Tigerlilly Quinn: Christmas 2013

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Christmas 2013


(photos taken with a mixture of my DSLR and iPhone)

Tom found all those Fisherprice cars and accessories in an eBay bundle for around £11. The kilt Wilf is wearing can be explained here and the unicorn was a gift from my sister Serin (who also hand knitted it's two outfits).

We spent Christmas day with Tom's family a little outside of Bristol. Tom's mum picked us up around 10.30 which meant we had the morning to open our stockings and a few other bits just us three. Wilf had woken at 6.30 (when the 'yellow sun' on his grow clock comes up in his room) and instead of the usual 'mummy! daddy! it's the yellow sun!' we got 'mummy! daddy! there are presents on my bed!' he ran into our room clutching his stocking tight as tight with a look of glee and astonishment on his little face. It really was a wonderful moment, i would say I would treasure it forever but I know next year he will be just that little bit more excited, I already can't wait!

I don't have many Christmas traditions from my childhood but the stocking at the end of my bed is one of them. I still remember waking in the night, squinting in the darkness and seeing my stocking bumpy and budging with the presents inside. Testing myself to practise restraint and wait until morning, waking again and opening 'just that one' or whispering to my sister in the bunk bed below that Father Christmas had been! We always waited until 6am (as was the rule) before waking our other siblings and running into our parents room to show them our spoils.

As it seems to happen every year I feel like Christmas suddenly arrived and we've only just got ourselves organised before it is over. I spent Christmas eve in a bit of a festive slump as I debated with Tom that we should even be celebrating a religious festival at all if we are not part of the religion (I know, I know) but there is nothing like spending the day with a two year old to make you remember what the festive season is really about.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! xx

21 comments:

Toni-Louise said...

Adore the sofa & framed wall! Your Christmas looks so wonderfully cosy. Have a wonderful new years! :) x


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Helen Actually Mummy said...

Beautiful photos. You never forget the first time your child really gets it - I remember with both of mine (in fact I'm going to go and update my Christmas post with those memories so I don't forget when I'm old)!

Five's A Fellowship said...

Now that's what I'm talking about! How homely and warm do those photos look? It really is amazing what you can find on ebay I have to admit. We found some Happy Land bits and bobs in perfect condition that my three adore. What a lovely family you are :)

Ruthy Williams said...

Really beautiful photos! You have really inspired me to take more photos in 2014 (I always worry that my house looks too messy with all the toys, but your house looks messy and it looks absolutely great too!)


It looks like you had a fantastic Christmas! xx


PS I celebrate Christmas even though I am a Humanist

Janie said...

Sounds like a really special day and happy times. & as always, your photos capture it perfectly.

Mrs Chasing the Donkey said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. The photos are great - especially that play room - that's a kids wonderland in there!

Niki said...

That sounds so lovely, and your photos are gorgeous!

Mellissa Williams said...

You have amazing photos on your blog. It sounds like you had a great Christmas after. Nothing like seeing Christmas through the eyes of little children.

Anna said...

sounds like a great christmas, and wilfs pics are so cute as always!

Mummy Glitzer said...

Oh Harry had the same response as Wilf! I loved how he didn't open his stocking by himself, as we expected, but came to tell us first.

Gretta Schifano said...

I love the unicorn your sister made, she's very clever. I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas.

Life With The Crew said...

I really like that you bring up a tough subject. Yesterday, I was thinking how wrong it was to be looking at a picture of a Nativity surrounded by gifts. Then I realized, "oh, yeah, the three wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus; that is why the tradition of giving gifts started." For those of us that don't go to church or practice Christianity on their own, it is easy to really have no concept of what Christmas is really about. For me, the whole Christmas story is just that, a story, the same as Santa coming down the chimney. There are so many traditions that surround this time of year and a family has to decide what is meaningful to them. I decided that I will tell my daughter that we give gifts to people because we love them and that homemade, handmade, quality items are better than mass produced products given in bulk. We give foot of the bed presents - always a book - that is on the bed when we wake up. I really like the picture of Wilf in front of the red wood wall!
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AnnieMammasaurus said...

Wilf rocks that kilt BIG TIME. Looks like you had a lovely family Chrizzle, I can't believe another year is nearly upon us, here's to it being a happy one filled with unicorns and smiles x

Anya from Older Single Mum said...

Your Christmas looks perfectly charming :)

Katie said...

everything is so perfect here <3 the photos, clothes, atmosphere <3 I'm just in love :) truly in love :)

happy new year ! :)

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fritha strickland said...

thanks so much Katie! and thanks so visiting my little blog, I'm such a new fan of yours! x

fritha strickland said...

a year filled with unicorns would be a great one wouldn't it?? x

fritha strickland said...

it's a really tricky one isn't it! I think like you I will explain the nativity story to Wilf in a similar was to the story of Father Christmas but even then we are telling him that Father Christmas is real..oh gosh its such a tricky one! maybe I am just over thinking it! I love your ethos! x

jess lewis said...

awww lovely pics - i know what you mean though - we are not religious at all and i used to worry about it but i have to say I wouldn't of missed my kids in the nursery nativity plays when they were little for the world. Sometimes it best to let them work out thier own stuff and just enjoy - this magical phase really doesnt last long :( glad you had a happy christmas ;)

fritha strickland said...

thank you! you too x

Katherine said...

Gorgeous photos, looks like a lovely celebration! I'm a third generation atheist and I used to agonise about if it was right to celebrate christmas but I read some good articles by prominent atheists on why they celebrate and decided not to worry about it. Christmas does bring a lot of traditions together and before Christianity there was a midwinter festival, just to cheer things up really. I think of it as being a time to celebrate your friends and family and light up an otherwise dark time. I'm fascinated by all the stories and myths and traditions from other places that make up christmas. Don't agonise too much!

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