Since becoming a parent Christmas has taken on a whole new level of enjoyment for me. I've always been quite into the season, for the socialising, the general 'jolliness' people seem to have around this time of year and spending time with the people you love.
Everyone has their own ideas of how Christmas should be done. It's something my friends and I would often joke about when we went to a boyfriends family home for Christmas for the first time or visa versa. There's the way you open the gifts, is it all at once like a free for all? Do you go round and give everyone their gifts to open one by one in an orderly fashion? In my family home as a child we would get the same amount of gifts each and we would all be handed our first to open in turn and thank whoever and then wait your turn for your second.
When it comes to Christmas most people think about indulging themselves, it the time of year for extra treats, bucks fizz in the morning, chocolates always on the go and days and days of leftovers to put into sandwiches. That's actually not how it was for me growing up, we had Christmas dinner and a few drinks in the evening (and mince pies of course) but it was never really done in excess. Like most things my parents do it was always quite simple and non showy and although I have respect for that when it came to having a family of our own we decided to make our own traditions.
My favourite thing in life is to have my friends and family around me. I love having a giggle over a glass of champagne and passing round the trays of biscuits. I love buying cheeses and chutneys to nibble on in the evening when we are watching a Christmas movie. The time of year is extra special to us as Wilf was born just ten days before Christmas day and as the nights get darker and signs of the holiday season start popping up it always reminds me of those first special moments as a family.
The last few weeks with the wedding and honeymoon and work have meant I've seen less of my little boy and it's hard not to feel guilty. So when the other day we had a morning free together (before I needed to rush off again!) we decided to open our Christmas food and wine hamper a little early and have a tea party. There is nothing Wilf likes more then having a good tea party and we decided as it was a special occasion to ditch the usual Peppa Pig set for some more fancy china ;)
Harrods had kindly set us a wonderful spread so whilst I kept the posh champers back for a more grown up occasion we nibbled on yummy biscuits and (me) much needed coffee. Wilf has taken to calling Father Christmas 'Santa Christmas' and he asked 'how will he get in our house without us having a chimney?' To which I replied (thinking fast and making sure I didn't say anything scary like "through the window" or anything silly) 'oh he's magic'. Wilf then proceeded to ask if he had a wand, I agreed he probably did and then he confirmed with me that 'Santa Christmas' was actually a Christmas Fairy. In my confusion I agreed to this statement too..and then somehow also agreed that he would be bringing him a scooter..oh dear!
How do you celebrate Christmas, do you go all out? What types of food and drinks are a must have for you Christmas day? For me it has to be buck fizz and mince pies :)
In case you were wondering the gold plates used at our tea party are from Tesco Living, the blue and pink ones are from IKEA and the tea cup is from Anthropologie.