This Christmas will our first spent together as a family of three and I’m really looking forward to it. Not because it’ll be our first and full of magic and memories but because we get to share it with my family.
As Georgia is still so little, I know that she’s not really going to understand what’s going on. Why there are so many people smiling at her and why there’s so much fun paper around to play with. If I’m being honest, this first Christmas is really for us and not for her.
She simply won’t remember it nor understand it.
She won’t be bothered about how many Christmas presents are under the tree and won’t care if we don’t follow every tradition to the letter just yet. It’s our chance to ‘test drive’ ideas before she starts to become more aware next year.
Sure, she’ll still have a stocking and we’ll tell her that Santa has been… but her routine will come first. Christmas can be overpowering for someone so little who has their own routine to follow. That’s just a recipe for disaster, so I’m hoping to keep it as ‘normal’ as possible with a sprinkling of Christmas magic.
We’ll see how well that goes with Nanna at the helm with the bribery of chocolate fingers and giggles.
Our Christmas is all about…
We’re not religious, so for me Christmas is all about the presents. Of course I’m kidding! It’s about the other sort of presence… family. It’s a time to celebrate the end of a year with family that we don’t get to see often.
We don’t live very close to each other, with each of us living in counties that don’t even touch. I’ve seen one of my sisters a grand total of two times this year and the other probably a handful of times. Of course I’ve probably seen my parents a few more times than that, but they’re enjoying the high life of retirement by flying off on hollybobs for weeks on end – an inspirational retirement if ever I saw one!
We can’t just pop over for a cup of tea mid-week for 20 minutes and anything we do has to take advantage of a whole day so as not to waste a long trip. So any get togethers have to be well planned in advance.
So spending a few days with my family at Christmas will be lovely. There will be plenty of booze flowing – I have a year to catch up on – with the fire blasting enough to singe Santa’s bum and the whole shebang of festivities.
This is our first Christmas as a family of three and I know that they are set to change over the next few years for us. From a subdued morning clink of bucks fizz and a lie in to an in-your-face Christmas bonanza of excitement at 6am and loud battery powered toys – but what won’t change is what is means to us. Getting together with family and celebrating.
And maybe a post-Christmas lunch nap for mummy.