A bit early to be writing a post about Christmas I hear you cry BUT Jack will only ever have one 1st Christmas and I plan on making it magical. If that means that I need to start making plans in September, then so be it. After all, there is only 100 days to go!
My childhood Christmases were amazing and to this day, I continue to absolutely love Christmas. Every year, we would write a letter to Santa telling him how good we had been and provide him with a ‘What we
want would like for Christmas’ list before visiting him at his Grotto. The entire family would also go to a Pantomime for some ‘He’s behind you’ hilarities.
On Christmas morning, we would wake up to a sack of goodies on our bed and a stocking on the bed post. An attempt I think for us not to wake mum and dad too early. Christmas morning was possibly the only day that we didn’t wake up and head straight for the Advent Calendar, instead we’d jump all over mum and dad to alert them that Santa had been. The living room would be full of flickering lights and FULL of gifts delivered personally by Santa that night.
Friends and family would pop in to see what he had delivered to us and then we’d sit down for dinner just in time for the Queens Speech. The evenings would be all about family time, games, turkey sandwiches and yummy treats.
My mum and dad have always made Christmas a special time and I plan on carrying that forward for Jack. Now it is our turn to create our own family traditions and Christmas will mean so much more now that Jack is here.
We have been discussing all the things we would like to do each year:
- Visit Santa and his Elves for that all important Christmas photo and annual catch-up.
- Visit a Pantomime or something ‘cool’ like Disney on Ice. I’ve always fancied that.
- Visit the twinkling Coca-Cola Truck that tours the UK in the run up to Christmas. Christmas doesn’t official start until you see the advert on TV, right? Holidays are coming, holidays are coming…
- Visit Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. I’ve been a couple of times and it’s really quite something.
- Decorate the Tree as a family, with Christmas music turned up to the max and plenty of goodies to eat and drink.
- A letter from Santa.
- Make a ‘Christmas Eve Box’ full of goodies for Jack; Christmas PJs, hot chocolate, microwave popcorn, Christmas movie etc,
- Provide cookies and milk for Santa and his Reindeers. Its the least we can do.
- Watch Santa’s sleigh (aka the ISS) shoot across the sky on Christmas Eve. Here comes Santa!
- Awake the house with a little bell early on Christmas morning. Could that really be Santa swooshing off into the distance? So simple!
So Christmas is fast approaching and there is nothing you can do about it so drop the ‘bah-humbug’ attitude and get planning. I shall make sure that the strain of the present shopping is done by the end of November so that we can enjoy our 1st family Christmas come December. After all, it is only as special as you make it.
How do you make the Christmas season fun-filled? What family traditions do you have?