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. 



  1. ashleigh allan
    December 8, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    I love florida

  2. Ruth Harwood
    December 9, 2015 / 7:28 am

    Loved Morocco when we went 🙂

  3. December 9, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    I love Japan – especially Harajuku in Tokyo. So much fun!

    • monsterid December 19, 2015 / 12:01 am

      We went to Tokyo for a couple of days, Japan is very high on my list to go back to and do it properly!x

  4. laura stewart
    December 9, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    i went to Florida about 5 years ago and fell in love with the place x

  5. Cherry Newby
    December 9, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    I absolutely fell in love with Singapore – would love to visit again one day!

  6. clair downham
    December 9, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    bahamas thankyou

  7. aaron broad
    December 10, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Gwythian in Cornwall

  8. Corinne Peat
    December 10, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    I love Tunisia

  9. Debbie
    December 12, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    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!


    • monsterid December 18, 2015 / 11:52 pm

      Haha I’m so sorry Debbie’s children, don’t blame me for the snottogram from the elves!!x

  10. Kim Styles
    December 13, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    I love the Maldives!

  11. Rebecca Taylor
    December 15, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    New York city

  12. Samantha loughlin
    December 15, 2015 / 5:10 pm


  13. Rachel Butterworth
    December 16, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Alaska is so beautiful.

  14. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 18, 2015 / 6:06 am

    Kos Town in Greece

  15. December 18, 2015 / 10:35 am

    My favourite place in the world are Florida and Mexico x

  16. Eloise McClure
    December 19, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Christchurch NZ was amazing, would love to go back!

    • monsterid December 19, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      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

  17. sarah clegg
    December 19, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    never traveled sadly abroad but would love to go to canada and niagra falls

  18. December 19, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    I loved Florida its been so long since I last went though, one day would love to take the boys to all the fabulous attractions there 🙂 x

  19. Christine Caple
    December 20, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    I’t an awfully long way to go, but I love Sydney

  20. heather brannan
    December 20, 2015 / 1:10 pm

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

  21. Keith Hunt
    December 20, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    We love Iceland for a normal holiday or we have sailed to New York many times.

  22. Monica Gilbert
    December 20, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    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.

  23. Jade Nuttall
    December 21, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Hawaii was incredible!!

  24. Lizzy Cooper
    December 22, 2015 / 9:28 am

    America 🙂

  25. Sadiyya maryam patel
    December 22, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    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!

  26. Rachel Wise
    December 22, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    We have cruised around Hawaii and islands – stunning

  27. Louise Tring
    December 22, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    New Zealand. So many beautiful places to visit. Would love to move over there!

  28. Margery Lumsdaine
    December 22, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    I haven’t been very many places, but I love Egypt and Thailand

  29. Nat thomason
    December 23, 2015 / 2:06 am

    Has to be egypt good food good people and history

  30. Allan Wilson
    December 23, 2015 / 9:11 am

    If you haven’t already visited I would thoroughly recommend Andorra

  31. Kristyn Harris
    December 23, 2015 / 10:03 am

    My favourite destination is Orlando, Florida

  32. charlotte
    December 23, 2015 / 10:57 am

    i love the canary islands they are my fave place to go 🙂

  33. lynn neal
    December 23, 2015 / 11:28 am


  34. David Crabb
    December 23, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    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!

  35. Fiona K
    December 23, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    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.

  36. kim neville
    December 23, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    Mauritius is amazing to see

  37. Victoria Prince
    December 23, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    I love the Peak District 🙂

  38. Natalie Crossan
    December 23, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    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!

  39. Sophie Lester
    December 23, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    My favourite is New York City. I have yet to brave the flight with my 15 month old.

  40. December 28, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Drat! I missed it! I would have loved to have entered to win the scratch map. It has been on my Christmas list every year for four years now.

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