Not believing in Father Christmas
Dec05

Not believing in Father Christmas

It’s finally happened. Fifteen years after our first Christmas as parents, our house is finally a Father Christmas-free zone. And I’m totally ready for it. If you’re sat at home reading this with a 2 year old and a newborn, you probably think that’s terribly sad, but, believe me, there comes a point when you’re fed up of the lies. Now I don’t know for sure if my daughter still believed last year,...

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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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‘Does Santa do 3 for 2?’
Dec09

‘Does Santa do 3 for 2?’

My younger son has always been notoriously secretive about his letter to Father Christmas. When he was younger I had to make sure I intercepted it before he put it in the postbox, because you could always guarantee it contained a list of things he’d never expressed an interest in before. When he was 4, we were short of cash and we’d bought his presents, when he told nursery staff on 20th December that his Christmas wish...

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Elf Mission
Dec27

Elf Mission

There’s nothing like the Christmas Eve Elf Mission to get the heart racing and the adrenaline pumping. Can you do it quickly enough? Can you do it quietly enough? Will all the presents get into the right sacks? And how late will you have to start to be sure it’s safe? The whole thing is like holding your breath for half an hour. Like everything else in my life lately, the Elf Mission has been affected by our temporary...

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The Christmas round-up
Dec21

The Christmas round-up

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...

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