Yes, once again, I probably sound very much like Scrooge or even The Grinch. There’s just something about the silly season. Every year I always feel compelled to write something around Christmas time. I don’t know why or what it is, but I seem to find something to talk about. Maybe it’s my excitement at soon not having to find somewhere new for “Jo Jo” our magical elf to be or not having to worry about opening anymore advent calendar days. Don’t get me wrong I love how excited my girls are about Christmas, but I find it more stressful than anything! But as much as Christmas can be full on and indeed stressful, it’s important to remember the magical side for my girls.

Their faces on Christmas morning when they open their presents from the big guy or even the countdown itself creates a massive sense of excitement, for everyone. I just wish their behaviour was as good as their excitement in the lead up to December 25. It’s like they know. That deep down they can get away with anything!

Threatening that Santa is watching does absolutely…..NOTHING! I can threaten until the cows come home and it’s all for nothing. Because as parents, we all know it makes no difference, we will still hand over all the presents. Why? Well probably because we have taken the time to shop for them and wrap them and sneak them under the tree on Christmas Eve, it’s a lot of effort to throw it all away. And money too! Plus it is worth it watching their reaction to see if they actually get what they asked for. I’m glad that my girls are still young enough to ask for realistic…ahem affordable…present options, haha!

Then once it’s over and so begins another year. I know I’m very “Meh” about it all. Don’t get me wrong, there is a part of me that loves Christmas and celebrating and then welcoming another year. The memories we create and the new traditions we start are all a big part of it. Maybe I enjoy getting a few presents too. After all I’m still a bit of a kid at heart. Plus I do like to get in the Santa photo as well. While my girls are big enough to do it themselves, I look at it as a great opportunity to put a nice dress on and get a photo taken with my girls that isn’t a selfie! I don’t go as far as sitting on Santa’s lap though, that’s definitely pushing it!

While the magic is still there and they definitely do still believe (I know that’ll change soon enough) I’ll do my best to be a little less ho-hum and more ho ho ho! Some festive cheer is all you need right?! Maybe a sprinkle of magic dust too??! It really is the most wonderful time of the year to spend with family and friends. However you choose to celebrate or not celebrate Christmas, I hope it’s a good one for you, your kids and the rest of your family. May you enjoy some of that festive cheer and some tasty treats along the way as well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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