In the past I’ve definitely been someone who gets caught up in the last minute shopping part of Christmas Eve. I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point. And I’m also sure that we can all agree that last minute holiday shopping is the absolute WORST. After a few 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 Christmas Eve plans (you might ask). Let’s get into it.
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 the city centre. I also love taking my time to enjoy the day, the Christmas markets and the company.
A Home-Cooked Dinner
When it comes to food, our Christmas Eve tradition is normally 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!
The one thing that I do love leaving to the last minute is wrapping all of my presents. There’s something about wrapping gifts the night before Christmas that makes me feel extra festive. I’m not one of those people that counts down to Christmas at all. 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
Sitting down to watch one of your favourite festive films is one of the best parts of my Christmas Eve. Whack on your new set of Christmas pyjamas and get comfortable by the fire for a cosy night. Grab yourself a 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?
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