Firstly I want to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year! I had a small break from blogging over Christmas as we were busy seeing family and wrapping a million presents. It was strange not to be thinking about the blog as much, checking for comments, or looking up linkys. But I have missed it too, blogging has definitely become a part of my life now!
We had a lovely Christmas, things have been stressful lately and it was nice to spend some time with family, and having Joe at home a bit more was nice. We spent Christmas day with my side of the family, it’s always an awkward one deciding where to spend Christmas, with whose family. However my brother and sister-in-law to be were down this year, and we arranged for them to stay at our house so they could see Lily wake up on Christmas morning, so the decision was made we would spend it with my lot.
On Christmas eve night we set out the treats and drink for Santa and his reindeer, including a Leffe beer (Santa will have been wobbling on his sleigh!) a mince-pie, carrot for the reindeer and some reindeer food (we made previously at Tulleys Farm)
Lily loved putting the food out and it was so magical with her being old enough to understand more this year. We then got her in to her new PJs, they weren’t festive but they did have her name on, so still pretty special! She was so excited to find another book, her final one, of the book advent calendar we have been doing. I will be writing a more detailed post on that another time. The book for Christmas Eve couldn’t be anything other than “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”.
But before we started reading it who walked past Lily’s room… Father Christmas himself! It really was the cutest thing, Joe dressed in a Santa costume. We worried that she would recognise him if she saw him up close, so instead he just walked past her room gave her a wave and went downstairs. Her face initially was shock and amazement, her mouth literally fell open and she waved completely stunned. She then turned to me and said it was “Father Christmas!!” with the biggest grin on her face. I love seeing the magic through her eyes and want to make every Christmas as special and magical as possible.
The morning came and surprisingly it wasn’t Lily pestering me to get up but Joe.. at 5am! I managed to persuade him to go back to sleep until 7am, when we got up and Lily saw her sack of presents at the end of her bed! In our house we do it so that Santa brings some presents (usually about 10) on Christmas eve night in a sack, and we give the rest that are under the tree. Lily woke up her Aunt and Uncle and we watched her unwrap her presents. Last year she was so excited for every present once she opened one she wasn’t worried about opening more. This year she definitely got the hang of opening one after the other, after a while not paying much attention to what was inside!
After breakfast we walked down the road to my mum’s house where we had Christmas lunch and met up with the rest of the family. We then all walked back to our house for the rest of present opening. It was a great day filled with fun, good food, and presents! My main present from Joe was a coffee machine, which is amazing! I got him some “thingymajig” for his car.
Lily behaved really well considering all that was going on, we did have a few tantrums but Christmas can be really overwhelming for them when they’re young with so many people about, new toys and a messed up routine so I don’t blame her. She went to bed completely exhausted at around 7pm and slept well that night! It all went in such a whirlwind I’m sad that it’s over for another year, although my waistline is glad! Hope everyone had a fantastic time and if not remember it’s just the one day and roll on Easter!