Celebrating Christmas traditions

Nothing exposes the differences between you & your partner quite like Christmas. How you both were raised and the family traditions you celebrated as a child is often glaringly opposite to one another. This might be a generalization, but that’s what I discovered. Here’s just a few examples:

  • KK’s family celebrate together on Christmas Eve. My family get together on Christmas Day.
  • Presents with his family get opened on Christmas Eve too. We wait until the next morning when we wake up. (I’ve always asked KK when he thought Father Christmas arrived? During supper, he tells me.)
  • KK’s family make a huge kickass gammon. I had never really eaten much gammon until I met them. As a child, all I remember was my granny’s beef and gravy.
  • In my mom’s house on Christmas Day, there’s gammon, beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, you name it. She even tried the turduken one year but we agreed never to talk about it again.
  • Growing up, we never had a Christmas tree and I never noticed it until I met KK.
  • Buying Christmas presents is also very different. KK’s family buy according to gift lists and wrap presents adorned with ribbons and name tags. My family either never bought gifts, or gave one another functional presents like PJ’s or car polish. And often, these gifts were exchanged anytime during December. KK’s is horrified if gifts get opened before the 24th.

Front entrance hall christmas table decorationsWhat’s common to both families is going to church and celebrating the real reason of why Christmas matters.

Christmas decorationsChristmas decorationsAnnie and ChristmasEmma and Father Christmas

Over the years, I’ve learnt that these family traditions are important. It’s not about changing one another or questioning why we do (or don’t do) the things we do, but rather recognizing how it brings families together and the wonderful memories everyone has.

One of our own traditions is putting up of the star on our decorated Christmas tree. Thanks KK!

One of our own traditions is putting up of the star on our decorated Christmas tree. Thanks KK!

So after reading this, is your family more like KK’s or mine. 🙂

Merry Christmas!

5 thoughts on “Celebrating Christmas traditions

  1. My family go BIG on Christmas – it is always church first to celebrate the reason for the season, then home to open gifts while sipping Champers and OJ and then a HUGE lunch – turkey, gammon, lamb and yes rice and potatoes! You will not believe the fight my mom and I got into about having TWO carbs. She insisted on rice which only 2 people ate and I ended up giving the rest to the dogs with left over gravy which I did right in front of her 😉

    Cliff’s family are very chill – no big gifts, no big elaborate meal.

    We are quite different at Christmas time!

    xx

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  2. I think I am a combination of you and KK – celebrate on 24th with dinner (may be due to fact my mum is canadian – or just that we grew up in DBN and its too hot for a hot meal on christmas day); we only open gifts on the 25th though. Santa needs his beer and cookies while we sleep – it was the reason we went to bed early.

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  3. Hi Bron, lovely article! I especially loved the last part where you refer to not questioning each persons traditions but rather what they mean to everyone. My parents & share the same traditions as yours 🙂 even with the different types of meats on Christmas Day.

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