Three Christmases- Our Christmas 2014.

I know, I know it’s January and people are sick of Christmas by now.  The tree has been taken down, the new toys have all their found new places in the home, and people are thinking about Easter, at least they are if the Easter egg adverts that are already on television will have you believe.  But I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our Christmas 2014.

We ended up having three Christmases this year- one with my Mum and that side of the family, one with Mr E’s side and one with my Dad and his side.  We aren’t a large family by any means- although different members of the family popped in to say hello, but I am lucky enough to have all four of my Grandparents still around.  This, coupled with the fact that my parents are divorced, means that we end up having a lot of different celebrations which of course is most welcome.  The girls don’t actually receive a lot of gifts from any one person, but inevitably with three sets of Grandparents, an Aunt, an Uncle, two step Aunties, two sets of Great Grandparents and some very close family friends, it does end up that they receive some truly lovely gifts.

As we have Mads birthday on Christmas Eve, it does end up that the girls are pretty hyper and tired on Christmas Day, but all in all we had a lovely time with my Mum’s side of the family.  We started off the celebrations with a Christmas Eve party at my Mum and Stepdad’s house, where our close family friends came over.  This has become a annual tradition and is pretty much my favourite part due to the anticipation. We stayed at my Mum’s house for the night, before heading to my Grandparents house after a lazy Christmas morning in our PJ’s.  This year we came home to our house to sleep and had a quiet evening just myself and Mr E, which was actually quite welcome after the madness of tired, hyper children all day.  Then we headed off to Manchester early on Boxing Day morning.  We had a great, relaxing time up there, having another ‘Christmas’ on Boxing Day itself and a quiet lunch out on the 27th, before it was back home on the 28th for our third and final Christmas at my Dads.

We have really enjoyed some quality family time, after all that is exactly what it’s all about for me, and we have all thoroughly switched off which was exactly what was needed.  No one checked their emails, phones or social media for a good few days (apart from the odd instagram photo- you can’t just abandon instagram!) and Mr E didn’t go back to work until the 5th which was just lovely.  We relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company and I actually prefer the period between Christmas and New Year the most- the pace of life just slows down a little yet you are still in the throes of the holiday season.

Here is our Christmas in photos and a little video…


Hooray he has been.  We put their main presents they have asked for from Father Christmas in their stocking, plus a couple of little bits too, which I know is a little different to others, it’s just the way my Mum always used to do it.  It does mean Father Christmas gets all the glory though- this year he bought Mads a big Buzz which she was after for absolutely ages.

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Emptying their stockings.  LL didn’t really know what was going on and was most interested in the Peppa Pig bubbles that came in hers.

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Matching Christmas PJ’s with my sister and a cringey staged photo.  Awkward.  Sorry for putting this on the internet Anna.


I loved the girls beautiful Poppy England dresses they were wearing- here they are having a little dance while we were waiting for everyone to come outside to go to my Grandmas.


Such a pretty light- we were so lucky with the weather over Christmas as the sun shined the whole time even though it was freezing.


Still dancing.


Curly, mop heads.  Their hair is so frustrating to brush as it gets so tangled but I couldn’t bear to cut it.


When I was younger, even as young as about 12, I was always allowed one Babycham only on Christmas Day.  I wouldn’t allow my girls to drink alcohol at that age but it was different then.  My Grandpa got me some babycham to relive the good old days- I love it still!


I love a good brussel sprout and it’s the rules that even though Mr E doesn’t like them he has to have two- my Grandma checks to make sure he has them on his plate. 😉


Most of us don’t like Christmas pudding so my Mum always gets this amazing Malteaser cheesecake from a local deli- it’s absolutely delicious.


Christmas tree lights.


Boxing Day was spent at Mr E’s Mum’s with his side of the family.  I love this photo of LL and her Baa as she really does take him everywhere with her.


All of a sudden she is just looking so grown up.


Our third and final Christmas was back in Cambridgeshire with my Dad.


I love this photo of my terrible twosome.


