Guest Post! Family traditions

Dear Optimists,

Don’t you just love Christmas? When I was younger Christmas was about presents and family and food, but also about the actual Christian meaning of Christmas.Β  As my brother and I grew into the teens, it became a lot more about the presents than anything else. Then as we grew up and both moved out of our first home, we realised it was about so much more than that! We both, at the ages of 27 and 29 (he’s older), still wake up at 6AM with excitement of the day to come, but the first Christmas we did this and we weren’t together, we had a little cry on the phone to each other.

The years we had spent being excited about presents, we realised we got excited for reasons unbeknown to us back then. We loved waking up together and opening our stockings, then waiting for the all important 8AM wake up call for Mum and Dad. We would head downstairs to see if the carrot and milk we left for Santa and the reindeer had been eaten and drank. We would open our presents from Santa with such excitement, and then get dressed in our best clothes for trips to see the family and then back home to settle for a big Christmas dinner and crackers πŸ™‚ And oh the joy of Christmas films on the TV. Arguing over who got the remote and which film we would watch first was the best!

My brother now lives in Edinburgh and I very rarely get to do this ritual with him anymore. We managed to both be in the same place last Christmas, and I woke up in the morning at 6AM and bounced into his room to give him a big sloppy hug and kiss, with happy tears in my eye, since we were both home and could be like kids again. Every year, our presents are still from Santa, and last year we played our games on the Wii, instead of playing with Legos like we did when we were younger. (Den’s note: Why did you stop playing with Legos? They’re the best! Can I have yours?) But we still argued over the television. Some things never change!

Its amazing how some families have traditions that will live for years, I know I will enforce the same values into my children, and I hope they do with theirs. So my fellow Optimists… I ask, what family traditions do you have at Christmas?

Love always,
Beth of the great blog Life Since Then

Author: Nadia

BA-student in Philosophy & Science / Communications studies and also a photographer. Co-writer and illustrator for Dear Optimists.

15 thoughts on “Guest Post! Family traditions”

  1. I love the “family traditions” consept. It’s about sharing the things you love with the people you love. πŸ™‚
    Our traditions are different (we have no Christmas), but they’re too about that one special thing; sharing and bringing the whole family together. πŸ™‚

    1. I don’t celebrate Christmas either, but we spend a hell of a lot of time together with family. But my bf does, and is really passionate about it – he’s actually making me feel Christmas’er πŸ˜‰

    2. I’m a big fan of celebrating my loved ones at Christmas, but I’m not really into the religious aspect…just the family part.

  2. In all honesty, my Christmas family traditions are pretty much exactly the same as yours…even down to the very detail that I have a brother who is also 2 years older than me and our first Christmas apart was terrible (at least for me…lol).

    Loved this post! It got me so excited for Christmas and the fact that you get to just hang out with your family the whole time! Love it! πŸ™‚

      1. Its never too early to start xmas shopping den!! There is only 8 weeks till xmas! πŸ™‚

  3. Awww, that first pic was so sad and cute at the same time!

    Beth, you’ve got me all pumped up for Christmas now! We always go to our Nan’s for lunch. It used to be all of us, but not the grandkids have moved away and some will spend the day with the partner’s family, and what not. It’s always sad when a tradition breaks away, but it also makes it all the more sweet when it finally comes back together. πŸ™‚

    Great post, Beth!

  4. Nawwwww πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the comments guys πŸ™‚ I’m chuffed!

    Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. It always has been and i think it always will be. My mum and dad love it when me and my bro are back at the same time. Im excited about christmas this year as he might be coming back again πŸ™‚ I realised after i sent this to Dear Optimists that i didnt quite explain… i Live in leicester which is the middle of England, my brother now lives in Scotland, It is about 350 miles away. Hence, why when we are together for xmas, it means so much more πŸ™‚

    Nadia, am i allowed to use these pics please?? I love them πŸ™‚
    P.S Den, we still have the lego… it is boxed up in the attic, my dad kept all of it for our kiddies to use πŸ™‚ (when he have them lol)

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