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If you haven't yet read Gemma's post about Christmas Day style and what she likes to wear on that one day of the year when the man in the red suit pays her a visit, check it out here. It left me wondering what Christmas Day is like for everyone and the types of outfits some of you may opt to wear to all manner of events from the casual get-together to the formal Christmas Day party.

Let's face it, Christmas can mean different things to different people depending on your family, social life, traditions, culture, beliefs or budget. There is no right or wrong way to spend Christmas Day and as such I decided to put together a few outfit ideas for the various events that take place.

Starting off with the most common - the casual Christmas Day family lunch/dinner. This one is true for me, although living in Australia my Christmas Day doesn't so much involve woolly knits and cosy mittens but rather a pair of flip flops and a summer dress (but more on that later). For the rest of the Northern Hemisphere who spend a chilly Christmas Day surrounded by family and friends in a warm, intimate setting of a house, pub or restaurant, this outfit suggestion (above) could work a treat.

Forget that daggy novelty Christmas jumper (although a nice Fair Isle knit could be a winner), for your family Chrissy 'do a colourful knitted sweater is a great start. Of course, one must brave the outside at some point (unless you're hosting the family lunch at home, if so hats off to you!) so a big cocoon-like coat that feels like a hug from Grandma is a must. Next on the list is a comfortable pair of jeans. After the copious amounts of turkey, plum pudding, mulled wine and goodness knows what else, a pair of trousers (perhaps with an elasticised waist if necessary!) will be a God send.

On your feet a sturdy-yet-warm pair of boots will also be your saviour, this is particularly important if you plan on walking during any part of your Christmas Day activities. And finally while you may be forced to leave the Chrissy jumper at home, there's nothing stopping you from adding a touch of festive fun in your accessories and jewellery. Whether it be a fuzzy beanie or scarf or a pair of reindeer earrings or necklace. Although flashing musical Christmas brooches are strictly prohibited!

So, what are you planning to wear to your family Christmas Day lunch?

Casual Christmas Day outfit product links:
1. Topshop knitted sailor top, £38.
2. ASOS wool Fairisle headband, £8.
3. River Island cream contrast faux fur collar coat, £85.
4. Silvertime snowman silver earrings, £13.90.
5. Topshop MOTO Leigh Supersoft jeans, £38.
6. Clarks Originals chocolate boots, £89.