I’ve been thinking about this topic for a little while and I think the only traditions I have concern Christmas. There could well be other traditions connected to other events during the year, but off the top of my head I can’t think of any!
Our Christmas is full of lots of traditions to be honest. They include things like wrapping the girls presents in specific wrapping paper each, rather than wasting time with tags (just the ones from me as there are usually 5-6), having one Christmas gift each on Christmas Eve (our Christmas Eve present) which is always a set of new pajamas and some Lush, connected to this is the Christmas Eve bath (or shower) – a must for everyone in the house! We also always have muffins and/or crumpets for breakfast on Christmas Day (when I was younger my dad always used to make oatcakes and after he died the tradition got lost), there is always a 20p in our piece of Christmas Pudding, and very prior to Christmas my mum calls me around on the day she’s making Christmas Pudding and we all stir and make a wish (and I drink the left over Guinness).
I think in a lot of ways, December itself is just full of traditions, but within a limit of what’s possible. My daughter’s birthday falls in December and for the last 3 years she’s been bowling on her birthday. This almost feels like a tradition itself. Also in the village we live, there is a Santa on a fire engine parade thing that goes on one weekend in December and we make sure to stand on our doorstep, wave at Santa and get thrown a handful of sweets. Red cups from Starbucks are also a huge tradition for me. I don’t tend to go to Starbucks a lot the rest of the year, but I more than make up for it in December. Writing letters to Santa, for the one gift they specifically want from him – and the loop I’m thrown through as one of the kids asks for something unexpected that I haven’t bought yet. (This year it was Lily asking for shoes and a wig in addition to the Merida outfit she had already mentioned, last year it was Megan asking for Pascal in addition to the Rapunzel outfit she had already mentioned).
From the moment Christmas Eve gets round to about 5pm, our traditions just roll on for 24 hours. The Christmas Eve gift, with all the family around drinking hot chocolate/baileys (or baileys in hot chocolate!), the kids bath, the new pjs, the milk and cookies for Santa, the magic key on the front door, hanging the stockings… through to waking up the next morning, everyone climbing into our bed in the morning and taking turns to open stocking gifts, getting up, having breakfast, opening the gifts under the tree here, getting dressed, going to my mum’s for lunch, opening more gifts there…. It’s literally been the same year after year, for as long as I can remember (with the odd alteration here and there).
Christmas is one of my most favourite times of year and a lot of that is to do with silly traditions that I’ve been doing since I was younger and have passed on to my own family, or that we have made up together over the years. This last year we added silly Christmas Jumpers to our mix! Can’t wait for what else we might add!