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Christmas traditions I’ll be starting this year

Christmas traditions I’ll be starting this year

The year of firsts. Arthur’s first Christmas. With the year drawing to a close I can’t help but reflect. I’m naturally that kind of person anyway but with this being the year Arthur was born it seems almost right to look back and remember everything that’s happened.


They weren’t wrong when they said time would move even quicker when you have children. It really does. All of a sudden he’s taking his first steps.


Christmas is my favorite time of year. I’ve always loved the true essence of Christmas instead of the materialistic game I believe a lot of us can get sucked into this time of year. It’s no fault of any individuals it’s just the way it goes. For me, Christmas has always been about those funny traditions that are created.

Traditions I will be starting this year

I don’t really remember having many traditions in our family. The few I do remember are;

  • Opening one present on Christmas Eve that used to be pajama’s
  • Saving the present opening until after the big roast
  • Going to Crystalgal Christmas eve, although this one soon fizzled out the older my sister and I got.

So this year I really want to start some solid traditions.

My first tradition that I will be starting this year with Arthur is… Making Christmas Decorations.

When I worked as a nanny/pre-school teacher this was one of my favorite things to do with the children at this time of year. It doesn’t come without its challenges though as getting a tiny person who just wants to grab instead of lightly touching things makes that oh so pretty Pinterest perfect homemade Christmas decoration goes out the window. However, I’m always up for challenges and will not back down from this one. (little giggle)

The second tradition is…. going to The Fig Tree in Rye with my Sister and Arthur. 

Jem and I love The Fig Tree, it serves THE best coffee and delicious brownies

That’s not all the Fig Tree does well. Their lunches are absolutely divine. If you’re not familiar with The Fig Tree, it’s a small little café in Rye. As I follow them on Instagram, I couldn’t help but notice they have a new festive menu as well as putting up some beautiful decorations.

The third tradition will start on Christmas morning… Cuddles and Coffee in bed. 

I don’t know how this will go down as usually Arthur just wants to leap off the bed. Not Ideal. Jack and I are always so busy these days. I usually have to get up and go downstairs with Arthur straight away as he doesn’t sit still even with toys in the bed… and Jack is usually up and out by 7/7: 30 am so cuddles in the mornings just aren’t a thing in our house that regularly. So I’d like to bring in a bit of my old Christmas traditions into my new family with Cuddles and Coffee on Christmas morning. When Arthur gets older this will be the time when he can open all his presents from Santa.


Traditions I want to start next year.

Christmas eve boxes are everywhere these days…AND I LOVE THEM!

Next year I’d love to make a Christmas eve box for Arthur and fill it with a lot of goodies. As I mentioned, Mum would always let Jem and I open one Christmas present on Christmas Eve. It was usually pajamas, who doesn’t love a fresh set of pajama’s to get snuggled in all ready for Christmas morning? I’d love to fill his box with games to play on Christmas eve, Hot Chocolate mix, maybe some cookie mix for us to make, pajamas, of course, a note from Santa and a ticket to “The  Peaches Cinema”. I wrote a post about how to create the perfect at-home cinema experience. 


I’d also like to start doing more baking… Christmas baking to be precise. Mixing up some yummy festive treats for everyone. Although this year I plan on doing quite a bit of baking, next year Arthur might be able to join in. Cooking and baking is such a great activity for Children to get involved in. They learn so much and usually are far more grateful for the treats at the end, not to mention feeling very proud that they created something everyone can enjoy.


I hope you all are enjoying this festive season.


Much Love



  1. Samantha December 10, 2018 / 12:05 am

    Such a lovely festive post. So sweet that it’s Arthur’s first Christmas and he’s taking his first steps. Such a precious time for you. My brother, sister and I used to be awake around 2am on Christmas morning when we were kids, our parents would let us open one present from our stockings, it was usually a pyjama holder in the shape of an animal.

    With Lily being an only child (and could sleep for England) she’s never been up early Christmas morning. We’ve always enjoyed Festive baking!

    I love the idea of a Christmas Eve box. That’s not something I’ve heard of before! Hope you all have a wonderful time both on the run up and the day!

    • Holly
      December 11, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      2AM! OMG! Only at Christmas would this be ok aha. I think I would of gone back to sleep though aha. I always used to stay up in my bed hoping to see Santa when I was little.

      Awww thank you, you too!

      Merry Christmas

  2. What Corinne Did December 10, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    This is such a lovely post! I love Christmas and as I grew up traditions were changing. I have been doing so much Christmas baking this year and I am gonna do that again next year too!

    • Holly
      December 11, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Yeah, not many people have loads set in stone, I guess it can get very overwhelming if you have too many to make sure you do every year. I guess you have to pick the ones you know you will enjoy year after year.

      Fingers crossed the baking comes out well… I’m not much of a baker myself.

      Much Love

    • Holly
      December 11, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Thank You xx

  3. Bexa December 11, 2018 / 11:35 am

    This is such a sweet post! I love your ideas for Christmas Traditions! My sister and I used to open one present on Christmas Eve too, it was usually a board game which we played together in the evening. A Christmas eve box for Arthur is adorable and such a cute idea, I’d love to have hot choc and cookies in my PJs, it sounds perfect! <3 xx

    • Holly
      December 11, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Awww I love that idea of a board game! I may have to steal that idea from you. Such a lovely one to get the family together, which is what Christmas is all about.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post

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