Making Christmas Magical & Win A Lindt Christmas Hamper

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. As a mama, it really doesn’t get much better than that.

I would say that in my adult life, up until the boys arrived, I had always been a bit of a bah-humbag, but Christmas has truly become the most wonderful time of the year for me and I absolutely love being able to make it as magical for the boys as possible.

Can you remember the feeling of going to be so excited that you were unable to sleep? I want them to experience that same magic. And so there are little things I like to do to make that happen and they’ve become somewhat of a family Christmas tradition.

One of those is a Christmas Eve Basket. It’s nothing fancy, just a white wicker basket packed full of Christmassy goodies – pyjamas, jumpers, books, plush toys, Christmas chocolate, dvd’s etc – that I give to Riley and Harry on the morning of Christmas Eve to get them into the spirit of things (not that they really need any more encouragement to be excited!). They absolutely love receiving it and we always have a wonderful day full of festive fun and activities preparing for Christmas Day.

I also like to do an alternative to the traditional chocolate advent calendar. Last year the boys had a Christmas Book Advent Calendar, where I’d  purchased 24 Christmas and Winter themed books, wrapped them up and then let them open one a day until Christmas Eve. Riley is a total bookworm so this went down a treat and they loved reading “The Night Before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve.

This year, though, in addition to the books, I decided to do a Christmas Activity Advent Calendar for them as well. I purchased 24 numbered red balloons and each day I fill one with a chocolate ball each, a rolled up piece of paper with an activity on and then I blow the balloon up and leave it under the Christmas tree in their bedroom. Activities can be anything from a Christmas movie night, visiting Father Christmas and drawing Christmas pictures to making reindeer food, driving around at night to see the Christmas lights and decorating the Christmas tree. I just think it’s nice for them to be able to have lots of festive fun, magic and sparkle in the run up to Christmas.  After all, they won’t “believe” in the magic forever, so I intend to make the most of it while they do and hopefully the values and traditions I’ve put into place will one day be passed down to their own children.

GIVEAWAY TIME

I have teamed up with Lindt to offer ONE lucky reader the chance to win a Lindt Christmas Hamper full of delicious chocolatey goodness.

Lindt Christmas Hamper

The hamper contains:

  • 1 x Lindt Advent Calendar
  • 1 x Lindt Gold Reindeer 100g
  • 1 x Lindt Milk Chocolate Teddy Jumper 200g
  • 1 x Lindt Milk Chocolate Teddy Bear 100g
  • 1 x Lindt Chocolate Santa 125g
  • 1 x Lindt Teddy Bears 5 Pieces 50g
  • 1 x Lindt Mini Santa Milk 5 pieces 50g
  • 2 x Lindt Lindor Mini Milk Truffles Bags 100g each

Lindt would love to hear about how you make Christmas magical for your children and what your favourite Christmas moments are? It could be any little tradition that you feel adds some magic to your holiday. To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter via the Gleam widget below. Good Luck!

If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration then head on over to the Lindt Christmas Hub and be inspired by their wide range of festive recipes, creative crafts and decoration ideas. You can also order a personalised letter from Santa and help Lindt support the NSPCC this Christmas.

Lindt Christmas Hamper

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Lindt, but all thoughts are my own. Visit their website to find out more about their delicious chocolate and great recipes.
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  1. caroline mccabe
    14 December, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    putting out the mince pie and milk for Santa and the carrot for Rudolph with my daughter on Christmas Eve feels very magical

    • 14 December, 2016 / 11:21 pm

      I think that’s one of my favourite moments too!x

  2. Paul Wilson
    14 December, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I enjoy going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

    • 14 December, 2016 / 11:23 pm

      I can totally appreciate why that would be a magical moment for you! Thanks for entering and good luck x

  3. Dawn Wilkinson
    14 December, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I’m a bit of a bah humbug about Christmas because of all the excess and I don’t have a faith but I do like feel good Christmas films.