We always take (and treasure) some photos with my Grandparents- my Grandpa is 92 and my Nana is 89.

Here is a little video of our ‘three Christmases’…


  • We ended up with three christmases too this year. It’s the best way… drags out the magic. It looks like all three were magical, and all about family just as they should be. x

  • Emma says:

    I love the idea of three Christmasses, we only had one this year, maybe I need to do a New Year Christmas. xx

  • Charlotte says:

    3 Christmases is perfect! We have 2 official ones with each side of our family and a couple of friends Christmas meals. 🙂 after I was pregnant and started drinkindpg again I didn’t like any alcohol until I discovered Babycham. I tried the cherry soda one this year! 🙂 xx

  • Reija says:

    Looks like you all had amazing Christmas. Love the video. Especially the bit where your girls are having little boogie. They are so lovely.m

  • Kerry says:

    We had three Christmases also this year starting from xmas eve. I love the video 🙂 Sounds like you all had a magical Christmas xx

  • This gave me goosebumps. To see their little faces light up is a blessing isn’t it? and wow, how gorgeous are all those homes? xx

  • Lisa H says:

    Looks like you had some wonderful celebrations, we needed up with four Christmases this year, which was mental, but we all loved it! It’s our favourite time of year so we definitely make the most of it! x

  • Kerry says:

    Aaah your 3 christmasses look amazing! We had 2 this year as well, juggling to fit everyone in 🙂 Love the video, I subbed to you on YouTube over the weekend – whoop! Kerry x

  • Alex Bump to Baby says:

    Absolutely loved your photos as usual Katie. And your video was so precious. I adore the photo of your girls with your Grandparents – it’s just so so precious. x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Alex, I absolutely love getting photos of my girls and my grandparents- I treasure them all so so much. x

  • Kara says:

    Gorgeous, we had 4 Christmases this year, there are many benefits to lots of sperated family lol.
    The girls looked like they had a truly magical time xx

  • Hayley says:

    Awww such lovely photos!! Your Christmases look amazing, how lucky are your girls getting 3 christmases?!

    I always used to be allowed a small glass of “wine” (lambrini!) from 12 too…good memories!! And glad to see I`m not the only one who appreciates the Brussel sprouts, its not Christmas without them!


    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I think it was those kind of days, I don’t know if I would let my girls drink at that age. And yes it’s not Christmas with out a good old Brussel! 😉 x

  • Awesome! Yours was much similar to ours. I didn’t cook for days … it was great 🙂 Toy Story characters were a huge hit here too. Both boys love them. Where are you going to put everything now though? 😉

  • It looks like you had an amazing Christmas xx

  • Bryony says:

    Ahh this is so lovely! It reminds me of my Christmasses as a child – we always had one at my Mum’s Mums, on at my Mum’s dad’s, one at my Dad’s parents and one with all my Mum’s extended family. Plus because my Dad is Danish we would celebrate with my Dad’s extended family on Christmas Eve – as is tradition in Denmark! From Christmas Eve to December 29th we didn’t stop – me and my sisters used to usually just sleep for the rest of the Christmas holidays!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Sounds like you have a busy one just like us! We wouldn’t have it any other way though would we? 😉 x

  • Aww three christmases and little ones birthday sounds very busy but looks great fun indeed. I love all the toy story toys, made me smile as Lil G loves his and still on his 4th christmas we are topping up the collection! Love your christmas pj’s and the girls really looked like they had a super time on the video x

  • Kerry says:

    Aw lovely! I bet they loved it 🙂 Sienna still keeps asking for Santa to come back.. ‘maybe if I’m a good girl…’ haha bless her xx

  • Ah lovely and what lovely photos hun. I love the staged one with your sis. HA! I have just uploaded a video where me and my sis couldn’t look anymore ugly. That’s what siblings are for! Off to watch the video now x

  • Jenny says:

