Christmas 2016…What a wonderful time of the year!


So Christmas has passed us by now, nearly a week ago, the year doesn’t seem to be slowing down one bit.

We’ve had a truly wonderful time full of joy, love and foooood, however I’ve got to admit I haven’t really felt like it’s actually Christmas. It still sorta feels like its October and we’re going to prepare for the whole thing again but with some proper wintery weather. I always think that some snow or just frostier days make you feel more Christmassy..is that just me? It’s been one of the warmest Christmases to date and the weather is supposedly only going to get warmer and warmer. Very strange!

Anyway…We kicked off our Christmas festivities with our London trip back in November, which you can read all about here…Since coming home we got out tree and started to decorate the house. You can’t beat a good old trinklment and I have plenty of them. Hanging Santas, giant snowmen, Christmas garlands and so on, it’s lovely getting them all out and making the house look and feel much cosier and more christmassy. Plus you can’t beat getting the lights on the tree, Mum bought me some old fashioned ones last year as they are my total favourite. The ones with the proper bulbs, the colours are so rich and pretty and you get so many gorgeous colours on them. It really made our tree this year along with the twinkly red ones it really was magical. Amongst the branches were some of our favourite baubles and tones of reindeer food that Bets had collected from here there and everywhere! ha They were sure going to have a good feed at our house.

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At the beginning of Dec, Bets had her school nativity. So for a good few weeks she had been practicing all her songs, she loves a sing song on the best of days, so to now have something to practice, well we all knew the words pretty quickly. Ha Daddy, Hen, Popsi and Nain all came to watch and it was the cutest little thing ever. The girls were super and listening to Bets singing loud and proud was ace.

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We did our usual Christmas classes which of course calls for the obligatory Christmas jumper! This year I couldn’t resist getting the kiddies a matching outfit, they just looked super super gorgeous! They actually had quite a few Christmassy clothes and luckily we had lots of lovely occasions to wear them.

And of course, we had some lovely Christmas meals, a few on the run up to Christmas…which was a super treat. Nanny and Pappy invited us over along with some of the other Grandchildren for our first Christmas dinner. It was a really lovely day spent with family, relaxing and getting into the Christmas spirit. We were also super amazed at how much dinner our little Miss ate. She just sat and ate and ate and ate it was quite remarkable!

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I also did a dinner for Mum and Dad, as Bets was desperate to have them over for dinner so she could pull crackers and tell jokes at the table! They are funny little things aren’t they. So we did just that…I made a gorgeous chicken pie and we had crackers and hats. It was a lovely relaxed evening and Bets loved it!

Along with all these early Christmas dinners, we saw our fair share of Santas. I don’t think Bets quite clocked on to the fact that they were all different this year, but I’m thinking next year it might be a little harder to trick her! We’re going to go with the idea that he moves around all the different parts of the country to keep an eye on the children…see how that one goes down if were questioned. Anyway, this year, she loved telling him over and over what she would like and that she’s written him a letter, got food for the reindeer and is going to leave her dodees out for him to take! I love watching her with him, you can see the amazement in her eyes every time he talks to her, it really makes you realise how ace Christmas is for a little person, and we throughly enjoyed making it as magical as we could for her.

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And then all of a sudden it was Christmas eve and it was all going to begin!!

For Christmas eve this year, we headed over to Wrexham to spend the afternoon and evening with Curts family. We go over to his Uncles first and have food and catch up with everyone. This year was particularly lovely as all the cousins and grandchildren were there so quite a fair few of us, but it makes it all the better we think. More people to chat to and more people for the kiddies to play with. The food was as usual gorgeous, and totally the beginning of the over indulgence!

Here are all the kids on the Maccan side of the family.

