Kate Middleton: Cambridges’ Break Tradition For Sake Of Family, Turn Anmer Hall Into Christmas Wonderland

Kate Middleton and Prince William have been gearing up for the big day and keeping things festive for their little ones as Christmas Day approaches. Middleton has shared that George is excited for the season, and that little Charlotte is taking well to her big brother’s antics.

The royals have shared that they will be attending the traditional church service on Christmas Day morning, and that this year, George will be in attendance, though Charlotte is still a touch too young. As for the remainder of the day, there’s been whispering that Will and Kate will simply entertain Kate’s family at their Anmer Hall home and will not take part in the usual festivities with the Queen.

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“Friends report that Kate has spent hundreds on gaudy decorations, including glittery baubles, flashing tree lights and mounds of tinsel, which her two-year-old son George apparently loves. The Duchess was spotted shopping as early as November with a view to making Anmer a riot of flashing colour.”

Kate has reportedly even gone so far as to purchase two trees, and the smaller of the two is decorated with fairy lights that flash, to keep George and his little sister in awe. The larger tree is decorated more tastefully for the main house.

“Kate has gone all out and there’s a lot of glitter, sparkle and Christmas cheer. She wants it to be great fun for the kids. There is nothing formal or stuffy, it’s all rather over the top and good fun. The Middletons always go OTT, and Kate and Will are following suit.”

The breaking of tradition that Prince William and Kate Middleton are veering towards with their Anmer Hall Christmas, demonstrates just how adamant William is to raise his family in as “normal” a manner as possible. The couple has reportedly made it known that their plans for Christmas are non-negotiable, and that they intend to host Middleton’s family regardless of the breaking of tradition from years gone by.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Catherine Middleton (R) her mother Carole and sister Pippa arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

As for the family’s plans for the holidays, it’s been made known that a few royals are not at all pleased with the Duke and Duchess’ decisions.

“[T]he Cambridges’ move has not gone unnoticed by other Royals. According to a source: ‘Some of the Royals are rather snippy about what they call the ‘Alternative Anmer Christmas’ and I’ve heard one say ‘It’s the Cambridge way or no way.’ “

Although Kate often takes the heat for evading the traditional practices of the royal family, in this case it truly is all Prince William that has insisted on Christmas their own way. A source shares as to William’s wishes for a fun family holiday.

“It’s not Kate, but William who has instigated this. He wants an ordinary, fun, family Christmas in his own home and that’s what he’s engineered. No one’s said ‘no’ or told him it’s not the done thing. It has just been accepted.”

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