Pretty table decorations at the Coach & Horses ^_^
Christmas Eve dinner at my grandma’s house (dad’s side), then we go home and get to open one present each. In the past it was always just a gift chosen at random, but more recently my dad’s girlfriend gets everyone to open up a set of PJs, which makes sense since you’re going to bed anyways.
My person tradition is to be up at 7am. I wake up the youngest kid, he wakes up his sister. We open stockings, then wake up the parents. We’ve always eaten breakfast before moving onto the tree. We eat so much junk food, it’s unstoppable so the only way to manage that is to make us eat breakfast before we get too excited. Then gifts, then I go to my mom’s and wake her up. Stockings first then presents. And her boyfriends tradition is to have a mimosa, and I can’t argue with that. Am I right?
Then comes my most favourite tradition of all. I call my grandparents (mom side) and they come and pick me up before noon, we hit up the only open Coffee Time in the city then I go to their house and I help my grandma with dinner preparations. It’s my favourite thing in the world because it’s just me and my grandparents, which I don’t get a lot and I’m helping with cooking which I love to do. It’s always my job to set the table so I’m always arranging the places in different ways (not that anyone really notices), I get to set up the food dishes and the dessert table. And we usually go out to Coffee Time a second time before everyone starts showing up. I absolutely love being the first person there and I love getting to spend one amazing and fun day with just my grandparents every year.
Typically the rest of the family comes, we do fam gifts then eat a delicious and amazing home-cooked meal, we always fight over the veggie/pickle tray. Then everyone kind of hangs around the table, usually the kids head off to the living room or something but I love to stay sitting with my aunts and uncles and what not because, again, I don’t see them too often.
Then we go home. And my mom always drives me back home on Boxing Day, which is awesome. We do a bit of browsing during the morning but I don’t usually buy too much on Boxing Day anymore.
And those are my traditions.
Some years I am home around the time my parents trees go up so I help decorate but it’s not really a tradition with us. My mom has always been somewhat particular with her tree (which is probably where I get that from, because I am so particular with my tree) so we never really plan to do it together, but when there’s time sometimes my dad will ask me to make a trip home to help out.
The only other sort of tradition I can think of is I always like to plan some kind of dinner with friends before the holidays. I love to cook and I obviously love seeing friends so it just makes sense to combine the two. Plus who doesn’t love throwing a good dinner party?
I always have to watch Muppet Family Christmas and The Grinch, hopefully as soon as December hits if I can manage it and CHFI radio station starts playing Christmas music the weekend of the Santa Claus parade so from the day on and I don’t listen to anything else.
Then just the typically handing out cards to co-workers and friends, that sort of thing.