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After Uncle Andys we head over to Little Grans and see everyone from the other side of the family. Unfortunately we can never stay at Grans too long because the kiddies are always getting tired by this point. But we managed to get to 8pm this year and then Bodes was ready to go, luckily we have an hours journey home and the little man slept for about half of it, which is great. He then had his milk and went straight into bed fast asleep, so the night was disturbed too much at all, and Bets was just a dream, she came in and set up Santas plate, left out her dodee and amazingly went straight to sleep!! WINNER!!

Once they were both fast asleep in bed, the fun could begin. Daddy piled all the presents into a pile for each of us so we knew whose was whose and Bets could get stuck straight in. We then made Santas footprints with some flour on the floor coming out the Chimney, drank the milk, bit the mince pie and snapped the carrot in half. Our work was done! ha Roll on the morning.

Christmas Day

Bets woke up at a very normal time of 7am, which was lovely. Bodes was still sleeping so we all crept downstairs and I quickly set the camera to record Bets coming into the lounge! Her reaction to it all was just so cute, she couldn’t quite believe it and I know it’s going to be one of those videos we watch when she’s older and remember that moment! She started opening her presents straight away and could’t quite believe Santa had bought her the things she had asked for…mainly a My fairy garden! ha She was really sweet opening her presents, amazed by each one and in no way ungrateful or spoilt so that was also lovely. There’s nothing worse than watching a child rip open presents to just disregard them and move onto the next one. She genuinely was so excited about each and everyone of them. Bodes then woke up about 7.40am and came to join in the fun. Thankfully he has a super big sister who can come and help him open up his toys. He got some lovely new bits which he seemed really impressed with, although he has no idea what it’s all about.

Once we had opened our presents at our house we packed up before Bodie needed his sleep and headed over to Curts parents where we were spending Christmas day this year. Nanny and Pappy come and Little Gran and Grandad, plus Aunty Xen, Uncle Alex, Aunty Jessica, Sebby and Leo, so all the gang. Normally we all sit together and open our presents but this year Alex and Jess couldn’t come till later on and Mark had to go to work for the morning, so it was just us opening our presents together but that’s okay. We really got some amazing bits! After the whole present opening we just mooch around really whilst we wait for everyone to arrive. Mj and Xen whip up a super feast which is normally ready for about 2pm and then we indulge! It was so super delish and no one had room for pudding this year! ha Normally we’d sit and watch a Christmassy film or programme but this year the tv was so pants, so we all just relaxed and played with our new bits!

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About 6pm it was time for us to go home and get the babies in bed. It had been a very exciting day and everyone was tired, plus the thought of unpacking everything was creeping up on me and making me feel a little anxious! Thinking about where all this new stuff was going to go was a little over facing, but we did it and I went to sleep feeling organised and ready for the next day.

So Boxing Day…

The same again, but this time I was cooking!! Mum very kindly bought the turkey crown and did the gravy but everything else was down to me. Really my first roast and a christmas one at that! I knew what I was doing though and I had practically worked out all my timings, I just needed to begin! We chilled out all morning and didn’t get dressed until Mum, Dad and Josh arrived, but everything went according to plan and the  food was on the table in plenty of time and looked incredible! I’ve got to admit it, I was pretty darn chuffed with myself!

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We finished lunch about 1.30pm and after being in the house for practically 3 days I needed to get out, so we wrapped up and walked into the village. Little man slept in his pram and we grabbed a hot chocolate for the walk home. It was great to get some fresh air and feel like we’d actually done something other than just sat in the house for days on end. I know that’s what Christmas is all about, but sometimes it gets a little claustrophobic and I just have to get out! I think the same can be said for Bets. ha She rode her bike to and from the village and it was the best idea, because I think she may have gone a little crazy if we’d have stayed in!

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Overall its easy to say we have had a wonderful festive Christmas, unfortunately with no snow, but filled with lots of lovely times and memories. Our little boys first Christmas and our princesses most magical one yet. We are truly blessed to have such amazing family and friends around us to help celebrate and make it what it should be. Merry Christmas 2016!! 

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