For me Christmas starts on the 1st December.
Not into the Elf on a shelf as yet so this is how we like to enjoy Christmas each year…
1. Put the tree up and decorate downstairs with various nick nacks from previous years .We like to let the girls decorate the main tree and their smaller one.
2. Book a ‘Meet Father Christmas’ session and day out somewhere fun for the children, this year we went to Drusillas Park, in Sussex.
3. My Husband and I go Christmas shopping on our own if we can (this year with our baby) to buy all presents somewhere special to make a nice day of it. Plus we obviously don’t want the girls to see what they will be getting on the big day.
4. School Fair, My eldest loves this as lots of fun interactive crafts and activities to get involved in.
5. Go to get my nails painted with gel in something red and shiny.
6. Attend either mine or my Husbands work Christmas party.
7. Nursery Christmas crafts, normally something like covering a bauble in glitter.
8. Christmas Carol’s this year something I will get to watch whilst on maternity leave.
9. Nursery Nativity, This year my youngest Daughter is in her final year so Pre School and will be singing Jingle Bells apparently.
10. Getting ready for the big Father Christmas visit with mince pies, milk and carrots for the reindeers and prepare the decorations on the dining table.
11. Christmas Day – We host most year so will start preparing in October with an online food order, then prepping all the vegetables first thing.
Then we enjoy a leasurely breakfast whilst opening presents, watching my children’s faces is the best part.
Then family come round, I will usually have started cooking beforehand.
Cook the meat at about 11am, I usually cook just a crown of turkey, then the vegetables and trimmings. The thing that helps the most is heated sectioned tray from Robert Dyas.
Then after the 3 courses, we will sit down to watch TV and play games this year what’s that smell will be on the agenda, kindly gifted by Wire Pr.
Plus the flour game ! If you haven’t played before it is so much fun.Pour some flour into a bowl then tip out onto a plate, place a chocolate on top, each person cuts a slice in turns, the person who lets the chocolate fall in has to get it out with their mouth. It’s hilarious.
12. Pantomine usually at the Hawth in Crawley, Something to cheer the girls up after the excitement of Christmas has died down. Plus we love it as guaranteed a good afternoon of laughter.
Then relax ready for January to begin. Maybe I’ll buy Elf on the Shelf in the January sales ready to start in December.