Christmas update and another giveaway!

by thenibecamemum

Christmas update and giveaway!

So it’s the first of the month and this year we’ve been less ‘Bah Humbug’ about Christmas than we usually are. If you follow my Twitter, you’ll have seen that we started our Christmas shopping in November (unheard of in our household, we like to leave it until the final week) and last night we put up the Christmas tree instead of a week before the big day! (post to follow)

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As well as the above, I also attended Wynyard Hall’s Christmas Fayre with Little One and got rather carried away. My intention had been to buy a couple of decorations for our Tree, which is a Christmas tradition, and drink some mulled wine but I ended up leaving with lots of prezzies, new clothes (Christmas presents to myself) and a giant Santa (who later took a nose dive and I managed to run him over with the pushchair, damaging his foot – poor Santa).

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Little One’s Christmas stocking also arrived this week so now I need to think of things to fill it with since it is larger than I expected. Any ideas are appreciated!

 

 

 

 

The Giveaway

Since I’m feeling rather Christmassy and our last giveaway was so successful, I thought we’d run another giveaway. This time it’s chocolate galore! Who doesn’t love chocolate?! The prize is a box that is chockablock (see what I did there?) of chocolate. Great for stuffing stockings!

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155 comments

Rebecca Cusick 1st December 2016 - 9:00 am

Elf on the Shelf & the Christmas Eve box are my favourite christmas traditions x

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Tracy Nixon 1st December 2016 - 9:15 am

We always receive a Terry’s chocolate orange in our stocking – kust one of our traditions!

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Janet HUMPHREY 1st December 2016 - 9:36 am

getting out my husbands family’s church model and putting it in the window of our kitchen – it lights up and makes it feel like Christmas. husband made it when he was 11 years old!

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Caroline Hunter 1st December 2016 - 10:06 am

We always put the Christmas tree up on 1st December together as a family! We know Christmas is then on it’s way πŸ™‚

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Joanne Beale 1st December 2016 - 10:08 am

We don’t put the Christmas Tree up until a week before Christmas

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Lynsey Buchanan 1st December 2016 - 10:16 am

We go to see a pantomime on Christmas Eve

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iain maciver 1st December 2016 - 10:28 am

yes all of us putting up the tree /decorations

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Pauline jaconelli 1st December 2016 - 10:38 am

I usually do the elf on the shelf for my oldest son but he knows about santa now! Shocker! So I’ve had to put mr jingles away for a few years until my youngest son knows what Christmas is all about. We go to visit Santa though and always go to the panto

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joanna 1st December 2016 - 11:29 am

Our Christmas tradition is to have a Christmas Eve Present – which is usually a dvd and new pyjamas to watch it in. Oh and some chocolate!!

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Alica 1st December 2016 - 11:44 am

We always go to my husbands Gran’s house on Christmas eve for a big family party, I love it! πŸ™‚

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Laura Banks 1st December 2016 - 11:49 am

we play board games and have a buffet on xmas eve

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William Gould 1st December 2016 - 12:17 pm

We always have Bucks Fizz for Christmas Day breakfast!

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Anita 1st December 2016 - 12:20 pm

Thanks for a superb giveaway, we don’t really have any traditions as such

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A S,Edinburgh 1st December 2016 - 12:24 pm

I don’t, really. I like hearing about other people’s though!

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hannah wood 1st December 2016 - 12:45 pm

Going round on xmas eve and handing out our gifts.

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Sandra Bald 1st December 2016 - 12:54 pm

We always like to listen to the Queens Speech

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christine shelley 1st December 2016 - 1:04 pm

We always put up ceiling decorations just like my dad used to

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Tracy Hanley 1st December 2016 - 1:05 pm

we dont have any

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sylvia 1st December 2016 - 2:08 pm

yummy prize

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Angie McDonald 1st December 2016 - 2:36 pm

We always drink Baileys on Christmas Eve and play Monopoly!

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Abigail Cullen 1st December 2016 - 2:36 pm

Visiting family in the morning, eating the traditional roast, then opening the presents.

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lucy higgins 1st December 2016 - 2:52 pm

We always have an evening of mince pies and mulled wine before christmas

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pete c 1st December 2016 - 3:04 pm

the closest to a tridition we have is that always on xmas morning we go for a good walk in the local park every year

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glenn hutton 1st December 2016 - 3:55 pm

We always have smoked salmon & scrambled eggs from brunch to take us through to late afternoon Christmas dinner πŸ™‚

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Helen Moulden 1st December 2016 - 4:08 pm

Pre-Christmas christmas turkey sandwiches the night before Christmas. It’s bonkers but it’s ours πŸ™‚

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Hazel 1st December 2016 - 4:21 pm

Our Christmas tradition is having Christmas dinner on Boxing Day when it’s not so rushed to make it and whatever we want on Christmas Day, steak and chips have been a favourite the last few years!

