We used to go to my aunt and uncle's place way out in the countryside. It's a gorgeous old converted farm house but it always felt (and looked) more like a manor house. They don't have any kids so I'd get spoilt wrotten-mainly because my aunt adores Christmas. There were log fires in at least 3 rooms and her Christmas trees were so large they filled the entire end of the room. I'd go around the house, searching for my favourite decorations (glass sweets, Christmas music boxes, woven reindeer) because she'd always put things in different places every year for variety.
We don't do that anymore (mainly because they no longer live there and I think the new owners might look a bit askance if I turned up searching for wickerwork rudolfs) and I've kind of been at a loss for traditions since. All I've really had is the baking of Christmas cake and Christmas pudding with my mother but that tends to be in October or November (to give it time to mature) so it's hard to get propperly festive. This year though, we're going to spend Christmas with my Grandad in Wales so I'm hoping to start a few new ones.
I do have a rather untraditional tradition though. My friends always hold 'Christmas 2.0' a few days after-another chance to overload on turkey (and I mean a lot of turkey, I got presented with quarter of a bird last year) and get very, very silly. It usually ends up with the worst secret santa ever (sample present a giant glittery squirrel in bright orange) and board games that no one is really in any fit state to play.
Wow....I did not mean to write that much. I love reading about everyone's traditions (especially food, tell me more about the food). Oh and I second Dr Who!
"Does the Walker choose the path or the path the walker?" -Garth Nix
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