Christmas seems to have gone by in a flash this year and we had such a lovely time as a family, it was our first Christmas in our new home and the first time we have actually had a proper family Christmas at home - we normally eat out on Christmas day. Now we have a bigger house and the little two truly believe in the magic of Christmas we decided to stay home this year, just us five and it was so so lovely. The other half had 10 whole days off work so I decided to take a couple of weeks off from this blog too, spending quality time together was just what we all needed. One thing I do regret though is that I took hardly any photographs, I really need to get into the habit of taking more.
Christmas eve the children were all super excited, even my 14-year-old was happy and awake early. The other half's family came in the morning to give the children gifts and they excitedly opened one gift each, which made them even more excited for the big day. Lunch was a selection of party foods, at 3-year-old Sophia's request and then we spent the afternoon watching Christmas films on TV. My dad came to drop the children's new Christmas eve pyjamas off which is something he does every year and then we had a Chinese takeaway for tea, yummy!
All the children had baths, before putting their new pyjamas on and then scattering reindeer food on the lawn and leaving a plate of treats for Santa and the reindeer and hung stockings on their bedroom doors. Of course, they were all way to excited to sleep but when they finally nodded off myself and the other half relaxed in front of the TV with a drink before playing Santa.
Christmas morning started with a 5 am wake up call from my teenager who promptly woke us all up, every other day she normally stays in bed until lunch time. After opening stockings in bed they all raced downstairs to see if "he had been". I adore seeing the excitement and joy on their faces when they see that Santa has in fact been and left gifts for them, totally priceless. Sophia was jumping up and down shouting that she had a Minnie Mouse ted - every year they get a Disney ted each, this year Sophia got Minnie, Jacob Mickey and Chloe the fox and rabbit from Zootropolis.
Christmas as a parent is much more special than Christmas as a child, I just love watching them open their gifts and the pure excitement when they open the one gift they wanted the most. Sophia's most wanted gift this year was a Skye paw patrol toy, Jacob's was a train and Chloe's a new phone. I probably do go over the top with gifts for them for Christmas and I could have easily had a two week holiday with the amount of money we spent, but I love spoiling them at Christmas. Jacobs main present was a ride on electric car, Sophia's a LeapPad and all the paw patrol toys and Chloe got an iPhone 7.
After opening gifts we had bucks fizz for the adults and apple juice for the children with bacon stotties to start the day. Christmas morning was spent playing with new toys, taking new cars and bikes around the street for a ride and setting up new phones and TVs for Chloe. It was the first year that we had ever actually cooked a Christmas dinner, thankfully it all turned out well and was utterly delicious. We had prawn cocktail to start, turkey and beef with all the trimmings and roast vegetables for main with pavlova and gateau for dessert. We were stuffed. The rest of the day involved being very lazy and lounging around watching films whilst the children played.
Boxing day was another lazy day at home and then the next few days were spent visiting the other half's dad and then my dad for more gifts and lovely meals. The rest of the week was taking up staying at home, visiting family and going to the cinema to see Trolls - Sophia is obsessed with it! Having young children we never really do anything on New Year so we just stayed at home with a Chinese takeaway and we were in bed by midnight!
We may not have done anything special over the festive period but I think quality family time at home was just what we all needed after a crazy busy few months. I certainly feel refreshed and I am looking forward to what 2017 has in store for us all, I am already looking forward to next Christmas already.
How was your Christmas?