Christmas is not even two weeks away. It’s mad how fast December has flown in the end. Yesterday evening I finally got time to wrap all the Christmas presents and put them away into each children’s sack. I am just waiting on a few presents for hubby and that’s me done then.
In our family we do two traditions each year. I had a conversation with someone yesterday about traditions. It seems that the UK and Ireland are the only countries that unwrap Christmas presents on Christmas morning. All other countries do it Christmas Eve.
Since day one we have been unwrapping presents on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning. Even more so since having children. The presents they receive on Christmas Eve are from us and the ones on Christmas morning are the ones Santa left behind when they were asleep.
The morning of the 24th December is generally very chilled. We all get dressed and have breakfast downstairs. I am that kind of person who doesn’t feel ready for the day if I would go downstairs in my PJ’s. I need to be all fresh, dressed and washed. Then we have a bit of play time. If the weather allows it, we go outside for a walk. Fresh air is always good. Both kids get cabin fever if they don’t go outside even for a few minutes. We normally walk around the estate for a bit. We haven’t figured out where the nearest playground is.
It’s lunch time. Of course we have Christmas music playing in the background. While the kids are having their lunch, I am preparing the dinner in the background. Our typical Christmas Eve dinner is homemade potato salad with sausages… German sausages these are. I call them Wiener. Nice with some English mustard or for people who don’t like mustard, also nice with tomato ketchup.
Around 3pm/3.30pm we generally have some cake and tea/coffee. The most famous German cake we have at Christmas time is probably Stollen. You can have it with Marzipan or just a butter one. I like both. Another cake I really love is “Baumkuchen”. I normally have this sent over by friends because I have never seen it in Ireland before. It’s so nice that I could eat the whole cake.
Once we have cleaned up the dishes, it’s onto the presents before dinner. Depending what the kids get for Christmas, I only allow them to open up two or three and do the rest the next morning, just so we don’t get them too excited before bedtime. I don’t want them being too hyper.
With unwrapping presents, we can get delayed a bit for dinner but that’s ok because the potato salad is already made and the sausages only have to be boiled in water a bit. That’s why it’s so handy to have a meal made already and not spend hours in the kitchen.
Around 7pm we are going upstairs to have a bath and be squeaky clean for the morning for when Santa has been. Of course we can’t go to bed without wearing all our Christmas PJ’s. We all have been wearing them already the last two weeks. Matthew’s ones have Santa on it and his beard is all fluffy. He loves them.
What do you do on Christmas Eve? Do you have a tradition or do you do everything Christmas Day?