Monday, December 30, 2013
So...Christmas did not end up quite as we had expected this year! I ended up with a tummy bug on Christmas Eve so spent the next day at home by myself while Chris took the kids out. I was even too sick to watch the kids open their presents which I was really sad about. Luckily no one else got it and we were able to celebrate a belated Christmas the next day.
We started some new Christmas traditions this year which meant a really lovely lead up to Christmas. It started with our Advent stick on the first day of December. Every night just before bedtime we would take it in turns to open one of the papers, light our candles and read a story from 'The light in the lantern'.
On Christmas Eve, we went outside to sprinkle our reindeer food on the driveway (packets of oats with some glitter mixed in) and we put some food out for Santa under the Christmas tree - he got some chocolates and milk this year. The kids loved running around to sprinkle the reindeer food.
The kids were so excited to wake up on Christmas morning and find that Santa had left presents for them under the tree. Jacob was so excited to have his own set of vintage Thomas the Tank Engine books! Esme and Gideon were just excited about everything.
The most exciting thing of all was that Santa brought them a cubby. He left it on the driveway in pieces so when they went out to check if their reindeer food had been eaten they discovered it. They were literally screaming in excitement. In the lead up to Christmas Jacob had been talking about wanting Santa to bring a cubby with a red slide (we hadn't said anything to the kids about what they might be getting for Christmas). Funnily enough, that's exactly what he brought ;) Stay tuned for more photos of the cubby house being put up!