A Grown up Christmas…
I don’t know about you, but I am no way ready for Christmas yet! So far, i’ve put the tree up, a few decorations and I’ve written a handful Christmas cards. Literally, that is it. I just can’t seem to find the motivation this year. Deep down I know the reason why. It’s because as a family, our experience of Christmas and our family traditions are starting to change. My babies are almost all grown up and it just doesn’t feel the same anymore!
There are no school Christmas plays or school parties. No visits to Father Christmas and no Panto visit to get me in the mood! I have two step-sons and two sons of my own, they are 19, 18, 17 and 16 and they’re just too old for all that now, that stage of our life is over. (To be honest, just writing that down makes me want to cry!)
What makes it easier is that I know we will have a lovely time together over the Christmas period, my lovely step-sons will be home, and we will all get to spend a few days together with our extended family, eating, drinking and having a laugh together. I will go to bed at night, knowing that my boys are all home together under one roof, and now it’s a rarity it’s become very special to me.
Sad as I am to see one chapter of our life as a family come to a close, I’m excited about what lies ahead! It’s time to embrace these changes and start creating some grown up Christmas, family traditions to enjoy with my family! Fuzzy Duck anyone?!
8 Grown Up Christmas Traditions
Christmas Eve Box
This is an idea I’m toying with this year. I thought I might make a family one… Booze, nibbles, Christmas film (Bad Santa?!!) board game and maybe some matching onesies!
Emma Drew.Info has some bargain ideas here
Christmas Eve Curry
We live in a small town, (actually I’d call it a village, but technically it’s a town) and we’re lucky to have a fabulous curry house, last year we had dinner there all together once we’d prepped for Christmas dinner, it was really lovely to have an amazing curry, few beers and chill out, all together. This is something that we’ll do again this year, and I think is likely to become a new Christmas Eve tradition in the Challenge household!
Do you have a local restaurant you love that would be great for a Christmas Eve meal? TripAdvisor is great for finding somewhere new to try!
Christmas Bags – Bit like a stocking
Now that the boys are grown, I don’t do stockings anymore. In our house a stocking came from Father Christmas and now they’re adults quite frankly that just doesn’t work so Mum provides Christmas Bags! In there will be the obligatory sweets, socks and novelty bits and pieces. The vibe I’m going for is ‘just like when they were little, but a bit more grown up!’
Christmas Day Lie in and Cooked Breakfast!
We always have a cooked breakfast on Christmas morning, but now we can have a bit of a lie in too, as the kids no longer want to be up at the crack of dawn, and we’re no longer exhausted by being up until ridiculous o’ clock wrestling to get Christmas ready once the kids are in bed!
Now that I get a lie in, it’s time to think about some more impressive Christmas breakfast options rather than the bog standard ‘Full English’ I’m quite tempted by some of the recipes on the BBC Good Food page. Particularly these Parsnip Hash Browns. Yum!
Christmas Day – Pre lunch Drinks
We are very lucky to live in a small place where everyone knows everyone, so it’s really nice to head to the pub for a quick drink before lunch and catch up with all of our friends and neighbours, with the boys in tow… Plus two of them are old enough to get the drinks in now, result! Not everyone is lucky enough to have a local they can just walk down to, so how about some Christmas Cocktails at home?
Christmas Crackers – Table Gifts
I make my own Christmas crackers and these double up as table gifts. Crackers are a great way of giving ‘surprise’ gifts like gig tickets, driving lessons, anything with a voucher! We have toyed with the idea of doing a Secret Santa type thing for table gifts which I think we might start next year… I have seen some cracking ideas on pinterest!
After Dinner Games – Something a bit more grown up… Cards against Humanity
As a family we have always had a bash at some board games after dinner on Christmas Day. Last year our nieces were with us so we had some little people friendly games in the form of pie face and speak out. Which were brilliant fun.
However, this year there are no little people, so I have gone for cards against humanity! My boys all have quite a dry sense of humour so I think it’s going to be quite good fun
Here are some other ideas for after dinner fun and games!
Boxing Day – Day Out
When the boys were younger we used to go to the Panto on Boxing day. Now they are older we try to find something to do together for the day before we head over to my Mother in Laws in the evening. In our case this year it will be football. Mr Challenge and 3 out of 4 boys are avid football fans and travel the country supporting their beloved Brighton. This year they will be off down to London to see them take on Chelsea. It’s lovely to have the opportunity to spend some time with the boys doing something that they love. Sadly, tickets are tricky to get hold of so, as we have family staying for the Christmas period I’m going to stay at home with them maybe hit the sales instead.
There are some great ideas for festive days out here. Just pop in your postcode and see what it come up with!
What Grown Up Christmas Traditions do you have?