So Christmas is over! And what an amazing, wonderful, fun-filled time it was. We did so much as a family, yet there was still so much didn’t do! I did a Christmas bucket list a few weeks ago, and it was great fun working our way through it. Here are our Christmas best bits:
1.Putting up our Christmas decs – I love doing this every year, and this year was no exception!
2. Visit Father Christmas – this was a fab day out at Colchester Zoo, and although it didn’t go as we thought it would, we still enjoyed our day and would definitely go back next year.
3. Attend our local light switch on – unfortunately we missed the actual light switch on! But the rest of the evening was great fun, watching the performers, and having a go on the rides.
4. Go and see a pantomime – we went to the panto whilst we were having our day out to see Father Christmas. It may not have been a big production but it was fantastic nonetheless.
5. Visit our local Christmas garden centre display and marvel at the pretty light displays – Alfie didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought he would! He wasn’t really dazzled by the lights, but he did love the little train and village set ups.
6. Take a ride on the local santa train – this is going to become a yearly tradition, it was even better this year than it was last year!
7. Visit a local Christmas market/fayre – we went to a very small local one, but it wasn’t as Christmassy as I’d hoped. Hopefully next year I can find a better one!
8. Go to the Christingle event at our local church or the church we were married in – this is one thing we didn’t get to do! We planned to go on Christmas Eve, but Alfie was a little pickle all day and then had a very late nap so we didn’t make it. Maybe next year!
9. Attend Midnight mass on Christmas Eve – I don’t know why I thought I could do this as a tired mother! Maybe when I have another baby and will be up doing midnight feeds again I will attempt to go!
10. Attend our annual Christmas lunch with our friends – of course this happened, it’s tradition! Our very first one was where we announced our pregnancy, and then this year, two years later, our friends did the same. So it was a pretty special time.
11. Do some Christmas baking – again, we didn’t do as much as I’d have liked, but we did make our Christmas cake together. Next year when Alfie is a bit older and has a longer attention span, I hope to do a bit more.
12. Build a gingerbread house – I’ve got as far as buying one, but haven’t got round to doing it yet! I had planned to do it Christmas Eve morning, but see above comment about Alfie being a little pickle. Hopefully we’ll do it before the end of the year!
13. Create some Christmas crafts. I have been trawling Pinterest for lots of ideas to make cards and decorations – we did make some cards, but not all the ones I’d planned to (do you see a theme running through here?!) The ones we did make were pretty awesome though!
14. Find a local Christmas Eve activity. As it’s on a Saturday this year, I’m hoping there will be some great events to attend – we failed on this. There was nothing going on! So we ended up doing a bit of shopping, then watched Christmas movies and cleaned the house for Christmas day. Not the fun filled day I’d planned!
15. Look out for Santa travelling the streets of our town in his sleigh. It’s an event organising by our local Rotary club everywhere – we almost missed this, but we did manage to spot Santa travelling the streets of Essex!
16. Visit the legendary houses with Christmas lights in our town – we didn’t get to see them all, but we did take a walk on Christmas Day and saw quite a few lovely houses all decorated for Christmas.
17. Go sledging and make snow angels (weather permitting!) – I’m still hoping for snow so we can do this!!!
18. Wear as many Christmas themed outfits as possible – of course I made this happen! In the end Alfie almost had too many outfits, I struggled to get him to wear them all!
19. Enjoy a cosy afternoon of watching Christmas movies – we did do this although it was actually only one film per afternoon in the end! I forgot the attention span of a toddler is not what I would hope for! We watched Arthur Christmas on Netflix and it’s become one of my favourite Christmas films now. We also watched Elf on Christmas morning and Love Actually on Boxing day. I didn’t get to watch Miracle on 34th Street this year, which is my favourite film, so I’m gutted!
20. Open our Christmas Eve box and put out treats for Father Christmas – I think this is going to be one of my favourite traditions. I have decided that I will have a theme each year – last year it was penguins and this year it was elves! We put togheter a box containing new pyjamas, new mugs with hot chocolate, chocolate coins and marshmallows, a dvd, a new book, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas book, teddy comforter, Elf teddy and a personalised tree decoration. Alfie had great fun opening his box of treats, and I’m going to look forward to doing this every year! He also left the standard milk, mince pie and carrot for Father Christmas and Rudolph!
We’ve had a great festive season this year, topped off by an absolutely wonderful Christmas day and Boxing day. I already can’t wait for next year! We were so busy this year though, I think next year I will try to not do as much, or take some time off work to fit it in better!
How was your Christmas this year? Did you go crazy with planned activities, or was it quite chilled out?