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#1 damster

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

We're on our own for Christmas this year and I'm wondering what Christmas morning traditions you may have.

Our daughter is 3 this Christmas and I have this fear that immediately after she wakes up it will just be a mad rush to open all the presents - I'd like to distract her, slow it down if I can - any maybe embrace some traditions for us!

#2 Mumma_G

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

We open all the Santa pressies, have breakfast then exchange all the other gifts.

#3 Buggylicious

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

We get up, check the biscuit plate to see if Santa has been, head in to the lounge and start opening presents.

#4 froggy1

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

QUOTE (Mrs_Mumma_84 @ 19/12/2012, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We open all the Santa pressies, have breakfast then exchange all the other gifts.


x 2

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

This was our tradition when I was a child and it continues.

Stocking.

Admiring the stuff in the stocking.

Breakfast.

Lots of Christmas music.

Church (if we hadn't been the night before) - this has been 'omitted' since my Mum died

Outside 'burning off some excitement' game - if new bikes have arrived this is the time to take them for a spin.

One present each to open.

Christmas lunch (about 2)

Present opening

Admiring presents

Lolling.

Big walk around the neighbourhood to see everyone else riding their new Christmas bikes.

Sandwich or two for anyone not requiring stomach pumping still from their lunch

Lolling

Big game of Pictionary or Scrabble or Charades.

Lots of kisses and thank you-ing

Sleep.





#6 Julie3Girls

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

Wake up, need to wait until everyone is up, so generally means lots of giggling and whispering in the hallway while the girls sneak peaks into the lounge room. Usually also means cuddles in our bed while waiting for everyone to wake up.
When DD1 was 2.5, it was simply a case of her coming in and climbing into our bed with us, lots of cuddles before we got up.

Santa stockings first up.

Once they are open, the kids can play with anything in that while DH and I get breakfast - bacon and eggs, or pancakes, or whatever. I'll usually hit play on the christmas cd.

After brekky, we open the rest of the presents to each other.

#7 SeaPrincess

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:26 PM

QUOTE (Mrs_Mumma_84 @ 19/12/2012, 03:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We open all the Santa pressies, have breakfast then exchange all the other gifts.


x3.
Stockings can be opened anytime - the children will probably get up in the night to go through them.  Then they pack them all back in and bring them into out bed to go through them with us.  They are allowed to eat chocolate from their stockings before breakfast!

#8 BlondieUK

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:53 PM

DH makes scrambled eggs, and smoked salmon for breakfast, which he have with Buck's fizz.
The children can open their Santa/stocking gifts, which keep them occupied (!?!?) for the morning.
We have Christmas lunch around 2/3pm, then exchange family gifts afterwards.
If anyone is hungry in the evening, it's turkey and cranberry sandwiches/toasties, and Christmas pudding leftovers. Sometimes a movie.........

#9 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Check out Santa sacks (kids).

Quick cup of tea, munch some fruit and nuts.

Open presents under tree.

More fruit, ham, cheese, croissants, cereal, cups of tea.

This year I'll be adding bubbly and fresh OJ to breakfast.

#10 ubermum

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

Yes, it seems every year my eyes are prised open by little fingers belonging to people shrieking "HE'S BEEN!"

#11 damster

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

Fab ideas - I'm loving the logical split between family and Santa presents. And the idea of the stocking to occupy little hands while preparing breakfast. Champagne is about the only tradition we do have right now and I might make it a Bellini with a little fresh peach.

#12 butterfli

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

I too am loving the idea of opening Santa presents, having breakfast(we'll have pancakes this year) and then opening family presents. I think I might just have to steal that!!!







#13 Gossipgirl

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

This year is the start of something new every year since I was born we would have a huge lunch with family it was awesome and up until this year we did that.
This year there is a divide in the family (me and my toxic sister) and even though my mother said she would never chose slowly my family has been pushed out even to the point my mum was spending christmas eve and christmas day with my sister.

So this year I will have my house all decorated I will set my table up with bon bons for my husband and two kids we will open presents have breakfast walk around the corner to the church service come home play games and head over to my brother in laws (my sisters ex) he was in my family since I was 13 and has seen me through everything including my dads death so while my real family have deserted me he has not so he invited us to dinner and I am looking forward to that.

#14 *CalamityJane*

Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

Santa sacks, then I throw a batch of Christmas muffins in the oven and while they are cooking we open other gifts.  Eat muffins while admiring/playing with gifts.  I then get on to any remaining food prep for lunch, we get dressed, nag children to get dressed, pack up the food, nag children to get dressed and finally head out the door to Mum's for lunch.  

Mum's is nibblies, gifts, lunch, 23 courses of dessert, play with gifts/fall asleep on Mum's couch, do the dishes and traditional tea towel flick fight before packing everything up and heading home to flake.

This year we are doing the double Christmas, so there won't be too much napping before heading off to ILs for Christmas dinner.

ETA the most traditional part LOL - my Mum makes a particular slice every Christmas.  It's the only time she makes it and the first thing my brother and I do when we walk in her door is chow down on it.   DH and SIL think we're nuts LOL.

Edited by *CalamityJane*, 20 December 2012 - 09:27 PM.





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