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Angela Kelly 1st December 2016 - 4:30 pm

One of our traditions is to always have new pyjamas on Christmas Eve.

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Katie 1st December 2016 - 5:36 pm

We have something special for breakfast and always ensure we keep a little present back for the table πŸ™‚

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Kevin Honey 1st December 2016 - 5:42 pm

Bucks Fizz with a late breakfast on Christmas day

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Jamielee Wells 1st December 2016 - 6:17 pm

We all love elf on the shelf – i wonder who gets more excited – me or the kiddies πŸ™‚ i love thinking of somewhere to hide it haha

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Sue McCarthy 1st December 2016 - 6:22 pm

I’m on my own now so don’t really do anything for Christmas

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Hannah Ingham 1st December 2016 - 6:32 pm

We like to watch Polar Express on christmas eve with hot chocolates!

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Anthony Harrington 1st December 2016 - 6:46 pm

mince pies for breakfast, none of us actually like them, so we get the smallest possible, we have to do it as it has been a long standing family tradition!

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Susan Smith 1st December 2016 - 7:15 pm

Our tradition is having fun on Christmas Eve, tiring the kids out, we normally take the dogs for a run along the beach and then back for a chocolate and a big meal, watch a festive movie and hope the little ones fall asleep quickly

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Kerry Locke 1st December 2016 - 7:33 pm

A visit to the Christmas Eve Panto has become a tradition

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Helen Tovell 1st December 2016 - 8:04 pm

We have one decoration which is always put out first and put away last, which was given to us by my husbands late mother and whilst it is out I feel she is with us

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Andrea Fletcher 1st December 2016 - 8:30 pm

We make mince pies and christmas cake together.

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Simon Tutthill 1st December 2016 - 8:44 pm

We all watch together the fantastic polar express on tv

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Angela Treadway 1st December 2016 - 9:24 pm

me and my kids put decorations on our tree that i used to use decorating the tree as a kid myself x

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Alison 1st December 2016 - 9:28 pm

We drink bucks fizz on a christmas morning

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Holly Gibson 1st December 2016 - 10:14 pm

Christmas eve with the family singing christmas carols

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Amy Ripley 2nd December 2016 - 12:00 am

We all have breakfast bagels on Christmas morning!

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Amanda 2nd December 2016 - 7:01 am

I only ever drink Baileys at Christmas time
Just the smell and taste of it reminds me of Christmas

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Kim Neville 2nd December 2016 - 8:16 am

My kids choose 1 present to open each on Christmas Eve

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Ruth Harwood 2nd December 2016 - 10:01 am

We open one pressie on Christmas eve xx

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GEOFF WICKENS 2nd December 2016 - 10:36 am

VEGGING OUT IN FRONT OF THE TV

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MANDY DOHERTY 2nd December 2016 - 11:09 am

My grandchildren have Xmas Eve Boxes

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Ray Dodds 2nd December 2016 - 3:47 pm

Hanging stockings on the end of the bed

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Louise Comb 2nd December 2016 - 7:07 pm

It’s starts on Christmas Eve when we watch The Life of Brian – I don’t know why, but it’s become a tradition for us, and we love it πŸ™‚

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Glenn Seale 2nd December 2016 - 8:28 pm

Awww, that dangly legged Santa is adorable. Not sure he’d be any use doing his job with those legs tho πŸ˜›

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thenibecamemum 2nd December 2016 - 9:41 pm

Haha! Agreed, he’d get stuck in a few chimneys!

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TRACY JAMES 2nd December 2016 - 9:43 pm

opening half of the presents on waking up and the rest after christmas lunch x

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kelly wheelhouse 3rd December 2016 - 12:56 am

my christmas tradition is opening presents with my family christmas day

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Beverley Cousins 3rd December 2016 - 10:13 am

We all go and visit my grandmother on christmas day, were she cooks a big ham joint..Mmm

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Lindsey Stuart 3rd December 2016 - 10:47 am

We always watch the Queens speech on Christmas day! πŸ™‚ Always without fail even though I don’t enjoy it lol It is just our family tradition

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yvonne cooke 3rd December 2016 - 1:54 pm

our christmas tradition is to put the tree and decorations up together.x

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Janet Birkin 3rd December 2016 - 4:27 pm

I love to do all the baking on Christmas Eve along with the traditional trifle

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Kirsteen Mackay 3rd December 2016 - 6:43 pm

A few days before Christmas my sisters, our friends and our children, all get together and bake Christmas treats and decorate gingerbread cookies. It’s good fun and tastes delicious.

