Every family have their own Christmas traditions, the things we do as a family or with special friends that make our Christmas holiday or Festive season special.
In an effort to share the different and unique ways we all celebrate this special time of the year, I have asked a few of my blogging friends to share with us their own unique family Christmas traditions. Thanks for everyone who is taking part. If you would like to get involved and share your Christmas or Festive season traditions, please see how at the bottom of this post.
Nadia from The Non Adventures of A SAHM says:
Christmas in our home has changed a lot in the past two years. We used to spend Christmas Eve at my in-laws because we would all go to midnight Mass then come home for snacks and present opening until about 2am. The next morning would be a HUGE brunch after which we would roll our stuffed selves into the car and head over to my folks place for more food and presents. Sadly, my father-in-law passed away two years ago. The holidays are really tough because we feel his absence more than usual.
It’s not so easy to split the holiday anymore because my folks are in Durban and we are in Joburg. Our plan now is to alternate for the holidays. Although what I would really like is to have our own family tradition of a relaxed Christmas at home instead of rushing around visiting, but holidays are a time for family and my girls need to see their grandparents so ‘province hopping’ it will be. I love Christmas. I love the commercialism and the magicalness (let’s pretend that’s a word) of fake trees, tinsel and fairy lights. The excess of food and gifts and Boney M really feeds a part of my soul that is rooted in my childhood. I can’t wait to make it magical for my girls.
Awww … so sweet. I think that as our children get older it becomes more important to us to give them the ideal magical Christmas. Thanks Nadia. x
Melissa Javan from Mel’s Post Box:
I live in Johannesburg with my husband and our almost two-year old daughter. Her birthday is on 21 December. I have a brother who lives in Cape Town (where I grew up) and parents who live in the Northern Cape. So, I grew up with traditions. My parents would one year have Christmas lunch with my dad side of the family and the following year with my mom’s side of the family. With my dad’s side of the family, we would have Secret Santa’s.
When I started dating my husband, things changed from the first year. I spend Christmas with him and a few days before Christmas I spend with my family. My mom still made us have “Christmas lunch” when I was there.
Jeanette from Whisky Of The Week
The 25th is a day for family day and is usually accompanied by lots of food. My husband John is a wonderful cook and he always make lamb, gammon, ribs and malva pudding. We spend the next three days eating left overs.
Cocktails & Food – where’s my invite? I love this idea of celebrating for the whole month and all the different traditions. It’s very special. Thanks for sharing with us!
Jeanne-Riette from Mamma Chef Jozi:
I have had so many submissions, everyone wanting to share their own Christmas and Festive traditions that I can’t fit them all in one post so if you would also like to take part, I am happy to keep sharing a collection of traditions over the next few days as it’s definitely getting me more in the Christmas spirit!
Please email me your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry Christmas everyone! xx
Update: You can check out the following two posts in the series here:
- Christmas Traditions – Part 2
- Christmas Traditions – The Final Episode