MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

 I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas ! Hope that you will have a lovely time spend with the loved ones filled with laughter, food and presents! Be Happy and Merry ! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽ„β˜ƒπŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ„β˜ƒπŸŽ„

 And if you don’t celebrate Christmas just be Happy and Merry 😘

  

    
 

Making your own Christmas traditions …

Its funny how now Christmas is the saddest and the happiest time of the year at the same time….

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Christmas was always the most amazing time of the year in my family. From when I was very little my parents have been making it the most special and magical time of the year. We had lots of Christmas traditions which I cherish now that both of my parents are not with me anymore.

We would dress the Christmas tree the weekend before Christmas Eve. We all had our own decorations which Mum bought for us, usually the same decorations just with a different accent colour. My Mum would always buy a big bag of chocolate sweets which we would tie ribbons on to and then hang on the Christmas tree. The amount of time each of us would sneak to the Christmas tree in the day and at night and try to steal chocolatesπŸ˜‚… With time we have worked out the best way of doing it: sneak in and don’t take the sweet off the Christmas tree as the wrapper was making way too much noise. Instead just slip the sweet from the wrapper and try to leave the wrapper so it looks like chocolate is still in it. By the time we were allowed to eat the chocolates (after the 26th) there was only lots of empty chocolate wrappers left πŸ˜‚

I am Polish and in Poland we celebrate the 24th of December. That’s when we have our Christmas dinner (made of 12 dishes followed by crazy amounts of cakes) after which we open our presents. We always sat down to the Christmas dinner as soon as the 1st star would appear in the sky. I remember my Dad getting all 4 of us (my brother, me, and 2 of my sisters) all excited trying to be the first one to spot the star.

I remember every year my dad calling : “I have just seen Santa Claus!” My Mum would take us to our bedrooms to try to spot Santa who should be coming at any minute… Every time we would get very disappointed as we couldn’t see him and then we would hear my Dad shouting “O MY !!! KIDS KIDS !!!” We would run in to the living room to see lots of presents under the Christmas tree πŸ™‚ and being told that we missed Santa Claus again !!!

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Then it’s dinner time full of its own traditions like having an empty plate if someone hungry comes and asks for food, sharing  ….. Oplatek…..with the whole family before you start your dinner; all of us kids eating as quickly as possible so we can open our presents . Oh yes we open our presents on the 24th!!!!

Now that I am older, I have my own baby and I miss my parents terribly those memories and traditions have became very important. That’s why me and my husband made a real effort to make sure that we have our own family traditions which hopefully my daughter will love and pass on …

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We will be combining Polish and English traditions together:

❄️Letter from Santa is a must every year. I know that right now Chloe doesn’t understand but as she grows up it will be such a lovely and exciting moment for her.

❄️Going to Crews Hill garden centres on the first weekend of December for an amazing kick-start to Christmas. They have the most amazing Christmas decorations and Christmas attractions for kids.

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❄️ Every year each of us chooses new Christmas decoration.


❄️ Christmas tree is always getting dressed on the first weekend of December. I know that it seems early to everyone but I love Christmas decorations so I want to enjoy them for as long as I can.

❄️Visiting Santa 😊. Maybe next year it will be a little bit less scary πŸ˜‚


❄️Family Polish Christmas on the 24th of December. It will be a very traditional dinner exactly as my Parents did it for so many years. After dinner we are allowed to open one present.

❄️Getting milk, cookies and carrots ready so if Santa visits us he can have a snack.

❄️Opening presents in the morning on the 25th followed by Christmas dinner/ day with family.

 Do you have any Christmas traditions ? Are there any traditions that you carrying on doing from when you were little ? Please share x

Christmas decorations out ! Babies stay away ! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

 Christmas is just around the corner! Yes it is and yes I know it’s so hard to believe! Christmas is a very special and magical time of the year …. It becomes even more incredible and special once you have the baby….and a bit more hectic and difficult …. and a bit more dangerous … and a bit more stressful!!!!

 Chloe was only 2 months old when she celebrated her first Christmas and she could not have been less bothered by it; now she is a very curious and WALKING baby (still can’t bring myself to call her a toddler) and that means a very different Christmas for us😊

 I started thinking about what I will need to do differently this time not to make my house a health and safety hazard ! 

