I have seen so many people writing about their Christmas traditions, that it got me thinking about my own childhood Christmas’ and what kind of traditions we have now we have Mia. When I was a child, my 2 siblings and I all slept in the same room on Christmas Eve ready to get up together and come downstairs to see whether Santa had been! We loved doing this and it definitely added to the excitement of the evening! It was lovely waking up with them really excited and waiting to go downstairs with mum and dad!
We always had a tradition that had been passed down from my Nan and it was to have a little present on the Christmas dinner table nestled inside a snowman made from an old sweet bottle. It was something we looked forward to every year after the main present opening and it’s something my mum and Nan did every single year. Each present was tied to a ribbon with our name on it and we took it in turns to each pull our present out of the snowman’s body. When we had Mia, I said we would start doing the same and we did! In fact we were featured in Mother and Baby magazine last year in a piece about Christmas traditions. The only difficulty is finding presents small enough to fit inside which sounds easy but it really isn’t!!
As we have all got older and moved out of the family home, Christmas has naturally changed but we all make time to see each other on the day itself and then we usually go to my dad’s for Boxing Day dinner. This year, as I’m about to burst with baby no.2 and it’s our first Christmas in the new house, we aren’t going too far and everyone is popping into us at some point on Christmas Day to exchange presents which I’m looking forward to. It’s always easier for family to come to you when you have children as Mia will just want to stay at home and play with her toys! I’m starting to get really excited about the weekend now that I’m feeling a bit more prepared both Christmas and baby wise and I can’t wait to see Mia’s face when she sees what ‘Santa’ has brought her this year!