10 Christmas Traditions To Embrace This Festive Season
December 18, 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, there'll be much mistletoeing, hearts will be glowing and Christmas traditions will be flowing. There are so many fun festive rituals old and new to pick from and will surely create plenty of joy and precious moments during December. Some may strike that nostalgic chord while others may invoke new Christmas meanings.

We’ve rounded up what we think are the best holiday traditions. How many will you be doing this year or maybe you’ll put your own twist on them? This Christmas may look a bit different this year, but these festivities are sure to bring joy, cheer, and love to all.

Christmas tree

Without a sparkle of a doubt, putting up the Christmas tree has got to be one of the most exciting ways to celebrate the holiday season. Whatever your preference; a real tree or an artificial one, or if you tend to put up more than one tree at home, it’s a tradition that most of us take part in every year. The fun of decorating your tree with your favourite Christmas ornaments, baubles, or even candy canes, while blasting out the Christmas songs is sure to get that festive feeling flowing!

Christmas lights

From the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree to wreath lights on the front door and beautiful outdoor lights, decking the home out with Christmas lights will add lots of festive cheer and invoke that magical feeling of Christmas. Going to the light switch on in your local town is always a great thing to add to the calendar and remember it's free too. Visiting a Christmas light installation event with friends and family to celebrate the festivities has become the new thing to do over the festive season - expect dazzling light displays and creative art that glow and sparkle around you.

Secret Santa

Many people share this Christmas tradition with work colleagues. This long-standing tradition is where members of the same group - family, friends, or coworkers draw random names secretly to become someone's Secret Santa. Buying a gift for your chosen person can be quite fun and even a bit of a challenge if you don’t know the person that well, there is also normally a budget limit which can make it interesting. Why not Surprise a neighbor or someone else you know who you think deserves a Secret Santa - after all it’s the season of goodwill.

Christmas greeting cards

Something that used to be a symbolic Christmas tradition doesn’t seem to be as common as it used to be. This could be to do with the rise of digital greeting cards (which we know is good for the planet and think is great). Saying that you can’t beat the excitement of receiving a Christmas card in the post or even through the letterbox, right? Why not create some Christmas art by making your own Christmas cards at home this year. Send them to your family and friends and spread some Christmas joy. You may even discover an arty side you never realized you had.

Christmas games

You can’t beat a good Christmas game or games to play on Christmas Day, along with all the eating and drinking. Whether you have a classic (Monopoly, Christmas Charades) that your family plays every year or a new game they like to bring to the table, there is no denying that playing Christmas games makes memorable moments and creates plenty of laughter, even when the competitive side comes out in some people. Why not switch it up from board games this year and try one of our games tables to play with your Christmas bubble?

Traditional Christmas pudding

Whether you love or hate the Christmas pud, it always makes an appearance every year. You can utilize your baking skills and bake one, or if you’ve got a hectic December schedule, you can always buy one. This Christmas staple makes a delicious Christmas dessert and can be served with a number of yummy toppings including cream, custard, and ice cream. Check out our Christmas pudding recipe.

Christmas eve box

The Christmas eve box is the latest tradition craze for small children, with many embracing it into their usual festivities. It is given on Christmas eve and parents fill it with small gifts like sweets, pyjamas, films, books, and games. It’s a great way to create that extra bit of magic on the night before Christmas, making it a special family night and of course encouraging the kids to get to bed early, so Santy will arrive.

Matching Pjs

We’re big fans of this latest Christmas tradition, whether it’s matching PJs with your family, your siblings, or your partner, it’s way too fun not to add this to your list of Christmas festivities. With brands lining up their offerings of matching PJs, there is a style to suit everyone’s festive taste. Also taking photographs of everyone in matching PJs makes the perfect Christmas memory and a polaroid to treasure.

Festive movies

From the Christmas classics of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and ‘Home Alone’ to the latest Christmas releases like ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ and ‘Jingle Jangle’, you can’t beat watching Christmas films over the festive season to get into the Christmas spirit. Add hot chocolate, blankets, and fluffy socks and you’ll have the perfect setup for your movie marathon. It might be a good time to review your current television and see if it’s time for an update to ensure you can create that magical cinematic experience this Christmas.

Christmas carols

Probably one of the most festive things you can do around the holiday season is of course plan a visit to a church or theatre to enjoy and sing along to gleeful Christmas carols. There is normally a selection of events to choose from starting in early December with carols happening right up until Christmas Day and close to the New Year. It’s one of those Christmas traditions that feels very special and is also quite relaxing amidst all of the Christmas madness.

Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy all of the festivities with your nearest and dearest.