    • 14 December, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      You can’t beat some of the Christmas classics can you? x

  4. glenn hutton
    14 December, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Seeing my daughters face full of amazement & awe when she saw that the reindeer had eaten the carrots she had left out, leaving some small pieces with teeth marks… She was so happy and you cannot buy memories like that! 🙂

    • 14 December, 2016 / 11:35 pm

      The magic of Christmas is truly brought alive by kids isn’t it?! Thanks for entering and good luck! x

  5. Jo Hutchinson
    15 December, 2016 / 12:28 am

    A magic moment about Christmas is when kids see that Santa and the reindeer have visited because most of the cookies are gone and the carrot tops only remain.

  6. Christina Curtis
    15 December, 2016 / 12:46 am

    I love seeing all my family and time off work to Just relax and laugh. They all make it so special

  7. Emma Eminoglu
    15 December, 2016 / 1:06 am

    My little one is only just 2 so not had many magical moments yet! We did go and see Santa at his grotto but she was scared and wouldn’t go near him!

  8. Peter Watson
    15 December, 2016 / 2:25 am

    It’s quality family time with kids and grandkids.

  9. Winifred Davidson
    15 December, 2016 / 2:37 am

    The look on the childs face when he sees a christmas tree for the first time.

  10. Bianca
    15 December, 2016 / 3:21 am

    We get one new Christmas tree decoration each year. It’s a family tradition since I was little so we now have a lovely collection of memories from all over the world, from different cultures and traditions, with a story to tell and share about each one. The children love pointing out decorations and asking for the story about it!

  11. Solange
    15 December, 2016 / 5:01 am

    After eating dinner on Christmas day, we would find envelopes that Santa had left us. One for each person, containing scraps of paper saying where in the house our presents had been hidden. We’d take turns finding a present and bringing it back to the living room to open. My brother and I always knew that ‘Santa’ was really our grandfather, and now carry on the tradition ourselves.

  12. Tracy Nixon
    15 December, 2016 / 5:22 am

    We all have to sneak downstairs holding our homemade candles (made from toilet roll tubes) as we don’t want to startle Santa if he is still here…..then we check the tray we left out for him before opening pressies with the tree lights on. It is always magical seeing my children’s faces light up when they see that Santa has been and left them pressies!

  13. Rosalind Sargent
    15 December, 2016 / 6:02 am

    I love Christmas! everything about it makes me smile, Its all Magical, its all about the snow if it snows, tinsel, Holly, mistletoe, glistening lights ,the smell of fresh pine, baubles, flickering candles, and hoping to catch Santa getting stuck down the Chimney. Listening to the salvation Army’s brass band playing festive tunes at the end of the street, wearing of paper hats so we all look like kings and Reading the cheesy motto’s/jokes once we have pulled the Christmas crackers around the festive table, eating the Traditional Christmas dinner and toasting the occasion,feeling full and content. Christmas carols blaring from the CD player, and then watching the Queens Christmas speech. Curling up and watching Traditional films on the sofa, the log fire glowing and the children laughing and playing, everybody having a wonderful time and being Merry, Family and friends popping round for a mince pie and a tipple. giving and receiving.And most of all, helping people less fortunate than ourselves.

  14. emma walters
    15 December, 2016 / 6:22 am

    snuggling up in bed with the children xmas morning opening their stockings x

  15. Fiona K
    15 December, 2016 / 6:37 am

    Christmas is magic for children, I can still remember how excited I would get before the big day – the anticipation on what Santa would bring

  16. amy bondoc
    15 December, 2016 / 7:03 am

    wespent christmas 2010 in goa india. every moment was magical the best being feeding the monkeys on christmas day!

