What are your plans for Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing day?(33 Posts)
How do those 3 days look for you?
Christmas eve for me is that I get up early whilst DD and DP are still asleep, clean around, enjoy a bit of telly with a coffee and a box of ferrero rocher then when DD gets up, there's a knock at the door (my neighbour) and the elves leave her a basket with reindeer dust, hot chocolate, new pj's & slippers. After breakfast we get dressed and go to my cousin's house who does a little party for my DD and her kids. They watch the Snowman etc and we have a bucks fizz. We get home around 3pm, so it's time for bath, new pj's, carols from Kings, track Santa, hot chocolate, sprinkle reindeer dust, leave mince pie out etc and when DD is in bed then DP and I crack open the baileys, do a little M&S buffet and watch some Christmas telly. I meet friends for Midnight mass and then it's home and bed.
Christmas day - I do the same as Christmas eve (up early, coffee, ferrero rocher!!) DD comes down around 7.30am and presents are opened. This year inlaws are coming at 10.30am for Christmas breakfast and they'll leave about 1pm. Then DD and I visit my Dad and his partner, my cousin and her kids, and also my sister, having a bucks fizz at each stop (I clearly turn into an alcoholic in December) Home about 4pm for dinner with my Mum joining us this year. When my Mum goes home about 8pm the tin of roses come out and I slob on the couch watching Christmas tv.
Boxing Day - DP, DD and I are going to the woods for a walk, stopping at our local for a couple of drinks. In the afternoon DP is going to the football and I have my sister, mum, cousins, aunties etc.. coming over for a buffet and drinks.
I can't wait. I love it.
xmas eve we have a day of resting then family takeaway in the evening
christmas day is family day just myself dh & 3 children
boxing day is a day of relaxing fun with the kids
I can't believe how many of you aren't working on Christmas Eve - most people I know are working til at least lunchtime!
Christmas eve: stop off at the shops on the way home from work to get anything I've forgotten/suddenly decided I need, wait for DP to come home, go to the pub and then takeaway on the way home (if we can be bothered otherwise just takeaway and TV). Usually we open our presents at midnight but as I'm pregnant I may be in bed by then this year!
Christmas day: not sure yet but we're hoping there is a takeaway open as we want either Chinese or Indian (and they don't taste the same warmed up the next day before anyone says) but will spend most of the day sat around watching tv as we're home alone this year
Boxing day: more sitting around during the day and off to a friends in the evening
I'm not working at all over the Christmas. I actually finish on 20th and go back on 2nd, normally I am working Christmas Eve and back to work on 27th so I am happy
Christmas Eve. Get up early. Tidy up, make my list of last minute bits I need to get.
Go shopping with dd (15)
Come home, have a glass of something festive.
Go to church at 6pm with DH dd ds1 and ds2
Walk the dog with ds1(14)
Come home to a Christmas buffet prepared by DH and dd.
all put in pjs, watch a film. Ds2 (10) goes to bed.
DH and ds1 wrap in the kitchen
Dd and I wrap in the living room
Drink baileys and go to bed.
Christmas Day. Ds2 wakes us up about 8am.
Have breakfast- scrambled eggs and muffins
Walk the dog as a family- this year with ds2 bike I imagine
Come home, start preparing dinner, everyone helps
Crack open the prosecco, eat dinner
Watch Christmas TV, eat chocolate
Boxing Day- go to SIL for big family party.
Christmas Eve dh is duty so just me and the boys ( 10 and 8). Will probably go to the beach or the pool. In the evening watch a Christmas movie from early Christmas box Santa is leaving( hot chocolate, new pjs etc).
Christmas Day we have breakfast on the beach and go for a swim. Come home to a buffet kind of lunch. Cold turkey ,salads,nice bread. Cheese biscuits. Kids play with new toys.
Boxing Day we normally meet friends at the beach. Have a chilled out day, swim in the sea, play cricket .
We live near Perth in Australia and they say it should cool down to 31 for Christmas Day
Xmas eve we go to the theatre in the afternoon and then either out for tea or takeaway (decide on the day).
Xmas day will be just me and DS, I'm not doing a xmas dinner this year so we will be having buffet type food to nibble while we play with his new toys.
Boxing day DS is going to his dad's and I will either watch TV and eat more food or pop into town to hit the sales without DS in tow.
Christmas eve morning I will take dc in to my dads to pick up the turkey. (Neighbouring farmer will have left it). Will spend morning there chatting to whoever had called by. Also this allows dh to get toys down from loft in the garage ready for later. The afternoon is usually dh and I doing bits in the kitchen punctuated every so often by people visiting. Havent decided if we'll do mass on christmas eve or day as yet. Once the dc go to bed the hard work begins! Toys for 5 is a lot of toys. When the house resembles toy shop we fall into bed!
