What I Got Up To On Christmas Day | CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Merry Belated Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful day with your loved ones! Today I am sharing my Christmas Traditions. This blog post is my first exciting blogger collaboration with the lovely Siyana of www.siyanaonline.com!

Christmas Presents Under The Tree at Jennifer Lam's household

What do I do on Christmas Morning?

So, this Christmas was a bit of a strange one! For the first time I didn’t get to celebrate Christmas with my younger brother, as he’s all the way over in Japan. They’re still stuck in lessons at university, so he unfortunately couldn’t make it back this year. It was odd because all I have known for the last 20 years is to wake up my brother to see who could get to the presents first.

Christmas Day with Jenny Lam's grandparents

This year I waited for my dad’s family to come over to celebrate Christmas with us before opening my presents – I didn’t fancy opening them alone. It’s always great fun to have everyone around! It’s the one day in the year where we can all forget about the stresses of life, and enjoy spending quality family-time together.

Normally, once we’ve finished opening presents in the morning, we have a lovely breakfast at the table together. This helps us to prepare for the long day ahead of us.

Christmas Day at Jennifer Lam's house with her cousins

Christmas Day with Jenny Lam's cousins

Chicken Dinner on Christmas Day?! Explain Yourself!

The other strange thing is that we have only ever had a ‘Chinese banquet-style’ dinner for Christmas. This normally involves lots of seafood like lobster and king prawns. However, this year we decided to go for a roast. However, we have broken all of the Christmas traditions of the normal ‘Turkey Roast Dinner’ and we’ve gone for chicken instead (I know we’re sinners!). Ok, ok, I know that it is very strange to go for chicken, but I have a very fussy family who think that turkey is too dry and difficult to cook, so we opted for chicken to save the drama. The dinner was absolutely delicious and I am blessed to have such amazing parents who can cook well (I wouldn’t trust myself in the kitchen).

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What Entertainment Do We Have On Christmas Day?

So, normally we have Christmas music blaring throughout the house, because my dad is very into his surround-sound system. It helps to liven up the atmosphere and make it feel more like Christmas. As I’ve gotten older, I forget that it is even Christmas. I become increasingly busier as the year’s go on that I don’t have much time to prepare for the season. Music is definitely one of my favourite Christmas traditions every year. It is my main reminder that Christmas is around the corner when I commute from work listening to the radio or watch Christmas-related films.

My cousins got a Nintendo Switch for Christmas, so we spent a chunk of the evening testing out their new games. After all, you need to cherish the time you have with younger members of the family, as they grow up so quick!

We always have Christmas Crackers on the dinner table. We pull the crackers before we start our dinner, so that we can all wear a Christmas hat!

Table set up at The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic's household on Christmas Day

What’s for dessert?

Let’s be honest, no Christmas dinner is finished without a good dessert! Well, in our household, we don’t believe in just one dessert, we prepare quite a few! We had a gingerbread house, Christmas cupcakes, trifles, lychee and mango jelly, praline and toffee roulade, the list goes on! After all, there’s always room for dessert.

Gingerbread House on Christmas Day made by Jennifer Lam

Christmas Cupcakes on Christmas Day made by Jenny Lam's mum

Other Christmas Traditions?

Me and my boyfriend normally go on a short break just before Christmas, so that we can exchange presents. As a long-distance couple, it means we don’t normally get to see each other on Christmas. This year I went to York, where you can see what we got up to here!

Here’s a visual summary of Christmas Day in my household:

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my Christmas traditions, and don’t forget to read about Siyana’s here!

I would love to hear about what traditions you have, so leave them down below for me to have a read!

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18 Comments

    • December 30, 2017 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read about it, will definitely check our your traditions now too! I hope you’ve had a lovely evening too ☺️

      • December 31, 2017 / 11:14 am

        Thank you veeery much! 🙂 <3

  1. December 30, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Ah I love the sound of Christmas day in your household! I definitely like to wait for everyone to wake up because opening presents together is so much more fun:) wishing you a great 2018!

    • December 30, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! Haha yeah it’s definitely a tradition I’ve gotten used to, it feels weird to even think about opening presents on my own haha! Thank you, I hope you have an amazing 2018 full of amazing opportunities ☺️

  2. December 30, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time with your family! That’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it! Thank you for collaborating with me as well, it was my pleasure <3

    • December 30, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      It was so lovely, always my favourite time of the year! Aww no, thank you for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with you, it was so much fun! Happy New Year lovely ☺️????????

  3. December 31, 2017 / 10:31 am

    This sounds like SUCH a lovely Christmas! This was my first year spending Christmas without my family (although I spent it with my boyfriend’s family) but it was so strange not seeing my siblings and opening presents with them, too! I love hearing about all of your family traditions. I hope you have a wonderful 2018. Happy New Year!

    Madison https://breakfastatmadisons.com

    • December 31, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Thank you so much Madison! Aww I hope you enjoyed your Christmas with your boyfriend’s family! It’s so strange when you get used to things haha! Thank you so much, Happy New Year to you too and I hope it brings you many amazing memories and opportunities ☺️

  4. briannamarielifestyle
    January 5, 2018 / 3:29 am

    The gingerbread house is so cute! Followed 🙂

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    January 5, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Hello and Happy New Year! I love your blog and just followed you! Would you please check out my blog and subscribe to my mailing list as well?

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    Thank you so much!
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  6. January 6, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Lovely read ???? we slow cooked our turkey for the first time this year (took around 6-7 hours) and it was so nice! Not dry at all, even the leftovers the next day were perfect! Just an idea to try if you wanted to give Turkey another go next year x

    • January 6, 2018 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read it! That actually sounds like a fantastic idea, think I need to invest in a slow cooker haha! I don’t mind turkey too much, thinks it’s just my family who are fussy ???? Thank you for sharing the idea though, I’ll definitely look into that this Christmas!x

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