Our Christmas 2015

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.

Christmas Book Advent Calendar

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.

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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.

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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.


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And that was Our Christmas 2015…how did you spend yours?



  1. 7 January, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas! We spent the morning opening presents, and then headed off round my partners parents and spent Christmas with them, and then round my parents on Boxing Day! Was a bit crazy, but we like to see both our families over Christmas.

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  2. 7 January, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Aww what beautiful photos! Looks like your boys had the best time. I love the Christmas book advent calendar idea, we’re massive book lovers in our house so I’ll have to give it a go next year 🙂 xx

  3. 7 January, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    What beautiful pictures and memories made. I’m glad you managed to get some uninterrupted family time together and got to switch off. It looks like you had such a magical Christmas. I adore the little kitchen!!! xx #love2blog
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  4. 8 January, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Glad you all had a wonderful time! Love the idea of a Christmas book advent calendar, I may have to steal it! 🙂 x
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  5. 8 January, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Aw such a lovely post lovely. I love Christmas. I love the book advent you did for your boys. I do think the idea of a Christmas eve box is so lovely I did it for my two as well. Its a nice touch and builds up their excitement even more. They look so pleased opening their presents. x

  6. 8 January, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely time, Vikki. And I love how monochrome our house & even the wrapping paper is! xo
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  7. 8 January, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Gorgeous photos. Christmas is so lovely when you have children. And we do a lot of these things to make Christmas magical for Little Miss H. That black and white wrapping paper is fabulous and I love the look on your boys faces as they unwrap their pressies. A lovely post. Happy New Year. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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  8. 9 January, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Totally agree with you about children and Christmas. This was the first year Santa was not visiting our house and it was so anti-climatic x

  9. 10 January, 2016 / 12:40 am

    I love how your love of black and white even extends to the wrapping! Those Christmas Eve boxes are great x

  10. 13 January, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I am glad you all had lovely family time over the Christmas period. Christmas in our house means just that… Family Time.

    I love your idea for a book each day! We do Christmas Eve Boxes in our house, but I really want to do the book advent this year.

    Laura x x x
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