We love Christmas here at Little Soap and we just cannot wait for the big day to arrive! Like many across the UK, the festive season looks a little different for us this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it special. Now more than ever, Christmas traditions are so important as families get ready to celebrate a very one-of-a-kind Christmas. After spending much of 2020 away from friends and family in isolation, how is this festive season going to look for us here at Little Soap? Here’s a sneak peek into Emma’s Christmas traditions…
Making the time count
Every day is precious. And when you’ve survived a global pandemic, this sentiment is never more true. Christmas is truly a time to reflect on the things that are important, and this year I intend to make sure I make every single moment count.
The team at Little Soap have worked so hard to keep us going amid such unforeseen circumstances, and we all know there is more hard work to come after the Christmas break. So, we all intend to take some time over the next few days to truly relax and count our blessings. Personally, as a family we’re actually very antisocial. We close the doors and batten down the hatches after the madness that December always brings- and I can’t see this year being any different!
Christmas morning traditions
We start Christmas mornings the same way every year- opening presents in bed as a family. Yes, Henry the dog included! There’s something quite special about taking our time to snuggle in our pjs and ignore the world for a little longer than usual!
Keeping in touch with family
Yes, we like to keep Christmas to ourselves but we do know how important it is to keep in touch with family and so we always FaceTime both sets of grandparents on Christmas morning. It means a lot to us to be able to send warm wishes to those we love, and we’d never miss out on this little tradition!
A festive dog walk
No special day would ever be complete without a good, long dog walk! You guys know how special this part of any day is to us, but there really is something quite special about this Christmas morning walk. Our chosen route is usually quite deserted, give or take the other dog walkers as keen as us to get out into the still, fresh air. Waving hello, feeling the joy in every step you take… you just can’t beat it. This is probably one of our most favourite traditions of all!
I guess we’re not alone in our afternoon traditions. Much of it is sent curled up in front of the fire as the dinner cooks, playing board games and speaking with friends and family. We love the slow pace, the aromatic promise of a beautiful meal, and the cosiness of the fire. Bliss!
Desperate to escape the busyness and chaos of December win general, we usually take the opportunity after Christmas to escape to a country cottage for what we fondly call Twixmas- the precious lull in between Christmas and new year, where there are no real pressures or demands on your time, and you can. Truly relax and enjoy the company of loved ones. We crave the chance to relax, rest, review and celebrate the last 12 months. Of course, we also take this chance to start planning out the year ahead too!
Christmas traditions are important to us as a family, and if 2020 has taught us anything its to not only hold on to what makes me happy, but to fight for normality too. This festive season might look wildly different for many this year, but there are always ways to keep it just as special as it always has been. We’d love to hear your Christmas traditions too- please share in the comments!