Advent Calendars – Blogmas Day 6

Sorry I haven’t published my post until now. The internet at home has been playing up and I couldn’t upload the images for my Christmas Gift List. I will try to post that tomorrow instead. Today, it will be a text only post and I’ll add some images as soon as I can.

The children have an Advent calendar each this year (Heath was too young for one last Christmas) and although Andy and I were a bit disappointed with what was available (everywhere was sold out in our area!), Annabelle and Heath are over the moon with theirs. Andy managed to get two calendars from the local petrol station as all the supermarkets nearby had nothing suitable left. Annabelle got a Mars bar Advent calendar and Heath’s was Malteasers.

Every morning the children are desperate to open their calendars and Belle always remembers what door we opened last (I swear she has the memory of an elephant!). I have seen alternative Advent traditions e.g. a new book per day, reverse Advent, and admittedly I did think about doing something a bit different but to be honest, it’s not very often that Annabelle is excited to have chocolate. It has also been a tradition for her for the last three years and she was excited to go shopping for calendars with her Daddy.

A few years ago, I used to have to eat Annabelle’s chocolate for her because she didn’t like it. Even to this day she is incredibly fussy with treats. Heath on the other hand has my sweet tooth. He will eat all cakes, dessert or chocolate. He has asked once to have two chocolates in one day from the Advent calendar but when I said ‘no’, he has never asked again since.

I know I am obviously biased, but I am so proud of my children. I think they are so polite, gentle natured and happy souls. They aren’t always kind to each other as they will wind each other up, argue and fight, however they have started to learn how to play together really nicely. Annabelle will always defend her brother if someone tells him off and she is the first person Heath asks for in the morning when he wakes up, although he does call her ‘A-Bel’.

Anyway, I digress. I didn’t have an Advent calendar myself this Christmas. Last year, mine was from Yankee Candle with scented tea lights. I think there was one or two possibly two samplers. I bought it when it was discounted (around the 30th November) and to be honest, even at the lower price, I think it was quite expensive, which is why I haven’t bought one this year.

Have you bought Advent calendars for yourself or for family or do you have a different tradition in your household? Bx

Oh Christmas Tree – Blogmas Day 4

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, now our tree is up. We have had the same one for six years, since we moved in to our house in 2010. I think we even bought it before we got our sofas!

img_1484 Our tree (please excuse the sunshade!)

I know some people may think it is old fashioned as it has tinsel, lights and baubles but I think Andy and I like the traditional feel of it. What I especially love is the things Annabelle has made at preschool, the sentimental baubles from the days before Andy and I lived together and the things we have made together, like the gingerbread man. I also like what they represent, for example, my mum would always buy a gingerbread man from the local bakery whenever she picked her up from preschool.

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We usually decorate the tree when Andy’s mum visits us in early December each year but things didn’t work out timings wise this time around. It sets the mood with Christmas songs playing in the background, candles burning and mince pies.

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Some years we spend Christmas in Cornwall and we always seem to end up in the pub on Christmas Eve with the in-laws. It is lovely as Annabelle and Heath get to run around with their cousins and Andy and I have a sip of Baileys or two.

When we stay at home for Christmas, the children get to spend the day with my mum and uncle, play with their new toys and then we will have a roast dinner. We try to balance things out so we are home one year and Cornwall the next so the children can spend equal Christmas time with their grandparents.

Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? What traditions do you have in your home? Bx