I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again – it is SO true when they say that having children makes Christmas magical again. Bursting with excitement and fuelled by an untamed imagination, they are so easily swept away by the magic of it all. Suddenly, Christmas Day goes from an excuse to overindulge on food and get tipsy with the grandparents during the Queen’s speech to a morning of smiling faces, shrieks of delight and pure happiness.
Christmas 2015 was all about spending some quality family time with each other. The boys rarely get to see their daddy as he works away all week so it was nice for us all to have a few uninterrupted days together. No work calls. No blogging. No social media. Just us. This year was the first time Riley and Harry properly understood what was going on and their excitement levels peaked at heights i’ve never seen before so i did everything i could to make it as magical as possible for them.
I put together a Christmas Book Advent Calendar for them which started on 1st December and every night before bed we would open a parcel and snuggle in bed to read a book together. They were all Christmas or Winter themed books and the idea went down a treat with the boys, so we will definitely be doing this again next year.
We visited Santa in his grotto and they also had a Christmas Eve Basket , which is one of my favourite Christmas traditions and one that we do every year now. It was full of Christmassy goodies (pyjamas, books, dvd’s, toys, sweet treats, letters from Father Christmas etc.) and really helped get the boys in the spirit of things before the big day itself arrived.
Before the boys went to bed on Christmas Eve we sprinkled some reindeer food on the lawn and put out some milk and a mince pie for Father Christmas as well as a carrot for Rudolph. Once the boys were in bed, we got their sacks and stockings down from the loft and set everything up downstairs by the Christmas tree. Daddy…i mean Father Christmas… may have left some snowy footprints behind.
On Christmas Day Riley and Harry woke up super early and we rushed downstairs to see if Father Christmas had been. Their faces literally lit up when they saw everything and they went in to a present unwrapping frenzy. Later we were joined for dinner by my dad and also Mr B’s mum and dad. Once everyone had left we had a pretty chilled out afternoon watching Christmas films and playing with the boys’ mass of new toys.
And that was Our Christmas 2015…how did you spend yours?