Posted: 12/12/2014 at 08:11
When the family was all together, decorations would go up the day before son's birthday on the 22nd, but the tree didn't go up until the 23rd when daughter and I would decorate the tree and bake mince pies, stollen etc. The next day I would prep the veg and stuff the goose or turkey while listening to Carols from Kings on the radio - then we'd go to the village pub for mulled wine and mince pies and a good singsong with friends before I'd join the church choir for Midnight Mass.
Nowadays we all have our own homes - sometimes we're together for Christmas and sometimes work and other things mean that we get together on another day over the holiday. However, a new tradition is that each year I give my 'children' a new bauble each for their own trees