I love writing this little round up of our Christmas each year. With it being William’s first Christmas and the first one Florence really understood the whole magic of Santa, this Christmas was a really special one for us. I tried to fill Advent with lots of fun christmas actitvities and it was wonderful watching the awe and wonder reflecting in
Our festivities began on Christmas Eve as we all got dressed up to head to my best friend’s Christmas Eve party. Florence was SO excited for ‘Under Issies’ Father Christmas Eve party so was surprisingly willing to get dressed and ready and we ended up getting there an hour early which worked out well anyway as we had to leave fairly early to get back in time for a special guest at home. More on that later. It was so nice to catch up with our friends at the party and kick off the magic off surrounded by so much love and laughter. The children adored being doted on by everyone and were allowed to open their present early so that Issie & Charlie could see them open them.
We had to get home by 3pm as Florence & William had been selected to receive a very special early visit from Father Christmas! Our village’s football club arrange a sleigh to go around on Christmas Eve and Santa delivers an early Christmas gift for the children who get selected in the ballot. The look on Florence’s face when she realised he was coming to see her was a picture and I’ll admit to having a little tear. William was a little more bemused and mostly seemed to wonder what this guy in red wanted.
We had a takeaway for tea and watched some Christmas TV before setting out a carrot and a mince pie for Rudolph and Father Christmas. We read ‘Twas the Night before Christmas and Florence went off to sleep so nicely and full of excitement for the morning.
We were at home for Christmas day with my mum and sister. I woke up at the crack of dawn full of excitement for the children to wake up and see that Sant had been. Of course, unlike any other morning they slept in til past 7am! We got downstairs and truthfully, I have never seen so many presents in my life. Normally we all take it in turns to open our Christmas presents but Florence was a whirlwind of excitement and opened hers at a pace quicker than I can even explain. It was like the Tazmanian devil had ripped through the living room. The joy on her face as she opened each gift will stay with me forever I think. I think it was a bit of a sensory overload for William, bless him. He didn’t really know what had hit him. They both received so many gifts and were so lucky.
Sean cooked us all breakfast as he does every year. William was such a cutie pie up at the table and believe it or not, ate every single bit of his giant full English! Florence was still WAY too excited to eat anything and was too busy wantiung to play with all of her new toys.
We decided to go out for some fresh air and to test out Florence’s new Unicorn scooter! I think she rode it for about twenty seconds but you know… it looks nice? Ha!
We came home to Christmas lunch cooked by my Mum. She outdid herself once again and we were all totally stuffed afterwards. As tradition would have it, after dinner there were yet more presents for the children. This time it was tea time presents – you know, silly things like tooth brushes and spoons and stuff.
We spent the rest of the afternoon playing. Florence busied herself ‘iron boarding’ all of our clothes and William spent ages just giggling and playing in his new ball pit.
My sister’s boyfriend came over for the evening so there were yet more presents! Florence played about a thousand games of Crazy Toaster with my mum and sister And then once the children were in bed we all sat round watching Gavin & Stacey and Eastenders.
We had a really quiet Boxing Day at home. Playing and catching up on all the Christmas TV. Florence loved The Tiger who came to Tea and we watched Room on the Broom over and over. And of course Boxing Day wouldn’t be quite complete without a little afternoon nap followed by Christmas leftovers for tea!
We had our second Christmas Day in the 29th with Sean’s family. We were the first to arrive at his parents and Florence was so excited to fill her Grandma and Grandad in on all her Christmas news! I’m not sure who was more keen to open the first present, her of her Grandma but somehow between them they’d managed to open the first of Florence & William’s presents – a wheely bug each! I think judging by the look on William’s face he was quite enamoured by his hedgehog.
Their cousin arrived and the children all played together so nicely before we all had tea. Once everyone had finished Florence helped hand out all of the presents, lending a hand to William and Maisie with opening theirs too. Once again they were totally and utterly spoiled!
We were there all evening, chatting and catching up with family who had popped by. I’ve no idea how the children kept going as we stayed so late.
We had such a lovely Christmas time this year and together we made some magical memories.