Having Aidan’s first Christmas this year has my thinking up all sorts of things I want to do with him. I think traditions at Christmas are half of the fun and excitement so I’ve been thinking about some of the traditions that I want to carry on with A and some new ones I can add too.
- Christmas Eve Dinner: Every year on Christmas eve my entire family (and even some extras) go for dinner together. It’s something that every one of us looks forward to, and even though we may not see each other too often it’s as if we talk all the time. I love that my family is so close and I am looking forward to Aidan being a part of that experience this year.
- Christmas Eve pyjamas: Every year after we got back from dinner my Mom would have new pyjamas wrapped up for me under the tree. For Aidan, when he is younger, I plan to do a Christmas eve box. In the box will be new pyjamas, a Christmas book, a Christmas DVD and some sweets to have with the DVD.
- Christmas day visiting: For as long as I can remember the majority of Christmas morning-lunch was spent in my Nan’s house and this year will be no different. I think I will continue to bring Aidan as long as I can because he is very lucky to have two great-grandparents in his life.
- Book Advent calender: I saw this idea first on Dolly Dowsie, and thought what a great idea! I picked up these two books this week. Although Aidan’s too young to understand Christmas or Advent calenders I plan to keep these for every year. They are some of the most beautiful Christmas books I’ve ever seen. Now just to find a nice personalised one.
|Top: Santa is coming to Waterford (hardback)- All about Santa’s journey to Waterford. Includes several place names and slang names. Also, includes Aidan’s name (just a coincidence).
Bottom: Santa Claus The book of secrets (hardback) – Written by Santa, he talks about becoming Santa, his elves, the naughty and nice list and what he does throughout the year.
- Winterval: I am so excited to take Aidan to Winterval (and to share it with you guys too). Christmas will always be my favourite time of year but having a town that completely transforms into a Christmas festival makes it so much more special. We are very lucky to have it run again this year and hopefully many more. If you ever get the chance to visit for Winterval I highly recommend it.
- Present opening: Ok so I’ve this one in italics because I need your opinions. When I was growing up we opened all our presents as soon as we got up and that meant that everything appeared at once and it was basically open,wow,next. Now, my Aunt, said that when they were kids they would open a couple of gifts before breakfast then a few when they returned from visiting and the rest after dinner. I wonder would this make the suspese of the day last longer or just result in many tantrums? I love the idea of presents being appreciated and prolonged suspence, but its also prolonged agony of telling kids ‘not yet’.