Ahhh, winter. As much as I like the long days and lighter evenings. There is just something about winter that screams, me! I don’t mind the bad weather so much unless I have to be out in it! But really you can’t beat that cosy night in around the fire. An atmosphere you can only get in the winter, can’t you! Then there all those winter traditions to make it all that little bit more special.
In my head, it’s all rose-tinted glasses. We get in our pj’s, make some hot chocolate and sit in front of the fire watching a film. In reality, we are stood moaning at the front door soaked through to the skin and shivering from the cold. After making the hot chocolate which. we inevitably burn our tongues on. We then spend nearly an hour arguing debating over which film to watch then end up with the same one we watched yesterday. Or Elf, which actually is probably what we watched yesterday!
But anyway I digress. Some of my favourite memories are of us in the winter. There’s just something about it for me that is quintessentially English and comforting. But it’s definitely up there for me, for the time when we make the best memories and get out more. Below are my top 6 winter traditions I am looking forward to doing this year.
Moan About The Weather!
I know we do it all the time, it’s literally the most British thing ever! But every year we are always so shocked about how cold/wet/windy/miserable it is. I won’t even mention about how it gets so dark so early, I mean seriously who turned out the light in the sky!
Every year we have a little tradition. We head off to my mum’s house. The kids all dress up and then go trick or treating after a scary party at nanny’s! We decorate her house and she welcomes trick or treaters as we head out. We have the same route we follow each year as we know the houses that love to get involved and leave the ones who don’t in peace. Then it’s time to confiscate part of the haul as any good parents do before sending them off to bed. Where the rest of the uneaten sweets go is a complete mystery! Halloween trickery at its finest.
Oh, I love Christmas markets. Last year I visited Liverpool’s market with my sister. It’s just not winter without visiting them. And for me, it also heralds the start of our serious shopping (oh, come on don’t tell me you haven’t started thinking about it already). I would love to visit some different places this year. But spending an evening in Liverpool visiting the Coca-Cola truck and sampling the food (OK cakes) at the markets and washing it down with a whipped cream, marshmallow and sprinkles hot chocolate was such a great evening despite the baltic temperature a few years ago!
Now, you really can only do this in December. Olivia is now past this stage, but there is something so right about standing in an hour-long queue in a shopping centre to have your kids picture taken with the man in red himself! We did visit an amazing grotto in the Trafford Centre a few years back and it was amazing, Olivia had the best time. Then there was the story time meet and greet where we spent an hour having Santa fly all the way from Lapland to read to the kids.
As this stage is now over for us I can’t wait enjoy it with my younger nieces and nephew. For Olivia, I have been thinking of making a Christmas memory book of all the Santa visits and experiences she has had for when she is older. It’s nice to be able to have them to hand to look at, like in a photo book from Truprint when she gets older so she always has memories of her childhood. This is definitely one of our winter traditions I’m not ready to let go of yet!
I love pantos! We have started a winter tradition of going to one every year! Last year we managed to go on Christmas Eve! It was a great way to spend the Christmas Eve and got the kids all in the spirit ready for the big day. They are just so much fun and interactive that you can’t help but get involved and be swept along with the fun and silliness!
I’ve never done it but Olivia has a few times now. We have a local pop-up rink and this year I think Liverpool One has one too. But she loves getting her skates on and attempting to glide across the ice whilst simultaneously holding onto the sides for dear life!
Do you have any winter traditions you are looking forward to this year?