Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days Of Christmas Blogging Challenge Day #3 - Christmas Memories ♥

This was such a lovely post for me to prepare as it meant I had an excuse to dig out the old photo albums and have a look at some memories from Christmas past, I know my Dad will love this post looking at all the old pictures - hi Dad, I know you're reading! (he's now begun giving me blog and vlogging critiques! Cringe!). I can't say I have the best memory - I struggle when I even try to remember what I did yesterday but looking back at these photos did bring some Christmas memories to mind. Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of year, I just love the magic of it all, the anticipation of seeing what Santa would bring on Christmas morning, spending time together as a family, the decorations, the lights, the music, the food... I mean really, what isn't there to love about Christmas time?!

Very happy on Christmas morning! It's amazing how much Tyler Lee looks like me when I was small, I can see a lot of him in this picture.

Who would have thought someone could have been so happy with an umbrella! It's amazing what'll entertain a toddler!

 A purse for carrying all my future money - I wish!

 Suddenly my hair became straight! Playing with the one and only Polly Pocket.

I don't really remember what gifts I received as a child but looking at these pictures did help to rekindle memories of playing with these toys in my mind. I was (and still am!) such a big Barbie fan so I was always so excited to see a new doll for my collection on Christmas morning. It seems like I was always such a girl girl getting a purse, bag, umbrella, little high heels and my favourite Polly Pocket - who used to meet sad ends being sucked up into the vacuum cleaner! Oh the memories!

Peter Rabbit! Still loving the Beatrix Potter stories until this day and read them to my own son.

Christmas was always more fun when I had a sibling to share it with!

I love this picture as I look so happy sitting next to my Mam. I still remember playing with that Santa decoration on the tree too.

The Christmas where I got my bike, I'm sure it's still in my parents cellar until this day! My lovely dog Fritz too, who sadly we no longer have.

I always loved going into my grandparents house on Christmas Day, seeing all my relatives and swapping gifts. Mini sausage rolls and Cadbury's Roses chocolates always remind me of my grandparents house on Christmas Day. My brother and I used have to wait for each other to get up because no one was allowed into the sitting room until we were all together on Christmas morning. There was always such excitement to see what Santa brought and even until this day we all gather in the sitting room to exchange gifts on Christmas morning, even though I no longer live at home.

My boys and I in the winter wonderland in Believe in Fota Island last year. Tyler Lee was far more interested in the snowy trees and all the lights then the camera.

 Out for the 12 pubs of Christmas, we managed three...

 With my boy on Christmas Eve morning, he was dressed up as Santa!

One of the pictures I took for Tyler Lee's first Christmas photos, he was wrapped up in all the lights, I love him playing with his little foot here and he has no curls!

Now that I'm a mother and a fiance I will always remember my Christmases with my own family, like Jacek and I's first Christmas together which we spent alone in his flat. We were like two lonely shut-ins but we had such a lovely dinner, swapped gifts and snuggled up on the couch watching our favourite movies and TV shows, it was perfect really, afterall, Christmas is about spending time with those you love and we had just got together romantically at that stage and were in that lovely 'honeymoon' stage. Then there was the Christmas when I was pregnant and couldn't drink but everyone else was quite tipsy... that was fun, NOT! At least everyone was happy though! Then came our first Christmas as a family of three with our baby boy, it was so fun to take him to see Santa and put all his gifts together for him. I'll always remember us bringing him down to see his gifts on Christmas morning for the first time ever.

I'm really looking forward to Christmas 2014 and seeing what memories it'll bring us. What are your favourite Christmas memories?
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  1. I love these pictures! I think about you through all of the pictures I have seen of you and your beautiful family and I wonder what your life is like in Ireland. I know that sounds weird but Ireland is the place that I dream about. I have wanted to go for so many years with my hubby who is all IRISH his name is Patrick and he is even born on St. Patrick's Day. It is our dream to one day visit your beautiful country and I so appreciate you showing it off a little. I hope you and your little family have a fabulous Christmas!

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    1. Hello Rena! Thank you very much for reading my blog and taking the time to comment. It's great that your husbands birthday is the day of all that is Irish! I am also a March baby and my middle name is Patricia after St. Patrick's Day! If you would like to see more of mine and my families trips around Ireland you can view them here - http://www.dollydowsie.com/search/label/Ireland I hope you and your husbands dream comes true and you get to visit the Emerald Isle one day! Merry Christmas to you and yours and go n-eirí leat! :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing with us! You have a beautiful family!
    Your age is showing though ;) that was back when Polly Pockets were REALLY for pockets! LOL I got my daughter one for her birthday blindly online a few months ago, and she was HUGE! Nothing like the old sets we used to get every year.

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  3. Awww, look at all those pictures. Now I want to go through some old albums when I see my mom this weekend :)

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  4. Oh wow, Tyler Lee looks soooo much like you in those first pics!!! Its funny, mini sausage rolls and tins of sweets remind me of being at my grandparents house on Christmas Day. Although one year my nan forgot to buy sausage rolls and I threw the biggest hissy fit.....I think I was about 13 too lol!! Hope you and your lovely family have a brilliant christmas xxx

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  5. Good grief, you were a cute kid! I mean seriously adorable!

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  6. I love looking at old photos - and I too love seeing that my boys look like me :)

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  7. I've been finding myself reminiscing with my parents about Christmas when I was a child. It is so powerful to be able to look back on them with a parent's perspective.

    You have a beautiful family.

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  8. Great pictures - and so nice to remember Christmas from when we were young!

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  9. I love the picture of you when you were so happy to get the umbrella! How cute!

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  10. Your family is precious. This inspired me to pull out my childhood Christmas photos and share them with my kiddos.

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  11. These are all great pictures. I need to dig out our photo albums and go through them.

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  12. Love those pics of you little! Makes me want to go digging through my old pictures.

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  13. You looked like you were a really happy child, and it seems like you were gifted with lots of fun things over the years. I love the pic of your little one in the lights holding his foot!

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  14. What wonderful memories! It's always nice to look back at old pictures...

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  15. What a really fun flashback post! You went all the way through, I love it!

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  16. These are so adorable! I love looking back at pictures and thinking about those beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing your memories.

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  17. These pictures really tell a beautiful story about your Christmases of past years. I love pulling out old photos and seeing my holiday memories too!

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  18. I love looking back at pictures from when i was a kid. I can remember getting a Polly Pocket as well.

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  19. It always feels good to look back. I've also forgotten what I've gotten as gifts when I was little. I need to look at those old photos again.

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  20. Those were the days, I will be posting my photot of 12 days of Christmas too.

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  21. I do love the flash back! I remember being so happy to unwrap dolls and toys as a kid,m it';s funny!

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  22. What a great post about Christmas memories. I had gone through old pictures myself last month and it was so fun to see them again. Your pictures are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Love your Christmas memories! The photos are great. I love taking photos of our events, goodies, gift giving and more! Then we have them to look back to.

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  24. Omg cutest post EVER!!! Loving all the pics!!! Way too cute ❤❤❤

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  25. Some of my favorite Christmas memories are when my mom, sister, and I'd travel out of state to spend the holidays with the rest of the family. Everyone would all go to my dad's house to spend Christmas together. Even as a child, the gifts weren't a major importance. Spending time with my family made me the happiest. :)

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  26. there is always such a great memory for Christmas <3

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  27. Lovely photos.. Christmas is always about memories, reliving the old one and making new one!

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