7 Dec 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Our tree and decorations went up a few days ago, and now it’s starting to look really Christmassy in our house. John and I have had a real tree ever since we moved in together, however, this year is the first time that we have opted for a fake one, as the only viable space in the house for the tree is next to the radiator, and every year, after the initial glorious first impression, the tree starts to dry out (despite watering) and look sorry for itself within a few days, so we decided to go for a fake one instead. I must say, I am rather pleased with how it looks. Becky is super excited, too, and keeps counting down the days – first until her birthday, and then Christmas, so December is a big month for her.

Alex is still a little too young to understand the concept, but I think he does get that something is up. He keeps looking at our Christmas tree and pointing at it, and he’s tried a few times to pull on the baubles and the branches, but I’ve managed to stop him just in time. Hopefully he’ll lose interest soon and the tree will be safe for another few weeks.

It's impossible to get them both to sit still and look in the camera at the same time! 

This year – all being well – we are planning on going to Germany for Christmas. We usually alternate between Germany and Wales on an annual basis, but we haven’t, in fact, spent a Christmas with my parents since 2012. In 2013 we were due in Wales and 2014 Alex was still really tiny and it just didn’t seem right to drag him through planes, trains and automobiles, so we stayed at home and had a Christmas just for the four of us for the first time. We are, therefore, really overdue a visit.

In Germany we celebrate Christmas, or the big event with presents and the full shebang, on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day, so Becky and Alex will experience a different slant on the celebrations this year. I think I will explain to Becky that Santa is travelling all through the night and gets to Germany first and then he’s home in England in the morning. Hopefully this will make sense to her.

Lighting our Advent wreath - a German tradition I'm carrying on in the UK. 

It’s a funny one, really, because the kids will grow up with two different influences from Germany and the UK, so the Christmas traditions we are making as a little family of four are a mixture of both cultures. Hopefully they’ll look back on their childhood and the Christmases we have spent as a family with fondness when they are older.

For John and I Christmas can’t come soon enough, too. Life has been very busy for both of us lately, and I can’t wait to just chill for two weeks and do nothing other than spending time with my family and the kids. I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so run down and exhausted, and I’m struggling a bit keeping going – so I can’t wait to be spending Christmas at home, to be pampered by my Mum and make the most of the precious time we all have together. Because Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? 

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  1. Awww! What a gorgeous tree! We have our tree up as well last weekend, like you said, we opted for the fake one too and yet it looks as adorable as the real ones. I would like to bring my kids to philippines too someday to experience a different Christmas tradition from over here in UK. That's the advantage of having a multi-cultural family, isn't it? #sharewithme

    1. Thank you! I have to say, I didn't expect the tree to look this pretty, as we have always been real tree kind of people, but I'm certainly sold. A lot less hassle in any case! It would be nice for you to take your kids back to the Philippines for Christmas. It's lovely for kids to be exposed to different cultures and enriches them. Hopefully you'll manage in the future! X

  2. Beautiful tree! We put ours up last weekend too. Harry Potter themed for the kids. Your pictures are gorgeous. We don't travel much during the holidays but to travel through a few different countries sounds hectic and EXCITING!

    1. A Harry Potter theme, wow, that sounds fun! I bet your kids love that. Yes, the travel aspect is stressful and not easy to organise with two little people, but it's worth it to spend quality time with the family. It's one of the necessities when you live so far away from family. X

  3. Wow I love all your festive decorations they look amazing and so magical for Christmas. This is my favorite time of year. Our house literally looks like Santa threw up in every room hahaha I love it. Thanks for linking another fab post #sharewithme


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