Christmas is a wonderful and special time. Some of the memories made at Christmas with your children will live on forever in the minds of all of us.
As regular readers of my blog will know I’m a father of five children. The oldest being 21. OMG! It really only seems like yesterday that it was her first Christmas, so I’ve had plenty of experiences come Christmas time! Here are a few of my Do’s and Don’ts.
1. When your children are small and they still believe in Father Christmas take advantage because it really is a magical time, and believe me it won’t be long before somebody shouts out at primary school that Father Christmas is not real and they tell them that your parents buy your presents. It really will fly by.
2. One memory that I’m sure all of my children remember is the annual visit to Santa’s grotto. I can remember all of my children’s faces. They see Santa sitting in his chair. Their faces really do light up like Christmas trees and of course then a stunned silence, and they become the most shy child that there’s ever been! It’s a shame we can’t bottle that for the rest of the year! Haha!
3. Christmas Day for me is all about family and celebrating as a family. If you have toddlers like my four year old twin girls, spoil them as much as possible because their little faces on Christmas morning believing that Father Christmas has visited is priceless! I have often put footprints down using flour to give authenticity to the moment and every time all my children have believed it’s snow from the North Pole! Haha!
1. There was one year that I took my three oldest children on a mountain railway ride with its destination being Santa’s grotto. This seemed like magical and wonderful, and in truth it would have been, but for the fact that my son who was about three years old at the time had raging ear ache which made for a very difficult time and I ended up holding him for hours. So, if you are going to do one of these trips make sure everybody is well, otherwise it can be a nightmare.
2. The next one is one we have done for the first time this year. Elf on the Shelf. Whoever thought this up, needs locking up! It’s the first thing that my twin girls run too every morning! I will admit that my wife does all of the elf on the Shelf activities and there are many more days to go! What’s wrong with the Elf on the Shelf? Well I have started to use it as a threat for the girls to be well behaved and that is surely not right. With a bit of luck this will be our first and last year!
3. Finally make sure you are prepared, especially when it comes to food. This is something that we didn’t manage to do last year.
We went away to Bluestone Wales for the Kingdom of the Elves which was a great idea, but we didn’t get home until the day before Christmas Eve and we had done a click and collect service from Asda. This turned out to be a bad move! I arrived to collect it and half of it had been substituted. Most importantly the turkey had been replaced with a frozen turkey, when we ordered a turkey crown, and a frozen turkey was not going to defrost in time for Christmas Day.
I had to run around all the other supermarkets looking for a turkey crown! Eventually I found one at Sainsbury’s and I was so relieved! I just picked it up and went to pay along with a few other things we needed for Christmas Day. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, but when I got home my wife said how much did you pay? I said I have no idea, she replied with it cost £36! If I’m honest it really didn’t mean much. Needless to say apparently it was very expensive because it was organic!
The moral of the story is don’t leave it to the last minute to organise your food for Christmas Day!
So those are my Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas.