The 12 days of Christmas

Well, we all know the song “On the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me……” and so on and so forth so my question is this; why therefore do people feel the need to take their Christmas Tree and decorations down the day after Boxing Day? surely that’s only the 3rd Day of Christmas! There’s another 9 days of Christmas to go yet.

Now, I posted a similar question recently on my Instagram stories and the feedback was quite mixed. The general feeling being though that people tend to put their decorations up far too early in the first place and then either get bored of them before Christmas even arrives or they find that their tree is already dead by the Big Day and that it has simply got to go and as soon as possible.

Add into the mix the fact that on Christmas Eve all  the television and radio can talk of is the Boxing Day sales, then its small wonder that to so many Christmas is just the one day.

For my family however, we like to enjoy the Festive period. We believe in the 12 days of Christmas in this household.

On Christmas Eve, we go as just our little unit to the local pub for a meal and a drink before heading to the local  village church for the children’s Christmas church service.


On Christmas Day after opening our presents, the Grandparents arrive. They bring with them a suitcase as they’ll be staying for the next couple of days.

On Boxing Day we always go for an annual family walk in the morning and then in the afternoon, we have a Boxing Day party with a buffet and when more family arrive to join in the celebrations with us.

On the intervening days after the Big three Christmas Days, we stay in, often in pyjamas all day, watch movies on the television, play with the children’s new toys and continue with the Eat, Drink and be Merry theme!

There is definitely no heading off to the sales for us. In fact I think all the shops should shut down for at least a week over the Christmas Holidays and people should just learn to enjoy being with their families for a bit. I seem to be in somewhat of a minority on this one however…….. I seriously haven’t left the house since our Boxing Day walk and today is the 29th December. To me  though its been bliss. We’ve had no place to go and no demands being made on our time. We’ve been able to live life slow and totally chill out and relax.

Tomorrow sees us on our annual outing to the Pantomime and I honestly can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.

As for New Years Eve, well that will see us at home once more which is just the way we like it. We have a kitchen party and a nice three course dinner and its perfect. No trailing round over crowded pubs in the cold and the rain for us and spending a fortune on taxi’s to get us home again. Nope, we’re happiest in our own little festive bubble thank you very much.

I really couldn’t imagine welcoming in the New Year without all the sparkle and twinkle of the Christmas decorations. The house always feels so bare and empty and depressing when they come down and that’s certainly not how I want to welcome in a New Year.

The only down side in all of this is that the children have to go back to school before the 12 days are officially over and I think this is a little bit of a shame……at least they still have a festive home to come home to at the end of the day!

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Sally xx

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