Friday, December 04, 2015

Our Simple But Perfect Family Christmas ♥

For me, Christmas is essentially about spending time with family, as the saying goes - it doesn't matter what's under the Christmas tree, but who's around it that matters most. This will be mine and Jacek's fifth Christmas together and Tyler Lee's third, it's also our last Christmas as a family of three so we'll trying our very best to make it as special for everyone as we possibly can.

As Jacek comes from a Polish family we also try to make Christmas Eve a key part of our Christmas celebrations. He works every Christmas Eve so I cook dinner and afterwards we exchange gifts with each other. Once our boy has gone to bed we watch a film and just curl up on the couch with the fire on, then head to bed to await Santa's arrival...

Our Christmas Day always begins in the same way. We take Tyler Lee downstairs to see what Santa has brought - you can see my post and video on his reaction to his gifts from Santa last year here. As parents we love to see his little face light up when he sees all his surprises and we have the added bonus this year of the fact that he actually understands a bit who Santa is and what he does for good boys and girls - we're stressing the importance of being good to him at the moment! We have a nice breakfast on Christmas Day morning and then usually stuff ourselves silly with chocolate and sweets - possibly too much so that dinner has to get later and later each year!

At around midday we go to visit my grandparents and my other relatives who will be there on the day. This is something I've done since I was a little girl and it's actually my favourite part of Christmas. It's great to see everyone, catch up, enjoy some of my Nan and aunts delicious sausage rolls - another treat that makes it harder to stomach a full dinner afterwards each year! I love hearing what everyone received as gifts and seeing the little ones excited and showing off what Santa brought them.

After my grandparents house we usually go to my parents house for Christmas dinner, although I think this year we may end up staying at home and having dinner just the three of us due to a lot of issues going on in the family at the moment. It's quite a sad fact for me that Christmases will be a lot different from now on but it just means that I'll have to make Christmas as fun and as special for my own little family instead. Jacek and I have already begun talking about the menu on Christmas Day and my pregnant self has specifically requested chicken and mushroom vol-u-vents as a starter - the same as our first Christmas together.

After dinner it's then time to relax, watch more Christmas films and the soap Christmas specials. A tin of Cadbury's Roses may be cracked open and some sparkling non-alcoholic drink for me this year! Our Christmases are simple but we get to spend a lot of time together and for me that's the most important thing.

Christmas can be such an expensive time of year and luckily this year Jacek was able to save a bit, it's always great to have some extra money in the current account for Christmas shopping and TSB really does offer the best value when it comes to having a bank account - Jacek and I were just speaking about this the other day when the quarterly bank fees came out of our accounts. I was lucky this year to have some vouchers to spend on gifts and it really did make such a difference being able to buy everything all in one go and not have to worry about the expense.

I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year and can't wait for all the surprises it has in store. I especially can't wait to see Tyler Lee's face when he sees what Santa has brought him, he'll be a lucky little boy for sure!

How do you spend Christmas? Do you have any special Christmas traditions?


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