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tarbs gill 3rd December 2016 - 8:51 pm

A Christmas box that the children decorate at the end of November and then we start adding special foodie treats…which we then empty out just before Christmas πŸ™‚

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bella smyth 3rd December 2016 - 9:01 pm

my birthday as its also on xmas day and this year is a big one

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Jodie A Harvey 4th December 2016 - 12:50 am

christmas eve boxes with new pj’s, snacks and christmas films, then leaving santa and the reindeers treats out before bed πŸ™‚

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G Keegan 4th December 2016 - 3:40 pm

We always leave a mince pie and drink for Santa, and a carrot for the reindeer.

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Lyla 4th December 2016 - 7:59 pm

We crack open a bottle of sherry while we are cooking the dinner

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Melissa Crowe 4th December 2016 - 11:24 pm

Mking christmas treats with my two boys

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claire griffiths 5th December 2016 - 1:28 am

We always do elf on the shelf and xmas eve boxes and put the tree up on the 1st december

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Ellie Wood 5th December 2016 - 10:27 am

We always have a picnic dinner on christmas eve near the tree it’s always so lovely!

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Diane Waugh 5th December 2016 - 9:06 pm

We always open 1 present in Christmas Eve

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Stevie 5th December 2016 - 11:16 pm

Saving my niece’s presents so they open them at our house, also boxing day round my Aunt’s house.

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Olga carpenter 6th December 2016 - 7:14 am

Making my own Christmas crackers it I have done it for years

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Jo Carroll 6th December 2016 - 11:52 am

We always have the traditional family arguements over who’s doing the Xmas washing and cleaning up plus who gets control of the TV remote? πŸ˜‰

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Kim Styles 6th December 2016 - 3:38 pm

Eat a mince pie each day for each of the twelve days of christmas for good luck through the next year

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Gemma Massey 6th December 2016 - 6:06 pm

We always
Eave a carrot and water out for rudolf and mince pie and whisky for santa and new pyjamas Christmas Eve πŸ™‚

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Jade Hewlett 7th December 2016 - 8:13 am

Our Christmas tradition is to see the Christmas lights in town and have chips around town on Christmas Eve ????

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Amanda Tanner 7th December 2016 - 1:04 pm

Not really had any traditions apart from getting extremely drunk Christmas eve

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ADEINNE TONNER 7th December 2016 - 3:23 pm

Every christmas eve we put on our pyjamas, eat popcorn and watch a few movies together as a family

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Judith Allen 7th December 2016 - 7:51 pm

Not really, not now my daughter is all grown up.

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Sophie Ade 8th December 2016 - 11:38 pm

I am planning on starting some traditions this year now my son is 2 years old. I will be leaving food and drink out for Santa and the Reindeers and starting a Christmas Eve Box.

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maria blythin 9th December 2016 - 10:05 pm

new pjs on xmas eve x

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Rai 10th December 2016 - 11:49 am

Home-made from scratch mince pies and sausage rolls. And getting slowly slaughtered on Baileys. Thanks

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Kimberley Ryan 10th December 2016 - 9:50 pm

Elf on the shelf has become our Christmas tradition

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michelle o'neill 11th December 2016 - 6:53 pm

we track santa on xmas eve x

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ann clements 11th December 2016 - 8:37 pm

I have never had any traditions perhaps I should start

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Vicky Hawkins 11th December 2016 - 9:13 pm

We hang a giant Christmas cracker from our ceiling with strings that our children pull on Christmas day and all the treats fall out. Its filled with something different every year.

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Rebecca Austin 12th December 2016 - 10:10 am

We always go to a panto at christmas time x

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Kristyn Harris 12th December 2016 - 2:14 pm

We always watch the Muppets Christmas Carol as a family together on Christmas Eve.

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gemma middleton 12th December 2016 - 9:18 pm

We like carols on Christmas eve, then the pub for a drink and then back to someones house for jacket spuds. It’s our turn to host this year.

