Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

Christmas decorations

Christmas traditions around the world fascinate me.  In fact any kinds of traditions do and this year I have made a concerted effort to start reinforcing some of our own.   You see things have changed over the past few years with us either being at Mr B’s parents, my parents, away in a rented cottage in Cornwall etc, but last year the teens said they didn’t want to be anywhere else on Christmas Day, they wanted to be at home.   Even Caity wants to be here and not at her and Dan’s house.  So I am putting into place some traditions of our own.

Like a mulled sloe gin drinks party on Christmas Eve with all our friends.

And decorating our Christmas tree in the afternoon of Christmas Eve.    I don’t want our tree up for a month before Christmas Day, as I have said before, that is not Christmas it is December!   Having our dinner after the Queen’s Speech at 3pm is also about to be written into Barrow Tower’s folklore, to become a new tradition for us in the years to come.

It is amazing how many traditions there are around the world, look at some of these as a for instance:

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KFC on Christmas Eve?  I am not sure I can imagine that one going down too well at home!

When the children were younger our traditions were different, as our priorities were different.  Father Christmas for instance.  He was much more of a priority when they were little, of course 🙂  Now, well now he has younger people to visit so we are no longer a priority.     I remember years ago it was all about picking the children up from day care in Richmond when we lived nearby, and then heading off to a major department store to see Santa.   To hand him their hand written lists and to promise they had been good and would be asleep when he visited.   New pajamas at bed time and the ritual of a mince pie being left out alongside the glass of sherry and carrots for the reindeer.  All traditions that I do miss when I start thinking about them.

Especially that pajama one.  Do you think we could still carry that tradition on?

And make it a rule that once on on Christmas Eve they don’t come off until the 27th?

Photo of Christmas Decorations, courtesy of Shutterstock.

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