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17 things we love about Christmas

Christmas is a great time of the year. We love everything about it. The fun, the magic, the food(and drink!) and everything in between. My family and I have put together a list of 17 things we love about Christmas.

Christmas eve insomnia

Every year, for as long as I can remember, I’ve never been able to sleep properly on Christmas eve. When I was a child it was because of the inevitable. Santa was coming, I was way too excited to see what he’d bring. As time moved on and I had a family of my own, I still can’t sleep on Christmas eve. Now though, it’s not because Santa is coming, it’s because I’ve probably forgotten to prep something for the big day. Let’s dive straight into the moments we love about Christmas.

17 things we love about Christmas

Christmas Decorations

Traditionally, I’ve always put my Christmas decorations up around the 12th of December. Only because my mam used to do that so that’s what I did. Over the years I’ve been nudged and nudged by my family to put them up earlier. Last year I broke tradition and we put them up on the 1st December. This year, we went all out and put them up on the 28th of November. We’ve had a crap year all around so why not bring a bit of festive cheer. Putting the decorations up symbolises the start of the festivities.

Wrapping Presents

I don’t wrap presents. I can, but I don’t. Unless I get told to by Mrs F. There is something magic about wrapping presents. The younger ones write their letters to Santa with the hope they get what they asked for. As you wrap, you can feel the joy the present will bring. The older children who are too cool for Santa, ask for specific things, yet they don’t truly know what else they will be getting. The barricading of the bedroom door, the “DONT COME IN”, and then running out of places to hide the wrapped presents are worth adding to our top 17.


I don’t mean the Christmas lunch, I mean food in general. We love the food in our house. There’s something about Christmas that subconsciously makes you want to eat everything and anything that’s available to nibble on. Bowls of mixed nuts and snacks seem to appear. No one is coming? We don’t grab a bag of crisps and pour them into a posh bowl any other time of the year, so why now!?

Christmas Fruit Cake

No one in my house likes Christmas cake or fruit cake. I’ve always had Christmas cake made, by one of my grandparents or my Mam. My grandparents are no longer with us and my Mam doesn’t do much baking anymore. To be honest I don’t blame her for not making Christmas cakes anymore they are a right faf on to make. Mrs F’s Gran makes them for me now. Each year, without fail I get given a fair size Christmas fruit cake. Just for me. I know its the start of the festive season when I get told “your cake is ready”


Normally, throughout the year Mrs F and I have the odd tipple. At Christmas, we buy alcohol we would never normally buy… Again, there’s no one coming!? We never drink a bottle of fizz through the year. I remember one year I had a glass or 3 of fizz with my morning bacon sarnie. Very classy I know… I’m from Middlesbrough and who cares, it’s Christmas!

Family Time

This is probably the most important one for us. Christmas gives a lot of downtime to people. It gives us a great opportunity to really bond, spend quality time with each other, and have a really good bit of fun. Normally we keep Christmas to ourselves, just the 5 of us, so it’s great to be able to focus on our own little family.

Family Games

Throughout the year we occasionally have a game night. Over Christmas, we have lots of game nights. Its more of a tradition than anything, but it could also be us using a game until the end of its life because we know there may be new ones coming??

Family Playing trivial Pursuit

Christmas Movies

The beginning of December is a little early for us to be watching Christmas movies, but by mid-December, the TV planner gets filled up quickly with our “must watch” films. It normally comprises Home Alone, Muppet Christmas Carol, Polar Express and Santa Clause the Movie.

Christmas Eve PJ’s

Again, Traditionally, everyone in the house has always had a new set of pyjamas for Christmas eve. Not sure why, something to do with Santa not coming to our house if you haven’t had a bath and in clean pyjamas?

Operation Christmas Present

If you have children, you know where I’m going with this one. You’ve eventually managed to get the kids to fall asleep with the use of “one more chocolate” and ” Right I’m telling Santa not to come here”. The house is silent. Operation Christmas Present is a go. You open every door and cupboard with the utmost silence, you grab as many full bags as you can carry and hustle downstairs with them. Halfway down the stairs, you hear a noise and you stop, in the hope, that if someone gets up they won’t see you because you’ve stood still.

Everything has its place

For as long as I can remember, Christmas presents have their place. Each person has a set place in the living room for their presents and you can’t deviate from it otherwise you upset the Christmas day equilibrium.

Opening Presents

Who doesn’t love opening presents!? We love the buzz in the living room on Christmas morning. With the bin bag in the corner ready for the wrapping paper that’s all over the place. The “Oh Wow’s” and the smell of deodorants and perfumes from the obligatory smell test.


You can’t beat a new pair of socks. It wouldn’t be Christmas if you didn’t receive a pair of socks.

Christmas Socks

Christmas Morning Dog Walk

There’s something special about taking the dog for a walk on Christmas morning. Regardless of the weather, you see a few other dog walkers and you say the usual “Morning”. It kind of feels like we should be walking with a top hat and tail wishing on comers “a very good day to you madam and a merry Christmas one and all”. Maybe I’ve watched too many Muppet Christmas Carols?

Christmas Lunch

Blow my own trumpet time… I make an awesome Christmas lunch. Everyone in the house loves it, and we all look forward to it. I seem to make far too much though, there is only 5 of us and I make enough food to feed my entire street! Turkey and all the trimmings, homemade gravy and pigs in blankets. Christmas Lunch is a top favourite in the Founde household.

Christmas Day Dining table set up

Yearly Sermon

Every year without fail I write, what I call a yearly sermon on my Facebook account. It’s not a sermon, it’s more me rambling on about the year and what we are thankful for and so on. People have come to expect it each year from me. I’ll post it on my blog Facebook page too. Check it out on New years eve.

Packing up the Decorations

Ok, this one is a bit of a double-edged sword. We don’t particularly like packing up the Christmas decorations, but at the same time, there’s something really satisfying about putting everything away. The house looks like a new house. It’s clean and tidy. Yet you look and wonder if there is some furniture missing because you appear to have more space than you remember.

There you have it. Our top 17 things we love about Christmas. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. This list has all of my favourite things to do at this time of year. Your Christmas decorations are super cute and really festive and Christmas Eve PJs are a must in my house too.

  2. I just love Christmas! You summed it all. Family-friends- food-decors-presents- and yes I make Christmas fruitcakes! Maybe the year wasn’t that good, especially in this pandemic time. There is always a reason to be cheerful and spread this wonderful feeling to everyone. Happy holidays to all of you! 😉

  3. Definitely looking forward to doing all of these! Spending Christmas with your family is the best, no doubt. We also do family traditions every Christmas time.

  4. This is pretty much a list of the things I love at this time of year as well!

    It really is my favourite time of year and I already feel sad that the build up is going so quick!

    Plus all the food! I love it!

  5. I loved reading this so much! Christmas is such a special time of year isn’t it! We’ve put our decorations up super early this year (we normally put ours up 12 days before) – here’s hoping for a better 2021!

  6. Amazing things Damion. Great to get a festive insight into your family at Christmas. We are out of sorts this year with family and Christmas Dinner. We usually go to my parents or the in-laws but this year we are just us and the kids at home doing our own thing which is wierd.


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