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Christmas Eve Traditions :-)

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  • Stir it up Sunday was yesterday. I made the pudding :)

    Way to go! We did ours last week. Measuring out the new fridge now to accommodate the ham and turkey. Yesterday I put up those ultra hold hooks for the lights in the conservatory. It's getting serious now! :D




  • Getting close now :D:D !




  • our only tradition.
    started with our kids about 7years ago. Wife makes up a small xmas eve box for them ( PJs etc) & then we watch Lampoons Christmas vacation that evening.. Hoep this carries on for Many years.

    " the $h;tter was full "




  • Parsnips wrote: »
    our only tradition.
    started with our kids about 7years ago. Wife makes up a small xmas eve box for them ( PJs etc) & then we watch Lampoons Christmas vacation that evening.. Hoep this carries on for Many years.

    " the $h;tter was full "


    One of my favourite films, love it great tradition :)




  • Parsnips wrote: »
    our only tradition.
    started with our kids about 7years ago. Wife makes up a small xmas eve box for them ( PJs etc) & then we watch Lampoons Christmas vacation that evening.. Hoep this carries on for Many years.

    " the $h;tter was full "

    Any tradition that includes that film is a good one :D


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  • This is by far my most successful thread on Boards - chuffed that it's still going all these years later :D




  • leahyl wrote: »
    This is by far my most successful thread on Boards - chuffed that it's still going all these years later :D

    Absolutely! Next year will be its 10th birthday. :)




  • Just giving this great thread a bump.

    My Christmas eve tradition is going into town, just to wander around the shops, and soak in the Christmas atmosphere. I head in with my 2 brothers and my parents. We then head into a pub for a drink on the way home and pick up a takeaway.

    I'm 23 and live at home as do my brothers (am the oldest of 3 boys), so my Christmas hasn't changed drastically all my life. I love it. Other Christmas season, but not Christmas eve traditions I've started over the last few years is 1) Going to the same restaurant each year with my family on the 23rd, and one Friday in December, me and my friends go out on a pub crawl. They're great fun!

    So, as with most people, my traditions (quoted) are going to change this year. My family unfortunately will not be going to town.

    This is down to 2 reason, 1) of course Covid, and 2) one of my dogs died this year, leaving us with 1. She suffers from extreme social/separation anxiety and is never left on her own. We had planned to bring her on a walk in Stephens Green, but she had ACL surgery 5 weeks ago and unfortunately is crate bound until after Christmas.

    We may get out as a family of 4 to a pub / meal, but one person will have to stay at home and mind the dog. (Both of my brothers don't really like going for out, so I can take my parents out over the Christmas at least.)




  • leahyl wrote: »
    This is by far my most successful thread on Boards - chuffed that it's still going all these years later :D

    It's soon to be up there with the Toy Show and ChristmasFM for Christmas legacy.

    Whenever I get a chance I read over this thread from start to finish, it really is the best of the season feels.




  • Dickie10 wrote: »
    had an awful xmas eve last year, my father got a stroke on the 21st december. spent 3 weeks in hospital. thank god had no ill effects and back in great health now. spent xmas eve last year in the hospital til 11:30 pm, christ its a lonely place. i will always remember walking out at 11:30 watching a young mother run in with her 5 year old in her arms obviously sick with something, horrible to see on christmas eve

    Just reading back through these, and when i came to this the tears have started for some reason. I think it might be the thought of a christmas without my father and how close that was to happeing or maybe the mother coming in with her child on christmas eve and thier didnt seem to be anyone else with her. I will never forget the lonliness of that night driving home. Just think of how lucky you are this christmas eve and of all those who cant even think of the day it is let alone any plans.


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  • Dickie10 wrote: »
    Just reading back through these, and when i came to this the tears have started for some reason. I think it might be the thought of a christmas without my father and how close that was to happeing or maybe the mother coming in with her child on christmas eve and thier didnt seem to be anyone else with her. I will never forget the lonliness of that night driving home. Just think of how lucky you are this christmas eve and of all those who cant even think of the day it is let alone any plans.

    Awh Dickie. I hope you have a lovely Christmas Eve this year




  • Dickie10 wrote: »
    Just reading back through these, and when i came to this the tears have started for some reason. I think it might be the thought of a christmas without my father and how close that was to happeing or maybe the mother coming in with her child on christmas eve and thier didnt seem to be anyone else with her. I will never forget the lonliness of that night driving home. Just think of how lucky you are this christmas eve and of all those who cant even think of the day it is let alone any plans.

    I remember when I was 10 in casualty with my father to get my knee stitched up, a man rushed in with an infant. I’ll never forget the “oh fùck, my world is in the balance” look in his eyes.

    This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself.





  • Sorry, XMas thread, since us four kids were old enough we open presents at Midnight. Hugs and kisses and kume bai ya.

    This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself.





  • Christmas will be different this year. I am 22 and have always spent Christmas at my grandparents. We will be going to another county this year to my aunties new house and enjoying it as a family. It will definitely be different, but fun.

    We plan to go for a chinese on Christmas eve and have a couple of drinks, something ive never done before, usually we just go to grannys and chat and eat chocolate.




  • leahyl wrote: »
    This is by far my most successful thread on Boards - chuffed that it's still going all these years later :D
    Was only reading the OP this morning, and thinking 'didn't leahyl do good work here!'




  • The other half and I are expecting our first kiddo in summer. she's from Austria, where there are completely different christmas traditions and characters. We are going to have fun mixing them. Presents on both 24th and 25th maybe, but the question of Christkind vs Santa is on going. They may be mutually exclusive.




  • Yeah, this one is due a read again from start to finish soon.

    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens






  • Oh yes, I must do that when I've time. 🙂



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  • I've bought that set as part of Mr. CLs Christmas present...I'm super excited about seeing him make it with the mini elves 😍





  • Lego, like board games, is great for transcending the generations.



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