  17. Phil Darling
    15 December, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Spending time with all the family

  18. Sobia
    15 December, 2016 / 7:30 am

    I love getting creative during Christmas. I enjoy making my own decorations such as baubles from old light bulbs x

  19. Maxine G
    15 December, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Just having the whole family together on Christmas Eve, all in new pyjamas and watching a family film together is always magical

  20. Leila Benhamida
    15 December, 2016 / 9:13 am

    My family and friends make Christmas very special to me. My children espevially make it extra special with all the excitement and happiness they warm our home with.

  21. Jamielee Wells
    15 December, 2016 / 9:45 am

    i love the whole build up to christmas – trying to make it as magical as possible for my kiddies. Of course doing elf on the shelf, helps add to all the excitement just to see the anticipation and excitement every morning on my kiddies faces.

  22. Andrew Petrie
    15 December, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Switching on the Christmas tree lights for the first time is always magical.

  23. Sarah Mackay
    15 December, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Going to the panto on christmas eve is always special

  24. Laura Banks
    15 December, 2016 / 10:18 am

    my son running across the landing with his santa sack he still does and he’s 13

  25. James McLaughlin
    15 December, 2016 / 10:18 am

    Love giving presents out. Especially to my wife and daughter. Love Christmas

  26. Zoe C
    15 December, 2016 / 11:07 am

    I always put a satsuma orange, choc coins and choc santa, also some special unusual toys in their stocking, my mum always did this for me and is what I remembered the most about Christmas

  27. 15 December, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I love spending a day with my family where we can eat and drink non stop and not feel guilty!

  28. Louise Smith
    15 December, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    My husband and daughter make Christmas magical for me, spending time laughing and enjoying ourselves is the best present I could wish for

  29. claire blaney
    15 December, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    It means i get to spend quality time with my family which is the best gift i can ever receive

  30. Wendy Becker
    15 December, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Lunch with all the family

  31. 15 December, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Great giveaway – I love Lindt chocolate! I remember not being able to sleep on Christmas eve when I was younger!

  32. Joanne Phillips
    15 December, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Spending time with family makes Christmas special for me. And seeing the faces of my children when we visit Father Chrsitmas! 🙂

  33. abigail edkins
    15 December, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    My first christmas as a nanny is my best ever christmas moment

  34. Jacqui Graham
    15 December, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    The look on my son’s face when he sees father christmas x

  35. jackie youel
    15 December, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    seeing my grandaughters face as she opens her prezzys x

  36. clair downham
    15 December, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    spending time with the kids and hubby

  37. Vicki Elizabeth Cullen
    15 December, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    amazing giveaway

  38. Jules Eley
    15 December, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I love watching christmas movies with my 4 children, it just makes it so magical 🙂

  39. Lindsey Stuart
    15 December, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I love the magical merry feeling! I will never forget the time My parents surprised me by taking me to Lapland it was Incredible!

  40. Chesey Hollings
    15 December, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Spending time with my family makes it special to me. Will be extra special this year as we now have a daughter.

  41. Laura Jeffs
    15 December, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    When the whole family gathers up around the Christmas tree to decorate it..to me, that’s the most magical part 😉

  42. Lisa Rowsell
    15 December, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Having a big lunch, and catch up with friends, and family.

  43. Kate Grogan
    15 December, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Every year the children bought one Christmas Tree decoration each. After 19 years these come out every Christmas and are full of memories.

  44. Nikki Hayes
    15 December, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I love the decorations, Christmas markets, shopping for presents and all the unhealthy food and drink we are going to consume next week – and of course the chocolate 😀

  45. Lorraine Tinsley
    15 December, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    My 2 daughters make Christmas special, I didn’t realsie how great it was until they came along. Last year was the best when they came running down the stairs and saw that Santa had been 😉

  46. 15 December, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I think it has to be family time and giving the presents (even more than receiving them!)

  47. SandraB
    15 December, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Now this is my kinda food! Thanks so much for running.

  48. michelle o'neill
    15 December, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    being with my grandaughter x

  49. Sharon Hingley
    15 December, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Christmas Eve is magical to me, the excitement and anticipation, the Christmas pj’s and films and the village Carol singers entertaining us all .

