Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Jumpers and My Experience of Christmas


Christmas jumpers, what's not to love?!




My outfit:
Christmas Jumper: Matalan (Similar here)
Trousers: Topshop Coated Leigh Jeans (here)

Caroline's Outfit:
Christmas Jumper: Matalan (Similar here)
Skirt: Missguided (Similar here)

Christmas jumpers are so much fun to wear and, despite it still technically being November, my sister Caroline and I were feeling very festive shooting these photos! When Matalan got in touch showing me their current range of Christmas Jumpers I couldn't resist choosing one for myself and my sister. The crazier and brighter the better for me and we'll both be wearing them on Christmas day for sure!

Christmas is all about family for me. Despite not living at my parents house for over 3 years now, my fiancĂ© and I still go back to our respective families every Christmas Eve and spend Christmas day with them. It's a tradition that I love and it's nice to carry it on and have that quality time together. 

My family and I have a number of traditions that we do every year. Every Christmas Eve we all get dolled up and head out for a meal with my Grandparents, Uncle and Aunty. There's lots of crackers, paper hats, good food, drink, bad jokes, singing and of course chat! We then all head back to my parents house (after singing Christmas songs very enthusiastically in the car!) and have a night cap. My parents, Grandparents, Uncle and Aunty all open their presents from each other whilst my sister and I give them out and enjoy watching (we like to keep ours for Christmas morning!). Then, just before we go to bed, we put out a carrot for Rudolph, with a mince pie and a glass of red wine/ Baileys for Father Christmas (apparently he's sick of Sherry by the time he gets to our house and has always preferred a change!). In the morning the carrot is always half eaten, and the mince pie and wine finished! Proof that Father Christmas is real if ever there was any!

My sister and I hang stockings on our doors and they are always full in the morning, with the traditional orange and a cracker on the top! We take them through to my parents' room and open them at the end of their bed. We then go downstairs, have lots of candles all around and the fire going. My sister and I have our presents all laid out on the sofa (I swear my parents must have been elves in a previous life!), and we all sit together sipping tea/ hot chocolate and opening them. We then get dressed wearing as many festive items of clothing as possible (Mum gets us some Christmas socks every year) and this year I will certainly be wearing this Christmas jumper. The rest of the day consists of a yummy Christmas dinner- we actually have crispy duck and pancakes, not the traditional turkey!- and visits from my Grandparents. Then, good old Christmas telly and a game if we can fit it in :)

It really is a perfect family day, and I'm now feeling so Christmassy and happy writing about it!

What do you do for Christmas? Do you have any family traditions? 
Will you be wearing a Christmas jumper this year?! 

Rosy x

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7 comments:

  1. I love these jumpers! I'm officially excited for Christmas now it's a month away - eek! It's so nice that you still do the traditional stockings too x

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  2. Your christmas traditions sound lovely. I still go back to my parents house for christmas now that I have a daughter of my own, taking her and Mr. Loca with me.
    Some traditions should be carried on.
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  3. Ah how gorgeous, you both look lovely and I would happily nab either of the jumpers ;) I can't believe how quick christmas has sneaked upon us xx

    BlondeOfCarbs

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  4. You both look soooo gorgeous! It is a reminder that Christmas should be a happy, family time!

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  5. Your Christmas sounds like a lot of fun! + your parents are heroes :-)
    But what caught my attention was you saying you have duck and pancakes - that's what we eat on the 25th! I always go back to Slovakia for the holidays and we celebrate Christmas on the 24th with a huge meal - a few starters, fish for the main course followed by coffee and 5 different kinds of desserts - and then on the 25th my grandma makes duck with stuffing and these kind of pancakes that are super greasy and de-li-ci-ous. Favourite time of year for sure. :)

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  6. I loved this post and the traditions you outlined. My family doesn't have a lot of strict traditions, which I think it's a shame. Never had duck and pancakes on Christmas, but that sounds delicious haha. I haven't found a Christmas jumper I like yet, but I really want to wear one this year!

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