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post Dec 22 2015, 01:04 AM
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I'm trying to kick start my festive mood seeing as the weirdly warm weather has put a bit of a downer on things so far.

What are your Christmas Traditions?


In our house we always have what we call a 'pick n mix tea' on Christmas Eve/Christmas day/Boxing Day that usually involved party food, salad, ham/leftover turkey, fresh bread and lots of other nibbles. Main event is obviously the Christmas Lunch (where we have both Roast and Croquette potatoes, mainly at my insistence on the latter.). We live quite far away from family so it's usually just the four of us + my Grandad comes up from down south more often than not. I don't know if I could cope with a big full on family christmas.
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post Dec 22 2015, 11:56 AM
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Definitely have something similar to a pick and mix tea!

With me, I always have to watch the same Christmas films and TV specials every year. I've been watching Elf, The Santa Clause, Love Actually, Nativity and the Grinch this week and TV wise Gavin and Stacey, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Raymond Braggs' Snowman and Father Christmas.

Also the GOD of all things Christmas is the Good Life Christmas special.

Made over a decade before I existed and extremely dated but it is Christmas.
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post Dec 22 2015, 12:12 PM
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My sister and I always wake up early (the only day of the year I will voluntarily wake up early) and watch the Miranda Christmas special before we can wake our parents up at 7am laugh.gif I'm 18 and she's 16 but on Christmas morning it's more like 8 and 6 kink.gif Watching the Doctor Who Christmas special is of course of utmost importance too and is something I do each year then moan when I can't hear it cause everyone's talking :') (thank god for more than one TV in the house now)
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post Dec 22 2015, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE(JosephCarey @ Dec 22 2015, 12:12 PM) *
Watching the Doctor Who Christmas special is of course of utmost importance too and is something I do each year then moan when I can't hear it cause everyone's talking :') (thank god for more than one TV in the house now)

It's the same in my house when Eastenders is on! laugh.gif My dad is silent all the way through an hour-long Emmerdale and Corrie, but suddenly there's a whole world of things to talk about when EE is on (which is usually the most dramatic and watch-worthy out of the soaps on Christmas Day).
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post Dec 22 2015, 12:27 PM
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Yeh I watch the same xmas specials i love each december - namely Home Alone 1&2, National Lampoons Christmas, Its a Wonderful Life & then on xmas eve when everyone goes to bed i put an extra log on the fire, open a box of pringles (have to be salt & vinegar) and a tin of coke and light the christmas eve yankee candle and watch Santa Claus the Movie which i loved when i was younger.

Also watch Gavin & Stacey, The Snowman, The Father Christmas and Father Ted Christmassy Ted which is generally on rte at 10pm on xmas eve.

We also go to our local for a pint, a mince pie and listen to carols at 6ish on xmas eve and before going back up for the pick & mix style dinner mentioned above - we usually have totps xmas special on in the background too.

So cheesy and yet my fav parts of the year biggrin.gif
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post Dec 22 2015, 01:30 PM
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Christmas meal, but this time we are having qworn instead of real meat as my mum has gone veggie,
Opening presents in the morning at like 8:00, poor thyself got to be woke up hours earlier than usual sob.gif
Last Christmas was the first one without my gran as she passed away July of last year but when we had a tv we would watch several Christmas movies and of course DOCTOR WHO wub.gif one of my favourite highlights of Christmas how sad is that heehee.gif


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post Dec 22 2015, 04:16 PM
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Christmas Eve we usually order in a Chinese, that will probably be the case again this year since I won't be at my parents until quite late on Christmas Eve and we're having Christmas Day at ours so my dad likely wont feel like cooking on Christmas Eve.

We have the tradition on Christmas Day where my dad will go down stairs and check if Santa has been, put on all the tree lights etc and then shout us down, this still happens despite me and Cameron being 19 laugh.gif We will all then get a cup of tea and open our presents, have a chilled out morning and then get ourselves ready for family coming round for dinner. It's my mums side of the family that comes over on Christmas Day, so just my auntie, uncle and cousin really, we alternate who has Christmas day at theirs each year. Boxing day we used to spend with my dad's side (well one of his sisters and her family) but a few years ago we decided to push that back to New Years Day, and again we alternate on who has it at theirs, it's our turn for that this year too laugh.gif
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post Dec 22 2015, 04:52 PM
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I touched on this a lil' in the weekend plans threads, but the one tradition I absolutely love about Christmas is the annual board games marathon that my family have! I particularly love getting out Trivial Pursuit, hooray for geekery. laugh.gif

Christmas TV is also quite cool too, especially Top of The Pops. <3
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post Dec 22 2015, 05:20 PM
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This is the first a Christmas ever that I'm not staying over at my parents. Was seriously like sardines last year and I am 27 years old. I will wake up in my flat, get dressed and drive 10 mins down the road to my mum and dad's to have breakfast and open presents with them, my sister and my brother who will have walked 5 mins from his new house down the road. My grandparents will arrive for lunch and will stay the night this year as I'll go home and my sister will stay at my brother's that night so there will be room.

