We have now officially hit December! December where did it come from??!! Its official, it's the time to get excited, it's almost CHRISTMAS!! I don't know about you but I LOVE Christmas. I love the whole family thing, we always did little traditions and family visited us, we visited them etc when we were growing up. I was the annoying kid who always wanted to play a board game and yes I always had one to hand (GEEK!) but my memories are full of laughter and cheer, this is what I would love to create for my daughter. This year she is just shy of 4 years old and the first year she is fully aware of the traditions and goings on, she already keeps asking if its Christmas yet, bless her.
As I live 250 miles from my family I have had to think about how I can involve them, create memories involving them and also how to include my in laws if they wish to be involved. Well I stressed my self out trying to come up with ideas and what with work and my own "self pressure" I create I was a ticking time bomb, wound so tight I was ready to pop! Luckily in my red mist I managed to finish my Christmas shopping and as I had booked a 10 day stint off work which happened to start the day before "pop" day it all fell nicely in the end, well so far .......
First day of the holiday consisted of wrapping presents (and buying the last 2) then realizing actually I have over brought not a bad thing as there are birthdays in December, January and February with 8 nieces and nephews on my hubbys side I have to be organised! So stress relief one completed! Stress relief two was switching off from work , completed end of first holiday day completed. I had my parents visiting on Friday for four days so the next day off was cleaning (visit preperations). Friday arrived and usually I would be stressed out trying to plan time and visits to create memories but I have realised the best memories are uncomplicated. With that in mind we visited a pet shop (left with more fish, that was Grandads fault), Saturday we went on an adventure walk with my parents and our dog, 2 hours later we got home, had lunch then went swimming! What a huge day for a 3 year old! We even went out for a bite to eat after swimming! Sunday hubby opted out and Alexis and I collected Nanny and Grandad and popped into Marldon Christmas tree farm (that was a mission just to get parked!) we saw reindeer, huskies and owls all for free! it was fab! we went to Trago Mills in Newton Abbot to visit Santa on the train for all of us it cost £9 and well worth every penny! What memories! We spent 4 hours at Trago which is unheard of for me! Usually no more than 30mins-1 hour if you are lucky! We went on the train stopped at santas grotto, got a present back on the train to the station. Called in the model railway, for free as it came with cost of santa train. Alexis was amazed and so were we! Then adult refreshment (free cup of tea with the ticket!) and into the store to visit the elves workshop once, twice, 3 times, 4, 5, 6............... she loved it, we spent around 30mins in the store (Grandads and fishing pfftt!) but it was fab and what a packed weekend full of memories!
We didn't start any traditions but we had fun and our memories should be full of fun and laughter. As mums we put pressure on ourselves to have the perfect Christmas but now I am toying with the idea of having easy buffet style food on christmas day so I can enjoy my daughter and play with her and her presents I don't want her having memories of me cooking/cleaning on Christmas day, its about being together and enjoying each other although I must say I want to go the beach as I have done that every Christmas day since I moved to Devon, it keeps me thankful for living so close to the beach.
Hope you Nice Mums are all well and try to enjoy this special time of year.