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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Christmas in Our Family - Part One

Stain Glass art made by the Princess a few years ago
Like my Mum and my Granny I absolutely love Christmas, not so much for the Christian significance of it but for what it means to us as a family.  It's a time when we come together to celebrate Christmas Day as a family and exchange carefully chosen gifts and eat wonderful food we have communally prepared.

Our family Christmas traditions are very much taken from the traditional English Christmas my Granny brought with her from the UK when she emigrated to New Zealand many, many years ago.  We don't decorate for Christmas until 1 December.  The tree is not to be taken down until a certain day after Christmas (which I have forgotten, need to ask Mum!).

Traditionally Christmas Eve involves playing Christmas carols, maybe having friends over for drinks, stuffing the turkey (we have our own family recipe for the stuffing), finishing off last minute gift wrapping (in my case all my wrapping is almost always last minute!) and going to mid-night mass. Before going to bed we bring out the Santa presents, leave "Santa" bite marks in cookies and milk in the bottom of the glass that has been left out for him.  The Wasband started a new tradition in our home, we leave a carrot out for the reindeer, on Christmas morning there are always spat out bits of carrot over the lawn, messy reindeer!

Christmas Tree - Castle 2012
Christmas Day starts off with Santa present opening, champagne, delicious breakfast, family members arriving if they have not stayed over night, more present opening, more champagne and nibbles, Christmas Dinner about 2pm, always turkey but as years have gone by we have evolved the rest of the meal, more champagne (a pattern here), dessert that always included trifle and fruit salad although this has evolved as well and more often than not we are still be at the table until the early hours of the evening.

Boxing Day is lazy, left over Christmas Day food, looking at each others gifts, going to the beach for a swim and beach volley ball or touch rugby on the lawn or last year playing board games around the outdoor table at my brothers and more champagne!

I love Christmas!

Rachael xo


Barbara said...

You had me at the FIRST champagne!

Jen said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Stain Glass art made by the Princess

trifle - oh yum!!

Merry Christmas my friend xox

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

We also love Christmas! I am enjoying your take on the is very similar to ours (although I'm sure your recipes are different!) Each year however as I'm getting older and I am more aware of my Dear Bebe gaining knowledge of things...I really really want to delve into the Christian part of it. We loved finding out more about why the Wise Men brought their three gifts! Maybe I'll do a post on it! Thanks for the inspiration! :0) ENJOY and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Fete et Fleur said...

Have a lovely Christmas with your family!


Melissa Thorburn said...

A Belated Merry Christmas to you Rachael. Your traditions sound very much like our families. Although I do actually distroy the evidence of the half eaten carrot by consuming it, lol. Spitting on the lawn is cute. I'm starting to think my 9 yr old son is a now a non believer of santa, but he's not letting on yet. How was your day yesterday? Full of love and happiness I hope. xoxox