Kate Middleton and Prince William 'continue break with royal tradition as they prepare to host Christmas at home'
Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly sticking to their new Christmas tradition of celebrating at home instead of spending it with the rest of the British royal family.
Since 2014,, the royal couple have bucked tradition and opted to spend the holidays at their palatial home Amner Hall in Norfolk, where they've been joined by Kate's parents and the rest of the Middletons.
And this year is no different as they are said to be keen to make the occasion more family-oriented and less focused on formality.
"Since they had children, Kate and Prince William have been slowly making a couple of changes each year. Kate’s goal is to make Christmas more of a close family occasion, and less of a formal one," a source told Closer magazine.
George and Charlotte will open their gifts at home on Christmas Day, then attend church with the royal family, before returning home to reunite with the Middletons as the rest of the royals will be spending time at Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham estate.
"This way, Will and Kate can really enjoy the look of joy on their children’s faces," the insider added.
Their Christmas Eve celebrations will stick with tradition though as they will exchange gifts with other royals and will rejoin them on the 26th for the annual shoot.
Since their wedding in 2011, Prince William has spent the festive season with his wife's family and was said to be so taken with their low-key celebrations, he's been incorporating their traditions to his side of the family.
And this year, Princess Charlotte will join her big brother Prince George to meet Santa at Thursford Christmas fair.
The couple are said to love playing board games, karaoke and will follow in Princess Diana's traditions of going for long walks.
"Diana liked to take long walks in the woods with William and [Prince Harry] on the holiday. Kate will do the same with George and Charlotte," the source added.