  50. yvonne cooke
    15 December, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    my 2 boys and i spend christmas together, the best part is waking my boys up on christmas morning.x

  51. Kirsty
    15 December, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    :-O !!!
    I didn’t know they done a Lindt Lindor advent calendar! The red ones are my absolute fav, I’ve got the standard Lindt calendar and you get a couple of little ball chocolates but not as many as I would like….saying that I am a little chocolate piggy!
    Kirsty x

  52. Hannah Heywood
    15 December, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I just can’t wait to see my family. It’s been a long time and I love them very much!

  53. Susie Wilkinson
    15 December, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I find Christmas really stressful, but I get my moments of happiness after when (if) everything has gone well and the presents and food were all right!

  54. Hazel Rea
    15 December, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    We have our first full Christmas meal by candlelight on Christmas Eve. We started doing this when the children were tiny so I could enjoy Christmas morning without worrying about the turkey but we love it so much we still do it. There is still such an air of anticipation when we all sit down.

  55. Soph H
    15 December, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    having dinner altogether 🙂

  56. Mark Barlow
    15 December, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    The sense of anticipation and excitement shown by the kids as we put the treats out for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve

  57. Helen Moulden
    15 December, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I think just spending time with friends and family that I haven’t seen for ages :).

  58. Kev C
    15 December, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Boxing Day lunch at the local pub with the whole family is my fave moment 🙂

  59. sian hallewell
    15 December, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    looking for santa flying past on Christmas Eve with the grandchildren, magical moment

  60. Farhana
    15 December, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Seeing the kids excitement reminds me of my own

  61. Anthony Harrington
    15 December, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Christmas is now magical as we have our little Grandson and we love seeing him all excited about Santa, so nice to experience it all with a little one.

  62. Rebecca Nisbet
    15 December, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    having my daughter and step daughter together for part of the Christmas day.

  63. Alica
    15 December, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    I love spending time with all my family and I love to watch my ‘kids’ open their presents and now I have a grandson too to watch this year! 🙂 I can’t wait!

  64. Jennifer Clyde
    16 December, 2016 / 1:50 am

    I thought years of watching my kids excitement and wee faces would be my magical moments and still can be, but what’s more magical is watching my granddaughter. So amazing. The best thing about Christmas is family spending time together making memories x

  65. Steven Appleton
    16 December, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Seeing the little ones’ faces at Christmas is magical 🙂

  66. 16 December, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Playing board games with the family – it’s one of the few times of year that we’re all together, and games keep us together!

    • 18 December, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Haha….same! The diet’s been put on hold until January now xx

  67. Jackie Dawson
    16 December, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Family time, and also christmas day is my little nieces birthday too so its extra too

  68. Kathleen marsden
    16 December, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    My special moment is when we sit together around my table for Xmas lunch

  69. Jayne Townson
    16 December, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Watching my kids faces as they open their presents makes Christmas magical and special for me. My most most magical moment though has to be when I was a kid, and I came down on Christmas morning to a brand new bike.

  70. 16 December, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Watching my grandson in his Nativity play is so magical and fills me up everytime

  71. Carla Mooney
    16 December, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Love the whole family being off and spending time together. My girls love to bake cookies for Santa, and we have picnic tea.we do elf on the shelf all year so the elf watches them and gets up to stuff when they are asleep. Can’t beat look on faces though Christmas morning worth all stress and hassle. Can’t beat time together with family and friends

  72. Louise mcarthur
    16 December, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    The kids smiles and a memory mass to put a star on tree

  73. Bob Clark
    16 December, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    The one time of the year the family makes an effort to get together and share some quality time – over some champers !!

