27.12.15

Christmas Traditions I Miss.



Christmas Traditions I Miss. 

Hands up if you noticed my disappearance on my blog towards christmas? I'd done so well with blogmas this year, then a few family matters took over, the release of star wars meant I was busy with work and all my spare time was spent trying to sleep off a cold! Firstly I want to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas! I hope each and every one of you enjoyed your day and were spoilt rotten by family and friends. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and peaceful day. 
So it dawned on my a few days ago how much Christmas has changed over the years. Last year I shared some photos from my christmas past and today I wanted to share some stories behind those photos. (post, here).
1). Church on Christmas Eve.
We've kept the tradition of Church on Christmas very much alive. Every year since I can remember we've attended mass on the Eve of Christmas. One tradition I remember from when I was younger, was attending mass with my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. With my Great-nan passing away just a few weeks ago, this is very strong in my mind lately. As we'd go to hers and my great-granddads house after mass for drinks & snacks to end the festive evening. 
2). Early Nights & Early Mornings. 
I'm sure you all remember this feeling well. Telling yourself and your parents you'd be going to sleep early so that Santa arrives but not actually to sleep for HOURS but still managing to be wide awake for 6am. Hands on heart I continued to do this until a few years ago #childatheart. 
3.) Excitement of Santa. 
Leaving milk and cookies for Santa and the excitement of seeing it disappear by the morning and replaced with presents was magical! I honestly miss the excitement that Santa brings to everyone, meeting him at school before the end of the year, telling him all the gifts you wanted and oh, just the sheer innocent happiness! 
4.) The Pub For Christmas Dinner. 
No, not the tacky afternoon pint. But my family; parents, brother, aunty and nan, we'd spend Christmas having our festive dinner at the pub. It was the easiest option to see my aunt and nan, we'd spend all afternoon together, eating food, drinking drinks and we even met Santa. I adored this tradition and since they both passed away, I've really missed Christmas being this way. 
5.) Christmas Day TV. 
This feels like an odd one to mention, purely because I rarely watch TV now anyway. But I remember how excited I used to be about the film they've be playing and all the Christmas specials. And now I don't even watch TV, which is surprisingly refreshing! 
Just a few little bits from my childhood, I'm excited to find my own traditions in the years to come. I've found the older I'm getting, I'm finding that the festive season doesn't have the same qualities it did when I was younger. I'm forever thankful for the way I'm treated, the gifts I'm given and to be with the people I love. 
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoying any time off you still have to enjoy. 

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4 comments

  1. I miss the excitement of Santa too, it's just not the same! xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

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    1. Oh definitely not the same!! Bring back the excitement of Santa!?!

      Sarah xo

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  2. Christmas is definitely strange as you grow up. I remember turning to my gran on Christmas Day aged 16 and saying, "It just doesn't feel the same this year!" and I guess that was when I became an adult! Haha. I have replaced some of my childhood traditions with new ones like being as creative with wrapping as I can be each year, and trying to think of really thoughtful presents for those around me. It sounds like you still had a lovely time though!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
    Xx

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    1. It's lovely to hear you'd changed old traditions for new ones. Sometimes that extremely refreshing. Our house doesn't seem to have any traditions that we keep to around Christmas and I think that's what makes Christmas feel different for me. Time to make my own traditions next year :)

      Sarah xo

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