2 August 2010


Hi Ladies!

Today I want to talk about traditions. Something that I love about blogs is the fact that you get to read about other families and their traditions....some of which are very inspiring!

From this post I'd love to swap some ideas on traditions with you and hear what YOUR family do!

So here are some of the things my family and I do (ignore the random bullet points. I can't get rid of them without having spaces between each point):

  • We always get up early on our birthdays and sit at the end of our mum and dads bed whilst presents are being opened.
  • I always ask for a new pair of PJ's for Christmas so they are nice and soft to sleep in on Christmas night.
  • My Mum and I wrap Christmas presents in her bedroom whilst listening to Christmas music every year.
  • We always have a little Halloween party every year (just for family). Not many neighbours appreciate trick or treating so it's nicer to make the effort at home.
  • My Mum (THE BEST Mum in THE world!!) always always always cleans the house from top to bottom before someones birthday. I love it : )
  •  Every Christmas we have an elf visit us. Some of you may know it was "Elf on the Shelf". It makes it extra magical for my little brother. 
  • My grandparents always come to our house on Boxing Day (Day after Xmas). We have a special breakfast (pancakes, bacon etc), followed by left overs from the day before for Lunch/Dinner. We spend the day talking, playing games, eating and drinking. That's what Christmas is about though isn't it?
  • On most Friday nights we have a Family night. We usually get pizza or make our own "homemade" Subway. We usually watch a family film too.
  • On firework night we have family at our house and let off a few fireworks and have a BBQ. Hot chocolate is a MUST!

From reading blogs I have a few ideas of traditions I'd like to start when I have my own family.

* Taking a picture with your child on each of their birthdays.

* Buying new PJ's before Christmas and wearing them on Christmas Eve...Imagine how cosy and exciting that nights sleep will be : )

* The Summer list.

Now that you've read my traditions it is time to share yours! Big or small...Let's share some ideas and help each other create memories within our families...that's what traditions are about.

I'm looking forward to reading your responses!

Gemma x


  1. Buy a special Christmas bauble each year for each child , for the tree. When they leave to have their own home, they have a ready made 'starter kit'!

  2. Awww that is such a nice tradition!! Lovely : ) I may have to add that to my list ; )

    Gemma x

  3. Traditions are a wonderful thing to share in a family Gemma! It ties a memory togther and is special to pass on.

    Blessings sweet friend.
    ~Melissa :)

  4. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, items
    on your list are ones that we
    always did and still do in my
    home. There's just something
    about a new pair of pj's every
    Christmas and my mom and I used
    to always wrap presents in her
    bedroom together. One that we
    like to do in our home with our
    boys is read the story in the
    Holy Bible of the birth of Jesus.
    Then we have a family dinner on
    Christmas Eve after that with
    other family members who come
    by and I always make my mom's
    famous fudge.

  5. I love traditions too...and that's something that I want to really think about when we have our first baby next year...

    Hey, I saw your comment on Katie's Blog - The Design Apprentice. I too was thinking about Teaching at one point. Since you aren't even sure you want to do that, you might check into volunteering someplace - school, church, daycare...I did that at our church's school and then eventually was added to their substitute teacher's aide (on call list). Think about it...

    Have a great day/evening. :)

  6. You have a lot of fun traditions. Not sure what boxing day is, but any chance to celebrate something is great.

    Thanksgiving is my favorite. We make a huge meal and go around and talk about what we are grateful for. There isn't the stress of presents and it's just good family time. The food is the best!

  7. Gemma, I love these traditions!!

    We also have the elf on the shelf, funny how that translates across the pond!

    And I too have a tradition with new PJS for Christmas. I've taken to buying my sister and I a new pair for Christmas eve every year. That and I need to sleep in clean warm flannel sheets.

    Great traditions, I love tradition.

  8. Oh, I love traditions! We had special Christmas pj's each year. I think my favorite tradition is baking seasonal cookies. My mama would always bake soft Gingerbread men cutouts each Christmas and let us help. I love baking with my family!


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Gemma x


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