Every year for a long time, probably since we moved back to England, it's been just the four of us on Christmas day. No one is allowed to come over, no one is allowed to leave. It's a hibernation day, we don't even go out for a walk! Most of the day is spent relaxing, eating chocolate, watching a movie, and reading.
When we were very young, we'd get one, maybe two presents from Mam and Dad, wrapped under the tree. The rest, from Santa, were left on the sofas. Unwrapped just laid out nicely for us to find! As we got older, more presents appeared under the tree and fewer on the sofa... my theory is that my parents are too lazy to wrap all the presents and that's why 'Santa' doesn't wrap them! We still get a few presents from Santa, which is kind of him, even mam and dad get a few bits from him too. Because Santa doesn't wrap presents (when I was a child I never understood why he wrapped all my friends presents and not mine) they are obviously right there when we wake up so we err... "open" them? And check out what the others got too! It's usually a lot of chocolate and my sister and I always get a new book each to spend the day reading.
My parents spend virtually all day cooking the dinner, Dad makes Terry the Turkey jokes which I don't laugh at and we sit down for a late lunch sort of thing. Even though it is only the four of us, it's a big deal and we have a tablecloth laid out and candles. It's really special that we prolong this meal and all eat together, as we rarely do the rest of the year. We usually end up eating at about three, and staying at the table until at least half four.
After dinner we all open presents under the tree, from each other and family and friends. I always have to crawl under the tree and pull out everything, apparently because I'm the smallest and the only one who'll fit but I'm thinking it's 'cos I was the only volunteer... We also take turns to open them so we can show each other what we get and so we can really thank each other too. We do this in age order, I don't even know why haha, that's just the way it's always been. My Dad always dresses himself up in as many of his presents as he can, even if they are not wearable presents and ends up hidden under everything with just his cracker hat showing!
After opening presents we clear up and put things away, and snuggle up for more reading and chatting. In the evening/night time we always watch Christmas TV and specials and eat all the chocolate. Then we all toddle off to bed full of food to get a good sleep before my Grandparents come round for Boxing Day and we have the whole Christmas dinner again!
Writing this has made me so excited for Christmas! I love our family traditions and spending a whole, uninterrupted day with three of my favourite people! If you're reading this fam, don't let it go to your heads... I said at the start I like learning of others traditions, tell me what yours are? Are you strict with traditions, or do plans change each year? If you've written a similar post please link me to it in the comments! xo