The big day is getting closer and I can tell you, my excitement is seriously building! There’s something about this time of year that gets me in a constant state of nervous excitement – I think it’s because I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of their gifts, and I love spending the time with my family. Plus festive films, food and music is hands down the best out of any other holiday season.
I’m on count down until it’s time to board my train back up to Cheshire now, and the more I’m thinking about Christmas at home, the more I’m thinking of my favourite festive traditions that we carry out every year, so I thought I’d list them down below to see if you guys get up to anything similar.
- 10th December = Wrapping Day. Now this isn’t a family tradition, this is ‘Lucy is a crazy Christmas fanatic who likes to have everything bought in advance so she can sit down on 10th December, wrap it all and feel festively superior‘. There is absolutely no hope for anyone getting any sense out of me on the 10th December – I’m always far too excited. I spend the evening sat on the floor surrounded by chocolate and blankets with Elf on my laptop wrapping my presents and writing my cards and its honestly one of my favourite nights of the year.
- Christmas Eve Meal. Every year, my family and I pick one of our favourite local restaurants to eat out at for a special Christmas Eve meal. This year it is the turn of one of my best friends’ restaurants which opened in the summer. I’m so excited to eat there again and share the Christmas spirit with him too. After the meal we’ll walk through the village and often end up at one of the pubs on the way home for a couple of drinks before we call it a night ready for the big day. I’m getting excited just writing about this!
- Lucy Love and the Order of the Presents. So this is a tradition that has stemmed from my early childhood when I was so excited to give my Mum her present that she had to open it in bed first before I opened any of mine. This still stands now – I’ll wake up at about 8.30 and go downstairs to my parent’s room, sit on their bed and watch them undo the stockings that I’ve made for them before we head back upstairs (my house has a weird layout) to the living room for more presents. Last year Mum wrecked it by getting up before me and she refused to go back to bed for our annual present opening tradition. I was not impressed.
- Lucy Love and the Order of the Presents Part 2. This tradition was one that my Granny started when I was little, and that I have continued with after she’s gone. We’d only be allowed to open sacks/stockings in the morning, and the presents under the tree would have to wait until after our Christmas Dinner. Then Granny would sit under the tree and hand out the presents one by one, and we’d all watch each person undo what they’d been given before the next present was given out. Admittedly when I was little I was very impatient and not so great at watching what everyone else had, but now this is one of my absolute favourite parts of Christmas. I’ve taken over my Granny’s role of present distributor and I take this very seriously.
- Boxing Day. We live next to a village that hosts one of the oldest hunts in the UK. Now for anyone worried about animal rights, this is a hunt that absolutely does not follow foxes or any other live animal. In the morning, someone will go across the fields on a quad bike with a false fox scent for the hounds to follow, and no animals are harmed. This hunt is all about the tradition of gathering a group of horses and riders together and exercising the hounds. It’s so lovely to watch the whole local community to come out in force to see the horses gather – people hang out of windows all along the street and everyone is so happy and full of festive cheer. Once all the horses have moved off to follow the hounds, the really tiny children trot down the roads on their ponies after them and everybody cheers – it’s so cute! After this we take our dogs or a lovely long walk and always end up at a pub for a drink on the way home.
- Manchester Day. On 27th December, every year without fail we make a trip up to Manchester. We pretty much avoid the sales at all costs but Chester is a very quiet city and doesn’t have a huge amount of shops, so we like to go a little further afield and visit Selfridges and Urban Outfitters and usually end up somewhere in the Northern Quarter for lunch. This year it will be my last day at home before I travel back to London so I’ll be making the most of it.
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