Whilst we’ve been busy creating lots of lovely Christmas treats in the Evolve Studio, we’ve also been thinking about what all of our festive traditions are. All of our wonderful makers have put together their favourite Christmas festivities and what they’re looking forward to the most this holiday season...
We always celebrate Christmas with family at home, we never go away at this time of year and we take the opportunity to spend time together and visit family we may not have seen recently. There is a long tradition of music at Christmas in my family and we will be reforming the family band again this year, which is all about fun and joining in and less about musical perfection!!
Raising children in a Franco-British household, we have to make sure that we stick to ALL the traditions, including opening our presents on the 24th (French), but still keeping one, ready to be opened on Christmas morning (British!) without forgetting to fill up a stocking for the children to open when they wake up (British). We have a Christmas meal on the 24th and another one on 25th! Christmas is the time of year when we get to see our distant family who live on the other side of the world (New Caledonia!) as they leave the beach behind to spend some time with us in the cold and wet!
In Germany, we watch loads of old Russian fairy tales over Christmas. We also put our tree up on the morning of the 24th, our tree is always a bit wonky and the decorations never match but we still love it anyway.
Our family celebrate Christmas every year on the 24th. We have a big Christmas dinner and we always set an extra space at the table just in case anyone unexpected should stop by.
Every year over Christmas I always watch The Polar Express with my kids. It’s one of my favourite traditions, no matter how many times we’ve seen it before.
Each year for Christmas I bake lots of bread! In our family we have a tradition where you put a coin into a loaf of bread when you are baking. The loaf is then broken into pieces and served to everyone by the eldest member of the family. The coin is thought to be a sign of goodluck for the year for whoever finds it in their piece.
My favourite thing about Christmas is the shopping!
I’m all about the festive films, my favourites are Santa Claus and Elf.
I love getting away for Christmas and exploring how other cultures celebrate the holiday season. Last year I spent Christmas on the beach in Thailand and this year I’m really excited to be going to Lanzarote.
I enjoy having time to relax and spend with my family.
I love all the Christmas music, I’ll have my favourites on repeat all through December.
The best part about Christmas is having the excuse to eat way too much food.
I actually prefer Boxing Day to Christmas Day as I feel like I can relax more after all the cooking and present giving chaos.
We always raise a toast to my Grandad before eating our Christmas dinner, this year we’ll be raising our glasses before tucking into a Christmas curry.
As my mum is Spanish, we always have an amazing, beautiful dinner with all the family on Christmas eve.. so needless to say there is a lot of food eaten at Christmas as we then also have our British Christmas lunch!
Me and my family always play board games at Christmas, I always win of course.
Every year we always hang up our Christmas stockings, they’re the same ones we’ve used since we were little. We also always open one present each on Christmas Eve.
My favourite Christmas tradition is doing Secret Santa with my friends, every year I try and predict who each person has before we unwrap them.
I always feel really Christmassy after putting up the tree and decorating the house. We have loads of colourful decorations and our house always ends up looking a bit like a toy shop.
A roast dinner definitely has to be my favourite part about Christmas.
I always look forward to watching the Eastenders Christmas special with a glass of non alcoholic bubbly… and eating my mum’s amazing roast dinner.
On Christmas Eve we have a special meal with 12 different delicious vegetarian dishes to symbolise Jesus’ 12 disciples. We always set an extra place at the table because no one should go hungry at Christmas. Before we can tuck in we have to wait until the first star appears in the sky to mark when Jesus was born.
In Romania the children sing songs outside their neighbours houses and afterwards they get a treat, it’s like trick or treating but for Christmas and it’s so fun to watch.
We hope you enjoy celebrating all of your own festive traditions this year, and we’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, from all of us here at The Evolve Beauty Studio!
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