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Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is one of my favourite days of the year. I love the build up to Christmas and there are a few things we always do as a family on Christmas Eve so I thought I would share them with you.  So let’s get started.

Watching The Polar Express

The Polar Express is one of my favourite Christmas movies and it’s perfect for Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve nearly every year we will sit down as a family and watch this movie as it is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Whilst watching The Polar Express, we also eat roasted chestnuts and drink mulled wine.


Putting out food & drink for Father Christmas and his reindeer

One of the most magical parts of Christmas Eve was always putting out the milk & mince pies for father Christmas and then a carrot & bowl of water for the reindeer. I remember one year coming down on Christmas day and seeing everything had been drunk and eaten but there were huge muddy footprints by the fireplace.

Putting up the stockings

In our family we don’t put our stocking over the fireplace instead we have them sitting outside our door. I remember when I was a lot younger getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and seeing my stocking full of presents. I was always so excited for the morning wondering what Father Christmas had brought me this year. I still put my stocking out and magically, I still get a few presents in my stocking.


Presents under the tree

In the evening of Christmas Eve we all put the present under the tree so in the morning the tree is full of presents. Some people I know will put presents under their tree as they are wrapped but I love seeing the tree full on Christmas day.

Family Meal

When I spend Christmas with my Fiancés family we all have a family meal on Christmas Eve, which is traditional in European countries. It’s like an extension of Christmas Day dinner as it’s also another opportunity to spend time with family. They also open present at midnight, which feels very strange and in my family we open present in the afternoon on Christmas day.

I would love to know what your Christmas Eve traditions are. I also just want to say thank you to everyone who has been reading my Blogmas posts. I can’t believe this is my last Blogmas post, 24 days have flown by and I have had so much fun doing it. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas day and I’ll see you soon.

Merry Christmas, Steph x



  1. milenkamillie ✨❄️
    December 25, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Aww this sounds lovely! We tend to wrap our presents on Christmas Eve and carry them downstairs, adding to under the tree throughout the day! Merry Christmas by the way! x

    • December 26, 2016 / 9:23 am

      That sounds really sweet, I usually will be making some food times on Christmas Eve for presents. Merry Christmas to you too x

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