Monday, 7 December 2015

Festive Traditions


Happy Monday everyone!
One of the things I adore about Christmas is the traditions and as today is my Mum's birthday, I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to share some of mine. We keep traditions as they tend to hold onto precious memories that were usually made as a child. Every family and every country have their own and I think there's just something so magical about that. Yeah, you may think that Christmas is "materialistic" but really, it's the run up to the actual day and the festivities that make it so special. 

Advent Calendars
You're never too old for an advent calendar, what's more satisfying than being able to eat a snowman shaped chocolate alongside (or for) your breakfast in the morning? I mean what the heck, even my dog has one! 

Cosy Movie Afternoons
The run up to Christmas means the excessive repeat watching of Christmas films. Hot chocolate? Check. Roast dinner cooking? Check. Blanket? Check. You're good to go! I won't spoil my favourites as I'm saving that for another Blogmas post but you can probably guess what they are. 
Hint: You smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa.

Putting the tree up
In my house, the tree isn't allowed to be put up until Mum's birthday (today) but we actually put it up on the 6th this year. Although last year I was quite sneaky and bought Christmas bedding and a mini tree for my room, which I obviously had to put up on the 1st of December. I must say I do enjoy decorating the actual front room more than putting up the tree itself, all those branches man... Nightmare. 

The Christmas Markets
A trip to the Christmas Markets is compulsory. The food, the smells and the atmosphere are enough to put anyone in the festive mood. I tend to visit the Manchester markets several times during November and December, just to make sure I've tried food from every stall, obviously. 
This year I visited Winter Wonderland in London for the first time, something I sure hope to make an annual tradition from now on!

The Food Shop
Oh that big food shop, yum. Not gonna lie, if you know me, you'll know I love my food so you can probably understand why I get so excited for Christmas. It's the only time of year that is socially acceptable to spend all day in your pyjamas stuffing your face with a big box of Quality Street, not that I don't do that throughout the year anyway...
Considering it's only me and my mum on Christmas day, we buy enough food to feed a small army. We do love a good supermarket frozen food deal though, the party selections are extremely hard to resist.

Christmas Eve
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. JUST KIDDING, I'll totally be wide awake watching The Polar Express with my momma and either eating a Chinese or a super comforting M&S meal. Before we put the film on, we exchange Christmas pyjamas and get all cosy in them prepared for a relaxing night. 
Watching The Polar Express has been a tradition of ours since I can remember, it's our ultimate Christmas film and it takes me right back to when I was little! As we head off to bed, we place our presents under the tree (we can't do it any earlier otherwise the dog will eat them) which usually results in me heading back into the kitchen to steal some of our home-made apple sauce for Christmas dinner. 

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is actually a pretty chilled day in the O'Connor household consisting of lots of food, Baileys and naps! By the time we finally get up, most people have already opened all of their presents and posting pictures of them on Instagram... We're just not ones for the morning, ok?! 
We're up at around 10, followed by an obligatory Bacon butty and cup of tea before diving into the presents. Our Christmas day attire is a Christmas jumper and PJs, exactly how we like it. I praise anyone who has the energy to get ready and have a busy Christmas, I know I couldn't!

I really loved giving you a lil' insight into my Christmas and I adore reading about what others get up to around Christmas time! So tell me, what are your traditions?

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  1. This is such a lovely read - your Christmas eve sounds so perfect! I love that you have a tradition with your mum watching polar express and exchanging pjs, it's so cute! And your Christmas day sounds perfect too! :) xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  2. This has gotten me so excited for Christmas, as if I wasn't already enough!! I usually wake up around 10am myself it's later as you get older I think! Xx

    OliviaCheryl.com

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    1. Yeah it must be haha! Who does early mornings out of choice these days? x

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  3. Lovely post, I also watch a movie with my Mum on christmas eve; I love christmas traditions xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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  4. Love this! Your family sound so cute! My fave thing to do is watch films with the family, I watched The Holiday yesterday with my mum and it made me feel so christmassy!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

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    1. Aw I love The Holiday, it's one of my faves!

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  5. I love this! I've been loving your Blogmas posts this year! Can you believe I still haven't got an advent calender! x
    Aisling | Aislings beauty bytes

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    1. Omg girl! Get yourself an advent calendar now! x

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  6. I agree that you're never too old for an advent calendar!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Christmas markets are new for me, but I absolutely love them now! Nothing beats a Christmas night in though and watching films x

    Tamz || www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. I love the Christmas markets, they make me feel so festive. My year wouldn't be complete without them haha! x

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  8. Having your own family traditions is the best - that's my favourite part of Christmas. Oh and the food shop. That all important food shop!

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    1. The food shop is SO exciting for all us foodies!

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  9. We have so many Christmas traditions which are the same! I always watch polar express when wrapping up Christmas presents! I also buy a new Christmas bullable each year, which I have done since like I was 3/4 I have so many now x

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw so cute! I buy a little Nutcracker every year as my own lil tradition. x

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  10. I love Christmas traditions too - the food shop is so exciting haha.

    Amy - http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk

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  11. Kat, man, your Christmas sounds perfect and I can't lie, everything you say about your mum makes me love her. I DONT EVEN KNOW HER BUT SHE SOUNDS AMAZING OK. I hope you have the best ever Christmas this year, you deserve it so much :-) love ya gal xxx

    Teri xxx
    Www.acupoft.co.uk

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    1. Everyone loves her, she's fab!
      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas girly, love you lots! xxx

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  12. love you're new festive header! I'm yet to go to a christmas market, maybe this year!

    Hannah at HNNHVNBLS

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    1. Yay thank you!! Ah you have to get yourself to a Christmas market this year. :)

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  13. I'm so excited for Christmas! I love a good Christmas market and I'm excited for a relaxed Christmas Day, full of family, alcohol and probably some board games

    www.jessicainyourear.com

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