Hi all, Liam here,
with Christmas just around the corner it got me thinking about traditions that have been a constant theme throughout my childhood and that I am now getting Jared into....
It all begins on the 1st December, the Christmas songs are on and the decorations get put up, tree, baubles, tree lights then the Christmassy ornaments get put out, in that order.
Lets fast forward to Christmas Eve. The tradition has always been a takeaway for tea, followed by a bath. Now it's when the kids are in the bath that the magic starts to happen. Bells jingling can be heard down stairs. Has Santa come early? Nope, its one of Santa's elves. For as long as I can remember both me and my brother have always had a Christmas present from Santa on Christmas eve. Even when I was 18 and he was 12 we still had them, mainly for my Mums benefit. The present usually consisted of a set of nightwear and a book or DVD. Then it's time to get the food and drink for Santa and his Reindeer. When I was growing up Santa had something different to drink every year. In true council estate fashion he once had a mince pie washed down with a lemon bacardi breezer. So the treats are out, it's dark and time for bed.
Christmas day has always been the same, up before the sun has risen, usually around 6am. Me and my brother would empty our stockings on my parents bed to see what we had. It was always a mixture of little puzzles, games and sweets. My mum would always go down stairs first while me and Adam (my brother) would sit at the top of the stairs eagerly awaiting my mums confirmation that Santa had arrived. We used to all sit around the bottom of the tree. My mum tried to keep the present opening as civil as possible, she encouraged us to open them in turns so she did not miss either of us opening our presents. As I'm sure you can guess, it didn't work. It turned into a free for all under the tree with wrapping paper being thrown everywhere. The reoccurring question of that's nice Liam, who got you that?" would be asked by my Dad, only for my mum to say "We did" Something that I have since ended up also asking, leading me to the assumption that it is just a "Dad thing"
So the presents are all open and suddenly the house is a cluttered jungle of clothes, DVD's, Video Games and toys. The Annual battery hunt is in full swing when the family arrive one by one. Later on in the day, when it is time to eat the Christmas meal my Granddad would arrive. We would all sit around the dinner table and stuff ourselves with turkey, roast potatoes, mash potatoes, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings and more. Pulling crackers, reading jokes and wearing those silly paper crowns. After dinner it was time for the family board game, we would split into teams and battle it out to see who could come out on top, my granddad would always be snoring away in the arm chair and there would always be some family film on in the back ground.
I think it is safe to say that Christmas is most definitely my favourite time of the year. Family differences can be put to one side, work can be forgotten about and all you troubles seem to disappear if only for a few short days.
So, my question to you is, do you have any Christmas traditions that you still keep up to this day? Let me know in the comment section below, or if you want to tweet me @LiamBurton92
Hope you all have a great Christmas!