Todays post is really exciting, it’s very festive and it’s also a collab with the lovely Hailey from I Was A Teenage Polar Bear. Hailey is also doing blogmas and her blog is so so lovely and while she was more of a recent find for me (I found her blog towards the end of November), I’ve really enjoyed reading her posts and getting to know her more.
Now, if you didn’t know, I’m from the UK and live in Wiltshire, which is in the south west and very much in the countryside; until about two years ago I did live in the north in Yorkshire which was not so countryside-y (just to let anyone know, I really rather enjoy living in Wiltshire!). Anyway, this post isn’t about me moving house or whatnot, but comparing Christmassy traditions between Hailey; she’s from the US, which I assume do the festive season somewhat differently to us in the UK! I’m super excited for everyone to read about my Christmas and then read all about Haileys and see how they differ. Her blog post is also going up today, so after you’ve read this make sure to go check it out!
Starting with Christmas Eve, this is usually a super chilled out day for me. I usually get a little dressed up because it’s an excuse to do nice festive themed makeup, but other than that nothing too special happens! We usually have a little Christmas Eve buffet and we’ll all watch a festive TV show or Christmassy film and maybe do a jigsaw. We don’t do Christmas Eve presents, although I know most people do little gifts on Christmas Eve. Sometimes my brother will open a little present I buy him (this is usually sweets or a peel-off face mask because he finds them really fun!) but it depends.
After having a really cosy evening, I head upstairs and get ready for bed I suppose. I usually wear super cosy festive pyjamas so I can wake up to open my presents feeling all cosy and festive! I’ll make sure I’ve treated myself to a super nice skincare job (sometimes I can be super lazy!) and I might even do a facemask. If I have the time (or inclination), I’ll paint my nails but I’m super bad at this, however I do love having festive nails for Christmas day! After this I’ll usually chill downstairs before I go to bed and we might listen to Christmas music or I’ll probably just stuff my face with cheese and biscuits and loads of chocolate, because if Christmas time isn’t an excuse to over eat then when is?
My brother and I used to wake up stupidly early and drag our parents down into the living room to open gifts, but we wake up a lot later now (8-9am, which doesn’t sound that late but considering 5am used to be an average Christmas day wake up time, it’s quite the lie in!) and go downstairs. Our present piles used to be stacked up on the sofas like mini forts by my Dad when we were younger, but now our presents have got more expensive and smaller so they usually reside under the tree! My brother takes 0.00002 of a second to open all his presents, but I really like to drag mine out, even though I always know everything I’m getting because I’ve usually been out to buy them with my mum – I really don’t like surprises! Opening presents is so fun, and Mum will probably take pictures as she has done since we were little which are always really fun to look back through.
After we’ve opened our presents, my grandparents will probably get up as now we’ve moved down south they come stay with us for Christmas instead of just coming over for Christmas Dinner. Usually we’ll open our presents from them, and my grandma always gets me really lovely makeup, which leads me on to my next point.
I’ll then go upstairs and have a shower and pamper myself a little, get out and do my hair all nice and then I’ll do my makeup, usually testing out any new makeup I got on Christmas day and I’ll get changed. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll either wear a dress or jeans and a pretty top (this year I’m going to be wearing my Jack Wills purple tartan shift dress thing that I recently bought and I am SO excited!) and so after getting ready, I’ll usually head downstairs and go chat with my family. Mum might have started making Christmas Dinner by now and the Christmas music will be in full swing! I’ll sometimes help lay the table, choosing who gets what Christmas cracker and popping out name cards and confetti, lighting candles and such! We usually eat around 3-4pm and while I don’t love love love Christmas dinner (I’m not big on eating meat and vegetables aren’t my favourite), I do love dessert and mum always has such a huge selection so I basically gorge myself on them!
Afterwards, we go sit in the living room and my brother and I might do a jigsaw or play with any board games we’ve been given as joint Christmas presents. The Queen’s speech will come on TV so we’ll watch that and maybe if something like Top Of The Pops comes on TV we’ll have that on in the background. Usually after this a nice Christmas film might come on TV so we watch that, and then I’ll go upstairs and get ready for bed, usually wearing some new pyjamas I got for Christmas!
So, thats all for todays blog post! I hope you enjoyed finding out about my Christmas and I can’t wait to read Haileys post – remember to check out her blog here!