  74. Polly
    16 December, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Mine is watching everyone open their first gift from me! Especially my little sister as her eyes open so wide and then the little grin creeps across her face!x

  75. Samantha Mann
    16 December, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Christmas eve traditions… we bake cookies in the afternoon ready for santa. Christmas songs blasting out. its amazing

  76. Diane Waugh
    16 December, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Having dinner together and watching my kids opening the presents

  77. Helen Tovell
    16 December, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Seeing the appreciation of others when they open the gifts i have bought

  78. keri brooks
    17 December, 2016 / 3:10 am

    New pj’s heating on hot choclate watching xmas movies and watching the kids get excited about going to sleep there so happy Christmas eve magical

  79. Emma Salter
    17 December, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Spending time with my family and playing lots of board games.

  80. Hayley Berry
    17 December, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Seeing my children’s faces on Christmas morning is priceless

  81. Gemma Massey
    17 December, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Family time and Christmas dinner together even my chug has a little one in his bowl 🙂 x

  82. Diane Carey
    17 December, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    All my family getting on and not arguing makes Christmas for me. In the past some have been spoilt due to various members not talking – just makes it too stressful

  83. justine meyer
    17 December, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    watching the kids faces on xmas morning x

  84. Catherine Reynolds
    17 December, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    I booked to go to eat in 2 different pubs for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my mum and my new puppy! this will be a fun christmsas!

  85. ABIGAIL HAMILTON
    17 December, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Seeing my son’s eyes light up when he walks into the room & sees the tree & all the gifts & watching him unwrap them….i’d never get tired of it.

  86. Kelly cooper
    18 December, 2016 / 10:36 am

    My most special Christmas was the year 2006 when our first born daughter was born on 30th November made this year extra special

  87. Julie Booth
    18 December, 2016 / 11:55 am

    Having the whole family together laughing, chatting, catching up on our news, and having fun.

  88. Deborah Clarke
    18 December, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Waking the little ones up on xmas morning to tell them santa has been

  89. Kay Broomfield
    18 December, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    The most magical part is seeing my children’s faces when they come downstairs on Christmas morning and see that Santa has been. It melts my heart every time!

  90. clare H
    18 December, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    my kids!

  91. Rebecca Smith
    19 December, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Seeing the smile on my sons face when he comes downstairs on Christmas morning

  92. Charlie Brunton
    19 December, 2016 / 12:59 am

    I love the day the tree & all the decorations go up! It lifts my mood and I start to feel so cosy and excited! Then it’s perfectly acceptable for every evening to have christmas movie time with hot chocolate, nibbles and a cosy blanket!

  93. Rachael Ashmore
    19 December, 2016 / 7:05 am

    I love reading twas the night before Christmas before racing upstairs and see who can get to sleep first. Merry Christmas

  94. Wendy Jones
    19 December, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    that feeling you get when you’ve done all the shopping, prep etc. but you still go to the supermarket to soak in all the Christmas atmosphere. (And you still end up buying one last gift)

  95. Maggie Coates
    19 December, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    My children – when they were younger I used to love their nativity plays

  96. emma p
    19 December, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    spending time with loved ones

  97. Susan Hoggett
    19 December, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I loved it when the kids were little and my husband would do a treasure hunt for them to find some of their presents, they absolutely loved it!

  98. John Ettery
    19 December, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    magic going out of Xmas, kids grown up grandkids growing up love seeing their faces on the big day

  99. BARBARA MADDEN
    19 December, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    we love seeing the boys on Christmas morning playing with their presents and having a nice cup of tea and mince pie with them its great,before l know they will be grown up

  100. Nicola Haywood
    19 December, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Being with my family, this year will be extra special as I was in hospital last Christmas, New Year and birthday. So I will enjoy every part of this year 🙂

  101. Katie m
    19 December, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    The liner moment!

  102. melanie crumpton
    19 December, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Spending time with family who live afar

  103. Lynne Oconnor
    19 December, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    My youngest bouncing into our room to tell us what Santa has brought in his stocking

  104. Alison Johnson
    20 December, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Decorating the tree as a family. This year my Granddaughter helped for the first time & after the tree was up she very excitedly told me Santa would know where to come now we had a tree.

