How has Christmas changed for Plain Sarah Jayne?

For me, Christmas day has changed dramatically over the last few years, and with this year and next, it’s only going to change even more.

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If you asked me to talk you through my memories of Christmas day I would say it usually starts with my sister and I waking up ridiculously early. So early in fact, that we have enough time to watch all the Ice Age films. Then when it’s finally a decent time, we’d wake my parents up with screams of excitement and drag them downstairs.

It’s been a few years now where we’ve happily swapped three and a half hours of Sid the sloth for sleep, but we always wake up before our parents and basically force them out of bed. It’s a right laugh, which is why I’m quite sad that this year my sister won’t be waking up in the family home with us.

Even though she won’t admit it, she’s now flown the nest so will be spending Christmas morning with her boyfriend. Luckily, she is planning to come home super early (or she best do) so we can rip our presents open, throw wrapping paper off one another, eat bacon sandwiches and toast to Christmas day with a glass of buck’s fizz.

There’s another change this year, however, this one is for the better. Last year there were two less plate settings around the table as my Auntie and Uncle moved to sunny Tenerife to live and decided to spend Christmas out there.

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For me, Christmas is about spending time with your family and I totally believe the more the merrier, and it just wasn’t the same without them. Although they loved their Greggs pasties for Christmas dinner (yeah who knew there’s a Greggs in Spain?) they felt it wasn’t quite right either, so this year they’re back around our dinner table and I couldn’t be happier!

The biggest change of all is yet to come. This time next year I’ll be in my very own house and for the first time in 26 years I’ll be celebrating Christmas in a completely different way. Although I’m upset by the changes that have occurred these last couple of years, I’m actually really looking forward to this particular change.

I’m mean I’m super excited anyways to move into my first home, but the thought of buying my own tree, decorating my own house and creating my own Christmas traditions with my boyfriend, I could just burst with excitement!

Plus it’s not going to totally change my Christmas day because I still expect to go to my mam’s for Christmas dinner. I can’t cook, so there’s no way I’m hosting Christmas because family would just be disappointed in receiving dry or burnt turkey – yuk!

Although my Christmases have changed, I know I’m extremely grateful just to even have them. There are so many people out there that go hungry on Christmas day, don’t receive any presents or spend the day alone. Whether they’re good changes or not, as long as I get to spend it with my nearest and dearest I’ll be happy.

From me, Plain Sarah Jayne, I hope you had the most amazing Christmas day ever and all the best for 2017!

How have your Christmases changed over the years? What are your Christmas traditions? How do you celebrate Christmas?

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