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#1 mad madam mim

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

DO any of you do anything special on Christmas Eve? This year as the kids are older and more into Christmas I am planning on getting out a mattress, setting the kids up on the floor, and have us all watch The Polar Express, then read The Night Before Christmas before sending them off to bed for the night. We might also go looking at the Christmas lights but this will depend on how late it is getting.

So what are your plans?

#2 BobTony

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

I am going to make a good old fashioned trifle for all of us, as no one else in my extended family likes it! laughing2.gif

#3 EssentialBludger

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:40 PM

We do Christmas eve with the inlaws, as everyone's busy with their own families Xmas day.

#4 Giltine

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

DF is working Christmas day, so we are having our family Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. I haven't decided what I'll be cooking yet, but probably something chickeney with roast veggies. We'll also be doing the presents then as well. We only have from 6pm to 9pm together.

It was supposed to be just the three of us for DD's first Christmas, but the housemate is having a sad about being away from family for Christmas, and her boyfriend being busy, so I've let her join us on the condition she is in charge of camera duties. Tounge1.gif Might as well make her useful.

#5 SensibleSis

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

Same as PP - spent with the inlaws.

This year it is at our house.

We will enjoy a hot dinner with trimmings followed by presents and then dessert.

It is very pleasant and a great way to split up the festivities and presents!

Our children still get their presents from us on Christmas morning.



#6 gina70

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:49 PM

We will walk to church for the Christmas Eve service and look at lights on the way home.

#7 meggs1

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:53 PM

We always have a bring a plate street party from 5pm for a few hours.  I used to go to midnight mass as well, but DS is too little.

#8 ~buzz~

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

we normally see DP's extended family but won't be happening this year if bub hasn't arrived and I'm feeling up to it we will go to MIL's after tea for a bit but that'll be it

#9 IsolaBella

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

QUOTE (gina70 @ 19/12/2012, 01:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We will walk to church for the Christmas Eve service and look at lights on the way home.


Us too. Go early to the service for the carols pre service.

Once the kids are in bed DH and I will watch Love Actually.... Been doing that every year since it came out on DVD.

Eta movie watching has happened in London, Switzerland, Sydney and Melb. My whole family does it when we are all together.

Edited by lsolaBella, 19 December 2012 - 12:59 PM.


#10 Justaduck

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

We want to start a tradition. Thinking of making some goodies for Christmas Day. DP will be on hols (yay!) she he can play with DD.

I remember knowing a family and each year they would take the kids to Wet'n'Wild on Christmas Eve and wear them out. That way they go to bed early that night. Am keeping that in mind for when DD is older

#11 Jupiter123

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:10 PM

Sitting on a plane with my DH and 2 YO DD. we are flying to Adelaide for Christmas with my parents.

#12 Bryden

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:10 PM

Since we've ordered our seafood from our favourite seafood place on Bribie Island we've decided to make a day of it and head over early with the boat and have dinner on the beach. I'm really looking forward to it.

We used to always have Christmas eve with DH's family but we're barely on speaking terms these days (and we've moved interstate this year). I like the idea that we'll be starting our own family tradition.

#13 lazycow

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:13 PM

Probably bum around for the day, then set up the laptop with This so the kids can watch santa on his journey. Then when he reaches Melbourne kids put out milk and cookies for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph then off to bed. DP and I will then finish last minute wrapping and have a few drinks cool.gif whilst watching a film. Once that's done we'll have the usual argument of who is eating the cookie and drinking the milk, and who eats the carrot rolleyes.gif Presents then get laid in the lounge and off to bed usually around 1am.

Edited by lazycow, 19 December 2012 - 01:16 PM.


#14 Old Grey Mare

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

Having the full-on turkey/flaming pudding/silly hats Christmas dinner for tea on Christmas Eve. This leaves Christmas Day as a cooking-free day with cold buffet lunch, presents,sitting under the tree drinking,eating, talking and the traditional after lunch sleep for all the men.

#15 FranKatzenjammer

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

I'm going to be doing a fair bit of cooking and packing on Christmas Eve. Last year we started a bit of a tradition of watching some carols on tv, then going for a walk around our neighbourhood to look at Christmas lights.