 You see I love Christmas decorations! Usually we have them everywhere ! Big Christmas tree, Reindeers and Santa on the floor, Christmas cloths on the tables, lights everywhere and pretty much the whole house gets decorated, you get the gist. From now on I will have to do things differently, why? Because I have a walking baby who keeps getting taller every day (I swear that she is able to reach higher and higher every day! ); a baby who chooses to ignore NO whenever she feels like it and a baby who LOVES lights and glitter. 

 CHRISTMAS TREE

 I am having a proper, big Christmas tree. I know that a lot of people choose not to have the Christmas tree when they have a baby/toddler or have a tiny tree on top of the highest furniture in the room; not me. 

 I will be putting the Christmas tree up and I will try to decorate it with Chloe ( I might change my mind 10 minutes in to the decorating πŸ˜‚). (It’s all done now. Chloe was helping … to get all of the decorations out of the boxes, but I must say it was lots of fun and I am happy that I have done it with her) 

  

  

 I will decorate the tree with bigger decorations only (hooking hazard) and keep the most precious decorations in the box for the next 2 years just in case.(I have ended up putting out all of my decorations, with the most precious ones very high) 

 I will keep the bottom half of the tree (up to where Chloe can reach)  with minimum decorations on, and try to use mostly plastic/wooden decorations.  ( I didn’t manage to have only a few decorations on the bottom of the tree but I made sure there is no glass decorations there . Chloe loves to touch all of her decorations, and Chloe loves talking to them. Very good advice if you have an artificial Christmas tree: hang decorations and then bend the tip of the tree branch, it will stop your baby from pulling all of the decorations. I have also given Chloe a small box of her own plastic decorations which she is allowed to play with, which seems to keep her away from the real deal 😁). 

   

    
  The Christmas tree will be attached to the ceiling on a hook by see through cord. This is to make sure that Chloe won’t be able to tip the tree over. That’s exactly what my mum use to do for years (her tree was perfect each year and she had 4 kids) 

 CHRISTMAS TABLE/ TABLE DECORATIONS

 I love table cloths! I would have one on the table all the time; unfortunately they aren’t child-friendly 😁 

 We cannot have a table cloth because Chloe would pull it (with everything that is on it) off the table. This year I will purchase an amazing and over the top table runner and put out some gorgeous placemats to complement the table runner. 

 When it comes to decorating hallway, stairways etc I will do what I normally do which is go crazy and over the top 😊
And it’s all done !!!! 

This is the end result of my weekend filled with decorating

   

 Fireplace is the perfect home fixture for Christmas decorations and obviously Christmas stockings. But if you don’t have a fireplace (which lets be honest looks amazing but is a hazard with the baby for the first 4 years if not more – yes I am saying it to make myself feel better) like me that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a Christmas stockings. 
    
    
 After having Christmas Tree and decorations up for a few days it seems that the novelty wears off. I also think that if you get your little one involved in the process and let them touch all of the decorations he or she will be less tempted to be misbehave (we know that they want what then cannot have 😁). 

 

  
  We have also bought Chloe’s own little Christmas tree which she has in her room. We have decorated it together in small plastic decorations which has made the novelty of the Christmas tree even less of : uh what are you ? I want to pull everything off you and eat you and I want all of those shiny things πŸ˜‚ 

  
 I hope that you will love decorating your house with your baby as much as I did πŸŽ„

Letter from Santa !Β 

 This year is all about making our own family traditions! Chloe has just turned 1 year old and is getting excited about presents, lights, Christmas decorations etc. This is the perfect time to make traditions which as a family we can start following every year. With me being Polish and my husband being English there is a lot  of traditions to choos from/ follow. I will write more about it in the next few days. One of the traditions we started last year is Chloe receving letter from Santa. Today Chloe’s  letter from Santa has arrived! I must say is one of the nicest letters I have seen. What is so special about it? The magic reindeer food and how personalised the letter is. It talks about Chloe’s real friends, real achievements and milestones! I loved it so much that I had to share it with you guys.   
 

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„LETS GET IN TO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

Don’t we all love Chrismas? And Christmas has became so much more fun since you have a baby…. Especially if you can dress you baby in one of the cute Christmas outfit …. This is my pick of the best available Christmas clothes. 

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JACK SPRATT BABY 

  
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JOHN LEWIS 

   
 

HO HO HO …. CHRISTMAS JUMPER TIME … HO HO HOΒ 

 I know that is seems a little bit early to be buying Christmas jumper but trust me it’s not! Right now in stores you have the biggest selection so if you want to get the cutest and pretties jumper for your baby you should do it now ! Believe a selection of the best ones ! HO HO HO 
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