Over to you, how do you celebrate Christmas in your house – Jennifer from Jennifer’s Little World….

how do you celebrate Christmas

I’m really enjoying reading about how everyone else celebrates Christmas in their home, this week it’s the turn of Jennifer from Jennifer’s Little World to tell us about Christmas in her family….

Where do you blog?  http://www.jenniferslittleworld.com (and http://www.toddlerthings.com)

What’s your Twitter name (if you’re on Twitter)?  @jenniferjain

Who’s in your family?  My husband Ram, Harry (4) and Mia (2)

Are you organised or do you leave everything to the last minute?  Fairly organised, we tend to buy and stash presents for the children throughout the year when we see things on special offer, then ‘shop’ from there to choose which gifts to wrap up. For family presents we are very organised and all exchange lists well beforehand.

What’s your favourite part of the build up to Christmas?  Christmas crafting! Last year we made a gingerbread house which was a lot of fun. I try to make Christmas cards with the children for close relatives, and we make decorations for the house and tree. I love seeing what creations they bring home from nursery too.

Do you have any family Christmas traditions?  We’ve only just started celebrating Christmas as a family so we are just beginning to introduce our traditions. Last year I started a new tradition of buying new pyjamas for the children, then they look nice in the Christmas morning photographs! We also try and do a trip out to see some local houses which are all lit up for Christmas.

What happens on Christmas Eve in your house?  Before Christmas I make some reindeer food with the children by mixing porridge oats with glitter and sequins. Then after a bath and new pyjamas we head outside into the garden to scatter it on the grass so that the reindeer can find our house. We hang up stockings by the fireplace, then put out a mince pie for Father Christmas and a carrot for the reindeer. Then the children go off to bed and my husband and I make a start on the tin of chocolates.

Who cooks Christmas Dinner and what do you normally have to eat?  My husband is vegetarian and the children don’t eat a lot, so we are very unconventional. We don’t have a roast dinner, instead we just have party food and treats. We do eat at the dining table though and set it out nicely with a table cloth, candles and crackers.

Who washes the pots?  We tidy up together, and it mostly all goes in the dishwasher!

Tell us about Christmas morning in your house.  Our children are still little enough that they wake up at normal time, although as that’s about 6.15am anyway we don’t get a lie-in! Stocking presents can be opened before breakfast. I don’t overdo it with the stocking presents, just five or six small presents in each stocking. Then breakfast and getting dressed before opening the family presents. Again I try not to go overboard, and as we visit family in the days before and after Christmas the presents are spread out a little bit. Then it’s playing with all the new toys!

What do you do after Christmas Dinner?  If it’s nice outside we might go out for some fresh air on bikes or scooters. We live by the sea, so it’s lovely to go down to the seafront and see all the children out on their new bikes. Then back home before it gets dark, and there is usually a new children’s programme on the television for us to watch as a family.

Boxing day – Hit the sales or chill out?  My husband loves the sales, although these days most of his shopping is done online, often on Christmas Day itself. We do usually go out sales shopping though, we often head for Marks & Spencer’s as they usually have a good sale, then sometimes venturing into Next, although it can be a bit mad. Before children we would head for the nearest city and make a day of it, but it’s not as much fun dragging small children along so we’ve put that on hold for a few years.

When do you take the tree down?  On the 6th January, at the last minute. It’s so sad taking it all down.

What’s the worst part of Christmas?  Trying to make sure that everyone is happy with the arrangements as we make our way around the relatives.

And the best part?  Seeing my children so excited and delighted with everything, no matter how simple.

Thanks for sharing Jennifer x x

Over to you, what’s Christmas like in your house – Helen from Actually Mummy….

how do you celebrate Christmas

This week Helen from Actually Mummy is sharing how her family celebrate Christmas.
Over to you Helen….

 

What’s your name? Helen Wills

 

Where do you blog? Actually Mummy http://www.actuallymummy.co.uk

 

What’s your Twitter name (if you’re on Twitter)? @actuallymummy

 

Who’s in your family? Jason aka Actually Daddy, GG and the Bug

 

Are you organised or do you leave everything to the last minute? Very organised! Not so much that I buy presents in summer but by the time Santa starts his wrapping, he’s got way more than he thought he had!

 

What’s your favourite part of the build up to Christmas? Putting the decorations up, mulled wine, corny tunes, school carol concerts, all of it!

