Christmas traditions: competition

With this being Libby’s third Christmas, we are starting to develop our own Christmas traditions. I have to admit, some of them are a little bit odd.

Despite the children being so young, we have got into the habit of going ice skating every year. It’s great fun for us all and afterwards we eat muffins, drink tea and visit Santa. Perfect.

The other thing we have got into the habit of doing is using our handmade advent calendar to bribe the children to behave. I know, I am officially a terrible parent.

It has naturally evolved that Libby thinks it is Santa’s elves who give her presents in her advent calendar. So when she’s naughty, the elves leave her a snotty note instead. This has led to her behaving immacultely in the build-up to Christmas.

But it turns out, our Christmas traditions are relatively normal in comparison to those practiced around the world. In Japan for example, they eat KFC for Christmas lunch, whilst in Italy they tuck into dried cod.

These odd facts were provided by the Prezzybox Interactive World Map which tells you the Christmas traditions from each country. Prezzybox were also kind enough to provide me with some gorgeous travel products to give away.

We’ve got our own set of the goodies too so I could tell you all about them. The prize is:

  • An inflight comfort kit
  • A scratch map
  • A travel jewellery organiser

One winner will receive all three of these fabulous items.

As you can see, Libby has claimed our inflight comfort kit. This does seem a little unnecessary though because Libby would sleep through a nuclear war.

The kit consists of an eye mask and inflatable travel pillow, both of which are covered with soft blue jersey material. There is also a set of earplugs and a carry case to put everything in,

The scratch map allows you to scratch off each country when you have visited it. I think this is a brilliant idea, particularly as I fully intend to do a lot more travelling in the future and it will make it easier to tick each place off my list.

The travel jewellery organiser is a very simple envelope design with zip pockets. It’s a really sensible idea for jewellery lovers, I know how awful it is to lose something expensive when you’re on holiday.

Entry into this competition is via the simple rafflecopter below. There are several ways to enter so feel free to complete one or all of them – you can even tweet daily for extra entries.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note, this post was written in collaboration with Prezzybox and all prizes were provided by them and will be sent out by them. This is to avoid your prize getting eaten by my puppy. True story. All views, opinions, odd Christmas traditions and editorial control are my own. 

45 thoughts on “Christmas traditions: competition

  1. Debbie

    Hi Natalie, starting a family means staring your own Christmas traditions too. Ice skating and muffins sounds like a perfect family tradition, that can be enjoyed for years. My two do still have an Advent calendar, you’ve now given me the idea of replacing the chocolate in the pocket with a snotty note from an elf when they’ve pushed their luck… Can’t wait for them to give me a hard time, I may even provoke them a bit, just for fun!

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    1. monsteridNatalie Ray Post author

      I love it there too! Did you go before or after the earthquakes? I went both before and after, I’d love to see it now they’re doing such an amazing job of rebuilding it.xx

  2. heather brannan

    Mackinac Island, Michigan – awesome place to visit. A safe and friendly environment for families enjoying a vacation.

  3. Monica Gilbert

    Innoshima in Japan. It’s a gorgeous island in the Seto Inland Sea. I lived there for 2 years and was awed by the beauty of the mountains and sea every day.

  4. Sadiyya maryam patel

    Malaysia, absolutely beautiful place with a lovely climate and contrasts. The people are so warm and friendly too. If it wasn’t for the long flight distance would definitely visit more often!

  5. David Crabb

    I too love travel but feel many Fab destinations are found within our own shores such as the beaches of Devon and my favourite historical places such as York and Stratford Upon-Avon!

  6. Fiona K

    If you want beaches then Antigua is my favourite, we stayed in a little 2 bedroom cottage right on the beach rather than in a resort, as that gave us more flexibility, especially as having a fridge & cooker meant we were not reliant on room service or restaurants for the kids. We hired a jeep and went to different beaches around the island, often taking a picnic with us. the island has over 300 beaches, many of them are completely deserted, or if you want a beach with cafes, banana boat rides and other entertainment then there are lots of those as well.

  7. Natalie Crossan

    I know it’s UK but if you’re ever in my neck of the woods (Brighton) – take a walk by the sea – but not the place that everyone knows, always in the media, the undercliff walk in Saltdean. On a beautiful Summers day, you’d think you were in Spain!


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