Our Christmas 2017

Christmas is such a magical time of year, even more so when you have children. Watching their faces light up when they help to put the decorations up, adorn the tree with tinsel and hang their stockings on Christmas eve.

Listening to them talking about what to put out for Santa and his reindeer, and of course, trying to get them to go to sleep quickly on Christmas eve and to stay asleep!

Our girls usually wake up anytime between 6am and 7am on a typical day. I was hoping this would be the same on Christmas morning, but that wasn’t to be.

At 5.15am I received an alert on my phone to say that motion had been detected on our security camera.

Yes, at 5.15am, one of our girls, M, was caught red-handed sneaking into the living room to see if Santa had been! It’s a pretty funny scene to watch!

M then comes back into bed with me and daddy before asking, “Can we get up now?”

So, a 5.15am start was a lot earlier than anticipated, but somehow the magic of Christmas kept the girls and I going all day. I’m always amazed by how much energy they have!

The first thing the girls did, was open up the presents inside their stockings. They did this in their bedroom, and then we all entered the living room.

Although M had already been into the room she hadn’t really been able to see what had been left as the lights were off and it was pretty dark, so both her and R were pretty happy and surprised to some presents surrounding the Christmas tree.

They checked to see if Santa had eaten any of his mince pie, drunk any of his milk and if the carrots for the reindeer were still there!

The girls also found it very funny to see that Santa had left some snowy footprints on our carpet! We spent the morning opening presents before hunger set in and breakfast was served!

Whilst the girls played with their new toys, Nige and I made a start on cooking Christmas dinner. Nigel’s mum would be eating with us, and his three children from his previous marriage would also pop round at some point in the day.

By 3pm all of the family were round and it really was such a lovely feeling. To have a house of people laughing, chatting and having a great time is wonderful. Our twins absolutely love it when all of their siblings are over at the same time, and I must admit it’s a lovely sight to see them all together.

We had such a lovely family Christmas. Boxing day and the days after were also spent with family. Our phones were put to one side, I forgot all about work and blogging. My focus was purely on our twins and spending time with them. We played lots of games, did some crafts, went to the park and had a lovely time together.

It really was a magical Christmas.

20 thoughts on “Our Christmas 2017

  1. That takes me back! Our kids are still with us on Christmas eve, day and Boxing day but so many of the traditions have gone now (I used to love Santas mince pie and sherry on Christmas eve haha). We still have a huge amount of fun but it’s more about making top gin cocktails now rather than stockings! x #thatfridaylinky

  2. 5:15am! Wow! Our eldest is 14 so after 14 Christmas mornings I can still say they’ve not got up before 6.30, but usually we are up waiting for them! Sounds like you had a lovely family Christmas 🙂

  3. I love Christmas posts. This one included. Just lately the Little Man has been up super early but he surprised us on Christmas Day and slept past 6am! We got a lie in! Glad you all had a lovely time. #ThatFridayLinky

  4. I love how kids sneak around on Christmas morning. This year we had to wake our kids up! First year not one of them got us out of bed. Love how santa left foot prints at your house. He just made a mess with the cookies in ours.

  5. Sounds like a lovely Christmas. We were also up at 5am with our two excited kiddlets! It made for a very long day, especially with all hubby’s family over (11 people for 11 days)… #ThatFridayLinky

  6. Ah reading your post I was suddenly transported back to when I was a child and that magical feeling of realising Santa had been!
    I can relate to the early start, mine were up at 4am which felt very early as I’d been up till about 2 the night before! We had a wonderful day though and I may have had a short nap later!
    Glad you had such a happy Christmas, happy new year!

  7. haha this made me laugh out loud, I love that your little one was busted!! We had to wake our kids up on Christmas morning, happens every year!! Looks like you had an amazing time! #thatfridaylinky

  8. Oh, I absolutely love the snowy footprints. What a great idea. Cygnet would have loved it. I am glad you had a great Christmas. Pen x #thatFridaylinky

  9. It’s such a magical time isn’t it when they are this age. I dread when they become too old to believe. Luckily H slept in until 7am. Even when he got up for the loo at 5am he didn’t spot his stocking was full. He was more terrified that Santa would see that he wasn’t in bed! Glad you enjoyed it as a family. #ThatFridayLinky

  10. Sounds like you had a great day! 5.15 is a normal wake up call for me as Jessica gets up, once she woke I knew Reuben wasn’t going to be going back to bed – but if I’m honest I was happy about it as I’m a big kid at Christmas #ThatFridayLinky

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