 

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? Loads! We always visit our local Van Hage garden center – they do a marvellous Christmas display. We each buy a new decoration for the tree, and they have an ice-rink for the kids to have a play on. We have friends over for mulled wine and mince pies. We also have an advent calendar with little pockets to place a tiny gift for the children every day – much nicer than chocolate! And we always make these for the tree and decorate our own Gingerbread house which gets broken into on Boxing Day.

 

What happens on Christmas Eve in your house? Best part of the whole thing! For me, once Christmas Eve is done, Christmas is more or less finished. First we go to the crib service at our local church. Then we’ll come home and bath the children. They get a present each before bed, which is always new pj’s and slippers, then they’re off to bed. While one of us reads a Christmas story (usually 25 December Lane), the other digs out the sleigh bells and shakes them in the garden. When the kids hear “Santa’s sleigh” they dive into bed, then it’s time for the grown-ups. We eat canapes and drink champagne while we watch Love Actually or The Holiday, and put the finishing touches to the presents. Jason and I might swap our gifts for each other then, because on Christmas morning it’s all about the children.

 

Who cooks Christmas Dinner and what do you normally have to eat? Me. Traditional turkey with all the trimmings, some smoked salmon beforehand if I can be bothered!

 

Who washes the post? Who washes what? If you mean the dishes that’s usually Actually Daddy and Grandma while Mummy attempts to assemble LEGO/jigsaws/Transformers…

 

Tell us about Christmas in your house. Just a chaos of paper all over the house. Interspersed with breaks to eat panettone, and drink prosecco.

 

What do you do after Christmas Dinner? Flop, drink, watch TV, play with toys, recycle cardboard, attempt to extract plastic packaging from the kids toys…

 

Boxing day – Hit the sales or chill out? Chill out and eat curry.

 

When do you take the tree down? Usually on 5 or 6 Jan, certainly by twelfth night

 

What’s the worst part of Christmas? Taking the decorations down

 

And the best part? The childrens faces on Christmas morning, and our special Christmas Eve traditions.

 

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Thanks for sharing Helen x x

Over to you, how do you celebrate Christmas in your house – Donna from Mummy Central….

how do you celebrate ChristmasThis week we’re having a nosey at how the lovely Donna from Mummy Central celebrates Christmas with her family.

Over to you, Donna….

What’s your name?  Donna White

Where do you blog?  http://www.mummycentral.com

What’s your Twitter name (if you’re on Twitter)?  @mummy_central

Who’s in your family?  Husband Mr G, and sons Brodie, 7, and Blake, who is 5 in October.

Are you organised or do you leave everything to the last minute?  I usually start buying presents in September, in the end-of-season sales, if I see anything the boys would like. After getting a few things, I smugly think I’ve got it all sorted – then I have to rush out the week before Christmas and buy everything else.

What’s your favourite part of the build up to Christmas?  The nativity shows and carol concerts the kids are usually performing in, taking the boys to visit Santa and the general excitement we all feel about seeing other family members and celebrating together.

Do you have any family Christmas traditions?  We always put up the tree together on December 7th, which is my father-in-law Keith’s birthday. We lost him 2 years ago to asbestosis – and he was the best Grandad the boys could have wished for. We like to remember him by decorating the tree on his birthday. We have camcorder footage of him playing with the boys when they were tiny, and we’ll usually watch a bit of that, and relive some happy memories.  We also have new pyjamas on Christmas Eve – but I think everyone does that one!

What happens on Christmas Eve in your house? Apart from the new pyjamas, just general chaos and excitement. I’m usually in our bedroom, trying to wrap everything, with the door barricaded so the boys can’t burst in. Or Mr G is building some incredibly complicated castle or robot or Scalextric set. We put the boys to bed early, but inevitably they come downstairs 2 or 3 times and we have to frantically block their view of all the presents under the tree (Brodie is getting to the age where he’s starting to question whether Santa exists – and we don’t want to shatter his illusions too early).

Who cooks Christmas Dinner and what do you normally have to eat?  Mr G cooks – because I burn water! I like to put Christmas music on, and help out with peeling and chopping the vegetables. We stay traditional and have turkey with all the trimmings – roast potatoes, parsnips, brussel sprouts, carrots, stuffing, yorkshire puddings and lots of cranberry sauce. None of us like Christmas pudding, so we usually have a fruit crumble and custard for dessert.

