My Christmas Day Traditions

Would you believe we’re halfway through Blogmas already? Welcome to Day Twelve!

Today I thought I’d share my family’s Christmas Day Traditions with you guys. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year – I love spending time with my family, exchanging gifts, making memories and of course, the Christmas food! I also love how everyone has different traditions and experiences of Christmas. It’s just a great time of year.


When we were little, my brother and I (probably like every other kid on the planet) would wake up super early on Christmas Day. Like 5 or 6am early. So on Christmas morning we would both wake up at the crack of dawn, and we’d head downstairs and watch a little show called Takeshi’s Castle. For those of you who don’t know, Takeshi’s Castle is a Japanese Gameshow from the 1980s and features the Japanese comedian Takeshi Kitano playing a count who owns a castle. He sets up a series of challenges and invites players (known as the volunteer army) to try and complete the challenges and storm the castle – all to win 1 million Yen (around £6K today). It was honestly one of the wildest programmes ever – it says something about a show when they’re still repeating it nearly 30 years after it finished airing. Anyway, that’s what we’d watch on Christmas morning – if you’re super interested, you can check out a clip here.

My family always eats Christmas Dinner around mid-afternoon, so my mum would always make us eat some form of breakfast before we were allowed to open presents – I never understood why when we were kids since we would be eating so much that day, but now I feel like it was to stop the hanger taking over. Hangry kids are just not fun.

Once breakfast had been consumed, we would start opening presents! My mum would always come armed with a trusty black bin bag ready to tidy the inevitable mess of Christmas Wrapping Paper. We’d then start cooking dinner, phone family and friends to wish them a Happy Christmas and thank them for whatever gifts we’d received, and then basically just relax the rest of the afternoon.

What do we have for Christmas dinner I hear you say? Turkey, stuffing, veg, roasties, pigs in blankets, gravy (never forget the gravy) – basically as much Christmas food as we can physically stomach…and fit in our fridge.

When I was growing up, Christmas TV was so good. I don’t know if it was the quality of the programmes, the amount of food we’d consumed, or the fact that I was a kid and everything seemed so much cooler than it does now. I used to love watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special, like I would actually count down the hours until it was on.

On Boxing Day, we would always visit my Auntie’s house when we were little along with some other family members, and just eat Christmas Day leftovers, play games and just have family time together. The memories I have from those days are amazing, and I’ll treasure them for so long.

And there you have it, my Christmas Day traditions!

Do you have any family traditions for Christmas Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Charley x

Published by Charley

Hi! My name is Charley and welcome to my little travel blog! After visitng South Africa in 2016, I caught the travel bug and have since been to 20 countries, ranging from New Zealand to Ukraine! Undaunted Adventure is a travel blog full of tips, tricks and my favourite memories. Hopefully they'll give you some inspiration to travel and to give you some hints of where to go! Roam Free - Travel Undaunted.

2 thoughts on “My Christmas Day Traditions

  1. This is a really interesting post. I love reading about how other people spend Christmas day. As a child we would open presents then have tea and biscuits but as I’ve got older we have bucks fizz instead.

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