Usually have a crowd on Christmas day but relatives in the states this year so just ourselves, which suits great as we are always wrecked from being up early.
Boxing Day is party day. We will have 20 invited for food and then usually neighbours come round later too. A lot of musicians in the family so it will be a bit of a seisiun (irish word for a knees up). In years past it has been a very very late night.
Xmas eve - celebrate dd1's 16th bday a day early and tidy up from dd2's 2nd bday the day before. Xmas day have riotous stocking-y morning then tolerate relatives of varying degrees of unpleasantness and hope they leave by 7 so we can throw the kids in bed and drink. Boxing day is my day to drink with girlfriends in the local pub. I'll leave when the husbands start tagging along and go home to mine, who likes to eat lamb on boxing day with the kids(?)
Hoped for plan - work until mid afternoon Christmas Eve then over to DSis's house; join her family at Mass then out for dinner at local Indian restaurant. I take DNephew & 2x DNieces home and do bedtime, watch a film and have a drink before bed myself (perhaps help DSis put presents out when they get home.
Christmas Day - day off, spend with extended family at DSis house. Eat, drink & be merry.
Boxing Day - day off, help DSis prepare for party at her house for family & friends.
Not hoped for plan - no change on Christmas Eve. Christmas & Boxing Days working because work don't care that some staff worked right through last year's holiday season and
for a quiet life or wont stand up to certain employees need xx number of people working. I realise the job needs doing but don't understand that some staff an dictate what they're going to do and when while others get such a shit schedule that they not actually have time to even see their family until 8/9pm!!
Of course I'm not bitter that I worked from 6:45am until 8:30pm both Christmas Day and Boxing Day last year and didnt get to see any of my family until the evening (didnt even have time to go and eat with them during the day) while everyone else worked either morning and lunchtime calls or tea time and evening calls. Or that I was promised the time off this year and now have been told that as so many people want time off over Christmas I might well have to work it again
and will probably get the shit of working all day again Oh, and for good measure, I won't actually know until next weekend (circa 21st), what they schedule me to work!!
Christmas Eve - Relatively long lie (up at 9am). Our Christmas Eve hamper will be left under the tree in the hall containing pj's for all, 'Santa comes to Scotland' book, hot chocolate, popcorn, marshmallows, cookies, a good bottle of wine and reindeer dust. Potter around the house, tidy, prep veg etc.. DH will go and collect the turkey. Wrap up warm and have a wander around the park, feed the reindeer's then into our local for an light meal and glass of wine. Home by 6pm. Baths/showers, pj's on, read the story then DD2 off to bed. Pop open the wine, make hot choc and settle down to watch Arthur Christmas with DH, DS and DD1. Kids to bed by 9.30... then the fun begins!
Christmas Day - up around 7.30am. Everyone opens their stockings in our bed then downstairs to open presents and see what santa has left. Pancakes for breakfast. Sister, BIL, DN coming over to exchange gifts. My parents and other siblings are coming for lunch. Relax with festive tv and snooze at night.
Boxing day - Relaxed morning, walk along the beach, lovely baked ham, cheese and crackers for lunch and family fun.
Christmas Eve - final food shopping, hovering & bathroom clean. Nativity play, usually see friends there and go the pub (sounds awful!). Get back later than planned every year, so it's a rush to eat, kids to bed etc.
Christmas Day - open prezzies, prepare food, go and collect my Mum
Boxing Day - collect Mother-in-Law, open presents, dish up cooked meal for mother-in-law which she probably won't like (hubby always says we have to do her a cooked meal though), open prezzies. MIL wants to go home around 4pm, so we can relax, put our feet up and watch TV.
Eve - watch tv, drink, clean, do the baking etc, put the gifts out after the kids have gone to bed
Xmas day - pig out on crap, do gifts, have fun, cook, drink
boxing day - got loads of guests. So cook, eat crap, have fun. Drink
DC and I are going to stay at my dad's on the 23rd, so they can babysit while I go to the pub with some old friends
Christmas Eve: wake up at dad's, have breakfast, head over to nanna's house for buffet lunch. Eat, drink, be merry, try and ignore my nan's increasing mardiness and enjoy the children's excitement. DH will join us after lunch for present opening, since he's working in the morning.
Head home early evening, where the DC will find a 'thanks for having me, you are lovely children' note from our Christmas elf, along with a gift of new pjs, annuals and chocolate. Put stuff out for Santa, wrangle overhyped DC into bed, then put out presents while drinking and snacking.
Christmas Day: just the four of us at home, so a nice relaxed day of presents, delicious food, films and games
Boxing Day: drive to PIL for big family get-together. I love this day, all the cousins love seeing each other so much and all us adults do too
My parents arrive late on the 23rd so will probably sleep late on Christmas Eve so.....