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Sheri Darby 12th December 2016 - 10:41 pm

Yes – lots of strange ones starting with a Chinese Takeaway on Christmas Eve

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Martina Alban 13th December 2016 - 6:49 am

every year on the night of 5th December my children put they Christmas plates on the windowsills so if St. Nicholas brings them a chocolates on the 6th of December they know they are on the good list but if there are any coals they are on the naughty list

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Lorraine Stone 13th December 2016 - 10:52 am

Take-away on Christmas Eve with Dad

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jen s morgan 13th December 2016 - 4:07 pm

We all have a special Christmas eve dinner together. Then it’s pj’s and hot chocolate and marshmallows. The kids love doing it every year x

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carole n 13th December 2016 - 4:38 pm

always have a box of chocolate nuts

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Amanda Gregory 13th December 2016 - 4:57 pm

Nothing unusual really. We leave out a mince pie and glass of sherry for Santa on Christmas Eve. The reindeer get a glass of orange squash and a carrot.

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charlotte 13th December 2016 - 5:05 pm

we always do baking on christmas eve and bake christmas cookies

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Jessica Harper 13th December 2016 - 6:13 pm

I love Christmas it’s my favorite holiday not presents the smell the lights

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Laura Pritchard 13th December 2016 - 6:54 pm

We always play cards for pennies on Christmas Eve!

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BARBY MADDEN 13th December 2016 - 7:46 pm

TAKE THE BOYS SHOPPING TO GET THERE MOMS PRESENT ITS great to see there faces when they wrap her present and hide it its great

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Jo Hutchinson 13th December 2016 - 10:59 pm

We like decorating the Christmas a tree together.

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Allan Wilson 14th December 2016 - 6:52 am

Heading to the town square on ChristmasEve to sing Carols under the Christmas treewith the local Brass Band. (We have done this since before I was born)

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jo liddement 14th December 2016 - 8:19 am

We always put up some of my grandmothers decorations along with ours.They are around 70 years old now and looking a bit tatty but we love them!

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Karen B 14th December 2016 - 8:59 am

Always watch a film with the family on Christmas eve – also time to open some chocolate.

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Christine Hobbs 14th December 2016 - 10:09 am

Champagne and orange juice for Xmas breakfast is our tradition

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Mary H 14th December 2016 - 11:00 am

Drinking single malt whisky until we fall over.

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Lisa Wilkinson 14th December 2016 - 11:30 am

We go bowling on Christmas Eve then go home with a takeaway

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Natasha R 14th December 2016 - 11:59 am

the usual. I love brussel sprouts

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James Travis 14th December 2016 - 12:23 pm

Football on Boxing Day

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Leslie Evans 14th December 2016 - 2:07 pm

Cold Roast Potato Samdwich for Boxing Day Breakfast

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Sandra Jo Siddall 14th December 2016 - 4:55 pm

We go to see Dad Christmas Eve and have a little drink and some lovely food πŸ™‚

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Susan B 14th December 2016 - 5:11 pm

Yes, mine is now spending all day in my PJs on the sofa with the cats and a large glass of Merlot and chatting to faraway friends and family.

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kev c 14th December 2016 - 6:11 pm

my traditions are to eat and drink what I like and forget all my worries until after xmas πŸ™‚

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Jayne Townson 14th December 2016 - 6:11 pm

We all wear new PJs on Christmas eve.

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Lauren Old 14th December 2016 - 6:50 pm

Just that my grandparents come round for lunch and then we watch films or play a board game

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Rebecca Powell 14th December 2016 - 7:42 pm

We always do Elf on the Shelf

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jessica cook 14th December 2016 - 7:47 pm

Nothing out of the ordinary really

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Jessica Howliston 14th December 2016 - 8:13 pm

We always go for a walk on Christmas eve evening and check up in the sky to see if we can see Father Christmas flying over! x

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Jo McPherson 14th December 2016 - 9:15 pm

My husband makes the Christmas pudding every year. And we all open a present on Christmas Eve, new pyjamas

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Rachael ashmore 14th December 2016 - 9:16 pm

Would love to win this. Merry Christmas ????????????

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Mel Turner 14th December 2016 - 10:05 pm

New pJs and bedding Christmas eve, Christmas day its all about Christmas pudding and champagne

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lucy knight 14th December 2016 - 10:47 pm

love doing the Christmas eve boxes with the children

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Dawn Samples 14th December 2016 - 11:06 pm

Out Christmas tradition is that we have to wait until the 12th of December before putting up our Christmas tree then take it down 12 days after Christmas x

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Leanne Bell 14th December 2016 - 11:50 pm

Christmas Eve boxes and we leave a pillowcase out for santa on Christmas Eve x

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Adrian Bold 15th December 2016 - 12:18 am

We always go for a walk on Christmas Day after the main meal. Helps us to not just fall asleep πŸ™‚

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Jane Middleton 15th December 2016 - 1:11 am

Getting tiramisu as a treat and Baileys to drink

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alice lightning 15th December 2016 - 4:06 am

lovely giveaway

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alice lightning 15th December 2016 - 4:16 am

always have the relations over on boxing day for a feast laughs games and just a joyous time

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joanne casey 15th December 2016 - 5:40 am

New Christmas pyjamas on Christmas Eve

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caroline tokes 15th December 2016 - 7:19 am

putting the tree up with my kids then me going back and re arranging it once they are in bed

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Eileen Tingle 15th December 2016 - 8:38 am

We always have the dinner finished by 3.00pm so that we can watch the Queen on TV.

