‘I still think it looks wonky’ muttered high command as I unveiled the fully dressed Christmas tree.
It has taken quite a few years to learn how to enjoy the festive period culminating in Christmas Day.
I don’t need to go into details but I had quite a disrupted childhood and Christmas Day for me always meant arguments, bickering and was generally not a good time to be with my family.
Since meeting High Command, and spending each Christmas for the last ten years at her parents, I have slowly learnt how to embrace the festive spirit.
And since No1 and No2 have been born Christmas has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
We have recently moved house and now that we have the room, this year for the first time we will be hosting Christmas, with the Out Laws and Brother/Sister-in-Law coming to stay.
It goes without saying that this in itself will come with its own challenges….
However playing host, together with No1 who is almost 4yo really knowing for the first time what to expect, means that we really want to lay on a good show.
So it is with this in mind that I have been reflecting on how we will make the whole festive period special this year and each year thereafter.
Although very much work in progress these are our Christmas Family Traditions:
Letter to Father Christmas. This year we wrote letters to Father Christmas for the first time. We used the free Royal Mail one but there are lots of options which you can read more about here. For me this is a good way to capture the spirit early and also a way to encourage the kids to behave so they recieve their presents.
Advent Calenders. The use of chocolate ones (one in the morning and one after dinner) has been a great way to encourage good behaviour albeit not as healthy an option as fruit….maybe there is a gap im the market for a fruit advant calender!!
Real Christmas Tree. For the last 10 years we have invested in and reused a fake tree which isn’t quite the same. As we are hosting this year we have gone for a real tree (the deal at Ikea) and dressed it together as a family whilst listening to Christmas songs.
Chocolate money for the tree. Plenty of chocolate money on the tree is a must.
Potted Christmas Trees. The girls have been fortunate to have been bought baby potted Christmas trees for their first Christmas’. The idea being that they grow with the kids and we put outside Christmas lights on them and sit them on the porch each year to show them off.
Presents. Put pressies out on night before, pretending that Father Christmas has been.
Mince Pie & Carrot. In the same vein a half eaten mince pie and carrot will be placed on the dining room table to show Father Christmas to help reinforce his existence.
Christmas Stocking. Each daughter will have their own knitted stocking for pressies to go in.
Christmas Jumpers. For Christmas day it will be obligatory for everyone to wear a distasteful Christmas jumper. A prize will be awarded for the most nauseating one!
Walk on Christmas Day. After the lunch it will be compulsory for everyone to go for a walk to work off their Christmas lunch.
Well thats it for our Christmas Traditions.
Hope they provide some inspiration and would love to hear what your Christmas Traditions are