The year of firsts. Arthur’s first Christmas. With the year drawing to a close I can’t help but reflect. I’m naturally that kind of person anyway but with this being the year Arthur was born it seems almost right to look back and remember everything that’s happened.
They weren’t wrong when they said time would move even quicker when you have children. It really does. All of a sudden he’s taking his first steps.
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I’ve always loved the true essence of Christmas instead of the materialistic game I believe a lot of us can get sucked into this time of year. It’s no fault of any individuals it’s just the way it goes. For me, Christmas has always been about those funny traditions that are created.
Traditions I will be starting this year
I don’t really remember having many traditions in our family. The few I do remember are;
- Opening one present on Christmas Eve that used to be pajama’s
- Saving the present opening until after the big roast
- Going to Crystalgal Christmas eve, although this one soon fizzled out the older my sister and I got.
So this year I really want to start some solid traditions.
My first tradition that I will be starting this year with Arthur is… Making Christmas Decorations.
When I worked as a nanny/pre-school teacher this was one of my favorite things to do with the children at this time of year. It doesn’t come without its challenges though as getting a tiny person who just wants to grab instead of lightly touching things makes that oh so pretty Pinterest perfect homemade Christmas decoration goes out the window. However, I’m always up for challenges and will not back down from this one. (little giggle)
The second tradition is…. going to The Fig Tree in Rye with my Sister and Arthur.
Jem and I love The Fig Tree, it serves THE best coffee and delicious brownies
That’s not all the Fig Tree does well. Their lunches are absolutely divine. If you’re not familiar with The Fig Tree, it’s a small little café in Rye. As I follow them on Instagram, I couldn’t help but notice they have a new festive menu as well as putting up some beautiful decorations.
The third tradition will start on Christmas morning… Cuddles and Coffee in bed.
I don’t know how this will go down as usually Arthur just wants to leap off the bed. Not Ideal. Jack and I are always so busy these days. I usually have to get up and go downstairs with Arthur straight away as he doesn’t sit still even with toys in the bed… and Jack is usually up and out by 7/7: 30 am so cuddles in the mornings just aren’t a thing in our house that regularly. So I’d like to bring in a bit of my old Christmas traditions into my new family with Cuddles and Coffee on Christmas morning. When Arthur gets older this will be the time when he can open all his presents from Santa.
Traditions I want to start next year.
Christmas eve boxes are everywhere these days…AND I LOVE THEM!
Next year I’d love to make a Christmas eve box for Arthur and fill it with a lot of goodies. As I mentioned, Mum would always let Jem and I open one Christmas present on Christmas Eve. It was usually pajamas, who doesn’t love a fresh set of pajama’s to get snuggled in all ready for Christmas morning? I’d love to fill his box with games to play on Christmas eve, Hot Chocolate mix, maybe some cookie mix for us to make, pajamas, of course, a note from Santa and a ticket to “The Peaches Cinema”. I wrote a post about how to create the perfect at-home cinema experience.
I’d also like to start doing more baking… Christmas baking to be precise. Mixing up some yummy festive treats for everyone. Although this year I plan on doing quite a bit of baking, next year Arthur might be able to join in. Cooking and baking is such a great activity for Children to get involved in. They learn so much and usually are far more grateful for the treats at the end, not to mention feeling very proud that they created something everyone can enjoy.
I hope you all are enjoying this festive season.