Walk dogs up big hill with hot chocolate and mince pies for the top. This will actually probably just involve me and DH as DS is an only grandchild and has not seen his GPs since half term. Then into town for gingerbread lattes and ice skating, home for a buffet tea and a couple of drinks in our local. We are also having a hamper (for the first time) with a gingerbread house kit, new PJ bottoms, chestnuts for the fire, Baileys, hot chocolate, candle, Heroes etc so will fit that in somewhere. Bed as early as possible (my DPs will sit up talking all night if we don't leave)
Christmas Day up about 7.30 for stockings (all of us ) bacon rolls, shower and change then church at 11. Quick pint in the pub to wish everyone Merry Christmas then home for presents while dinner cooks. Lazy evening then early to bed.
Boxing Day- Boxing Day shoot so up early and out. DS will try everything to get out of it and stay with his GPs so we will probably leave him. We have a friend of my DM and DDads staying for the night (else they don't get to see each other) so nice dinner (prepared in advance) then a lazy evening (we will flake out by 8pm!)
Christmas Eve I will have a tidy up, prep the veg and go to the Christingle Service at church at 3. After that my grandma will come for dinner. Kids bathed and in bed by about 8 at the latest.
Christmas Day we are at home, the 4 of us. So we will go down and see if santas been. Open sack presents. Have breakfast, get dressed, go for a ride on the kids new bikes. Eat dinner/lunch whatever you want to call it! Go and see grandparents/in laws.
Boxing Day we are going to my aunt and uncles house for the afternoon which will be nice as they have 2 boys who are 6 and 9 so my 2 have some friends to play with!
All that interspersed with lots of nibbling, listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas films and a few drinks (albeit non alcoholic for me!)
Christmas Eve-DH's parents over for lunch and gift exchange. Family time, games and snacks after they leave. We have been reading A Christmas Carol through December and will read the last of it on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day-DD will drag her stocking into our room and open it on our bed while we peel our eyes open. Then we'll head to the living room and open gifts from Santa. We'll have a little time to look over our new stuff and have breakfast and then head to my Mom's for the rest of the day with my family. Gifts and dinner there. Then home and bed in rapid succession.
Boxing Day-Don't have that here (US) but will sleep late, eat leftovers and stay in our pajamas all day.
Christmas Eve, -shopping- pub crawl, home, Bed
Christmas Day up at 6 wait til 11 for the rest of the family to get up, go for a walk/pub crawl home cheese and crackers wine open prezzies, wait for non existent call from DC1
Boxing Day call DC1 make sure he is alive, tidy house and bike ride/ walk to the pub.
I see a pattern forming here, I may re-asses my drinking habits!!
I normally have Christmas Eve off work and spend the morning preparing stuffing and veg for Christmas Day. Then on to housework so everything is all nice. At lunchtime we will be going to the pub for a while. Then on to pick up DD's boyfriend and back home. Carols at kings, dog walk, dinner and then a Christmas film.
Christmas Day, early risers walk the dog, presents, breakfast of smoked salmon and Buck's Fizz. Chat, play games, perhaps a Christmas film. Dinner early afternoon. Walk dog again. Tea. Play games, watch tv if there is anything decent on.
Boxing Day, lazy start, bubble and squeak brunch, off out with the dog for a long walk, sometimes to the coast although that can get a bit busy, so may just have a walk through town. Dinner and lounging, playing games watching tv for the evening.
I have no idea what I am doing but what I do know.
Christmas Eve I am working until 8 then home to a bath, hot chocolate, dvd and Drambuie. Go to sleep maybe about 1.
On Christmas day awake about 10 and wake my mum and step dad up to open presents. Get picked up about 1 by my DPs DF and go to theirs for dinner...not looking forward to it. Back home for about 7 and repeat bed, chocolate and dvd.
Boxing day..no idea but again probably bed.
Such an exciting life always the time of year when I wish I had children or a big family or siblings.
christmas eve they will wake up to a letter from our elf saying he had to go back but hes had a great time and if not to busy next he he might pop back, hell also leave a little note that will lead them with clue to their treasure box which will have chocolate coins, slabs of pirate chocolate gold, new pjs, £10 to order take out that night, mini can of coke each and a box of choclates for us to share whilst we watch a movie later, oh and a piriate bubble wash (just becasue it fitted in with the treasure chest )
then we will go for breakfast at premer inn where we can eat with some elfs.
then to the park, back home for bath new pjs and movie and take out..
christmas day, wake up at stupied oclock to open stockings, have breakfast of crumpets and scrampled egg. tree presents then to my mums for dinner, most prob going to stay over.
boxing day.. normally its just a slob at home day, but their "dad" has decided to buy a knect so he could video them via the xbox , he hasnt had contact for almost 5 years, he wanted to xbox them christmas day but i said no, im not ruining or confussing them on christmas day, but am thinking about letting it happen boxing day, so if i do shall fit that in some how.
but it shall be a pj day of just playing with thier toys and watching crappy telly whilst munching on crap. there will be no bed time, they can fall asleep when they want in the living room.. which is normally 7ish boxing day after all the fun and excitment.
