How is it less than two weeks till Christmas? I’m starting to panic a little, we haven’t even got a tree yet, but I know from past experience it all just comes together somehow and the kids don’t even notice the things I stress about.
We have a few traditions that have developed over the years, Christmas Eve ends with the opening of our snuggle sack ( a santa sack with new pyjamas for the kids, a DVD and movie snacks ) We then chill out together watching a movie before leaving a mince pie and carrot out for Santa.
Christmas Day starts with a bit of present opening, then a breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, after which there’s more present opening followed by LEGO and Playmobil building, a walk and a scrummy Christmas dinner. We’re usually so full after dinner than we have to have a gap before pudding! Only my husband actually likes Christmas pudding so we usually have a chocolate version, I bought a Heston one last year with popping candy on top and Zak thought it was the best thing ever, so I’m hoping to find the same again.
When I was young we would always go to my Grandma’s on boxing day and see all my cousins, but we don’t really have that option as our family is so far away, bu we do sometimes have Boxing Day guests and usually cook up a big ham which we then eat for days afterwards along with leftover turkey and leek pie that my husband saw Jamie Oliver make once and has turned it into his own festive tradition.
I’ve been loving all the Christmas adverts and animations this year, they really help get me in the festive mood which isn’t always easy when you work from home and don’t have that Christmassy office feeling. When I worked in Canary Wharf, I loved seeing the decorations go up in the shopping centre it was a real sign Christmas had started.
This lovely animation from HomeServe really made me think, as we’re a bit nervous about our boiler at the moment and have been warned several times that if it breaks it won’t be easily fixable. I really should look at getting some cover as a Christmas with no heat or hot water would be awful.
How are your Christmas preparations going?
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