So the lovely Emily who blogs at A Slummy Mummy has created this awesome Other Mothers Christmas Tag. Other Mothers is an online influencer/blogger community of mums who share wisdom, opportunities and generally boost each other up when we need it. I’ve been part of this group for a while now and I’m honoured to know these Other Mothers.
Anyway, back to the tag. I know I’m obligated to tag people I want to fill these questions in but I’m just going to encourage anyone to fill them in. You don’t have to be in the Other Mothers group to answer them, I’d just like to know more of you who read my blog.
Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Who do you say brings all your children’s Christmas presents?
For us, Santa brings all of the presents. I know this is a contentious issue at the moment but it’s the way my mum did it with us and something I’m carrying on with the boys. We do tell them that we send him the money for their presents though so they have some understanding of the sacrifices we make to get them what they want but yes, Santa gets all the credit here!
2. Do you wrap all gifts?
We don’t do stockings, our Christmas Eve box is in place of that. But all the presents under the tree are wrapped and I also wrap their new PJ’s and book which is in their box.
3. What do you think of Elf on the Shelf?
We don’t do it in our house, I’m not creative enough to come up with different poses for it and I know that I’d forget to move it one day! I also don’t like the whole “reporting back to Santa” thing, it’s a bit creepy!
4. Who does the Christmas planning in your home?
For the most part, it’s me. But I’ll never buy a gift for the boys without running it by Gareth first. I’ll buy Christmas cards for both of our families though and I do find most of the gifts. Gareth is so much better at wrapping than me though (we’re taking professional standard!) so he’ll wrap all their presents and he does 75% of the cooking, especially the years where he has meat.
5. How much do you spend at Christmas?
Ooh, controversial! It tends to differ each year but I’m going to take a guess and say that we haven’t spent more than £100 on each child. Gareth’s gifts were less than £50 (I got him one from me and one from the boys). My favourite thing to buy though is the food. We’ve ordered from Morrisons this year and our order came to £38. I’ve also bought some bits from Aldi and I’m going to brave the shops on Monday and get the veg, Yorkshires and fresh items but it all comes to around £60. We’ve gone into debt in the past for Christmas but this year, it’s only been the boy’s main presents which went on credit and that was paid off when Gareth got paid (it was a Black Friday deal).
6. When do you start buying gifts?
In the past, we’ve used Park and started buying at the end of October. This year, I think we started mid-October because we knew my money would be stopping at the end of the year so it made more sense to spread the cost.
7. What’s most likely to cause tension in the holidays?
If I’m being totally honest, nothing! Last year, a gingerbread village nearly broke us up (I’m being deadly serious!) and if anything is going to cause us to argue, it’ll be the dinner but we don’t tend to fall out anyway so there’s no reason for it to change over Christmas.
8. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
I have a couple. One was being in the bath and hearing the jingle of sleigh bells (I think my dad had hung out of a window with them!) and the excitement I felt was incredible. The other one I have is being tucked up in bed, in my fresh pyjamas and knowing I wouldn’t be able to sleep because I knew Santa was coming to bring me presents. Being a kid at Christmas definitely beats being an adult!
9. Any quirky traditions?
I’ve written about my Christmas traditions before and I think the quirkiest one we have is going to the Christmas parade. It doesn’t sound unusual but this parade is quite bad; the first year we went, they had giant plush ostriches being ridden by men on stilts! It was so bizarre but it was enough to make us go back, year after year!
10. If money was no object, what would you really give for Christmas?
I would buy my husband and my mum a house. Not the same one obviously but we rent and it’s just not secure. I’ve always wanted to be able to buy my mum a house, maybe one day I’ll be able to but this is definitely my “money is no object gift”.
There we have it, my Other Mothers Christmas Tag. I hope you feel you know me a little better and if you want to join in, I’d love to give it a read. You could also record a vlog if you’re a YouTuber and I’ll make sure I watch it.
Until next time…