Bloggers' Christmas Customs

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As the NowSure blog celebrates its first Christmas, we've been asking some of our most popular contributors over the last couple of months to share their festive family traditions. Is turkey still top of their lunch list? Does the Queen's Speech trump the EastEnders Special on telly? And what about sprouts? Are they a veg too far or still a staple of the seasonal spread?
As the NowSure blog celebrates its first Christmas, we've been asking some of our most popular contributors over the last couple of months to share their festive family traditions.

As the NowSure blog celebrates its first Christmas, we've been asking some of our most popular contributors over the last couple of months to share their festive family traditions. Is turkey still top of their lunch list? Does the Queen's Speech trump the EastEnders Special on telly? And what about sprouts? Are they a veg too far or still a staple of the seasonal spread?

For Paul Johnson of A Luxury Travel Blog the holiday season is all about taking a break from his jet-set work life to concentrate on home comforts. Top of his Christmas wish list? "Happy family time... and some sleep!" That might be difficult with young children in the house, however, with Paul admitting that Christmas Day is bound to be an early start. Boxing Day is a different story, with nothing more strenuous planned than a gentle walk and some well-earned slobbing on the sofa. Bliss!

No such feet up during the festive period for Chris Zaremba of Fitness Over Fifty. On Christmas Day he'll be bounding out of bed at the crack of dawn for a 9am run in the park with 600 other seasonal sprinters. It's an energetic routine that's repeated the next day too; this time with cardio in the gym from 6am. It's dedication like this that's sure to be rewarded with a spot on Santa's 'good' list... Well done, Chris! We reckon his penchant for purple Quality Streets and lots of turkey is justified after all that exercise too....

Meanwhile, to our gardening blog guests. No surprise that all of them will be buying real trees this year. Definitely no fake fir when you're as green-fingered as this lot! Sprouts seem popular in these houses too, with Lucy from The Smallest Holding anticipating eating a crop she's grown herself. Elsewhere in the kitchen, however, there's a definite departure from tradition. As a vegan, Lucy won't be eating turkey or pigging out on oversized tins of Roses or Celebrations ("but dark chocolate in any form will be obliterated!"). Top of her Christmas wish list? Compost, of course, plus seeds to get a head start next year in the garden. Her little luxury would be "a nice Fair Isle jumper to keep me toasty throughout the rest of winter."

Alexandra from The Middle-Sized Garden agrees that gardening gifts are the best. She's hankering after "a stylish greenhouse I could almost live in - no chance, though!" One thing she can guarantee, however, is that her Christmas tree will be more heavily decorated than most this year. That's because she has a family tradition of buying a new bauble every holiday, "sometimes in the sales afterwards for the next year."

When it comes to unusual customs however, it's hats off (quite literally!) to Lucy again from The Smallest Holding. Now, in everything else Christmassy Lucy can be a bit conservative. She prefers the Queen's Speech to soap specials ("a festive killjoy") and, like Nick from Two Thirsty Gardeners, would choose a classic of the silver screen - It's a Wonderful Life - over more modern Crimbo capers like Home Alone. When it comes to a traditional part of the Christmas table decor, however, Lucy shows a rather more unorthodox streak. She explains: "We poke holes in our paper cracker hats and wear them like masks instead of crowns! It's funnier than the cracker jokes anyway..." Sounds like a meeting of seasonal superheroes to us. We'll be following suit this December 25th with capes of torn wrapping paper to boot.

All that remains to say is we ho-ho-hope you've enjoyed reading our posts this year, and how much we're looking forward to having you back in 2015. Happy holidays, folks!

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