I have a bit of an obsession with Christmas traditions, I don't know what it is but I find myself asking every client what they typically do and find it fascinating what different people do with theirs. Last Christmas Day I wrote about my family's traditions (click here to read it) so today I thought I'd write about the traditions I have for Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve is often a mixed bag for me. When I worked in the call centre I generally always worked Christmas Eve and finished at 4pm which didn't really bother me as my husband would be working it too. Now since I moved into a career in beauty I have worked some portion of Christmas Eve which again doesn't bother me as I love the festive feel around.
Once work is over and we've had our dinner we will generally take our presents around to my parents ready open on Christmas morning. At some point we will probably watch a Christmas film like Elf or Polar Express, typically in pjs.
For the past few years I've been bringing a 3 wick Bath & Body Works candle home from the States in 'Fresh Balsam' as it smells like Christmas trees. I will light it in the morning of Christmas Eve and burn it right through the day, I will then take it to my parents to burn all day there on Christmas Day. The scent is something that I enjoy and associate now with these two days.
A new tradition that it started last year is to do a gingerbread house with my mum. It's normally hilarious fun whilst we battle to keep all of the walls together as we ice it. The perfectionist in my tries to get the icing to look good but it never actually works out like I've planned.
The evening will end probably late on with Mum already panicking about the Christmas dinner that's normally more than 12 hours ahead!! It's also highly likely that my parents are trying to get rid of us earlier so that they can do last preparations!
I hope you've enjoyed this post as much as I've enjoyed writing it!