Tigerlilly Quinn: Starting to feel a little like...

Friday, 7 November 2014

Starting to feel a little like...


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.  

16 comments:

Caroline - My Family Ties said...

I too love mince pies and bucks fizz at Christmas and all the little traditions that we do as a family are just so precious, I love your photos they look amazing! :)


Caroline
www.my-family-ties.com

Georgia said...

You make laugh so hard :) Santa Fairy sounds not so bad.

One off cleaning Ealing

Polly Davies said...

hehehe... Santa Fairy!!! I love the traditions we've created for our family - and bucks fizz and mince pies are on ours too :)

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I love the tea cup! I'm really looking forward to Xmas this year, Cherry is so aware of it all and I really want to start some new traditions x

pinkoddy said...

What a lovely idea for spending time together. I love building up the excitement to Christmas doing things together.

Louisa said...

I think it's important to establish your own family traditions around Christmas.

Twinsplustwo said...

Argh! The :"C" word lol. It's still 10% of the year to go..... I love Christmas but only from the week before.....

Happy Homebird said...

Oh yes! Christmas starts now. I love Christmas so much. Can't wait for Classic FM to start playing carols.

Kara said...

I love Christmas and I have to have a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings........and christmas pudding

abby - little city adventures said...

So adorable! I'm trying not to do too much Christmas-y-ness things until after Thanksgiving but it is hard!

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh I have to say I do love getting into the Christmas spirit, unfortunately I cannot have some champers this year but I planned to make up for it after feb :) How yummy do those biscuits look by the way and I love your plates :)


Laura x

sonya said...

Syd is saying Santa Christmas too!! I ADORE Christmas, and love thinking and planning and squirreling things away ready - but I wish shops would keep it toned down with the decorations until December as my excitement peaks too early!

Globalmouse said...

Yum this looks lovely and how nice to share a decadent tea party together?! I hope Father Christmas the fairy brings the scooter for Wilf :)

Gill Crawshaw said...

We are having Christmas at our house this year for the first time (I flat out refused to go anywhere with a newborn) and I have to admit I'm already really excited! The hamper looks immense, love that you tucked in early :-)

Agata Pokutycka said...

Yes, we do celebrate Christmas but within our budget. I would never borrow money to make a Christmas more special than I can actually afford

Katie Albury said...

How gorgeous...these Christmas treats look yummy! Homemade sausage rolls have been a lifelong Christmas tradition in our family. Every Christmas Eve Dad makes them and it definitely starts to feel like Christmas in our home when the smell of homemade sausage rolls fill the house! They are so good that even our friends and family all put their order in for Dad's famous sausage rolls and he's almost perfected a gluten free version for me! xx

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