Who washes the pots?  That would be me (loading the dishwasher) after all of Mr G’s hard work.

Tell us about Christmas morning in your house. We lie in bed until the boys come and jump on us. Mr G gets the camcorder ready and goes downstairs first. Then he films Brodie and Blake coming down, catching the boys’ expressions as they see their presents under the tree. I sort through the gifts and hand them over as slowly as I can – trying to make the excitement last, but inevitably it’s all over within 5 or 10 minutes. Then I make us a special breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and we put on some festive music and help the boys play with all their new toys.

What do you do after Christmas Dinner? Watch whatever Christmas movie is on television until we feel able to move off the sofa! Then we’ll either take the sledges out to the local park, and let the boys play in the snow (we live in Scotland – there’s a good chance of the white stuff). Or we go for a walk. We’re lucky enough to live in a historical town with a ruined palace next to a loch. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the loch, and it’s a beautiful sight on a cold Winter’s afternoon.

Boxing day – Hit the sales or chill out? Good grief I haven’t got the energy to get up early and fight my way through manic shoppers. Chill out – with a glass of wine and another Christmas movie.

When do you take the tree down? I try to keep the tree for as long as possible, because I don’t want Christmas to end! So if I can manage it (and Mr G doesn’t moan too much) I’ll keep it until January 6th.

What’s the worst part of Christmas? Saying goodbye to relatives if they’ve stayed with us over the festive season. Or going home, if we’ve been staying with them.

And the best part?  Everything else. The anticipation and build-up, the excitement of watching the kids opening presents, the family dinner, the cheesy music, the festive movies, eating and drinking too much, and spending time with family.

Thanks for sharing Donna x

Over to you – How do you celebrate Christmas in your house?

how do you celebrate Christmas

I love to hear about how other people celebrate Christmas in their home so I thought it would be a nice idea to ask someone different every week to tell us about their Christmas.  First up is the rather lovely Maggy from Red Ted Art….

What’s your name? Maggy

Where do you blog?   Red Ted Art is my main blog. It is all about crafts. I also have Life at The Zoo (for general family things, with lots of Cooking With Kids, some Sciency stuff and Days Out!) and Theatre’s Books and Movies! I am a blog addict and am now experimenting with Red Ted Art in GermanSpanish and Russian!

What’s your Twitter name (if you’re on Twitter)? @redtedart

Who’s in your family? Our online Aliases are “The Englishman”, my hubby, Red Ted, my 5yrs old son and Pip Squeak my 3 year old daughter

Are you organised or do you leave everything to the last minute? I am very organised, last minutes makes me feel stressed and bleurgh

What’s your favourite part of the build up to Christmas? I LOVE Christmas Crafts – especially ornaments. I love making with the kids and giving these as small gifts to the grandparents. We also ADORE baking Austrian Christmas cookies (again they make nice small gifts for friends or neighbours)

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? The aforementioned Christmas Biscuits, that we start baking towards the end of Nov and into Dec. We TRY and make a gingerbread house each year, but don’t hold me to that! Also we love celebrating 3 Kings Day on the 6th Jan. We sort of a hodge podge of Austrian and English traditions.

What happens on Christmas Eve in your house? We celebrate! Christmas Eve is our “main Christmas”. So we get together, have some bubbly, open presents and then have a buffet supper.

Who cooks Christmas Dinner and what do you normally have to eat? My husband (I put my feet up). We often have goose, but sometimes ham.

Who washes the pots? My father in law (I put my feet up…. Hehehehe)

Tell us about Christmas morning in your house. Unfortunately it starts FAR TOO EARLY as the kids are excited about their Christmas stockings (told you we had a hodge podge), so they start rustling around in them at the crack of dawn.

What do you do after Christmas Dinner? Relax!

Boxing day – Hit the sales or chill out? Chill out for sure. Sometimes we go to the inlaw’s house (as they like us to see their tree!)

When do you take the tree down? 12 days after Christmas

What’s the worst part of Christmas? Uhm, feeling stuffed? Maybe having to tidy up the living room and KEEPING it tidy, so we can actually use it properly.

And the best part? Having everyone around. “The magic”. The food.

Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us Maggy x

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