It’s that time of the year again. The final day before Christmas. When it comes to Christmas Eve, I’ve definitely been someone who has often been caught up in the last-minute madness that is Christmas shopping. And, I’m sure we can all say that we’ve done it before. I’m also sure that we can all agree that last-minute shopping is the absolute worst, right? After years of making the dreaded mistake of leaving everything until the last minute, I’ve finally learned to either get my shopping done early or just leave it until after Christmas (when most of the things I’m buying are in the sale). But, if I’m not last-minute panic shopping anymore, then what exactly are my go-to Christmas Eve plans, you might ask? Well, I’m going to share them with you.
It’s not Christmas Eve without an afternoon in town
While everyone is doing the mad dash of Christmas gift-buying, I love heading into town for a chilled afternoon of eating, drinking and just generally relaxing with my family. There’s something so satisfying about not being a part of the Christmas Eve craziness that goes on in Liverpool city centre. Plus, it gives me a chance to just sit back and enjoy the day, the Christmas markets and, of course, the company too.
A home-cooked dinner
When it comes to food, our Christmas Eve tradition is usually something that we can make early in the morning and leave to slow cook throughout the day. That way you can get all of the stress of cooking out of the way before the big Christmas Day dinner. Plus, you’ll have minimal dishes to wash later in the evening too. If you’re spending a whole day out in the city centre, you don’t want to be cooking later that night!
A Christmas evening of wrapping presents
The one thing that I do love leaving to the last minute at Christmas is wrapping all of my presents. There’s something about wrapping gifts the night before Christmas that makes me feel extra festive. Now, I’m not one of those people that counts down to Christmas at all. In fact, most of the time I don’t really even get in the Christmas spirit until a few days before Christmas. But my usual routine of sitting down on Christmas Eve to wrap presents, and watch the Nativity films or Elf, always manages to put me in the mood for festivities.
Films and TV
Speaking of festive films, the final part of my Christmas Eve routine is sitting down to watch one of my favourite festive films. There’s something so satisfying about putting on a new set of Christmas pyjamas (does anyone else do this?) and getting comfortable by the fire for a cosy night-in ahead of the chaos of Christmas Day. Just grab yourself a seasonal snack and your ideal Christmas cocktail and enjoy the last bit of relaxation before the Christmas Day madness!
Do you have Christmas Eve traditions that you stick to every year? Are you guilty of being a last-minute shopper or are you with me and relaxing at home this year? Let me know in the comments.
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