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Christmas Traditions

After all the anticipation, Christmas 2014 is nearly here! I'm so excited; we're having a massive family Christmas at my aunt's house, and I swear they've prepared enough food to feed an army. Far from being wasteful, this just mean we won't have to go food shopping until January, and having vol-au-vents for breakfast will suddenly become acceptable, if only for a few days. I never get to eat turkey at any other time of year, so I'll be enjoying all the Christmas sandwiches coming my way too. Here are some other traditions my family and I seem to have.


1. Watching all the Christmas cookery shows and drooling at the TV.
Nigella is our fave, but anyone who makes a mouthwatering Christmas dinner is alright by me.

2. Bopping along to the music on Top of the Pops 2.

Oh, Top of the Pops, how I miss you. It's not Christmas until the Wombles have wobbled awkwardly around the stage as they wish you a Wombling Merry Christmas, and it's not Christmas until my dad sheds his inhibitions and bellows Slade at the top of his lungs.

3. Getting up at the crack of dawn.

Okay, so for me the crack of dawn is 8am, but you get the picture. There have been years when we've been up earlier than the three children next door — their oldest is ten years younger than me. Usually, my brother wakes me up by singing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' in a psychotic whisper, and then we wake up my parents. My dad is usually awake from about 5am, but not because he loves Christmas, he's just an earlybird (and a weirdo. Why would you get up at 5am voluntarily?!) The rest of us are a little more bleary-eyed, but we pad downstairs and open our presents regardless.

4. Croissants for breakfast!

With about five different types of jam, because we all like different ones. And orange juice in champagne glasses, because we like to pretend we're fancy while we sit around in our pyjamas.

5. Catching up with everyone.

I always used to get so excited about opening presents when I was little, but looking back it's the time I spent with my family that I treasure the most. They're not gonna be around forever, y'know? Since I've gone to uni, a new tradition has emerged. Aside from getting stuck into all the work I have to do (why do tutors think they're being generous by giving you deadlines after the holidays?) I tend to spend my Christmas holidays going out to eat with my friends and various family members. It's so much fun, and not just because I love food! Sitting down for an uninterrupted conversation with the people who matter most to me is a luxury.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! I think one of the best things about Christmas is that even though most of us do the same kind of things, they're all different in some way. No holiday celebration is exactly the same. 

What are some of your Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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