Today is the most magical, special day of the year. I know tomorrow is the big one but I love Christmas Eve. I love the feeling of anticipation and excitement in the air! For some reason it always feels so much more festive and ‘christmassy’ than Christmas Day itself, which is strange but for me true.

Like most families we have our littler Christmas Eve traditions. Our little ways of making the day extra special and familiar all at once. This is what we do every year – after we’ve finished the Christmas present deliveries…

The Christmas Eve Hamper

Every year I make a little Christmas Eve hamper for the girls. It usually includes a pair of new pyjamas, some festive films to watch in the afternoon and ‘christmassy’ books to read at bed time. I also pop in some treats and popcorn to enjoy with the films.

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This gives you a good insight into what our day looks like. In the morning we deliver presents and in the afternoon we watch Christmas films on the sofa. This year I went for Miracle on 34th Street and the magical Polar Express. And at bed time we’ll be reading The Jolly Christmas Postman and The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas. The girls love the Fairytale Hairdresser series, so I’m sure this will go down well.

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Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

One other thing I tend to do on Christmas Eve is Jamie Oliver’s Epic Hot Chocolate. This hot chocolate is epic by name and epic by nature! You really do need to be a ‘full-on’ chocoholic for this one – but that’s fine by me. It’s thick and delicious, almost like a chocolate sauce, in fact it’s so luxurious I only make it once a year and this is it…

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Ingredients for Epic Hot Chocolate

2 pints semi-skimmed milk

For the hot chocolate mix

2 tablespoons Horlicks
2 tablespoons cornflour
3 tablespoons icing sugar
4 tablespoons quality organic cocoa
100 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely grated
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt

The girls are now ready for bed after hanging their stockings and deciding on leaving mice pies and a glass of wine out for Santa.

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I’m now off to help my mum with the vegetables and do some last minute wrapping. All that’s left for me to do is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!

Lots of Love xxx