Christmas at the Davies Residence 

Christmas is my favourite time of year but I especially enjoy the 3 main days of Christmas with my family. It’s definitely the 1 time a year that we truly get on and put our differences behind us. My mum really tries her hardest every single year to make Christmas the most perfect time of year and without fail she always does.

Her every effort during November and December is to make sure that her family, our family, receive the best Christmas ever. She never fails us. With that in mind, my mum begins to prepare for Christmas in September, which might seem crazy but her first wages in September contributes towards gifts, decorations and food to help us have the most incredible Christmas ever.

For those 3 days, we have the most incredible time. Don’t get me wrong, as a I child we did experience it differently but as an adult, I’m so grateful and appreciate everything at Christmas time and it does help me to realise everything that I am grateful for throughout the year.

Christmas Eve in our house is generally pretty chilled, from the early morning mum  will be preparing and start cooking the meat for our rather large Christmas dinner. Generally, each year we have turkey, beef and chicken to see us through Christmas Day and Boxing Day (you’ll learn why). This might seem a lot but we have a large family and really, can you over eat at Christmas?

Once I’m finally awake I’ll help mum prepare vegetables, sort out the chocolates, crisps etc. For as long as I can remember, mum has always put out chocolates, crisps, nuts and Bombay mix as snacks around the living room and kitchen area. We don’t get to eat these until Christmas Eve afternoon as technically, this is when we start celebrating our Christmas. We also make sure the house is fully clean by the afternoon and perfect ready for when we finally settle down.

By the afternoon when we have finished preparing, we all try and settle down in our Christmas Eve pjs, after having showers and baths, to a Christmas film. My mum visits our neighbour to wish him and his family a merry Christmas so my brother and I like to hang out together, eating snacks and starting celebrating our Christmas.

Mum always works either Christmas Eve morning or Boxing Day morning (sometimes the afternoon) as she works in a residential home. Therefore, we don’t open any gifts until mum comes in from work. So for the morning my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew will go and visit Jade’s family before finally coming to our family home around 11am with some of the kids toys for us to play with them. They’re always so excited so we like to do everything we can to help them have the best Christmas too. We have either Christmas music playing or a Christmas film at all times during December and we try and make sure we don’t eat too much food so we can indulge during the afternoon.

We also like to go and visit my nan whilst mums in work to make sure she’s OK, give her our gifts and spend some time with our relatives! It’s one of my favourite parts of Christmas Day as I’m so grateful that the family all come together. A few minutes before mum comes home I’ll put the vegetables on the hob and start cooking and once mum comes in she’ll take over, the woman is an absolute god.

Then we finally get to open our gifts together and we always let Gracie and Ethan dig in as soon as she gets home as they do get inpatient. Each year we all have our own little corners of the living room and every year, Gracie (my 7 year old niece)  and I share a corner because we just love to open our gifts together and we love to see what each other received. Once everybody has opened our gifts we generally just chill, watch a film and look at all the wonderful things we received before having the most incredible dinner.

We don’t own a table so I always eat my food sat on the floor with the kids but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We all make such a mess of ourselves because well, they’re children and at Christmas, there are no rules. So whether they manage to throw mashed potato everywhere or pinch each other’s food. We don’t mind, as long as they’re happy. Once our food has settled, we don’t stop there.. dessert is everybody’s favourite in our house. Mum always has a massive selection from chocolate cake, cheesecake, profiteroles or fruit bowls. Whatever we want, we get and it’s incredible. After a few hours of lounging around, playing with the kids and enjoying each other’s company (more than likely a little bicker here and there from my brothers and I, we start to play games for the rest of the evening before finally settling down for bed. The kids, Jade and Kyle do go home around 7/8pm to settle the kids down because it will have been a long day for them.

However, Boxing Day in our house is our absolute favourite! At some point during the day we manage to see every single member of our huge family, all our relatives stop by ready for mums infamous homemade chips, cold meat and salad. We love it, it’s a total win in our house and every year the house is filled with love, happiness and total manic. It’s incredible. The kids have the best day spending time with each other (there are many, many children. We have music playing, games going, laughter spreading throughout the house and so much love like you can’t imagine.

Honestly, I couldn’t ever imagine not spending Christmas with this crazy bunch. Most importantly, I’m so incredibly thankful for my mum who every year, manages to make Christmas in the Davies residence an absolute dream.

With love, Beth x

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20 Christmas Traditions 

Happy blogmas day 9, friends!

Traditions are a wonderful thing and my family and I definitely have them. No matter when though, a tradition has to form and sometimes it can be difficult for people to decide what they want to introduce to make their Christmas that extra bit special. Whether you have a new born, recently marriage or even have grown children, it’s OK to start introducing new traditions to really change the festivities in your home and lives at Christmas. So, I thought I would share with you guys a list of some Christmas traditions that you might want to introduce to your family this Christmas and for many more.

  1. Leaving the reindeer and Santa a treat. Normally it’s carrots, a cookie and milk or maybe a mince pie!
  2. Matching Christmas jumpers.
  3. Annual family photograph.
  4. Christmas Eve event – maybe ice skating, family meal, Christmas party’.
  5. Fresh Christmas Eve pjs. Doesn’t everybody do this one?
  6. Visiting Santa and his reindeer.
  7. A trip to winter wonderland.
  8. Watching Christmas films.
  9. Wrap 25 books, 1 for each day until Christmas.
  10. A Christmas treasure hunt.
  11. Elf on the shelf! – This one could benefit both parents and children by using the Elf as a kindness Elf that notices all the good things that the children do, leading to a reward.
  12. Driving around to look at the Christmas lights on houses.
  13. Asking your children, nieces/nephews,  cousins to donate some of their toys to the less fortunate.
  14. Christmas cards to your neighbours.
  15. Making a specific dessert that you only make at Christmas time.
  16. A Christmas Eve box, something with fun and little things to open whilst spending time with your loved ones. Generally things like pjs, lush bath bombs, calendars.
  17. Family trip to collect a real Christmas tree.
  18. Decorating the house together as a family.
  19. Festive baking and decorating! Ginger bread houses are always a win.
  20. Write letters for each other to say what you’re grateful for this year.

Regardless of your situation, these are things you can do alone or even with your families. Write in the comments some of your own Christmas traditions!

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With love, Beth x