Christmas Traditions

Its the first day of December and you know what that means! Its nearly Christmas!

Christmas has been my favorite time of year for my entire life. Yes, its cold. Yes, its dark. But once you start munching on those advent calendar choccies you can't help but feel excited!

Everyone that celebrates Christmas does it in their own special way, so I thought i'd share some of my traditions that myself and my family take part in!

Growing up, Christmas decorations always went up 2 weeks before Christmas but in my home, we're doing it this weekend - tomorrow, in fact, before I go on night shift. Last year was my first Christmas in my flat and this year is set to be the last, so both have felt incredibly special.

Present wrapping is one of the best parts of December - I do my own wrapping and absolutely love it. I usually lay everything out on the bed/sofa and work through it while listening to a Christmas playlist OR watching a Christmas movie.

But before Christmas starts, we work. I usually work through Christmas and New Year but this year (with my girlfriend working in a school) I've taken a grand total of ELEVEN days off to spend time with her and just generally enjoy the festive break. I can't wait.

My colleagues begin decorating the office at the start of December and its truly something to behold - the colours, the ingenuity, and my goodness the amount of sweets! The real fun happens just a few days before Christmas, however - our floor holds a communal Christmas buffet where people bring in nibbles and drinks to share with everyone, followed by a Christmas Quiz organised by one of my colleagues. That said, this year I'm doing the quiz, so I hope I can live up to his reputation - I have big shoes to fill!

Unfortunately, we don't have an early finish on the last day before Christmas this year, but I'm excited to leave the office on 22nd December and head to the gym for a festive workout (there's nothing festive about it!).

With work done, its time to get cosy! Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year - I haven't lived with my parents and little sister since 2012, but almost every Christmas since I try to stay there on Christmas Eve. Hot drinks, hot fire and the "Nightmare Before Christmas" - bliss.

Christmas Eve I usually go to bed early. I'll be honest, I can't sleep. Its not about the presents - I get to see my family (including grandparents, Aunt and Uncle and cousins) all in the same place. Its the one day of the year that I feel the furthest from alone, and my family fills the house with love.

Boxing Day is similarly full of traditions - we go to my Dad's parents for dinner in the late afternoon and its the perfect ending to Christmas. Gran cooks up a lovely buffet, and by the end of the day I feel ready to enter a food coma!

I'm looking forward to making more traditions this year with Frankie and I'm so excited for my ELEVEN DAYS OFF! After that its back to work for 2 days and then its my 28th birthday - result!

What are some of your Christmas traditions? Are you as excited as I am? I simply cannot wait!