Christmas comes once a year and it inspires weeks and months of stress and excitement and, hopefully, enjoyment and relaxation too. It also inspires a lot of blogposts. I’ve written a fair few posts about Christmas in my time. Some of them were pretty good. I wrote them in 2011 and they had a handful of views.
So, in honour of it being Very Nearly Christmas, I am sharing with you some of my favourite Christmas posts from 2011 and 2012.
I must start at the very beginning, with my frustration at the way Christmas starts earlier and earlier every year. In honour of this phenomenon, I even made up my own word – ‘early-ization’.
Christmas is a magical time and there a few things more magical than believing in Father Christmas. Do your kids still believe? And is there a right time to stop?
Everyone who believes in Father Christmas has to write to him. I loved sharing my children’s letters to Santa last year – all copied word-for-word and all a great insight into each of my children and their personalities.
I know we see each other every day and I know it’s a waste of money, but I really love family Christmas cards. Please tell me I’m not alone in this!
Despite having written over 800 posts, I remember them all reasonably well. Except this one. I’d totally forgotten that I’d written my childhood memories of Christmas. I must say I really enjoyed reading back and remembering Christmas with my grandparents when I was a kid.
Talking of memories, one of my favourite Christmas posts of all is my 90-something neighbour’s memories of Christmas in childhood. Have a read and enjoy! I’m not taking the credit for this one as I didn’t write it, my neighbour did!
Christmas isn’t just about family. There’s parties too. Ever felt awkward and out-of-place at a Christmas party? Try being teetotal! It’s really difficult to relax and enjoy a Christmas party with people you don’t know very well if you’re not drinking, as this post shows.
A real tradition in our family is getting the steam train to see Father Christmas It really marks the start of Christmas for us. How do you start getting into the Christmas spirit?
Is there anything scarier than playing Father Christmas? I love getting everything prepared on Christmas Eve, but it also terrifies me!
The year before last we had a pretty much perfect Christmas morning Yes, the kids get up at 6, but that’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it?
But with kids being kids, there are also times when Christmas day doesn’t go quite so swimmingly as this little outburst from my daughter shows.
Who ‘does’ Christmas day in your family? Do you host every year, do you go to your parents or in-laws’? I wrote about how it works in our family now I’m a proper grown up.
Christmas dinner can be pretty challenging for my family of vegetarians and fussy eaters. This post is so simple, yet so funny. I hope Christmas dinner isn’t like this in your house!
Last year was a bad Christmas because my family had flu. There was nothing funny about the Christmas dinner meals on wheels.
Having my husband and the boys with flu also made me realise how many traditions we actually have at Christmas.
And finally, don’t ever go thinking it might be a good idea to buy Christmas presents in the sales because you might end up all grumpy like this!
Well that’s a whistle-stop tour through Christmas with the MumofThree World family. And I didn’t even touch on the kids’ many Christmas performances because that could easily have doubled the length of this one! I’d love to hear your anecdotes too. Feel free to share them in the comments box below. Thanks.