Whilst my blogging has been more miss than hit over the last few months, there was no way I was going to miss taking part in the Virtual Advent Tour! Many thanks to Kelly of The Written World and Marg of The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader for hosting the event again!
In case you are interested you can also check out my post from previous years:
- 2009: The brilliantly funny Frank Kelly’s Christmas Countdown
- 2010: I showcased some: Barmy British Boxing Day Events
- 2011: I talked about some books I was looking forward in 2012
- 2012: I showcased a few versions of Fairy Tale of New York, my favourite christmas song.
As you can see from the list above, I’ve not really talked about how my family does Christmas before, and that’s for no other reason than I don’t think we have any particularly unique and quirky traditions.
When I was allocated today as my slot, I thought I’d change that a little bit this year, because the one thing that is traditional for us, is that December is quite a busy month for other family events, with wedding anniversaries and birthdays aplenty. (and a fight for card space in amongst all the Christmas cards!)**
My mum and dad’s wedding anniversary always started the month off on the 4th, and my brother’s and his wife’s is twelve days in.
Incidentally we do maintain 1 tradition the weekend following my mum and dad’s anniversary and his birthday, is the weekend we put our Christmas decorations up. (so that’s my weekend planned then! :))
Most importantly, for today at least, is my dad (that handsome bloke in the photo above.) today is his birthday. Many happy returns, pops! But, my mum also used to celebrate her’s on Christmas Eve, and mine takes place a few days later on the 27th (which is *whisper it quietly* my 40th this year…)
So, yeah, with the wider family having birthdays at the end of November and start of January, it’s always been a busy time of year, and it’s not set to get much quieter next year when my nephew and his fiancée tie the knot!
Before I go, I’ll leave you with a new favourite Christmas song I discovered last year: That’ll be Christmas by Thea Gilmore.
** Can I just mention as well how hard it is to find decent birthday cards etc in the shops during December!