  105. Jackie ONeill
    20 December, 2016 / 5:49 am

    when we all sit down for Christmas dinner and are thankful for our health and happiness

  106. Jade Hewlett
    20 December, 2016 / 7:44 am

    Spending time with the family all together and seeing their faces when they open up their presents

  107. Claire Appleton
    20 December, 2016 / 8:27 am

    My magical moment is seeing my two children’s face light up Christmas morning and listening to their sweet little laughs throughout the day! 🙂

  108. Lisa Wilkinson
    20 December, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Spending extra time with my family and taking our little girl to see Santa and driving around the local streets looking for Xmas lights

  109. Jo Carroll
    20 December, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    My most magical xmas moment is sitting down together as a family to have xmas dinner. It’s special because it’s unfortunately so rare due to the way we live and the different hours we keep. x

  110. Mel Turner
    20 December, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Seeing my Childrens faces when they get their presents

  111. angela sandhu
    20 December, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Spending time with my family

  112. Jen s morgan
    20 December, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Spending time with all the family and making memories that will last forever x

  113. Michelle Jenkins
    20 December, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    This year we’re having our granddaughter for the first time since 2012 to see her face opening her presents is so precious.

  114. Sandra Bald
    20 December, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Spending time with my husband & daughter.
    Christmas time is even more special for us this year as my hubby works for the emergency services & usually works over Christmas.

  115. Michelle Ptak
    20 December, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Being with family and friends and having fun … laughter is always the best medicine x

  116. Tracey Belcher
    20 December, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    I believe in the magic of Christmas – The true spirit of Christmas and that is what makes it special

  117. Jane
    20 December, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    I could never figure out why I had to leave Santa a whisky and a pork pie and everyone else left a mince pie – it made sense later on in life….

  118. Lynsey Buchanan
    20 December, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Christmas is one of the only times every year my whole family get together on the same day.

  119. Diana
    20 December, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    My daughters face on Christmas morning : )

  120. Sarah Wilson
    20 December, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Being able to treat all of my family to something special 🙂

  121. Niki Clifton
    20 December, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    My magical Christmas moment has been talking my son the grotto to see santa this year with his brother & sisters he turned one on the 16th Dec so it was really special to see his little face taking it all in & making special memories.

  122. helenRMad
    20 December, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Christmas dinner with my family together

  123. Julie Scattergood
    20 December, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Seeing my son’s excitement build right up to Christmas Eve (when he tries to go to sleep quickly so that Santa will come). The look on his face in the morning when he sees his presents is priceless.

  124. Carole E
    20 December, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Putting the Christmas decorations up with my family

  125. karen TEULON
    20 December, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Having a glorious feast with all my family on Christmas Day

  126. PhilA
    20 December, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    watching everyone opening their presents makes Christmas special for me

  127. Paul Brear
    20 December, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    It’s magical watching the grandchildren on Christmas Day just as we did with their parents years a go

  128. madeline connolly
    20 December, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    CHRISTNAS DINNER WITH ALL THE FAMILY

  129. Beky austerberry
    21 December, 2016 / 12:05 am

    The anticipation and excitement… spending time with my family and the yummy chocolate

  130. Danielle Graves
    21 December, 2016 / 12:16 am

    For me it’s all about my son and seeing his face when he see’s lights and decorations, meets santa and opens his presents, its because of him that it’s so magic

  131. Em S
    21 December, 2016 / 12:34 am

    Seeing my daughter’s face when we switch the lights on the tree.

  132. Louise A
    21 December, 2016 / 12:39 am

    seeing family and friends enjoy the meal I have cooked for them

  133. Richard Tyler
    21 December, 2016 / 1:16 am

    Making family memories, when you dont see them much, every moment counts

  134. Jane Middleton
    21 December, 2016 / 2:03 am

    watching the kids opening their presents

  135. George Wright
    21 December, 2016 / 2:16 am

    Having family time with fewer distractions than normal!

