So, since it's Christmas Eve and all, and I've recently been reading Abigail Breslin's book This May Sound Crazy and completely loved her little rundown of her Christmas traditions and schedules and eh, I'm bored so I thought it might be fun to do a little rundown of what we often do.
Christmas Eve-usually my mother's up at the crack of dawn to get the turkey so usually I lie around in bed until about ten or eleven. Then, my mother's generally wrapped up in preparing for the Christmas dinner the next day, while I get ready for Christmas Day-washing my hair, picking out an outfit, etc. Then, generally, my mother wants the kitchen to herself, so my dad and I spend the day watching either a bunch of Christmas TV episodes or a Christmas film. My mum might pop in to watch but often we get relatives appearing to drop off presents and generally, we all end up sitting in the living room, watching whatever's on. (Today, it was Love Actually.)
In the evening, we go to church for the Christmas Eve service and we're so paranoid about the presents that we leave a relative there to watch the house. (Yeah, really.) We generally stick around for a few carols after the service and then we get a takeout for dinner on the way home. When I was a kid, we used to just eat gammon my grandmother had baked for us, but the last few years, we've gone for the takeout. Then, we just spend the evening watching another Christmas film or some of the Christmas TV specials (right now, incidentally, we're watching the Not Going Out Christmas special.)
Christmas morning, we get up about nine then gather round in the living room to open the stockings and presents with cups of tea and the carols CD playing. Breakfast is generally quite a lot of chocolate and then my dad and I visit his dad and their family while my mum and her family help with the Christmas dinner at ours. We get back home at about twelve and then the afternoon's spent in front of the TV with gammon/prawns/lobster for snacks while we wait for Christmas dinner, which turns up at about six in the evening.
By the time we finish eating with the desserts, it's about eight in the evening and we then just end up opening more presents, singing karaoke, playing board games, and that generally goes on until about two or three in the morning.
Boxing Day-we just slump. Literally, it's the day of eating the Christmas dinner leftovers, and watching TV, while looking at the new presents.
If you're reading this, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!