After my last, not so happy post, I thought I’d write about my favourite time of year. Christmas! It’s finally upon us. The shops are full of festive buys and decorations and every advert on the TV is Christmas related. Christmas cooking shows are on, tempting us with homemade yule logs and delicious stuffed turkey (I must admit, Christmas cooking shows are a guilty pleasure of mine). And Christmas films, like Elf, The Santa Clause and Miracle on 34th Street fill us with the joy and nostalgia that comes with this time of year.
My mum is to blame for my love of all things festive. For as long as I can remember, she’s made this time of year super special. There have been times where the circumstances or situation was crappy (no need for detail but there was a bad man involved) but even in those dark times, she always made Christmas magical and something to look forward to. We have our little traditions too. We always, without fail, get new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Even last year, at the ages of 20, 17 and 10. Our newest tradition is a Christmas Eve Costa. We all go into town early to get last minute food bit, presents etc and then when we’re done, we relax with a Costa and watch the stressy people try to not have a meltdown!
I want Henry to feel like this about Christmas. I want him to be full of the magic and excitement that surrounds the whole festive time. I’ve started my own traditions already. We still do the new pj’s and this year, I’ve made his first Christmas Eve Box. In it, there’s his pj’s, a Christmas book (Mogs Christmas Calamity), a Santa key, reindeer food and an Organix selection box. I also want to get a notebook and write our favourite Christmas memories in it for that year. Then pack it away with the decorations and in 10, 20 years, we can reminisce when our babies are older! We’ve tried not to go crazy with his presents this year but I can’t say the same for family! My fiancé’s nan dotes on Henry so she has spoilt him rotten..to the point where I’m considering moving house to fit all the new toys in. My brother has gotten him a Cosy Coupe car and my mum is making him a chalkboard table where he can draw, eat, play etc. I’ve got no idea what my dad is getting him but there was talks of a trike. We’ve only bought him 7 presents, his main ones being a toy washing machine and a talking Duggee from his favourite TV show.
This year, I made a checklist of things I wanted to do this year..we won’t do all of them but it was a good way to get into the festive spirit. Being an adult and having things to worry about definitely takes some magic out of things! Decorating the tree was one of the first things we did (we did it in November..oops)..
Other things on my list is find the best Christmas lights, visit Santa, see real reindeer and see the Coca-Cola lorry. We’ve found some Christmas lights (not the tacky ones I wanted), we’re seeing Santa on Sunday and the lorry is coming to town on Friday.
I’ll write a post on Sunday after the trip to Santa. It’s at a local farm and you go on a tractor ride to a farmhouse where Santa is..I’m probably the most excited!