Last year was our first Christmas as a married couple.This year it was our first Christmas as parents - our first Christmas as a family.
Christmas in our house is three days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Luke and I never drag it out or start it early. There may well be festivities to enjoy on other days - but really Christmas is 3 days and not 12. Here's how we spent our Christmas days:
We were busy busy!we took Jake to meet up with my sister and her fella, Paul, and my brother and his wife, Leanne with their two little girls; Erin is 3 and Freya is 11 months. We all had lunch at The Mitre Oak and we exchanged our presents and cards. It was lovely to see them and the first time my brother, sister and I have spent Christmas Eve together as 'grown ups' - I think it become a tradition! Even though Jake woke up grumpy at the pub with his teething, it was a lovely meal and great to see everyone happy.
After that, we had Luke's parents come and visit for a few hours. They brought our Christmas presents and cards ready to open on Christmas morning. Jake had lots of cuddles from his Nanny.
We spent Christmas Day at home. It was Luke's idea - we didn't want to travel around everyone, lugging bags of stuff for Jake and worrying about sorting bottles etc. we just wanted to relax this year and enjoy the day as a family. It will always be a day I remember.
|@Mumybexm - our very own Santa Baby.|
Luke cooked the Christmas Dinner and we certainly didn't hold back with it just being the two of us. I made my famous sage and onion with apple stuffing and we had a fabulous dinner. Cooked to Perfection Daddy M - well done :)
Although Jake still suffered from his teething (and being smack bang in the middle of WW leap 4) it was a great day and we enjoyed sitting on the floor, opening his presents with him.
In the evening my mum, step dad, sister nod partner came to visit. It was great to see them and Jake got even more cuddles!
|@Mummybexm - Jake surrounded by presents. Such a lucky boy.|
Finally, after Jake went to bed we sat and watched Christmas TV and ate plenty of cheese!
The third and final day was another busy one. We set out to spend a few hours at my mum's where Jake got loads more cuddles and presents. We had a lovely lunch cooked for us and it was very relaxing for Luke and I. I helped mum set up her iPad mini and showed her how to make her first FaceTime call to my brother and his girls - she really enjoyed that.
Later on, after Jake's lunch time nap we ventured over to Luke's parents' house where Jake had a few more cuddles. We had a few nibbles in the evening and left in time to get Jake settled for bed. It was great to see his Aunty Carole whilst we were there and she held Jake for the first time - awww.
That evening we were exhausted. Cheese and TV again!
So, that was our first family Christmas. It may sound dull to you - but for us it was what we wanted, and that was to be together. Simple. Quiet. Intimate. What's more important than that?
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you had a lovely few days.