Yippee It’s Christmas!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Christmas and have done since I was a little girl. There is just something about the season that truly is magical- snuggling up on the sofa under the duvet when it’s cold outside, the sparkling lights on the Christmas tree, and the chatting together over hot chocolate with bucket loads of whipped cream. Of course when I was a little girl, I loved Christmas because of the presents, but I also remember the family times and how exciting it was to have all our family together. I have such fond memories of it all. Nowadays I get excited because of spending the Christmas period with all the people I love most in the world- what could be better than that? Waking up on Christmas morning and feeling those butterflies in your tummy as you realise it isn’t just ‘another day,’ the smell of the turkey in the oven and the feeling of happiness having all your family amongst you- I love it all. Now I am a Mummy I can’t wait to live Christmas through the eyes of a child. I am going to make sure that it is as special and magical as it can be for her each and every year.
December is an incredibly special month for us. The 20th December is our wedding anniversary- I was always determined not to have a summer wedding as I love the Christmas period so much, and our wedding day didn’t disappoint, there was snow on the ground and a beautiful clear blue sky. Then the 24th December is not only Christmas Eve, but Mads first birthday. When I realised that Mads would be coming on Christmas Eve, at first I was a little concerned that she would miss out having a birthday at this time of year, but in actual fact we soon realised that it would make the festive period even more special.
This Christmas will be the first one in two years that we will be celebrating with my family so I am incredibly excited about that as before then I had never spent a Christmas apart from them. Two years ago on Christmas Day we were in Mexico celebrating our honeymoon and last year I was in hospital after having given birth to the best Christmas Present ever. So this year will be even more exciting than ever.
What a difference a year makes- here I am on our wedding anniversary on the 20th December 2010, four days before I went into hospital to have Mads.
And here we are today after putting up our Christmas Tree!
We are all prepared and on the countdown to Christmas in our house. Firstly we have the beautiful advent calender that Mad’s Auntie Paula made for her- filled with tasty yoghurt coated raisins! And secondly we have our rather tall, rather skinny Christmas tree!
We have been talking about how to make Mads birthday special and how to separate the two. Who knows what will happen as she gets more aware but we have decided what we would like to try and do is make it that she has her birthday presents wrapped in birthday paper and she doesn’t get joint presents. We also will make sure we don’t really do Christmas things during the day. Then come five or six pm we will change into Christmas mode and get ready for the arrival of Father Christmas and leave a mince pie and carrot out. I can’t wait for her to start to realise the magic of the season. This year we are staying the night at my Mums so will still leave some bits out as Father Christmas always knows where to find you doesn’t he? On Christmas Day we will wake up early and all have breakfast together before opening some presents with my step sister and her boyfriend. They will then go off and my Grandparents will arrive for Christmas Lunch- which will be boozy, happy and full of laughs. Normally we try and play games in the evening but by that time are too tired/tipsy and will end up all snuggled up in the living room, watching television, chatting, reading or sleeping.
A perfect family Christmas, made even better by the best Christmas present in the world- our little girl. Mr E is going to have to go all out to ever be able to top that pressie again!
Roll on Christmas time- only 20 sleeps left!0