Also this is my first Christmas since 1998 without my dog, Jack. There will be little Jake there for the first time but I'll still miss Jack.
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post Dec 22 2015, 08:07 PM
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Talking during Doctor Who is one of the Seven Deadly Sins really. Thankfully our family repsect the tradition of watching the Christmas Doctor Who special properly, looking forward to it dance.gif
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post Dec 22 2015, 11:12 PM
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QUOTE(Xmas Tree Boy @ Dec 22 2015, 05:20 PM) *
This is the first a Christmas ever that I'm not staying over at my parents. Was seriously like sardines last year and I am 27 years old. I will wake up in my flat, get dressed and drive 10 mins down the road to my mum and dad's to have breakfast and open presents with them, my sister and my brother who will have walked 5 mins from his new house down the road. My grandparents will arrive for lunch and will stay the night this year as I'll go home and my sister will stay at my brother's that night so there will be room.

Also this is my first Christmas since 1998 without my dog, Jack. There will be little Jake there for the first time but I'll still miss Jack.


I remember you mentioned this last yr, I won't be at home this yr for the first time as I'm going to my fiancée house for lunch. It's quite sad, like my childhood has officially ended and I'm 32 lol.

On another note does anyone actually have mass/church as a tradition at Christmas anymore considering that's the point of the holiday lol?
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post Dec 22 2015, 11:19 PM
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QUOTE(Christmaseve201 @ Dec 22 2015, 11:12 PM) *
On another note does anyone actually have mass/church as a tradition at Christmas anymore considering that's the point of the holiday lol?
my granddad goes to church on Christmas cos he's proper religious but no-one else in the family does.
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post Dec 22 2015, 11:20 PM
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If I was at home is go to please my ma but I never do at any other time!
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post Dec 23 2015, 04:24 AM
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I don't have much in terms of specific traditions but the routine has been the same every year of my life: Christmas Eve with mom's side of the family, Christmas Day with dad's side of the family, and then Christmas night with my mom's extended family. On both sides we have a gift exchange, and my grandparents get a custom-made calendar with family photos that's always fun to look at. We've hosted Christmas night for several years now which I really enjoy, especially when there's enough leftover food to last until New Year's. biggrin.gif

QUOTE(Christmaseve201 @ Dec 22 2015, 06:12 PM) *
On another note does anyone actually have mass/church as a tradition at Christmas anymore considering that's the point of the holiday lol?
Despite going to church every Sunday it's not part of my Christmas routine, although I have gone on Christmas Eve last year and this year to play Silent Night with the chimes choir.
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post Dec 23 2015, 07:46 AM
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My family is Filipino and we have a Nochebuena every year, which is basically a feast on Christmas Eve followed by the opening of presents at midnight. Christmas for me was always kind of just the hangover from the night before, and that's why I always looked forward to Christmas Eve more than Christmas as a kid. tongue.gif

When we lived in the Philippines, we also had Simbang Gabi, where you go to church every day during the nine days preceding Christmas. It probably sounds like hell to most of you and it would be hell to me now, but I was little when my family would go so I only really have fond memories of it. After moving to the US, my dad would go to the local Simbang Gabi that the Filipino community in our local parish holds, but my mom couldn't as she worked nights, and my dad never forced me and my sister to go with him (thank God), but we still had to go to Christmas mass.


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post Dec 23 2015, 08:19 AM
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Every year I have to watch the 1974 Christmas edition of Some Mothers Do Ave 'Em, Jessica's First Christmas. I have the entire series box set but it was on BBC2 again on Sunday. Frank Spencer is a legend and so funny. dance.gif

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post Dec 23 2015, 09:04 AM
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(for a start I haven't put up my christmas tree yet so laugh.gif)

Christmas eve I usually eat with one side of my family, and Christmas day I spend the morning at home and then go to my in-laws for dinner.

And I don't specifically watch anything every year, except my mum will probably force me into watching downton abbey so..
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post Dec 23 2015, 09:34 AM
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Oh we have so many at this point the whole 3 day period is planned out without any gaps. None of them are particularly special/unique though. We usually have a party style/buffet dinner on Christmas Eve and then everyone gets to open one small present and we have a family games tournament (where my inability to play Mario Kart always f***s me over).

Christmas day is basically the usual, up early for presents, Christmas dinner, loads of TV, doing f*** all. Then Boxing day we have a big family get together (about 30 people usually) which is always good fun and basically just means there's loads of stuff going on all day/watching whatever movie's BBC1 have on.
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post Dec 24 2015, 09:32 PM
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Getting a present on Christmas Eve, just got the most adorable pair of slippers wub.gif
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post Dec 24 2015, 10:05 PM
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My sister and I have started splitting money to buy presents for our entire family and it's usually a task to buy each other's tongue.gif
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