Wow December! So you’re here already. This year has quite simply flown by. Especially these last few months.
This last week has been a bit of a shitter, as one of my blogger friends quite rightly put it in an instagram message the other day. But instead of dwelling on things I can’t change I’m attempting to stay positive and look forward to the things we will enjoy.
So without further ado, here’s what I’m looking forward to in December.
As it’s the 1st of December it’s all about decking those halls and getting in the festive mood. I’ve always loved Christmas. I used to get so excited when I was younger I’d make myself sick. Then the booze on Christmas Eve had the same effect. These days I’m just as excitable in the run up to Christmas, much to Scrooge’s (aka the Mr) disgust. So while he festered away in his office today the little dude and I (the moody teen took herself off to the cinema to avoid me in full on festive mode) turned our lounge into a winter wonderland.
I might not have got the beautiful real tree I’d wanted this year, but our artificial one with its personalised decorations still looks rather pretty. And what’s even better is I didn’t spend anything on it. Although that may change as I’ve been informed that a certain young man needs a dinosaur decoration to hang on the tree. Once the tree was up we made sickly sweet brownies and snuggled up to watch The Grinch. And tonight we’ll be enjoying an early Christmas dinner. Well, is one ever enough!?!
Each year we meet up with friends before Christmas and take the kids to see Santa. Last year it was a Santa Special on the local mini railway. This year we’re off to Leeds Castle. And having seen them setting up the beautiful Christmas market and fairground when we visited recently, I can’t wait to see the kid’s faces when they see Santa.
Friends & Family
We’re off to Lincolnshire to visit the Mr’s family before Christmas. Only a flying visit. Infact such a flying visit we won’t even be staying the night. But it will be lovely for the little dude to see his cousins who will be driving over from Wales to meet us there. I’m hoping to fit in a visit to see my best friend before Christmas too. It was hard enough to see each other when we lived 15 minutes away from each other, now we’re over an hour away. But I guess at least we’re no longer in different countries, so we’ll make it work.
Christmas Eve we’re hoping to go bowling as a pre-birthday treat for the little dude and a chance to see his other cousins. And then of course Christmas Day will arrive. This year is a quiet one compared to last year when I cooked for 3 days in a row and had what felt like hundreds of people in the house. Christmas Day it’s just us and my mum and step dad. Boxing Day we’re off to the Mr’s mums and that’s it as yet. I intend to spend a lot of time in my pjs watching Christmas films that’s for sure.
A Special Birthday
Of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the little dude’s birthday. He turns 7 on Christmas Day! We do our best to make it as special for him as possible. Separating the day into distinct Christmas and birthday chunks. In the morning it’s all about Christmas. Then of course it’s time for lunch, or dinner – depending on whether I manage to get everything cooked and ready at the same time which almost never happens. Once dinner is over it’s all about the little dude. I decorate the table, put the birthday banners up and make sure there’s a distinct birthday feel. Then it’s time for yet more presents and his birthday cake.
What are you looking forward to this month? One thing I miss is a work’s Christmas do. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll organise one for bloggers and freelancers.