12 Days Of Slackmas | A Yuletide Throwback

Monday, 11 December 2017

Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around Christmas time, and I'm so lucky to have them to hold onto. Christmas has always been about family in my household and I love spending it with the people I love most. I think that's why I get so excited about it every year. Back when we lived in our small little flat, before we moved, we had some of the best Christmases so I thought I'd share a few of my favourite memories.

When my brother was born I had just turned 4 but I remember his first christmas so vividly. He had the cutest reindeer outfit on and I insisted on opening all of his presents for him. Safe to say I was a tad over excited. One of his gifts (that I was pretty jealous of) was a bulldog toy that sang "What a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong. Now, everytime I hear that song I think of Christmas.

Another of my favourite memories was both mine and my sister's reactions when opening gifts. We'd both shout "oh my god I've always wanted this......what is it?" once we'd unwrapped something. I remember getting a V-Smile game station thingy (the best gift ever) and telling EVERYBODY "it plugs into the TV didn't you know" in my very welshy and blocked nose voice. Unfortunately, that is on tape. My mum loved recording us opening our gifts on the old camcorder. It's so funny to look back on the throwback toys and our reactions to the gifts. There's one clip of me opening the Shrek 1 and Shrek 2 DVD set and you'd swear I'd just been given £1000 I was so ecstatic. One thing I wasn't impressed with was receiving a Ken doll though. Apparently, I already had too many barbies and thought a Ken doll addition was all wrong. I didn't need a man. I was an independent 5 year old. 

Our Christmas day routine has pretty much been the same ever since I was young. I head downstairs with my brother and mum, whilst we wait for my older sister and dad to get out of bed. We don't get up too early, usually around 8:00, we've never been the early riser kind. We open our presents as soon as we're all together which usually consists of my Dad saying "ooh who got you that, that's nice?" when it was from him. What that really means is mum bought all of the presents and wrapped them but put his name on the tag. Bless him, are all dad's this way? After that we have our traditional french breakfast (no idea why this became a thing in our house) and faff around with our gifts for a bit. Then, while Christmas dinner is on the go we get ready and take loads of photos. I make sure we always take lots of pictures throughout the day. After lunch we usually visit family then get home for the evening to chill out and watch Christmas specials on the TV.

Christmas in primary school was always the best time of year too. The Christmas concerts bring me so much nostalgia and I was always eager to be a part of them. I was the virgin mary 3 times in a row which made me think I was untouchable but my debut as an angel was also a highlight of my acting career. The Christmas parties were amazing too, where you'd be in charge of bringing in a certain party food (I always loved bringing in the party rings and being everyone's favourite person) and I loved when you'd have a toy day and could bring in your Nintendo DS to show off to people. Just have a day of playing connect 4 constantly. Those were the days.

The best Christmases are definitely when we visit my grandparents on my Dad's side. They're my favourite people in the world and Christmas with them is always just perfect. On the occasions where we've had dinner at their house I've always been ill with the flu or just a bad cold. I don't know why but 9 times out of 10 I'm ill at Christmas but it doesn't stop me making the most of the entire day. My gran has always bought me books at Christmas (last year was the harry potter complete set and I was the happiest girl ever) and it's become a tradition for her to write cute notes on the inside front covers. It's something I've always loved so I've adopted the idea and now write in all the books I buy for people. The evenings usually end up with us playing a board game, usually scrabble, which is very risky considering how competitive we all are. But they're so much fun and a great way to spend time with everybody together.

December is by far my favourite month of the year and I'm so excited about doing my weird version of blogmas. I'm loving the everyone else's blogmas posts at the moment too, I'm so glad there are so many to read. And of course vlogmas over on youtube is as good as ever.

Liv x


  1. This is the cutest post ever. Christmas means so many different things to so many different people. I can remember the Christmas' nativities at school too, bless!
    Amber | www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Thank you!! Aw they were the best weren't they xx

  2. Hahah i absolutely love this post! Thinking back to how excited children get over the smallest gifts is the funniest thing. I hope this Christmas is better than ever for you!

    Abi | abistreetx

  3. Aw I love this! It's so cute to read all of your memories. My dad is the same as yours too, he had no idea what I got even though they were supposedly from him. They're definitely all the same in that way haha! Thank for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. I think it's just a dad thing hahah, thanks lovely xx


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