I’m really excited to be joining in with Blogmas 2014 (Sandra’s brilliant idea) which means I’ll be blogging every day in December, in response to the Blogmas 2014 prompts. [Can’t wait!]. A few of my blogging buddies are joining in too, which makes it all that more sweeter (waving at you Liane, Lizelle and Barbara!)].
Have I ever told you all how much I love Christmas? Let’s just say that if Santa was ever in the market for a new wife (not an affair-type new wife, you understand, and not that I’m wishing anything bad on Santa or his wife – and now I’m in a muddle because I’m making up hypothetical situations about someone I believe in – with all my heart – but who – practicalities tell me – doesn’t exist)….so, anyway…if ever he were to be in the market for a new wife, he’d totally choose me because I am Mrs. Christmas!!!
I love Christmas. Everything about it. The music. The food. The twinkly lights. The beautiful, wondrous, meaning. The presents (buying presents just fills me with a special kind of sparkly giddy love). The joy. The goodwill to all men. Oh my, I just love EVERYTHING about Christmas!
Right…now I’ve got that off my chest and out of the way, on to the prompt….my favourite Christmas tradition. I have so many favourites – favourites from my childhood that pop up in my memory throughout the Christmas season, favourites from recent times, favourites from when the littles were little-r. [I’m going to save some of those stories to join in with Sian’s Christmas Club Revival].
So today I’m going to write about some of the ones from our home, that have been developed since the littles were born:
1. Hanging the ‘old sock Advent calendar’ and filling it with ‘exciting Christmas things to do’.
I’m British, and we British open Advent calendars every day from December 1st-December 24th. I don’t live in England so have always struggled to find an Advent calendar for the littles to open. So, when my daughter was born, I decided to make an Advent calendar. I had a few criteria for it: it couldn’t cost anything, it had to make me smile and I had to be able to put little papers inside [and perhaps a sweet or two!], with the papers having suggestions for Christmas activities for that day for the littles. Voila! I had a ‘light bulb’ moment and decided to make it from my babies old baby socks! It’s one of my most treasured things in the whole of our home and the littles have been asking me for weeks when I’m going to hang it…..it was hung last night when they were sleeping, and they woke up, saw it, raided it and went off to school/nursery with an extra little spring in their step!
[I thank the Heavens that our Christmas decorations/’things’ weren’t lost in the theft…that would literally have been the straw that broke the camels back…thank you jammy door to the storage room in the basement. I will be forever grateful I hadn’t got round to repairing you so you wouldn’t budge, meaning the room wasn’t pillaged…laziness does pay off sometimes….who knew?!].
2. Christmas books
Since my son’s first Christmas (8 years ago now), I started buying Christmas books for the littles. They love to huddle underneath the Christmas tree lights and to read them. It started off with me reading to my son, then me reading to both of them and now we’ve progressed on to my son reading to my daughter (it’s too beautiful when I see them huddled there together, cuddled up, him reading to his little sister, in a Very Serious Voice).
[I’d love to hear any suggestions you might have for Christmas books – too late to buy them for this year (and funds don’t allow) – but I’ll certainly add them to my Amazon list for next year]
3. December Daily
I’m a scrapbooker. I’m a little bit obsessed with documenting daily life. So when Ali Edwards launched her December Daily idea, I jumped straight on the bandwagon. This will be my sixth year doing December Daily and I’m really excited about it as it’s the first year we’ll be a family of three for Christmas and I really want a record of what our life is like this Christmas because I know it will be so much better next Christmas and I know I’ll want to look back with pride on all I’ve achieved in 2015.
So, the idea is to turn this pile of supplies in to a daily record of our December/Christmas activities, our 2014 December Daily….
I don’t have an album to house the pages yet, really don’t know how I’m going to fit it in but have a whole heart full of determination that I am going to get it done….wish me luck!
[Am so looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts in response to today’s prompt….can’t wait!]