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Eileen Tingle 15th December 2016 - 8:38 am

We always have the dinner finished by 3.00pm so that we can watch the Queen on TV.

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emma davison 15th December 2016 - 8:59 am

decorating the tree.
eating mum’s homemade xmas pudding.

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Nicki simpson 15th December 2016 - 9:04 am

Not really a tradition as such but I like to have my daughters toys set up ‘by santa’ for her coming down the stairs! I always remember my Wendy house being set up one Christmas when I was little!

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Victoria Prince 15th December 2016 - 9:24 am

Our tradition is that we always have the same tinsel star (very tacky!) which goes on top of the Christmas tree πŸ™‚

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Ellen Stafford 15th December 2016 - 9:33 am

We always watch Santa Claus: The Movie on Christmas eve. I have been doing that since I was a young child.

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Jessica Hutton 15th December 2016 - 10:10 am

Getting new pjs on Christmas Eve. Then snuggling down with lots of goodies and miracle on 34th street xx

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Rebecca roberts 15th December 2016 - 10:28 am

We open a Christmas gift on Christmas eve

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Ann Skamarauskas 15th December 2016 - 10:37 am

No traditions other than the usual, eating, drinking, laughing, spending time with family, going for walks and generally enjoying life

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Jeanette Davenport 15th December 2016 - 11:05 am

On Christmas Eve we all bake cookies and mince pies, and then we all sit and watch all the Christmas movies together xx

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Chris Fletcher 15th December 2016 - 11:08 am

Our Christmas traditions are a bit random, including a curry night on Christmas Eve and football on the beach after Christmas dinner!

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Stuart Robinson 15th December 2016 - 11:09 am

Me and the wife to be always watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ snuggled up on the sofa together on Christmas Eve night πŸ™‚

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Jacqui Graham 15th December 2016 - 3:27 pm

Our Christmas tradition is to have a Christmas Eve Present (usually silly hats or novelty glasses)

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Andrea A 15th December 2016 - 3:38 pm

To go for a walk or drive round the neighbourhood on Christmas Eve and look at all the Christmas lights.

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carol boffey 15th December 2016 - 4:12 pm

new pjs on christmas eve

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Carole E 15th December 2016 - 4:33 pm

Everyone at home stirs my Christmas pudding mixture and makes a wish before I cook it.

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Carole E 15th December 2016 - 4:33 pm

Everyone at home stirs my Christmas pudding mixture and makes a wish before I cook it.

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Gillian McClelland 15th December 2016 - 6:23 pm

We wrap Christmas presents on Christmas Eve with Christmas film on

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rachael mccadden 15th December 2016 - 7:26 pm

my tradition is to wrap my fiance in wrapping paper. after all he asked what i wanted and i said him πŸ™‚

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laura stewart 15th December 2016 - 7:27 pm

we go for a family walk after dinner x

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Steven Appleton 15th December 2016 - 7:32 pm

My family always get together to watch “Elf” & eat a box of Roses over the Christmas hols.

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Lynne OConnor 15th December 2016 - 7:38 pm

Christmas movie on Christmas Eve for the family with a box of After Eights

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Kat Glynn 15th December 2016 - 8:01 pm

Ours used to be no toys until after breakfast when we were kids, and we had to wait until my dad had finished his.. so no point rushing x

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Caroline Signey 15th December 2016 - 8:06 pm

New Pj’s for the children on xmas eve

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Richard Tyler 15th December 2016 - 8:16 pm

Smoked salmon bucks fizz breakfast

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Laura Findlay 15th December 2016 - 9:33 pm

Me and my children bake cookies for Santa x

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samantha buntain 15th December 2016 - 9:39 pm

we make our own decorations to tell the story of christmas

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Jacqueline Chapman 15th December 2016 - 10:34 pm

New pyjamas on Christmas Eve.

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JULIE WARD 15th December 2016 - 10:42 pm

Not really, but I always get my sons (aged in their 30s) socks just to pee them off

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