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 she’s preparing enough food to feed a few hundred.
Far from being wasteful, this just means we won’t have to go food shopping until January. Having vol-au-vents for breakfast will become acceptable, if only for a few days, and I’ll be enjoying all the Christmas sandwiches coming my way, too. Here are some more traditions I’m looking forward to.
Watching all the cookery shows and drooling at the TV
Nigella is my personal favourite, but anyone who makes a mouthwatering Christmas dinner is alright by me.
Bopping along to 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, or until my dad has shed his inhibitions and bellowed Slade at the top of his lungs.
Getting up at the crack of dawn
I’m a student, 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, the eldest of whom is a decade 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 my parents. My dad is awake from 5am, but not because he really loves Christmas, he’s just an earlybird. The rest of us are a little more bleary-eyed but we pad downstairs and open our presents regardless.
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.
Catching up with everyone
I always used to get so excited about opening presents when I was little, whereas now it’s time I spend 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 the time going to the pub or out to eat with friends and family. 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 think one of the best things about Christmas is that even most of us do the same kind of things, they’re all different in some way. No celebration is exactly the same.
What are some of your traditions? Let me know in the comments and I hope you all have a wonderful break!
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.