Christmas Traditions

When I was little I had The Snowman on tape, one of my favourite Christmas presents from my nan and grandad. I used to listen to it over and over again on my Walkman. Now I’ve upgraded to a cd, but I still love listening to the story and music, it really makes it feel like Christmas. It’s a story, that as a child, I half wished were true and encapsulates the magic of Christmas (although my children don’t agree!?). So this morning I took some time to enjoy listening to it again, before cracking on with making mince pies and gingerbread…for a gingerbread house to bake and construct later.

The Elf is also in full swing at the moment, although he has been a bit sporadic this year!? We seem to only remember him just before or once we get into bed. We need to up his game and think of some more naughty things for him to do…we’ve had complaints he’s too tame this year.

Settling down to some lovely Christmas films and listening to Christmas music by the fire have been a staple in our house since the beginning of December (if not slightly before), with plenty more to squeeze in over the next few days.

Then some carol singing and eating ourselves silly and the Christmas season will be complete!

Do you have fun Christmas traditions you do every year?

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Trying to, rather unsuccessfully, squeeze in a selfie with the rather tiny snowman we made! A pretty good effort seeing as we had just a dusting of snow…there may also be a bit of cow pat stuck to some of the body – the perils of making a snowman where the cows have been!!

It really made it feel even more Christmassy! Can we have some more next week please?

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On our annual outing to choose a Christmas tree, so much fun!! This year is the first year we have actually chosen a tree that fits the space we have (it will probably never happen again!?). Usually we go way too big!!

The additional fun is in the wrapping and carrying to the car, when the girls are eager to help. Luckily the staff are more than happy with their assistance!

I loved how E just held onto the tree and got dragged along for the ride on her heelies!

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Patience is a Virtue….

….that I probably don’t possess!? Still working on that one!! That in itself is an exercise of patience. It’s something that is hanging out there somewhere in the ether, something that is rumoured to make life so much better and something that we spend quite a lot of energy trying to instil in our children.

But here’s the thing, if the concept of patience gets changed into the concept of waiting…this doesn’t feel so unattainable. I can do waiting, I’ve managed it lots of times and it didn’t seem too painful (depending on how much of a rush I’m in of course!!). I’ve had lots of practice at waiting, I’ve been waiting for some things for years…some things will happen eventually, some maybe not.

Sometimes the waiting can be painful, frustrating, never ending…but if I manage to sit back and accept it, rather than fighting what, essentially, I have no control over it all becomes much more bearable.

Of course, sometimes the waiting is the best bit! The anticipation, the excitement and the build up. That’s the bit we’re in now, with the run up to Christmas. I look back on all those years of stomach turning excitement, and I think that that was one of the best parts…the waiting! I love all of the Christmas traditions we have in the weeks towards the big day, gingerbread houses, advent calendars, Christmas tree choosing, parties, cards, crafts…the list goes on. For me that’s where the real joy comes…waiting for Christmas is not so bad.

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