  136. Nicki simpson
    21 December, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Last year it was my daughters face when she seen that we had set up a rose petal cottage in her bedroom, hope this year is as magical

  137. emma davison
    21 December, 2016 / 8:56 am

    decorating the xmas tree

  138. Hayley Todd
    21 December, 2016 / 8:59 am

    What makes Christmas extra-special for me is all the little family traditions we have over the whole Christmas period. Silly little things, like making a gingerbread house on the Saturday before Christmas, watching The Polar Express on Christmas Eve all snuggled up together in our new Christmas PJ’s, leaving Santa’s mince pie, carrot and milk out before bed on Christmas Eve and sprinkling magic reindeer dust on the garden so the reindeer can find our house…..

  139. angela edmonds
    21 December, 2016 / 9:15 am

    spending time with the family

  140. Patricia Avery
    21 December, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Sharing the magic and excitement with my grandchildren and then by contrast the peace and quiet when it is just hubby and I left to relax and count our blessings 🙂

  141. Linda Curtis
    21 December, 2016 / 11:45 am

    My magical Christmas moment is coming home after mass on christmas eve having mulled wine mince pies and chocolates
    everyone opening their new pajamas getting on the sofa and watching a christmas film before bed

  142. 21 December, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I love watching the children’s faces as they see that Santa has been and left them a sack full of presents!

  143. Ellen Stafford
    21 December, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Spending time with my family. I love watching Santa Claus the movie on xmas eve like I used to do as a kid with my mum, sister and Nan…..happy times.

  144. 21 December, 2016 / 11:58 am

    I just love relaxing at Christ,as with family

  145. Rebecca roberts
    21 December, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    Seeing my daughters face

  146. Rachael
    21 December, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Family, with me and my brother away, its nice to be back together 🙂

  147. Mary Campbell
    21 December, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Attending Watch Night service on Christmas Eve. An uplifting, happy and magical occasion, truly an experience that stays long in the memory 🙂

  148. Debbie Johnson
    21 December, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Love watching Christmas movies with a nice cup of tea and chocolate in hand lol

  149. 21 December, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    I love all the carol singers and Christmassy music everywhere I go. Even a trip to the supermarket comes more fun!

  150. tracey rollings
    21 December, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    having a mini christmas with family and friends the week before the big day as they travel over three houndred miles to see us

  151. MARY HOCKENHULL
    21 December, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    I love tackling Christmas dinner 🙂

  152. Vicky Robinson
    21 December, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    I have a large-ish family and I’m really looking forward to spending time with my kids and watching them all open their presents. I love seeing their happy faces as that’s the best thing for me 🙂

  153. Michael Clarke
    21 December, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Traveling home for Christmas by car, knowing I have a week off work and can just wind down.

  154. becki gates
    21 December, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    seeing my children enjoy themselves makes christmas special for me

  155. samantha buntain
    21 December, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    having all the family all around the table

  156. jayne hal
    21 December, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    nothing anymore my mum dies just after xmas 17 years ago and now my dad is in the hospital and is dying he doesnt have long hard to be festive im sorry i would love a hamper though

  157. Chris Hall
    21 December, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    We make our own paper hats to have a competition on Christmas day the funniest wins some chocolate

  158. shaz
    21 December, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Seeing a lot of happy faces on Christmas day!

  159. Kathleen Thomson
    21 December, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Spending time with my son and hubby after work

  160. Kelly B
    21 December, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Children! I love Christmas being about family and getting together 🙂

  161. Sarah Russell
    21 December, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Carn’t wait to see all the kids together and grand children. its so hard to get to see everyone at the same time so l love Christmas. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas whatever your doing and whoever your spending it with xx

  162. Amanda Davis
    21 December, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Creeping down the stairs with my 3 children in the morning to see if Santa’s been

  163. Emma Livesey
    21 December, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    My childrens excitement.

  164. tishist
    21 December, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Magic of xmas is people generally being nicer!

