This year being Little Mr’s First Christmas, we will be starting our very own Christmas traditions and I’m really excited to start what hopefully will be a very exciting time for our son. I love talking to other people about their Christmases as inevitably everyone has grown up with different traditions and I love finding out what makes Christmas special to them. I’ve asked some friends with babies who are also having their First Christmas to tell me all about their plans for this years big event.
To kick off the ‘An Interview with’ feature I’m pleased to introduce you to Lucy also known as Mrs Bishop of Mrs Bishop’s Bakes and Banter. We’ve been good online friends for a few years now and it’s so lovely to be able to see the Bishop family celebrating their first Christmas as a family of three.
Hello Lucy, can you tell me a bit about yourself and your family?
I’m Lucy Bishop and my son is Albert (Bert), he will be 18 weeks old this Christmas. My husband is called Liam and we live in Bedfordshire. I am currently on maternity leave from my job as a Drama Specialist and my husband is a Technical Consultancy Coordinator. We both write blogs in our spare time (not that we have that much spare time these days!) We are very excited about Bert’s First Christmas and are very much looking forward to the whole holiday season!
What are your plans for the lead up to Christmas?
I am planning to make lots of gifts while I have time at home including hand embroidered/appliqued tote bags, homemade vanilla extract, photo printed bags, and an ‘Albert’s Christmas Sack’ canvas sack instead of a stocking to fill up with his presents. I would also like to get some American-stylie photo Christmas cards printed with a cute picture of little Bert in an Christmas hat to send out to family and friends.
Will you be starting any new traditions or keeping up with any old ones?
Our new tradition will be letting Bert open a present on Christmas eve – the gift will consist of new pjs, an Christmas film on DVD, and an Christmas themed storybook. The plan will be that each Christmas Eve we will watch the film together as a family (in our pjs) and then read Bert the book before bedtime.
Our old tradition is our annual Christmas party – where we invite our great friends, and family members of similar age to us, to our house for lots of homemade mulled wine and cider, and lots of homemade festive food treats. We eat, we drink and we are very very merry!! We also exchange gifts and just generally have a great festive time. This year will be the first time we throw a party since becoming parents – I wonder how different the experience will be?
How will you all be spending Christmas Day?
We will spend Christmas day waking up at my mums house (Nanny Seaside – who lives in Surrey, not the seaside – long story!!) We open gifts in our pjs, followed by a bacon sandwich & bucks fizz breakfast. Then we will get ready and drive to my aunt & uncle’s farm, where we spend the rest of Christmas & Boxing Day with all our family (mum, dad, brother, sister, in laws, aunts, uncles, cousins etc.) Mainly our family Christmas revolves around food, drink and the kids – and a bit of Christmas day tv thrown in for good-measure, and usually with my uncle asleep on the floor by 8pm!
What will Albert be wearing on Christmas Day?
He will be wearing his Christmas pjs, and then his ‘My First Christmas’ baby grow and Santa hat! Cuteness overload.
Albert is so cute!
What gifts will you be buying for Albert for his first Christmas?
We are going to try and be sensible as we know he won’t be at all aware that its Christmas or have any memories of the day – so we are going to buy him things that are handy as well as some nice treats. At the moment we aim to get him some cute winter clothes, p.js, the Christmas DVD and book, and some lovely chunky wooden toys from Ikea (which he will be too small for, but will enjoy later in the year). We will also get him a travel cot mattress (boring but necessary) and a personalised decoration for the tree (Hubby and I had one made by Mrs Shilts when we were first together, so it only seems right to have one for baby’s first Christmas too!).
Awww. How lovely? I’d love to make a decoration for Albert.
Will you be making any Christmas crafts with Albert this year?
He’s a little young still for Christmas crafts but I will be doing lots of crafts myself, and if he’s willing I will try to take his foot print and hand prints for some Christmas crafty gifts.
What are you most looking forward to this Christmas and how are you going to make it special?
Being around all of my family and friends, hosting our annual Christmas party for friends, and of course showing off my gorgeous boy! I am also looking forward to my husband being off work, which will lighten the load and mean lots of quality family time. I think by just really being in the moment, taking the time to stop and think, to savor and enjoy every part of the holiday makes it special. I will (and always do) take loads of photos and video clips, to preserve the memories, and to show Bert when he’s grown up!
Will Albert be visiting Santa this year? And do you still believe?
Bert is a bit young to visit Santa this year, but I will definitely take him to see Santa next year, probably at Milton Keyne’s shopping centre, which has the most amazing grotto and Christmas themed wonderland every year. Of course I believe in Santa, doesn’t everyone? *wink*
Thank you Lucy for sharing your plans for Albert’s First Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful time and I’m looking forward to seeing all your photographs.