When it comes to Christmas, I am big on traditions.
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Over the years I have built up a set of traditions and things to do which all combined, make Christmas, well, Christmas!
Some have evolved over the years. The Christmas Eve cookie and milk have evolved into a glass of wine and a mince pie, sometimes opening one present each if we are feeling naughty!
The Snowman must be watched (the original one, not the one with the dog). The Doctor Who Christmas special. Home Alone (although this is more a New Year tradition, stolen from my friend who insists we all watch).
Mum's sherry trifle, which every year we joke is full of more sherry than trifle. Enough Quality Street to sink a ship. Turkey dinners and yes, even brussel sprouts. They can be delicious, I promise. Check out this recipe on my post
When it comes to Christmas presents, the Terrys chocolate orange is the one present that we know that we will always receive.
I love giving presents, It is the best part about Christmas. I spend months picking out the perfect gifts, whether large or small. Sometimes the ones that give the most joy are the inexpensive ones where you encapsulate someone perfectly in a gift.
When it comes to more expensive gifts, I love to have a little play. The present of many layers that takes forever to unwrap. Strangely shaped boxes. Presents that have little gifts to find as you unwrap to find the main one.
For these little additional gifts I try to find things that are small and inexpensive or preferably free. I do not after all want to compromise the amount I can spend on a main present by spending all my money on the extras!
For the free stuff I tend to look for free samples of beauty products, trial perfumes and miniature skincare samples. Trying new products in sample sizes is a great way of finding things that you grow to love, without spending a fortune and this is where sites like Gratisfaction UK come in handy.
In the end, making someone else happy at Christmas is what it should all be about!
So those are my Christmas traditions, what are yours?
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