  165. Anna Brown
    21 December, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    Having young children and seeing their faces filled with excitement

  166. C Parkin
    21 December, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    My boys’ excitement when they see Santa has been.

  167. Karl Borowy
    21 December, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    GOD-MESSIAH-FAMILY

  168. Laura Findlay
    21 December, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Seeing my children’s faces when they see that Santa has been x

  169. Deborah Mackenzie
    21 December, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    The most magical Christmas I can remember is when I really wanted a pyjama dog – it seemed as everyone I knew had one. On Christmas morning I woke and there was a blue and white pyjama dog in my pillow case (that was what we did then) and also a bar of chocolate, some nuts and oranges. That was the sum total of my Christmas gifts… but I was the happiest girl alive!

  170. Jodie A Harvey
    21 December, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Ive always loved christmas, but it was never ‘magical’ once i grew up – then i had my first child and that magic was there again. We now have 6 and its amazing, this year is our baby boys first, we cant wait!

  171. Oksana Fitzgerald
    21 December, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    For me it’s making Christmas decorations with my daughter. She absolutely loves it! This is really magical for me

  172. jo ogden
    21 December, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    i just the delight on my daughters face when she sees all the presents and a letter off santa thanking her for being a good girk

  173. Joanne Hutchings
    21 December, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    My little boy’s three so he’s only just started to develop an awareness of what Christmas is all about. It’s been really magical this year hearing him talk about Father Christmas and get excited at seeing all the lights.

  174. Kim Neville
    21 December, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Watching my son’s face when he sees santa has been and lots of presies to start opening

  175. Hayley biles
    21 December, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I love going to midnight mass with my mum

  176. Stacey Leigh
    21 December, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I love the kids faces at Christmas and the build up:) I don’t like all the busy shopping lol It’s a good time for family movies aswell. This year we have a new addition to our family my daughter Sofia 🙂

  177. Emma Nixon
    21 December, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Christmas eve is the magical time in our family, relaxing eating homemade mincepies and a luxury hot choc watching christmas movies.

  178. Heather Morrison
    21 December, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I used to love seeing my nan Christmas day! She used to pile our plates high! Now she’s gone I pile my plate high in honour of her… Well that’s my excuse anyway haha

  179. Tammy Artherton
    21 December, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I love Christmas eve with the children, we always have a take away, the children are excited, my mum sleeps over too, we watch tv, open our new onsies and pjs. Tradition in our house is when the children decorate the tree, i put the lights on and the children put the decorations and the angel on and it always looks so beautiful.

  180. Pia Stephens
    21 December, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    We have a very special little tradition that we do with the kids, on Christmas Eve after leaving Santa his treats and checking the Santa tracker we plant green tic tac’s into a bowl of sugar, these will grow into candy canes with Christmas magic whilst our children sleep. They love doing this year after year x

  181. Kelly leigh
    21 December, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    I have a huge family and the only time we really get together is at Christmas time, everyone pulls out all the stops cos this is really what Christmas is all about. Board games is a huge thing in our house on boxing day ❄ merry xmas

  182. Sylvia Paul
    21 December, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Watching Home Alone on tv

  183. Tiff Jordan
    21 December, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    The most magical Christmas moment is when the family arrives on Christmas Eve!

  184. Melissa Crowe
    21 December, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Making christmas treats with my two boys,

  185. 21 December, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Most magical Christmas was when my son came home on leave from Afghanistan and we had all of our family round for Christmas

  186. Natalie Crossan
    21 December, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Quality time with the family xx

  187. tammi nutting
    21 December, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    the kids faces lighting up

  188. Tammy Neal
    21 December, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    Being with the family is magical and special for me x

  189. paula cheadle
    21 December, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    I love to see the kids faces when they open their pressies

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