During October I am taking part in #Blogtober18, where I write a blog post everyday for the whole month. Mandi over at Big Family Organised Chaos is hosting a linky each day where she also gives a prompt for us to write about. The prompt for today is ‘Have you started your Christmas shopping?’ and I can honestly say that I haven’t had one thought about Christmas cross my mind as yet. October is so busy with birthdays that I just cannot start to think about it until those are out of the way.
I’ve literally just nipped to town to buy my kids a Halloween costume so I’m not terribly organised. I used to be so organised before I had kids, I would always start my Christmas shopping in July and have everything wrapped up by September but now I am much more of a last minute person. I just cannot spend months focussing on something that lasts one day like I used to. I have no idea what any of the kids want yet either, but I know that once I think about it and focus on getting the job done it will be all be sorted.
Just because I haven’t started thinking about it yet doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it, I really do love to decorate the house, spend time choosing lovely gifts for everyone, spend much needed time with my family and friends… it really is my favourite time of the year and now I have started to think about it I am getting quite excited! I’ve loved creating our Christmas traditions over the years and thought I’d share them with you today…
Reverse Advent: For the past three years we have done a reverse advent. Each day of Advent we put an item of food into a box and then take it to a food bank. The first year we did this through Advent and donated it to the food bank on Christmas Eve but the contents wouldn’t have been used until January, so last year we did it throughout November so that we were able to take our donation at the start of December then it could be enjoyed at Christmas and this is what we will do this year too.
Christmas Eve on Christmas Dinner: This is quite a new one to us that we started in 2016, as it is usually just the five of us for Christmas dinner I thought I’d try doing it for evening meal on Christmas Eve so I that I was free to enjoy Christmas morning with my family instead of being stuck in the kitchen. This has worked out so well and Christmas was so much more enjoyable because of it. I now get to spend Christmas morning with the kids playing with their toys instead of spending all morning in the kitchen.
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Elf on the Shelf: Back in 2012 I started seeing this little Elf character doing the rounds on social media so I decided I wanted to do this too! This year will be our 7th year with Elfie. We have had so much fun with him and I can’t wait to start again this year. I figure we only have a couple more years before Elfie retires so I’m making the most of the fun while the magic lasts 🙂
Reindeer Dust: We always go outside on Christmas Eve and watch for Father Christmas (ISS) flying over and then sprinkle some reindeer dust over the garden so they can find us easily and then we go inside and track him using the NORAD app 🙂
Christmas Eve Hamper: Elfie flies back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve and leaves the children a hamper full of goodies to enjoy on Christmas Eve. they both get a new pair of Christmas Pyjamas, a Christmas book, Christmas mugs, a Christmas Film and popcorn, hot chocolate etc for us all to enjoy while we watch their film.
Drink & Mince Pie for Father Christmas: Yes of course we always leave a drink and mince pie out for Father Christmas and some carrots for the reindeer! This is something I have done since I was little. I remember one year Mum didn’t have any fresh carrots so I left a tin of carrots and a tin opener 😉
Christmas Tree Decorations: Each year we buy the children a new bauble/tree decoration and when they move out of home in many years to come they will have a lovely collection to take for their first tree.
Do you have any special family traditions?