Today has been our first day at home after almost a week away for Christmass and sorting through photographs has given me the opportunity to think about the fun we had.
The first thing I think is how lucky I am that I’ve never had to plan Christmas as we’ve always been invited to other people’s houses. However, I think it may not be that much longer until people expect to be invited to our house and I admit I feel a little bit worried about it; maybe it is a reason to delay the work on our house so it is not guest friendly!
The second thing I think is how lucky I am that my husband says he’ll manage the Christmas day dinner when it is our turn so I will have the role of helper and will be responsible for other things around Christmas Day. Here are some of the things I’ve picked up that I would like to replicate in a way that fits our house:
- catching up with lots of people – over the holiday season we saw three Aunts and Uncles, three sets of cousins and their children, my husband’s Granny and Great Aunt and two sets of friends and their children
- watching Christmas films and TVs – this is something we’ve been working on, but our supply of DVDs is still small and apparently we are missing some classics
- listening to music – this has been a highlight this year as we were invited by my husband’s Aunt to sit in a box at the Albert Hall to watch Jingle Bell Christmas which was brilliant and the children loved having room to dance as you can see in the video below
- magic – we saw Santa’s sleigh for the first time this year and he made a real mess after coming down the chimney which the children loved
- doing silly things – it was about headwear this year, but previously we’ve had photo props, party cannons and one year I got a pair of pants as a cracker prize
- lots of decorations – its not just about having a tree, its about having decorations in every room from natural greenery to tinsel and strings of wooden beads, and we seriously need to start a collection of Christmas candles and serving dishes
- plans – having plans either side of Christmas Day extends the anticipation and excitement, so we need to investigate what happens in our local area as well as the walks around us to find a good one that passes a pub for Boxing Day
- food – it is not just about Christmas Day dinner it is about having a plan for interesting food over the last week we’ve been munching into home cooked ham and beef for breakfast and home made pate and sausage rolls for lunch – certainly different to the normal day.
One more thing to remember is to look after myself and not feel overwhelmed. Christmas is meant to be fun for everyone.
What do you do for Christmas? If you are in control do you follow a plan, do you have a Christmas recipe book to help? Do you have activities you do every year?