#16 UncommonSense

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:23 PM

This year we start a new tradition and spend the night at my Fathers house.  Two birds with one stone we can start the lunch prep that night and Dad isn't alone on the first Christmas since Mum passed away.

#17 Gen71

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

Wow, I'm surprised at how few are going to mass/church!

We go to mass & carols on Christmas Eve. It's a family mass & the kids all dress up & are involved either as angels or shepherds. I'm hoping the donkey doesn't decide to have a dump half way down the aisle like last year!!

#18 ~Peaches~

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:36 PM

We are spending Christmas Eve afternoon/evening at PIL's for dinner with lots of DH's extended family. Will be nice to see everyone as we're having a bit more of a low key Christmas lunch with only parents and siblings this year original.gif

We'll then bring the girls home for a bath, and the tradtion we've made in our house is they get one little present to open on christmas eve, and that has new summer pj's to wear to bed that night, and a christmas story we'll read to them before they go to sleep happy.gif We'll also put out something for Santa and his reindeer.

#19 gettheetoanunnery

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

I will be helping assemble the new "dog house" - aka the climbing gym.

So I will also be :
Administering soothing words of encouragement and motivation whilst DP swears, whinges and whines.
Administering bandaids and sympathy when DP suffers a scratch and proclaims a trip to ER is necessary as it needs stitches.
Thinking up a cunning reason when children ask why the dog needs a slide and a climbing wall.
Biting my tongue and resisting the urge to tell DP "I told you to ask Fred to help/hire someone to do it/check for missing parts" when it inevitably goes pearshaped
Self-administering monstrous amounts of alcohol when he pounds his chest in a manly fashion after completing a 6 hr job in less than 18 hours.

Uncommon Sense - All the best to your family this Christmas.

#20 le_auteur

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

I always host a Christmas Eve family dinner that brings together mine and DHs immediate family (as Christmas day is usually split between them like most families) it's become somewhat of a tradition now!  This year we're starting the day with an early breakfast and swim at South Bank (Bris) with my sis and fam an our parents.

#21 mummy2amelia

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:50 PM

We go to carols in the park.  Take a picnic and some nice drinks and enjoy some quiet time before the hectic rush of tomorrow.  The kids are tired when we get home and get bundled into bed and so won’t notice the toys that had to be set up during the day (they are at day care on Christmas Eve so DH and I will spend far too much of the day swearing at the instructions for a large trampoline and arguing with each other about it rolleyes.gif ).

#22 boatiebabe

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:51 PM

We have a big street party each year - there are lots of kids in our street.

The kids go to the beach and collect buckets of sand which they put into brown sandwich bags and drop a tea light candle in (adults light it!) and make a runway for Santa on our street.

They have also been practising for weeks preparing for a stunt show (bikes and scooters) and other kids have been rehearsing Christmas carols and some of the girls have also been working on a cheerleading routine.

We have a pot luck kind of dinner and a few drinks etc.

It's lots of fun!



#23 boatiebabe

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:54 PM

Forgot to mention the 20-30 somethings that live in the shared beach house at the end of the street are more than happy to assemble trampolines and other difficult stuff for the price of a case of beer. They do it after the kids are in bed.

We LOVE them as they have saved many a marriage over the last few years.  biggrin.gif

#24 Liadan

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

This year, my family are having Christmas on Christmas eve. So, going over to my older sisters place, having dinner there, watching carols by candlelight, etc...

Normally we do it all on Christmas day, but my sister's MIL was diagnosed with two forms of cancer a month or so ago (one of them being stage 4 pancreatic cancer). My sister in-laws tend to do an all day Christmas thing, and this year it is at my sister's house. Normally I wouldn't be too happy about that, but not this year. It will be the last Christmas her MIL will see, so I think it is fair that she gets to spend the entire day with all her family.

#25 JRA

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:58 PM


QUOTE (Ferdinand @ 19/12/2012, 01:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm surprised by how many are going.



Me too. We have friends who are regular church goers, but even then not all go to christmas eve church. As a child we never went to christmas eve church, and mum and my grandmother were regular church goers.






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