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to not have a single fecking Christmas tradition?

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Mintyy Thu 12-Nov-15 22:48:54

Other than getting a bit flustered about 10 minutes before serving up the lunch and grumbling that no one sends Christmas cards any more? And having a gin and it around 11.30am?

Optimist1 Thu 12-Nov-15 22:54:04

With you here, Mintyy - and my shelves are elfless, too - perhaps we'll get drummed out of MN?? (Haven't had a gin and it for about a hundred years; making mental note to revisit.)

Mintyy Thu 12-Nov-15 22:55:41

I had no idea there was such a thing as a Christmas tradition until about 5 years ago on Mumsnet.

I love a gin and it. Shouldn't save them just for Christmas!

MumOnTheRunAgain Thu 12-Nov-15 22:56:02


sugar21 Thu 12-Nov-15 22:56:21

I've got to feckin work so tradition has gone out the window

usual Thu 12-Nov-15 22:58:32

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JasperDamerel Thu 12-Nov-15 22:58:48

Not a single tradition? No turkey, presents, cards, music etc? Nothing that you the same way from year to year?

Mintyy Thu 12-Nov-15 23:00:24

We do have presents. Does that count as a tradition though?

Catzpyjamas Thu 12-Nov-15 23:02:16

YANBU. DH is becoming a bit of an old fart pedantic about doing things in the exactly the same way every year. "But don't we always do <insert alleged tradition> at that time, in that place..." It's driving me crazy.
Personally my only tradition is the feeling of relief when I finally finish shopping, cleaning, writing cards and wrapping.

MumOnTheRunAgain Thu 12-Nov-15 23:11:39

I've ditched loads of 'traditions' over the years

Chocs on the tree... Overpriced
Crackers.... Bits of rubbish/tat that just lies around all day
Cards... Nobody really bothers anymore don't want to go to church
Baileys/sherry.... Disgusting and sweet
Christmas cake.... Nobody even eats it
Real tree.... Inferior quality
Nuts to crack.... Too hard and bruises fingers
Dress up on Xmas day..... Nope.

Lots of those are from my childhood which my mum maintained. I'm sure there's more!

SaucyJack Thu 12-Nov-15 23:17:24

I have a tradition of going batshit around the 19th because DD1 has tracked down her Xmas presents again.

SurlyCue Thu 12-Nov-15 23:19:08

Those are traditions Mintyy grin i especially like the gin one. <makes note to add gin to list of things to do on xmas day>

Do you want some traditions of are you happy with what youve got?

Optimist1 Thu 12-Nov-15 23:23:10

I get the impression from the Christmas threads that many people have Traditions (with a capital T), whereas we just have stuff we do at Christmas. (I should make it clear that I love Christmas but don't feel it necessary to turn it into a carefully-choreographed Event to enjoy it).

badtime Thu 12-Nov-15 23:30:38

The word tradition is totally misused in relation to things people do at Christmas. If you just decide you want to do something every year, it's not a fucking tradition until it is established (and, IMO, second generation).

TheJiminyConjecture Thu 12-Nov-15 23:33:40

What's a gin and it?

Optimist1 Thu 12-Nov-15 23:37:52

Gin and Italian vermouth. The height of sophistication in my mis-spent youth!

AcrossthePond55 Thu 12-Nov-15 23:38:24

"gin and it"

Definition- a cocktail comprised of gin and whatever you point at on the bar. Otherwise known as a 'gin and that'. As in "I'll have some of that (i.e. tonic water, ginger ale, coke, lemonade, more gin) with my gin".


CakeNinja Thu 12-Nov-15 23:40:39

My tradition is leaving wrapping until Christmas Eve and finishing at about 3am!
That's about all I can guarantee grin
We never eat turkey, music comes courtesy of whatever we have on our phones and I don't send cards.
I love Christmas but don't feel the need to force traditions.

momtothree Thu 12-Nov-15 23:41:20

May I lower the tone? When DD was little I found her pants hanging from the top of the tree. Kicked off when getting dressed. It is now tradition for kids to kick said pants `highest up the tree`... care to join in?

FanSpamTastic Thu 12-Nov-15 23:42:24

You can have our Christmas tradition if you like? Basically Boxing Day = pyjama day and eat whatever left overs are in the house - no cooking allowed! Sit in your pyjamas all day and watch TV.

MrsGradyOldLady Thu 12-Nov-15 23:43:00

A lot of traditions are just constraints. Your gin and it sounds like an excellent tradition.

HearTheThunderRoar Thu 12-Nov-15 23:47:41

Lol at that list mum I just cannot be arsed doing any of those things even when DD was small grin I made a cake about 10 years ago and I think it was only me who ate it, I was still eating it by fucking Easter. I am sure my DD will still have fabulous memories even if we didn't put out the milk every year etc.

I'm not even bothering with the tree this year.

Christmas dinner is whatever is on special if we're not at my brothers, as last year we had a joint Christmas with my brother and his family, DD only ate bloody plate full of salad. So fuck it if I am going to spend a fortune on Christmas dinner.

The only tradition we have is go swimming at the lake because I need a cool down when it's 30C (am in NZ).

Fatmomma99 Thu 12-Nov-15 23:52:53

we will start kicking pants, momtothree the minute we get our tree (shame we're hosting this year. To that end... Please may they be clean???)

As for "traditions", OP, sounds like you've got them in spades:

Getting a bit flustered about 10 minutes before serving up the lunch
Grumbling that no one sends Christmas cards any more?
Having a gin and it around 11.30am?

And then later you coughed and admitted there are presents as well. Sounds like a great Christmas.... we'll all be round (cos I can't be buggered to host!)

BonzoDooDah Thu 12-Nov-15 23:55:47

Gin and it is gin and Indian Tonic - Called that I think as loads was quaffed in The Empire as an antimalarial as it is full of quinnine.

Justaboy Thu 12-Nov-15 23:56:44

I don't do much for Christmas but until I've heard the carol service from kings college chapel, it hasn't really started:-)

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