Disclaimer: Yes, I know everybody’s bored of Christmas now, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write this!
It was a busy old Christmas and New Year in this house, with lots of fun, buckets of celebrations and all packed into what felt like a quite short space of time!!
I suppose it started properly with Lilly’s first school nativity play- she was a littke star in a play called The Perfect Recipe for Christmas, she wore white clothes and carried a large tinsel star round her neck. We also got to watch her performing a dance routine with her after school dance club, all dressed as Santas and dancing to All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. Lilly gave a very enthusiastic performance which we all loved, and Isla wanted to join in so badly that she had to be forcibly ejected from the room after the huge tantrum when we wouldn’t let her! But safe to say, Mariah was the tune of the festive season and I think it’ll always put a little smile on my face when I hear it from now on!
The girls went to meet Father Christmas (or Farmer Christmas, as Isla remains convinced he is called) at the local garden centre grotto. When we first went in, Isla wasn’t sure one bit she was going to like him, and had to be carried in against her will. But she softened towards Farmer Christmas when he mentioned that he might be able to bring chocolate on Christmas Day, and by the end we even had Isla smiling and sitting on his knee with her sisters. Lilly was very chuffed to be able to deliver her Christmas list in person, although we were a bit worried as it contained a couple of quite difficult to source presents, such as “a toy rainbow”…
Lilly only finished school a few days before Christmas so we didn’t have as much time to do Christmas arts and crafts and baking as I would have liked, but then I think you are so full of ideas in the run up to Christmas but in reality there isn’t as much time to do them in as you think! Still we managed to bake and decorate some Christmas cookies and various other bits.
Another pre-Christmas highlight was the night the local rotary club Santa came down our road on his sleigh/float. They do it every year, but it has always been past the girls’ bedtime by the time he comes, so they’ve never actually seen it. But one night I heard the music in the neighbourhood while they were still awake, and thought he was coming, so I told Lilly and Isla all about it, but he never came. A few nights later, when Tony was on lates, they had just gone to bed and I heard the music again, so I kept an eye out, and once I knew he was definitely coming this time I just couldn’t resist and went upstairs to wake the girls (only the big ones!) and we went onto the porch to watch Father Christmas (and Rudolph) drive into the close. Father Christmas even came up to each house and gave the children sweets – it was really magical, especially because the girls weren’t expecting it… and luckily they went back to sleep no trouble and both woke up the next day talking about Father Christmas coming to our house!
For the first time ever we hosted Christmas Day at our house – as we moved this year we finally had enough space to do so, as we normally go to Tony’s mum and dads for Christmas Day. A couple of days before Tony took the girls out for a few hours while I did all the essential pre-Christmas cleaning and tidying, especially in the kitchen. When they all came home Isla came into the kitchen, stopped, looked about, and then said (genuinely puzzled): “Mummy. Why is it tidy???”
On Christmas Day, the girls woke at a reasonable hour to find Father Christmas had left their stockings at the bottom of their beds (first time he’s been brave enough to do that!) and that there was an actual mountain of presents under the tree downstairs. It took us AGES to open them all, and it was great because there was just the right amount of ripping open presents and playing with them as we went along.
The funniest one was when the girls opened a set of fairy wings and a wand each and wanted to put them on straight away. As soon as Isla had hers on she started jumping and before long the bottom lip came out and the arms folded. “They not working…” she sulked, as she failed miserably to make the wings get her flying…
Late morning Tony’s mum and dad came round with more presents, and the turkey went in the oven… Christmas dinner went absolutely fine, apart from me burning my arm on the oven (minor incident) and forgetting to cook the much-anticipated Pigs in Blankets, but hey, there’s always something you forget isn’t there! Eve cracked her ‘Baby’s First Cracker’ at the table and enjoyed a few vegetables as finger foods (something she’s very into these days). There was also a great moment where we realised that her two top front teeth had come through and everybody sang her a chorus of “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” at the dinner table, much to her bemusement… Isla still isn’t so keen on poultry, although she ate a little bit of turkey before she remembered! Lilly declared it was “the best dinner ever” and even ate sprouts!
On Boxing Day, my mum, sister and her boyfriend came round and there were yet more presents, and the usual buffet. Eve made everyone laugh when she grabbed a freshly baked roll off the buffet table (from her vantage point in her highchair) and proceeded to slowly but surely demolish it entirely! So, safe to say, she’s definitely on the finger foods!!!
Best presents the girls got this year – for Eve definitely a cuddly Iggle Piggle that sings and makes noises and a Disney Choo Choo Sounds train. She loves them both! Isla’s favourite was a Peppa Pig Foldaway Kitchen… she has been busy making people cups of tea and various meals ever since, and she insists that all her customers (she calls them “shopkeepers”) sit the other side of it, so their food can be thrown at them though the hatch! And Lilly got the chocolate lolly and egg makers she wanted, plus loads of things to make which always go down well with her.
So all in all, we had a fab Christmas… and then the birthday celebrations began (but that’s a seperate post…)