So that was Christmas! I can’t believe it’s over and already time for New Years! Christmas definitely seems to be over more quickly each year. We had a lovely Christmas with family. Here’s what we got up to:
Christmas Eve morning we spent delivering our presents to family ready for the big day. Then during the afternoon we headed to our local crib service. Due to the weather the service took place within the church. I really hope we get the good weather again one year so the kids get one more chance to take part in the outdoor service. It’s our favourite nativity scene and so special.
All of the girls were asked to carry something up but for some reason Isabelle was shy this year and said she didn’t want to. Rebecca and Caitlyn carried the shepherds up as we sang “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night”. I didn’t get the chance to take a photo within the church.
After the lovely service which got us all in the mood for Christmas, we drove to see the new Christmas Crib located at the entrance to our town. Poignantly it’s made by the sons of the late carpenter who made the much loved Christmas Crib in the memorial gardens (that I mentioned above).
Back home and Dave (with a little bit of help from Danny) had made us our traditional Christmas tea which we enjoyed as we watched some Christmas TV (yes I do love to insert the word Christmas before everything at this time of year!).
After tea, we went outside to sprinkle our reindeer food (don’t worry we made sure it was bird friendly too as we know they like to share it with the reindeer).
Back indoors and the girls put out carrots for the reindeer and a mince pie for Santa. They also left a glass of milk and a glass of Cava for him to drink. Then it was bath time (with lots of extra lavender to try to help the kids fall asleep!). Before the kids went upstairs they put out their sacks. Upstairs, I read a few Christmas stories to them ending with “The Night Before Christmas” which we re read every Christmas Eve.
The kids were so excited and took ages to sleep but eventually they did and he came! We woke up to sacks full of presents from Santa and the drinks had been drank, the carrots were gone and the mince pie was eaten.
The kids opened their presents and had some time to play with one or two of them, then it was time to get to family- first stop Nanny!
The first thing we do when we get to Nanny’s is go to the cemetery to put flowers and a wreath on my dad’s grave. We wish he could be with us all year around but especially on this special day.
Once back to Nanny’s there were more presents to open.
Toby is always straight in the middle of all the kids. He always joins in with them bless him.
Mum cooked us all a delicious Christmas dinner. Lots of people ask what me and Rebecca have instead of turkey. This year we had a V-Bites meat Free Turkey Roast and it was very tasty!
The kids loved pulling crackers and telling corny Christmas Cracker jokes. After dinner, by the time we’d cleared up it was time to watch The Queen’s Speech and then to head up to see more family.
After a big dinner it was refreshing to get outside for a walk to Great Granny and Great Grampy’s house.
It was lovely to see everyone. The kids were actually the quietest they’ve ever been there at first as the live action Jungle Book was on the TV and they were completely transfixed.
Later on it was time for more presents. The kids were very lucky and it’s very much appreciated.
The kids have always loved Granny and Grampy’s hatch between the kitchen and dining room. They love playing games through it but also quite handily they like to help with laying and clearing the table too!
They also still love to play with a cardboard box even when surrounded by lots of new lovely toys to play with! Cardboard boxes- you can’t beat them!
We then had a lovely Christmas tea at Great Granny and Grampys before heading back to my mums. I wish I’d taken a photo of all of us together though!
Back at mums and it was time to try and watch some Christmas TV then to play some family games. Cousin John gave us a a lovely Family Quiz Game Set that went down very well. It was our most played game of the Christmas holidays.
When I have a glass of wine, chocolates and a game with my family it feels like Christmas!
Our first champions!
Danny then decided to heat things up a bit by adding his chilli sauces into the game!
A few more games, a bit more TV, lots of chocolates and alcohol later and it was time for bed after a wonderful Christmas day.
On Boxing Day the kids made the most of their presents. The girls set up a salon to do our glitter tattoos, hair and make up.
We played more games, watched more TV, had a delicious dinner and enjoyed a lazier version of Christmas Day!
As always I asked the kids what was their favourite thing about Christmas and it was spending time with family.
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas!