The perfect present
Dec26

The perfect present

On approximately 15th December, my daughter suddenly said: ‘I haven’t decided what I want for Christmas yet!’. With her brothers clearly not believing in Father Christmas any more and her wavering a bit (or maybe she doesn’t even believe, who knows?), I hadn’t enforced the rule of writing a letter to Father Christmas this year. So she felt like she hadn’t asked for anything. I reminded her of the...

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The Santa Train tradition
Dec24

The Santa Train tradition

The Santa Train is our oldest Christmas tradition. We started going on the steam train to see Father Christmas when my eldest was 18 months and it’s a tradition which is still going strong 12 years later. We go on Christmas Eve, just after lunch. It’s the real start of Christmas for us. After the train, some of us go to the carol service in the church, followed by a Christmas Eve tea at our house with my parents, sister,...

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The end of term…
Dec23

The end of term…

You know that thing every parent says at Christmas before the end of term ever year? You know: ‘It’s such a long term, they’re all really tired, they all need a break, they’re all ill etc etc etc… ‘. That thing? Well, I don’t say that. My kids don’t get tired and they don’t get ill. But this year they have. And I’ve found myself saying those words. And now I’m just...

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Spoilt, ungrateful cow
Dec22

Spoilt, ungrateful cow

I’m a spoilt, ungrateful cow. Not generally, of course. Generally I’m pretty selfless and put others before myself, because that’s what mums do. But there’s one thing that’s really important to me. Christmas cards. From my immediate family. The ones that live in my house. Not homemade ones either, because we’re not a homemade kind of family. Anything homemade in our family wouldn’t be made...

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Silent Sunday 21.12.14
Dec21

Silent Sunday 21.12.14

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