Christmas will be very different for us as a family this year, but we're all still really looking forward to it. I love Christmas Day. It always goes so quickly so I try and cherish every single moment. And as the big day is nearly here, I wanted to share with you some of my traditions.
This will also be the last blog post from me until just before the New Year as I'm taking a break over Christmas
So I wanted to take this time to thank you. You reading this right now - you play such a huge part in my life. You keep me coming back to this space and creating content for you almost every day. Thank you so much for all your support over the last twelve months and here's to a brilliant 2016!
Now onto the traditions...
Going downstairs together
When we were little, my mum would come in and wake me up to wish me Happy Christmas. Then, when we ready to come downstairs, she'd shout up "he's been!", and my brother and I would run downstairs.
Now, even though she doesn't shout up "he's been", the routine is still the same. My mum will come into wake me up and then when everything's ready, she'll call us downstairs and we'll walk into the living room to open presents. It might seem silly that this is such an important tradition for us. But it really kicks off Christmas Day as a family.
Wearing a brand new outfit
I love getting new clothes for Christmas and each year, I'll always wear something new for Christmas Day. I love getting showered and using some new smellies, and then getting dressed in a new dress or jumper. Last year I got my Christmas jumper and the year before that I got a beautiful pinafore, so who knows what it'll be this year!
Laying out the dinner table
My mum is the one in charge of Christmas dinner. For me, I've taken on the job of decorating the dining table where we eat. I'll usually put a runner on the table and placemats. Then I add confetti that comes in the form of these really small presents and they look so great! We've some gorgeous Christmas candles this year and a new centre piece, so I really can't wait to see how it's going to look. Plus, the turkey is smelling really good by this point...
Having a mid-afternoon rest
You'll all know the post Christmas dinner feeling. We usually eat at about half 1 and afterwards, the wind down commences. The feeling of being so full that you're about to pop. All you want to do is roll from the table onto the sofa and have a little rest - at least that's what we do!
There's usually something good on TV like a Christmas film, so when we're all cleared up from our big dinner, we collapse for a bit and enjoy the relaxation.
Watching a new film
At about 5pm, we make a trip round to my Nana and Granddad's to exchange presents with them and have a few drinks. This year, we aren't doing this because we're away, so we're going to Skype them instead!
But after we come back and we're in for the night, we always watch a new film. One of us is always guaranteed to get a new film on Christmas Day and we always pick one to watch. This year will be no different - we'll just have to wait and see what films we get on the day!
Now it's your turn - what are your traditions for Christmas Day? Let me know in the comments!