    I love that you had three christmases. Growing up in a split family we always had numerous christmases and I love it. Drags out the magic and so many more people to love and be involved with for the kids. Lovely photos. Your vidoes rock wish I could wrap my head around videoing more. I am so shaky which doesn’t help the photos either. YOur girls are stunning and have grown up so much. I hope one day they get to meet my kiddos. They would have a ball together. 🙂

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It’s definitely lovely having three Christmases as you know! I am still shaky on video too, I just find it heavy! I definitely think they will meet one day for sure. xx

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    That’s a lovely video. LL is so cute when she’s dancing or when she is bouncing on that happy hopper. Looks like you all had a brilliant 3 Christmasses. x

  • aww it looks like you all had such a lovely time. Is that the stylish Nana who bought Mads a shirt jumper combo? So blessed to have all your grandparents still around xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      This is the other set! We have so many of them haha 😉 I am really blessed, the set in the photos above are getting very old, but we treasure the memories while we can. xx

  • Three Christmases, wow! Looks like you all had a lovely time, the photo of you girls and grandparents is absolutely wonderful. Happy New Year to you 🙂

  • Kirsty says:

    Wow what gorgeous pictures and a truly beautiful video. Looks like you guys had the best Christmas ever. My mum always buys my sister and I matching pjs for Christmas,very cheesy but wouldnt be the same if she didnt. Happy New year to you and your family 🙂 x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Kirsty, we had a really lovely Christmas. And matching PJ’s are definitely a fab Christmas tradition, my Mum bought these ones for us! Happy New year to you too. x

  • Carie says:

    Three Christmases looks like a lot of fun – and the perfect way to celebrate with everyone. We had Christmas Christmas and then H’s family came down to visit on New Year’s Day and it was Christmas all over again – lots of fun and miles of wrapping paper! I love LL in your video – she’s just ever so slightly baffled by the whole thing but is going to roll with it as long as the presents keep coming!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It was lovely to have three Christmases- but aren’t we greedy?! 😉 And LL wasn’t entirely sure what it was all about but she went with it regardless. 😉 x

  • Hannah says:

    Your Christmas looks truly magical, its really lovely that you are so close and get to see everyone thats important at christmas. We have a sprout tradition too, its just not christmas without sprouts! All your photos are beautiful, it looks like lots of precious memorys have been made 🙂

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Hannah, yes we saw all the people who are most important to us. And I agree it is definitely not Christmas without at least a few sprouts! xx

  • WOW – such a beautiful Christmas that’s looks perfect in every way. There are some really special pics in that bunch especially the one with your Grandparents – just beautiful. Glad you all had the best time and here’s to a very happy, healthy and successful 2015 for you all x Ax

  • Life at the Little Wood says:

    Oh, your wee Nana and Grandpa! I love them! They need a blog post all of their own 🙂 Such a beautiful summary of your hollies Katie. I love the idea of three Christmasses. We have two every year, and I fully embrace being able to eat two big Christmas dinners! Loved this xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      My Grandpa keeps saying he is going to start a blog haha! 😉 Thanks Em we had a lovely Christmas- and I fully embraced the three Christmas dinners too! x

  • The L's Mum says:

    Sounds like you all had a lovely Christmas with lot’s of family and love. Just how it should be 🙂

  • Ah I just love this. It looks just how Xmas should be! I tried Babycham for the first time this year, it’s so nice! Mad’s hair is just amazing, so gorgeous xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Jess, it was hectic, there were fights and mini strops, but we made memories and that’s what Christmas is all about isn’t it? 🙂 Babycham is the BEST! x

  • It all looks wonderful Katie – such cute little dresses on your girls! That malteser cheesecake looks divine! x

  • Donna says:

    I’m a little bit late to the party with this one, catching up on my Bloglovin reading, but even though it is now a week into January I am glad that you have dragged Christmas on just a little bit longer for me. I will never, ever be sick of Christmas and your post made me long for Christmasses past, where we had a few sets of family members to see instead of just seeing Hubby’s parents – not that it was bad this year, just different, and the way things will be from now on.
    Love your matching PJs with your sister and your fresh faced Christmas look! x

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