This year will be my little family’s first Christmas as a threesome! Anybody who knows me, knows I am completely gaga-barf-insanolove Christmas time so needless to say, I am PUMPED!
Being a full time mum and part time designer means, I don’t have heaps of time to plan and make things perfect… but I want to make this year (and every year after) a big memory and something special. Since she is only 1, I think I can get away with keeping things on the simple side. We are still going to have our beautiful Christmas Tree, lights, decorations, songs, movies, and wrapping… so I thought I would put together a few ideas I on what makes Christmas magic for me.
The Christmas Tree!
Some of my most FAVORITE (holeyshit I just spelled Favorite correctly without using spell checker for the first time… ever?! I AM A GENIOUS!*) Christmas memories as a child are my families little Christmas traditions.
We would all decorate the tree together. Well… we would watch Mum put the tinsel and lights on the tree and make everything perfect and once she was satisfied she let us put the hanging decorations on there… and then would fix them so they weren’t all clumped together at the bottom of the tree. I LOVED that! Opening that suitcase full of decorations and sparkles STILL gives me butterflies as a 30 year old adult. Even though Feef will only be 8 months old, I see no reason not to start this awesome little family friendly tradition.
The Christmas Lights!
Even though this isn’t huge in Australia, my parents would sometimes take us on a Christmas Lights tour. They would vaguely map out a suburb with a clump of houses who have done their chrissy houses up all fancy and we would drive by and look at them.
There’s something magic about fairy lights, but there’s something even more magic about THOUSANDS of fairy lights all over a motherflippn’ house at Christmas Time! Its lovely to drive through somewhere like Maccas, get some icecream cones.. wind the windows down and enjoy a warm summer night, eatin’ melty icecream and looking at beautiful Christmas Lights together as a family.
Your Christmas Movie!
For the majority of my childhood, we would watch the same movie every single Christmas Eve. Once I moved out, I kept doing it because it just wasn’t Christmas Eve without it! For the record, A Muppet Christmas Carol is the best Christmas Movie and I don’t give a honk what you say! Yes, everyone loves Diehard, I get it… explosions. But A Muppet Christmas Carol has Kermit the Frog icecskating with Penguins doin flips over a trashcan while singing the sweetest Christmas song of all time sooooo EAT IT MCLAIN, KERMS WINS!
Our Christmas Wrapping!
Obviously you have to be a bit tricksy with this one if you have kids, but if your smart about it, this can be the very bestest thing about Christmas. They call it the season of Giving, so I want Feef to grow up knowing that is the message Christmas brings, NOT the season for getting. My parents would always make an event with wrapping christmas presents together. My mum would get all the other families presents she had organised (like for grandmas, aunts, cousins, friends…) together and lots of wrapping stuff and get us all to wrap and write cards together infront of the TV playing a Christmassy movie or listening to our fav christmas album. It made us excited to GIVE the presents so when it came to the actual day… I never really thought about what I was going to get, I was way too pumped to watch people open gifts I had wrapped or written the cards for. Nice work mum! Such a simple thing, but it made my Christmas’ complete magic.
All of the above happen before Christmas, they create excitement for the big day and make the whole of December magic. I don’t think I ever had a Christmas time that was sad, or disappointing. Every year was just, the BEST! It was full of laughter and jokes and playing with my brother. Lots of water fights, wonderful food, pranks, cuddles from my grandparents and weird gifts from my awesomely crazy Aunty. It’s better then Birthdays or anniversaries. It’s something you make together with the people you love.
I fucking love Christmas.
*I realize this is spelled wrong. That’s the joke!