With Christmas just around the corner – can you believe it’s in two weeks?! – I thought I’d begin to turn up the festive dial on my posts.

Each year, Harvey and I like to celebrate what we call our Christmas Day date night. Amidst constant ferrying around to various family members’ houses, eating mounds of roasted foods and all the rest of it, we found our first Christmas together felt as though we barely got to see each other properly. We’re that sickening couple who are used to seeing each other all the time, although we don’t yet live together, so we instated… Christmas Day Date Night.

On the 25th of November each year, we block out our diaries, cook a Christmas feast, watch festive films and even exchange gifts! This means we can enjoy our own Christmas together, as well as spend quality time with our families come the big day (we tend to do the morning at Harvey’s and then the rest of the day with my family). It’s so lovely to be building our own festive traditions!

When I shared our Christmas Day date night on Instagram Stories at the weekend – I was ill on the 25th so we postponed it – there was so much interest that I wanted to share our tradition properly, on here.

The Menu

Whilst we’ve only been plant-based for just under a year (as of 1st January 2019!), we actually had our first vegan Christmas last year. So we already knew that forgoing the meat or even a meat alternative would be fine. Our Christmas Day date night is more of a picnic dinner version of a proper Christmas dinner; it’d be sacrilege, after all, to eat it early!

Components of the Woolhouse-Chai Christmas picnic 2019:

  • Roast potatoes – this year we had Albert Bartlett Apache potatoes tossed in rosemary, thyme and garlic, with skins on
  • Charred broccoli, Brussels sprouts and maple-glazed carrots
  • Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference sage and onion stuffing
  • Sainsbury’s Love Your Veg Pups in Blankets
  • Sainsbury’s Vegan Potato Salad and Coleslaw

The Activities

The first year we had our Christmas Day date night, we explored a Christmas market in London, sipped hot chocolates and got super chilly outdoors before retreating home to rustle up our feast and swap presents. Then the following year we spent it on a winter walk. This year, We had grand plans of driving to another town and exploring, but it was simply far too cold and so we had the ultimate lazy day. Waking up late, taking the dogs for a walk and then lounging around reading, gaming and blogging until it was time to start the feast preparation.

We also don festive jumpers, pull crackers, watch a Christmas film, and swap one present. Nothing quite beats starting your own Christmas traditions; I can’t wait to see where the next one takes us!

Ideas for Christmas Day date night activities:

  1. Baking treats to give as gifts.
  2. Buying (or making) your own Christmas baubles or ornaments to decorate your tree.
  3. Driving around town to seek out the best Christmas lights.
  4. Playing board games.
  5. Play festive bingo as you watch a Christmas film.

Do you have any Christmas traditions with your partner?

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