Christmas Eve is quite chilled out in our house, we stay at home, maybe walk the dogs as a family, watch DVDs, eat pizza, bath and bed.
Christmas Day, we are staying at home and we don't have any visitors, the dd's both have autism so we try and keep things relaxed, they play all day apart from eating Christmas dinner, dh falls asleep in front of the tv and the dd's are tired by 7pm after being up early.
Boxing Day, a repeat of Christmas Day, step children come over, more present opening, buffet and me getting stressed out as there's no room to move.
Day after Boxing Day, we are going to my dads house, more present opening and more food, dd2 hates this day as she doesn't like going out and being taken away from all her nice new things ( though she can take a toy with her ).
Christmas eve this year we are going to the albert hall for a matinee carol service. I am a bit worried it will be too highbrow for the dc though so might have to get there a bit late. If it doesn't seem too manic in london we will go to john lewis and buy a star for the tree then have hot choc somewhere. Train home then a bit of santa tracking online, something to eat then a christmas eve hamper type thing (I have bought 3 matching pjs from primark for the dc ) usually do a mini home video of them putting out the stocking mince pie and drink this usually involves a bit of hyperactive screaming and singing.
Christmas day - keep front room closed but have a nice table for breakfast with a present from us at each seat. After breakfast see what santa has brought. Then we will drive to my parents and stay over with them.
Christmas Eve is DS2's birthday. DS1 has been told he is working, which we are both pissed off about. DS2 and I will just have a day at home making sure everything is sorted, he will now doubt be glued to his new phone!
We will hope and pray Skype will work so DH can contact DS2.
Christmas Day, I will probably wake up before the kids and have a little cry over a cup of tea, while wishing DH was here. We will do presents. We're all going to pitch in with the cooking because DS1 doesn't want me in the kitchen all day.
Again, we will wait for DH to Skype, or phone.
Boxing Day I shall have a bloody long lie in, and probably have a pyjama day.
I can't wait for Christmas!! Ours will be:
Christmas Eve: have nice breakfast if pastries, make sure everything is tidy, go to church, have lunch in the pub next door with my sister and nieces, have a little play on the park next to that to wear the kids out a bit, go home where Santa will have delivered ds an early present of a new onesie, Santa is Coming to Lancashire, Christmassy sweets and a glittery bath bomb ( yes I'm mad!) so ds will have a very early bath and get into his onesie ready for our onesie party at SIL's. Christmas Eve is the day I'm most excited about tbh!
Christmas Day: ds will have his stocking and presents from Santa first thing, then we'll get ready and go back to SIL's for bacon and sausage sandwiches ( we do this every year) via my sister's house. PILs will also be at SIL's so we'll swap presents as well. Then we'll go back to our house fir Christmas lunch just the 3 of us, which we'll eat when we're hungry, not at a set time. Then we'll take turns to open presents from/ to each other (ds is buying us each one too and we've bought him the same amount as we 're getting). Once ds is in bed we'll just watch tv, have a few drinks and chocolates.
Boxing Day: we'll go to the Lake District for a mooch round and lunch.
Christmas Eve everything will be ready for Chistmas --the tree lights won't break and we won't have to manically dash round trying to find new ones, oh, no!) so we will tell the DC they can choose what we do that day.
They will chose a bike ride. DH will agree, while I remember something really important and urgent I have to do. I will then decide I can't be asked cooking and order an Indian takeaway. This has become a tradition since I was over-due with DC1, and DH and I went out for a very hot curry on Christmas Eve (didn't work!) The DC will then have baths and wash hair, and settle down to watch a Christmas film with hot chocolate.
They will all wake up at 5am, and jump on my bed. This used to be cute, but now the oldest is 14, and the youngest 8 I wonder when they will learn the art of sleeping late.
They will open their stockings on our bed....we will have breakfast, open main presents from us, go to mass, go to MILs for lunch, watch the queens speech, then come home. Eat more food, and play with new toys.
I will wonder if there are any internet sales starting, but will try to resist looking.
The DC and DH will crash out. I will watch Downton and then go to bed.
Boxing day will be with FIL. His wife cooks us a whole Christmas diner , and she's actually quite a good cook - I will be plied with copious amounts of alcohol and marvel at the similarity between DH's blood relatives and the Royle family.
There will be a walk involved at some point so I can show of my new Christmas scarf to random other people out for a walk who couldn't care less.
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