Every family has them. From the programmes you watch to the food you eat, it’s the little things that all come together to make each of our Christmas day’s so special and unique to us.
Mine typically starts with Classic fm playing in the background as we each take turns picking out gifts for each other to open. We then sip on Bucks Fizz and tuck into breakfast (smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast, my favourite!)
Then, we have a bit of alone time, reading and testing our some of our gifts while my mum cooks Christmas dinner (I ALWAYS offer to help, and really enjoy making the cauliflower cheese and vegetables). Then we all sit down together and eat (my favourite part of the day) before passing out on the sofa and coming round just before our friends and family come over to play board games late into the evening.
But that won’t be happening this year.
Because, this year we’re flying out to Germany to spend Christmas with my half-sister.
I can’t lie, there is a part of me that’s sad about this (nothing can replace my mum’s Christmas dinner and board games with everyone, I honestly dream about it throughout the year…) but there is a part of me that is looking forward to the change and embracing the way other people do Christmas.
I used to spend Christmas away from home a lot when I was younger (we used to always go to America to spend it with my other half-sister, yes I have two, it’s confusing)
So it won’t be the first time we’ve broken traditions to be closer to the people we love.
Breaking traditions is hard, and it leaves you feeling nostalgic for the way things used to be, but ultimately I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m going to take this change as an opportunity to really switch off from the online world too. I’m not going to take my laptop with me, which means no binge watching Vlogmas and NO checking emails, which I actually think will be a good thing.
Change may seem scary, but really it’s a good thing. It’s good to be open to other people and flexible enough to not always have to do it your way.
Are any of you breaking away from your Christmas traditions this year? I would love to know what changes you’re making and how you feel about them!