So it’s officially December, the countdown to Christmas is on and I am so so excited!! I’m like a big kid at this time of year!
The kids were mega excited to open their advent calendars this morning and despite having three calendars each, it would seem that one door was just not enough. I had the argument with Mollie whereby she asked if she could open more doors on each and of course I said no, then there were the whinges when she couldn’t get the doors open, couldn’t get the chocolate out or she managed to rip through the door. Oh well, only another 23 days to go!
I have spent today putting up my Christmas tree whilst watching Elf and other Christmassy stuff on the telly. I would like to say that I let the kids help but in all honesty, my OCD kicked in and I spent half the time distracting the kids, thus allowing me to stealthily relocate baubles which they had placed in close proximity to one another or that just looked plain wrong, well in my eyes anyway.
I do recall one year when Dean thought it would be a nice surprise me and put up the tree whilst I was out. I cried that day...
One of my favourite parts of the build up to Christmas, is putting up the tree, which I usually hold off doing throughout November and don't put up until the first weekend in December. I do recall one year when Dean thought it would be a nice surprise me and put up the tree whilst I was out. I cried that day, then proceeded to rearrange the tree décor to meet my own personal specification. I did totally appreciate the sentiment, but when it’s something you enjoy doing and you only get to do it once a year, it’s hard to feign being grateful. Needless to say that Dean won’t be doing that again and thankfully we can laugh about it now.
So along with the Christmas tree and décor, December usually sees the return of the Elf on the Shelf. Our Elf is male, but Oliver named it Sharon a few years ago and it’s kinda stuck. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the time, energy or imagination to move Sharon the elf every night into a funny or quirky position ready for the kids to find the next morning. So instead of the Elf suddenly appearing with a note or with props on December 1st, ours likes to hide amongst the tree decorations and we find him whilst sorting through the many bags of tinsel and baubles.
Sharon our elf is also a bit of a lazy bastard thankfully
Sharon our elf is also a bit of a lazy bastard thankfully, he’ll find a spot he likes and sit there throughout the whole of December. I do like to remind the kids that he is watching over them though now and then and is reporting back to Santa, mainly when they’re being a pain in the ass, but yeah we have no time for mischievous elves in our house.
I have never really been a very crafty person, but I did have a bit of a DIY moment this week also. I fell in love with a wire star wreath for sale with The White Company and also in M&S, but both had sold out and similar versions elsewhere just didn’t give off the same feels. So whilst visiting my local garden centre, I spotted a battery operated light up wire star and some festive foliage, which I tied together once back at home and achieved a result similar to the one I had been lusting after. I’m actually really happy with how it’s turned out and the star has pride of place hanging off my living room mirror.
I love garden centres at Christmas and where I live we have a lovely little selection of them nearby. I’ve visited a couple just this week alone and have seen Reindeer, some stunning Christmas displays and Santa’s Grotto’s, a fabulous and unique selection of Christmas décor and some cute little café’s where we’ve had cake and hot chocolate.
Christmas can get so expensive that I don’t want anyone to feel the burden of having to buy yet another unnecessary gift
This year I have been quite organised and have almost finished my Christmas shopping. I haven’t gone overboard with the kids or with family. With friends I have been sensible this year and agreed with most that we’re not going to buy for one another. Christmas can get so expensive that I don’t want anyone to feel the burden of having to buy yet another unnecessary gift, also I get carried away really easily and the expense of it all can become a bit overwhelming.
I don’t know if anyone else struggles with places to hide Christmas presents once they’ve been bought? This year I thought I had it figured out until Oliver stumbled across my hiding place and queried who the Smyths toys bag was for. Thankfully I don’t think he spotted anything he shouldn’t but it’s meant I’ve had to move a few things around in case.
I am now expertly hiding all scissors and the nursery have been warned to be on scissor watch also!
This week I got a shock when I found that Mollie had managed to give herself a hair cut. That feeling when I saw a huge chunk missing from the side of her head and her beautiful hair lying on the carpet was one of disbelief and a mixture of wanting to laugh and to cry. I was so worried that I’d have to cut her hair into a bob, but somehow I have managed to save it by feathering the sides to hide the extreme trim. It could have been a lot lot worse and for now we can put a slide in her hair to hide the modern day mullet look that she’s created until it grows out a bit. I am now expertly hiding all scissors and the nursery have been warned to be on scissor watch also!
On top of that Mollie has also tripped over and face planted the ground on two occasions this week alone, the first time scraping her knee and the second her chin. I’m so thankful that their school photos were last week!
Anyway, I hope that you’re all having a lovely start to December on the countdown to Christmas and that you’ve had fun putting up your decorations. Hopefully you’ll have lots of nice things planned, such as panto’s, Santa visits, Christmas parties and family time. So here’s to a good December. Cheers x