Christmas with Bunny and Bear
As promised, here’s how we do Christmas in our house.
Last Christmas, when Bunny was coming up to 3, I decided it was time to start some traditions of our own. I had a look around the blogosphere (and Mumsnet of course!) and decided we should have Christmas Elves come and visit. And we went from there. Fenton arrived on 1 December last year (and was joined by Mo this year), having strung an activity advent calendar down the banister overnight. Each day there is a small chocolate and a Christmas activity to do. As with other elves, ours get up to mischief overnight, and spend their daytime sat watching silently on a shelf in the playroom. They mustn’t be touched by humans or they lose their magic. This was fun with a toddler who desperately wanted to cuddle the cheeky little elves!
As Bunny is now at pre-school, I decided to introduce some learning into the activities as well, so included some of the other celebrations that occur during December – including Hanukkah, Winter Solstice and Bodhi Day where we talked about the traditions for other cultures/religions and the history behind the celebrations. In the future, perhaps we’ll have food inspired by the day, but I wasn’t that organised this year!
On Christmas Eve, the elves return to the North Pole, but before departure leave some new Christmas pyjamas and a Christmas book for each of the girls. Then they disappear when no-one’s watching! That night, we put an empty stocking at the end of the bed, a mince pie and drink by the Christmas tree and sprinkle some reindeer food (oats and glitter) along the garden path before bed. In the morning, Santa has been and filled the stockings, eaten his mince pie and drunk his drink! It’s so much fun all snuggled in bed with the girls excitedly tearing at the wrapping paper on their stockings as they open each gift!
Christmas Day itself is still getting established – we have presents from family under the tree – ideally after a special breakfast and at some point will see Nanna and Grandpa – whether for Christmas dinner at our house or theirs, and usually the aunties join us too. There are lots of sweets and naughty bits to pick at, so dinner isn’t of that much importance for the girls yet. We play with all the new toys and have lots of fun. If the weather is ok, we’ll probably go for a walk somewhere too at some point. I like that this bit isn’t set in stone yet as there is so much organising to get to the big day, it’s nice to have a bit of a free for all when it finally arrives! We don’t watch TV in our house, so there’s no Christmas telly to fit in which makes for a more relaxed day as well as timings can go out the window too!
It is a great day for the girls to get to spend some quality time with relatives they don’t see very often and is more about that than expensive gifts at the moment. I only hope that this is how it continues!