OMG! I am so excited about sharing this post. My favourite time of the year. I’m one of those that merry at Christmas. And ‘No’ my tree isn’t up yet because I’m one of the late decorators as well as the last one to put the tree 🎄 down 😂😂. We don’t talk about Christmas until after my son’s birthday in November (17th to be precise).
Wondered why my Christmas tradition is unusual 😜, I will take you down a memory lane.
Growing up, Christmas tree wasn’t global 😂😂. I didn’t have Christmas tree put up, it wasn’t a thing in my house. Surrounding a table for a feast wasn’t either (even though we had a dining table) but yet it was the most exciting time.
Myself and my siblings would get new outfits prior to Christmas which is what we all wore on the day. So having the best dress made every one content. Presents weren’t wrapped so you definitely knew what you were getting and most often got it before the day 🤣.
It was a time we visited our village and spent the most time with grand parents and any relatives who happened to be home for the holiday. So the thought of exploring new things, making friends and finding a new cousin/uncle/aunty who we never knew existed was apparent.
We will pack our clothes and count down excitedly to the day we travel to the village. We usually travelled at night and will arrive a few days before Christmas. That’s where my love for night travel started.
On Christmas day, there is always the rice and turkey, however you get to see the actual turkey 🦃 walking about before if becomes part of your meal 🙄. Seeing a life turkey was fun for us as kids.
We will go to the farm or bushes to pluck and taste the season fruits and the village kids never failed at giving us the best adventure, so Christmas was always never a repetition.
In my native language asking someone for a Christmas present (gbara m Christmas) is almost like saying dance Christmas 😂😂 and I had a few uncles who would actually dance Christmas 🤣🤣, so we would always go to the potential cooperates in hope that they would dance for us when we asked for our Christmas present. We usually got cash for a Christmas present which was much more desirable to me.
Did i mention my origin? Bet you wondered 😊, I am originally from the Eastern part of Nigeria (igbo).
Since coming to the UK (which has become my second home) it seems like Christmas tree 🎄 has finally gone global. However I wouldn’t trade my childhood memories.
So I always aim to merry, it is a celebration of the birth of my saviour Jesus Christ. So why wouldn’t I merry?
Today is not the day I talk about my belief, so back to my now tradition.
Mandatory Christmas tree.
A few days to Christmas, I put my tree up with my little helper. It is exciting for him.
End of year get together with close friends.
I would organise a mini Christmas party at my house with close friends, before they all travel home (their kind of village) for Christmas. We take turns on hosting to make it fun. And wearing the Christmas themed outfits.
Work Christmas party is one of the things I look forward to, another chance to merry and wear a pretty dress. This resurrects the little girl in me wearing a pretty dress. Allow me to flaunt them 😁😁.
Santa and other fun things we do.
A good carvery meal with my family (trying toby’s carvery this year) and the McDonald’s festive specials (I eat a lot of that during the festive period).
The obligatory visit to Santa’s grotto for my sons sake (even though he doesn’t really get it but will this year).
I always did the presents appear under the Christmas tree before he wakes up on Christmas day (as i watched in movies growing up) even though my son was too young and didn’t understand any of it.
This year though, my son is 3 years old and knows what a present means and how to open one (his birthday proved that).
We also have new addition to the family (my daughter) therefore will be having the obligatory 1st picture with santa. And matching outfit family photo.
So it will be much fun seeing his excited face this year and not having to open his presents for him 😄. We all open our presents first thing in the morning to keep the excitement going.
Christmas day, is the time my family spend time indoors chilling as they say and I tend to cook what I have never cooked before. So there is always the fear of not messing the meal up.
Duck is my family’s preference for a Christmas meat so there is always that to save the day if the meal goes wrong 😂. As well as lots of biscuits, sweets and chocolate.
We would usually honour any invitations we recieve on Christmas day in the evenings after we’ve had our family time.
That is it for now, here is me saying cheers 🍾🥂 to Christmas and wishing you a merry Christmas 🎊. I hope you enjoyed reading my post. If you did, why not follow the blog for more to come 😊.
Please tell me what you liked in your comments and share your Christmas highlights with me too. You know you want to 😉, I want to hear it.
Thank you #othermothers for letting me partake in this month’s topic (you are amazing).