5 Christmas Traditions I’m Going to Try this Year

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than three weeks away– does anyone else feel like this year went faster than any other?? Anyway, I think we’re far enough into December that it’s acceptable for me to do my first Christmas blog!🎄

I am so so sooo excited for Christmas this year! The Christmas festivities began right after Thanksgiving here in NY. The lights are quickly going up on all the houses in the neighbourhood (including ours!), the malls and restaurants are decorated from top to bottom, and there are Christmas movies playing on every channel.

We actually put up our Christmas tree and decorations this past weekend and it had me thinking about Christmas traditions. Every family has their own Christmas traditions, the things we do as a family or with friends in the run up to the 25th. These are the things that make Christmas memorable and special to us.

As you grow up Christmas traditions change, there are obviously certain things that you stop doing… believing in Santa, leaving him and his reindeers treats and visiting Santa’s grotto (although, I still want to do this one!) You go from helping your mum put up the Christmas tree, to having your own Christmas tree and decorating it yourself.

Growing up, myself and my sisters would always TRY to help my mum with the tree… but we never quite managed to make it look as good as mum did. After we’d give it a good go she would always adjust things to make it perfect. This year, with no mum around, I had to make it look perfect myself!

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I felt like such a grown up doing this without my mum!🙈

Christmas Traditions here in the US are a little different to what I’m used to. I found out last week that they don’t really have Christmas crackers over here! After hunting around we managed to find some that we’re going to set on the table to bring a little bit of a British feel to our Christmas. But it’s just not as big of a tradition as it is back in the UK… crazy right!? I can’t imagine sitting down for dinner without my paper crown! Ha!

Anyway, I decided I’m going to have to start a few of my own Christmas traditions here, so here are five that I am going to be giving a go this Christmas…

1. Matching Christmas Family Outfits This one really isn’t a new tradition as most years we would all wear Christmas jumpers on Christmas Day!

img_6138 But this year we are going to have matching pjs for Christmas Eve. This includes EVERYONE (that means you Sean!)… it is going to be very cheesy, but very fun! We have actually already bought the pj’s and I don’t think Sean’s going to be too happy when he sees them😂

2. Bake and Decorate Christmas Cookies I have NEVER baked any types of cookies or cakes so this is going to be a fun one.

img_6139 I can’t promise these are going to taste good at all BUT they will look pretty! To be honest, the only reason I want to do this is because I want to decorate them🙈

3. Watch a Christmas Movie Every Week in December I don’t know if I’m going to get away with this one (Seans not a big a Christmas movie guy… his favourite is Bad Santa, second fave… Bad Santa 2🙄) but I will do my best! We’re actually off to a good start… we watched Elf over the weekend! Sean got me an early Christmas present to watch Elf The Musical at Madison Square Garden so I have been overly excited about this and couldn’t wait to rewatch the film. I think this week we will go with an original … Home Alone!

Bonus tradition: I am determined to make this an ongoing tradition. The Santa hat drinking game is going to happen whilst watching any Christmas movie!

97987309-0BFC-4ACC-8B84-415E746C9618.jpeg If you haven’t played this one before it’s good fun if you’re staying home on a Friday or Saturday night, or just having a family movie night! Pop a Santa hat on the corner of your TV and every time is looks like someone’s wearing the hat… you take a shot!

4. Be a Secret Santa I stumbled across this one whilst reading other people’s blogs about their Christmas Traditions, I think this is a really nice idea to send someone something and they not know who it’s from.

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting” Thomas S. Monson

I know exactly who I will be sending a secret gift to! 🎅🏼

5. Donate Unused Items to Charity As I am slowly moving my things over to NY I have gone through all of my belongings and I came across so many things that I don’t use anymore. So many clothes, books, electronics, even unopened makeup! So I have separated and bagged them up ready to take to a few Charity shops this Christmas (sorry mum, this is one you’ll have to do for me as I’m across the pond 🤷🏼‍♀️) This is something I do quite regularly anyway, I remember my mum getting me and my sisters to grab a bag every 6-12 months to throw away things we were no longer wearing or using… but I think this is a nice thing to do before Christmas so that the items can be used for presents for others!

img_6140 Feel free to share your Christmas traditions with me! I’d love to hear them☺️

Happy Holidays!🎅🏼🎄

J x

 

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