Posted by Tami Anderson in Christmas, Family on December 21, 2014
This Christmas StressFreePrint have asked a few bloggers to share with them their favourite Christmas Moments. This really got me thinking about Christmases past and present and how much things change as you get older and become parents. Christmas traditions from childhood are remembered and new traditions are being made with our children.
As a Child…
As a child Christmas was full of excitement. I used to love the lead up to Christmas when school would be full of fun activities and the nativity play which always used to put us all in a festive mood. I remember vividly singing a verse of In the Bleak Mid Winter at one of the nativities.
Christmas Eve would mean being taken out to the shops with Mum, Dad and my sister. They said it was to take our mind off Santa coming, however, it only seemed to add to the excitement being around all the last minute shoppers and festive music playing in the shops. Bedtime would come and we would leave out the obligatory mince pie, carrot and a glass of whatever spirit was in the house. Then we would put one of my Dad’s football socks at the end of our beds ready for Santa to fill with lots of nice little presents.
Christmas day itself would start far too early (I must admit to being the main culprit here!) and my sister and I would hastily unwrap all of the presents Santa had filled Dad’s socks with before waking up Mum and Dad to go and open the big presents downstairs.
I always remember Christmas was filled with lots of fun and laughter with lots of family filled festivities.
As I reached my late teens and early 20’s Christmas became one thing – parties! I used to love going out around Christmas time with my friends, having a few drinks and lots and lots of dancing! One thing I miss now I am a Stay at Home Mum is the office Christmas party!
Christmas Eve was always a great night out, although not so great waking up to a hangover on Christmas morning – that I don’t miss these days!
Being a parent at Christmas…
Come my 25th Christmas and everything changed. On Boxing Day 2007 I found out I was pregnant with Little Mr A!
Now Christmas has a completely new meaning for me and I feel like I have discovered that magic again. I love seeing the Little A’s excitement leading up to Christmas which seems to get more and more every year as they get older and have a greater understanding of what is going on!
Little Mr A really seems to have embraced all of the festivities at school this year. He has loved performing his Christmas play and this last week has been full of parties and fun.
It has been great seeing Little Miss A take more interest this year too. She is really copying her brother’s excitement about Santa coming and has loved our trips to Santa this year.
My definite favourite Christmas Moment this year is the Little A’s singing of Christmas songs. It takes me back to my childhood when my sister and I ‘performed’ Frosty the Snowman for family – what a shame I don’t seem to have that video knocking around anywhere!
I love playing Santa on Christmas Eve, getting all of the presents ready and stockings filled and seeing the look on the Little A’s faces when they wake up on Christmas morning.
Last year we started a new A family tradition with a Christmas Eve box and I have been busy collecting new PJ’s, a DVD and Christmas teddies amongst other things for the Little A’s box this year!
I am so looking forward to Christmas this year. The Little A’s will be unbearably excited but I know it will be a day filled with fun, laughter and, most importantly, family time.
For me Christmas always has been, and always will be, about spending time with family and enjoying the magic that surrounds it for children and I’m so pleased I am able to capture a little of that magic back now I have children of my own. I saw a quote this week which said the best thing about Christmas isn’t being a child but having a child at Christmas and I completely agree!
I have been provided with a Polaroid Camera in return for writing this post which will be used to capture those memories of Christmas 2014