"Over the years I’ve borrowed a few festive traditions from family and friends, cherry picking my favourites. Feel free to do the same with mine..."
Traditional snow? More like a heatwave, this Christmas!
Christmas is nearly upon us, the parties are in full swing, schools have broken up (or very nearly will) and we’re on the final furlong of present wrapping, posting emergency cards (to the people who unexpectedly sent you a card and you hadn’t written one to them) and stocking up the fridge and drinks cupboard (often one and the same thing).
Over the years I’ve borrowed a few festive traditions from family and friends, cherry picking my favourites. Feel free to do the same with mine....
- TRACK SANTA
On Christmas Eve it’s all eyes to the skies as we watch the International Space Station track overhead, aka Santa’s sleigh. Head online to get the exact time for where you are but it peaks around 5.20pm in the UK and only lasts a minute or so.
- EARLY PRESENT
We also give the kids one present each on Christmas Eve. This keeps them in a good mood and more willing to behave that night so that Santa visits.
Bluezoo at Debenhams glow in the dark pyjamas
- NEW PJS
When it comes to bedtime I have a thing about new pyjamas for Christmas, especially as most of the festive designs involve snowy weather. Though they don’t have to be festive, as I reckon my two will love these Bluezoo at Debenhams glow in the dark skeleton pyjamas.
- BIRTHDAY MORNING
Fair enough, this might just happen in our house. But five years ago I got the best (and most painful) Christmas present ever when my eldest son was born. So, the morning is all about Ethan’s birthday, complete with cake. This year I’m making a racing car cake with fondant racing cars on a track shaped like a five (well, that’s the plan…) And, after a quick nap we move onto Christmas proper in the afternoon.
- CHRISTMAS DINNER
When you get older and are the one hosting dinner you can pick and choose what festive fare you like and will actually get eaten (no sprouts in this house). This year, I’m planning to do as much as possible on the barbecue. This works in two ways - it frees up space in the oven and it means my husband can’t resist being head chef. Hopefully it won’t rain too much!
- FESTIVE OUTFITS
I’m a sucker for a Christmas jumper, like these from Jo Jo Maman Bebe, or, even better, getting my boys into smart shirts. If we don’t succeed on Christmas day, then I’ll try again on Hogmanay. There’s a great range of kids' party wear at Debenhams, including a shirt with dinosaur print and smart shoes with mock laces.
As you can imagine with a Christmas baby, it’s a special time of year for me and reminds me how lucky we are that both our boys arrived safely into the world. But there are families everywhere who have been affected by pregnancy complications or the loss of a baby.
If you know of any family members, friends or health professionals who have gone the extra mile to support you or a friend on a tough road to parenthood then nominate them for a Tommy’s Award. Do it quick, as nominations close on 23 December 2015.
All that remains for me to do is wish you and your kin a very Merry Christmas and I'll see you in 2016!
Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine to keep up with the latest news
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