Okay so I’m actually getting excited even thinking about Christmas, that’s probably because it’s getting so close now and I’ve literally just finished my shopping. Wrapping starts tomorrow!
This is such a dreamy time of year and I’ve always loved being in London in December. The lights, the cool crisp air and the carols everywhere you turn. I love feeling festive and I love wrapping up warm especially when I’m trying to hide a ginormous pregnant bump!
With my children at school we only really have a week of down time before Christmas arrives so I’m taking the children to a few shows in town before decamping to the countryside. I also really want to make it to Kew Gardens this year to show the children the lights, it really is magical and they’re old enough to stay out a bit later now.
When it comes to traditions, I love stir-up-Sunday when I make a Christmas pudding with the kids, we also love studding oranges with cloves and I love the memories of my own childhood.
Another tradition I love is decorating the tree as a family. We put Christmas music on really loud and unwrap all the old tree ornaments and spend hours placing them on. You can always see where the children have been working for the area always groans under the weight.
Christmas Eve is spent with family and friends as it’s my husband’s birthday and we try to make things special and not about Christmas. Then before the children go to bed we change over to Christmas mode again and put out the mince pie, brandy and carrot for Rudolf. Christmas day is always spent with lots of family and I love nothing more than scooping the kids up and bringing them in to our bed for stockings before the madness of the day takes hold. We like to go to church while the turkey is in the oven and then after a huge lunch, we take the dogs for a walk before coming home to a good old movie, in front of the fire, more present opening and grazing all afternoon on leftovers.
On my wish list is a phone case and charms from Chaos Fashion and some killer heels. My husband is the best present buyer so I always leave it to him.
I adore this time of year and wouldn’t change a thing.