Four bloggers share their
traditions for making
Christmas Eve magical (hint:
cosy pyjamas are a must)
“Christmas is a really special time for our family. Alice and I were brought up in households with lots of traditions,” explains Greg. On Christmas Eve in the Stanton household, it’s all hands on deck to create the chestnut stuffing using a recipe passed down from Alice’s great grandma. After that, they all snuggle up on the sofa in their PJs to read classic Christmas books and watch movies before bed. “Christmas day breakfast is a big event in both in-laws’ houses and we always stay in our pyjamas so it’s very important they are suitably festive.”
Christmas Eve marks the start of official festivities in the Scott-Child household. “We Skype my family in Australia while they open their presents,” says Emma, “and the kids get to open one present – always pyjamas.” They then snuggle up together and watch a Christmas movie before putting the kids to bed. “Tom and I are always wrapping presents late on Christmas Eve – I usually paint my own wrapping paper – and Tom makes bread sauce (he’s the cook).”
For Anna Whitehouse and her family, comfort rules supreme when it comes to Christmas sleepwear. On Christmas Eve, they each open one present to get them in the mood for the day ahead. After a day of feasting and festivities, it’s back into the festive uniform for a monster TV session. “It’s that moment after the Queen’s speech when your glad rags get tossed aside and everyone gets into their PJs. There’s no sense of tradition – it’s simply comfier.” Four-year-old Mae favours a two-piece rather than a onesie and baby Eve “gets put in whatever isn’t in the wash”.
“A good set of Christmas PJs should keep you feeling cosy from present opening through to turkey sandwiches,” says Liv. Having recently moved in with her boyfriend, Joe, this year heralds the start of new traditions for the couple. “Christmas Eve is always about festive films and records to get in the mood for the big day but this year we might start a new tradition of opening a present early,” says Liv. “We always leave a mince pie out for Santa and just hope the dog doesn’t gobble it up.”