With our Christmas festivities now over, it’s time to reflect on the last few days and have a bit of time to ourselves. We really love spending time with both of our families with gatherings and parties every day between Christmas Eve and the day after Boxing Day and although it is exhausting, our hearts (and our tummies) are full to bursting.
Christmas this year has been about spending time with our families. As you get older, you really do realise what’s most important and for us, it’s most definitely family. We don’t have to be doing anything in particular, nothing special, just spending time with each other playing board games, having a good catch up or sharing a drink or two.
We know just how lucky we are, with extended family members not having the same close knit relationships with their siblings, parents or grandparents so when I get the chance I really do cherish the time we get to spend together. I couldn’t imagine not seeing my own family around Christmas. I know it’s not for everyone but I feel very lucky that we do get to spend so much time with them.
Unfortunately, one special person missed out this year and my poor Nan took a tumble on Christmas Eve and has since spent her Christmas in hospital with a broken hip. Although it has been a really lovely time, it’s not been the same knowing she’s spent the best part of the week alone in hospital. Thank goodness for the NHS and the caring nurses who have looked after her for us over the Christmas period out of visiting hours.
Olly has loved most of Christmas; seeing family, eating plates of party food and being able to stay up late. Unfortunately he got very upset on Christmas Eve. The prospect of Father Christmas visiting the house was all a bit too much and he spent the best part of two (very late) hours on Christmas Eve in tears and being too frightened to go to bed. As Parents, we want to retain as much magic as we can for the festive period but at what cost? He finally settled in our bed shortly after midnight and had to carry him back into his own bed so we all got some sleep. He was fine about it on Christmas Day and believed that Father Christmas had left him a present or two, eaten the mince pie and drank the milk. Tiredness and being out of a routine really does have a lot to answer for.
We have all been very lucky this year and received some wonderful gifts. My husband gifted me a Tassimo machine with pods galore, a pair of GHD hair straighteners, a Cath Kidston Stanley purse, and an engraved infinity bracelet which I adore. I also was lucky enough to receive a much wanted photography book, a 5-in-1 reflector, some toiletries, make up and some money to put to good use in the new year.
Olly has loved Christmas and was gifted lots of wonderful presents. I am pretty sure we need an extension of some kind to house them all but he has loved each and every one of them. His favourite gifts were his wooden Brio track, Big Jigs rail sets and Duplo. All fantastic toys with hours of imaginative play for the new year ahead.
This year we also took part in the #ReverseAdvent campaign that the Co-op ran. We filled a box full of tins and packets, one for each day in December up until Christmas Day and gifted it to a charity to help others who aren’t as fortunate as us. We feel so lucky that we can afford to buy gifts for Olly and our families, there’s plenty of food in our cupboards and our homes are warm but also rather humble that we can give to others in need and make their Christmas a little more bearable. We donated our box to a local charity who support young adults who don’t have support at home. Living in sheltered accommodation and supported by the charity, hopefully the supplies will have helped them and we feel content knowing we tried to help someone in need this Christmas.
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmases whatever you got up to and whoever you spent it with.