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How about an alternative Christmas this year?

21st December 2016
How about an alternative Christmas this year?

So what’s your usual routine like at Christmas? Are you up at the crack of dawn watching the kids rip open their pressies? Or maybe you enjoy a leisurely lie-in with breakfast in bed?

If you’re having people over when do they usually arrive? What do you eat with your lunch? Do you have the music or telly on during the day? Do you watch the Queen’s Speech? Does any of your family fall asleep in front of the telly? Do you play any board games?
Our traditional Christmas routines, although similar, might vary slightly from household to household.

Here’s roughly what I’ll be doing:

7am: With 9 and 11 year old kids, they are sleeping past 5am so I’m anticipating a 7am start on Christmas Day (but secretly hoping for 8am)

7.15-8.30: Opening presents

8.30-9am: Breakfast

11am: Mother-in-law arrives

12pm: Leave to go to parents house

12.30-1.30pm: More present opening

1.30-3pm: Lunch

3pm-4pm: Play with presents, chat with family, watch TV/Queen’s speech or play on iPads / iPhones…

4pm-7pm: Sit around drinking, chatting, eating and playing games (I have my eye on Balderdash and Pictionary)

7pm: Back home

7.30-9pm: Watch TV & eat snacks

9pm: Put kids to bed

9.30: Put feet up and watch telly

11pm-ish: Bed

But perhaps it’s time to try something new? Shake up the normality a bit?

We have considered going away for a holiday. It would be a magical time of year and they’d be plenty of festive cheer and a nice Christmassy atmosphere.

But then again, we’re the only ones in our family with young kids so our absence would impact others, which might not be fair.

Interestingly, Inghams carried out a survey with 2,000 UK adults and found that 55% of us would like to try something new over Christmas – with one in three admitting they get bored on Christmas Day.

In fact, according to the survey, the traditional British Christmas routine goes as follows:

6-8am: Wake Up (53%)

8-10am: Open presents (37%)

8-10am: Breakfast (55%)

10am-12pm: Leave to visit family (31%)

12-2pm: Start drinking (23%)

2-4pm: Christmas Dinner (42%)

6-8pm: A further meal (33%)

10pm onwards: Go to bed (78%)

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The survey’s respondents all agreed that the most important part of the day is family time, but what else could you be getting up to for an alternative Christmas?

Here’s the results:

  1. Spend it abroad in the sun 55%
  2. Spend it abroad in the snow 42%
  3. An alternative to Christmas dinner e.g. no turkey allowed 26%
  4. Volunteer with a charity/soup kitchen 20%

But what about other families across Europe – are their Christmas days similar to ours? Apparently not it seems!

Check out this infographic to see how countries all across Europe spend their festive days…perhaps we could all take a little inspiration from them to enjoy an ‘alternate Christmas’?

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Ana De- Jesus 3rd January 2017 at 12:05 am

Spending a Christmas abroad would be amazing, imagine a christmas in the sun. Bliss.

Zena's Suitcase 22nd December 2016 at 8:38 pm

Our Christmas day routine looks a lot like yours, except we stay at home. I’d love to go away and do something new, but duty calls
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LaurettaCWright 11th November 2017 at 1:00 pm

Yes I’ve always wanted to go away for Christmas too – skiing perhaps like I used to do as a family when we were kids!


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