Our Christmas was lovely his year – mostly! I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas.
Before I tell you how our Christmas went, I have to give a mention to all the poor people who have been flooded recently. Obviously there is never a good time for it to happen, but around the Christmas period always seems especially cruel. I really hope they all get back in to their homes quickly and that they managed to protect the most important things to them.
It makes you grateful for everything you have when you see things in the news where people have lost so much doesn’t it?
Anyway our Christmas mostly went smoothly. We spent our Christmas eve evening playing games, and the boys were really excited to get in to their new onesies. They have new pyjamas every year for Christmas Eve, but this was the first year they were allowed to choose them.
Every Christmas Eve, we let them open one present after tea time – it’s a good way to get them in to their pyjamas early on and makes for a more snuggly evening. As lovely as Christmas day always is, there is something special about Christmas Eve and the anticipation and excitement for the children.
The Christmas lights at the top right aren’t ours by the way – I wish that was our house, but it’s one not far from us that the boys love every year. We love to go for a drive and do some Christmas lights spotting every year.
This year was a little different than usual for our family….my children are both now non-believers. I felt a little bit sad about this to be honest, where on earth does the time go? My ‘baby’ will be 10 in February and his big brother will be 12 in July, that just seems crazy. Now they are getting older though, Christmas Eve and Christmas day are a lot calmer and they appreciate everything so much more.
Christmas day started smoothly, with the boys snuggling in to the bottom end of our bed to open their stockings – I’m still finding little bits of wrapping paper down the side of the bed. They loved everything in their stockings, and Fin’s blood glucose levels behaved themselves for the first Christmas ever since he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It made a nice change not to have to deal with low blood levels first thing.
We all opened our presents downstairs, they loved all these presents as well phew, I always panic I’ll get it wrong or miss that one thing that they most definitely did want. Obviously we don’t get anywhere near the number of presents that they do, which is how it should be, but I did have some lovely presents and my hinting worked, as this bad boy was under the tree for me.
You may notice this post has a distinct lack of pictures of piles of presents, and children opening their presents. That’s because despite being a blogger, shock horror I still feel some things are just for us. I know many share every moment of their lives and every photo of their child on social media, but especially now that my children are getting older I prefer to keep some things private, and I don’t put anywhere near as many photos of my children on here as most bloggers I know do.
It’s personal preference, but also the thought of my children ever being bullied because of me is just awful, so I’m careful in what I share on here and anywhere online. Plus on Christmas day I take hardly any photographs, I’m always to busy enjoying the moments with my little family to be playing with a camera or phone.
Also, I know that not all children are as lucky as mine are to receive big piles of presents every year, so I prefer to be discreet with such things. We always have a pre-Christmas clear out and take any toys or clothes they’ve grown put of to a charity shop. I don’t like wasting things, and I also like to think of other children getting enjoyment out of things the boys don’t need any more.
Our Christmas day went smoothly for the first couple of hours….and then Fin decided to jump on Si to play fight with him as all three ‘boys’ often do, only he slipped and smacked his face on Si’s knee. One split lip later, the poor boy had to hold a tissue to his face for over an hour as the bleeding wouldn’t stop.
I was beginning to think we’d need a visit to the hospital to have it glued, when eventually the bleeding stopped just in time for dishing up our lunch. This is the second part where the day wasn’t quite as smooth as I’d hoped.
As I was just about to take everything out of the oven, I asked Si to sort the drinks out. He somehow dropped a bottle of J2O out of the fridge and on to the kitchen tiles….it was the bright red J2O and it went everywhere, as did hundreds of little bits of glass. B the time we’d cleaned the mess up and hoovered to get any last few bits of glass, lunch was a bit more done than I had planned.
Apparently my pigs in blankets (the bit I most look forward to) were like pigs in armour – I say apparently, but yep they were. Some bits still tasted okay, and admittedly it’s not the worst roast I’ve ever cooked.
Luckily that was it for mini disasters, and Fin’s lip is healing well. Overall we had a brilliant Christmas, and we still have friends and family coming over in the next week so it’s still ongoing really.
Our Christmas day was everything it should be (plus a bit of blood and glass) family, food, fun and memory making. I hope yours were all brilliant as well.
Did anyone else have anything go a little bit wrong?!