one of two of these may suit you and your family.
During the lead up to Christmas we’d write our letters to Santa (now the funniest thing to read ever!) and leave them on the hearth of the fire place before going to bed. By morning the letters had disappeared and Father Christmas had left a sprinkle of ‘magic fairy dust’ behind. I believe this was something Mum took from ‘Santa Claus the Movie’ one of my all time favourite Christmas films.
Now roughly 2/3 weekends before Christmas we’d put the trees up (we had a ‘posh’ tree that only Mum was allowed to decorate and a smaller one that me and Emily were let loose on – This will 100% be me if I have children). The wreath would get hung on the front door and the rest of the house was filled with garlands, foliage from the garden and festive tea lights. Mum also had a thing about making a little table decoration (something I now love doing).
Christmas Eve was/is without a doubt the most exciting day of the year. Every year Mum and Dad took Emily and I to Ray’s Farm in Bridgnorth to visit to Father Christmas – a very realistic one at that; something which seemed to be a rarity in the 90’s (see below – I rest my case). His grotto was set in a stable where all the children would sit on hay bales and each say what they wished to get that Christmas. I just remember it to be such cosy little set up right in the thick of the countryside.
After our Christmas Eve supper, whilst Dad was prepping the veg for the following day, Mum took us to the Crib Service at Knightwick Church where we’d meet my best friend and her family. There was always something so exciting about seeing my Bestie so close to Christmas and it became a standard tradition for us all. Once the service was over it was back home to prepare the carrot, sherry and mince pie for Santa and his Reindeer. We left this on the fireplace with with another little letter for the Big Man himself (obsessed weren’t we!). We got snuggly in our Christmas PJ’s and mum would read us ‘The Night Before Christmas’. I loved this tradition so much although it didn’t help excitement levels and going to sleep on Christmas Eve was near impossible as it was. Now, instead of the above the spend the evening at our local pub singing Christmas songs and drinking my bodyweight in mulled wine. May it continue!
Christmas Day finally came! The Grandparents always arrived laden with gifts, an Apple Pie and Grandma’s famous Brandy Butter. Mum was always adamant that we were to spread our present opening throughout the day so in the morning we’d open our stocking presents then after lunch we could open whatever was under the tree. Grandma insists on watching the Queen’s speech so this gets factored into the busy schedule and after the feast we’d play charades (a Burnett classic) or Headbandz. Scrabble is a favourite for our one Grandad because he wins without fail (I hated it ha!).
The fun didn’t end there oh no.. I remember the first year Mum appeared in a full Santa suit with giant black welly boots and a pillow stuck under her big red coat. Needless to say it was HILARIOUS. It was then that she’d distribute an extra little present for everyone. By 8pm Dad was fast asleep in his armchair and the rest of us would watching Eastenders Christmas special (A classic!)
So there’s a little insight into the Burnett family Christmas. I’d love to hear about Christmas at your house. What were your favourite traditions growing up and have you continued to do them ever since?
So anyway, December is here which means it’s okay to say Happy Christmas right?
Thank you for stopping by!
*apologies for the quality of some of the photos. Some are pictures of pictures!