Sunday, 20 December 2015

intu Christmas Age & £50 Voucher Giveaway

Naturally intu is all about Christmas at the moment and they commissioned an interesting survey to see what the best age is for getting the most out of Christmas, apparently 9 is the best in childhood and 31 as an adult.

The video below presented by Johnny Ball goes into more detail about Christmas age and apparently 84% experience the joy of Christmas through their children.  For me my boys definitely make it what it is, seeing the thrill and buzz they have throughout December is wonderful.  But for many it can be a stressful time too so Johnny Ball wants everyone to take a step back and do what you like the most (even if that's chain eating chocolate!).



I would say I appreciate Christmas more than ever at 37, although I am finding the seasons festivities particularly exhausting this year!  I think we have been overdoing the grotto visits but I do not know how many more years of believing we have here with eldest being 8 and youngest almost 7, so we have been cramming it in!  We have managed to see eight possibly nine Santa’s in total I think (but I have lost count as its been SO many!).  

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on

When the boys were tiny Christmas was a bit too overwhelming, they would get worn out just trying to open all their presents whereas these days they manage it all in their stride!  I really could do with siphoning off some of their energy to get through the big day myself!  My parents have had their Christmas excitement renewed having their grandchildren with them opening presents together, they like seeing their enthusiasm for the magic of Christmas and long may it last.  

We have been to intu Trafford Centre shopping centre before its one of my favourite spots, they have some fabulous Christmas decorations and its hard not to feel festive walking around.  When we visited two years ago we saw this amazing tree, which moved its mouth and eyes and sang!  The boys were mesmerised and it really helped with the build up to Christmas.


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318 comments:

  1. I have a 5 year old daughter so Christmas this year has been great. She's so into the Father Christmas thing and is genuinely excited about Friday. On the flip side I work in retail so am completely ready for Christmas to be over!

    Think my best Christmas as a child was when I was 9 as my sister was 4, a true believer and although I had stopped believing she made it magical again.

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  2. About 8 i think which is the age my daughter is now!

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  3. My granddaughter of 2 is staying with us for Christmas so very excited xx

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  4. My granddaughter of 2 is staying with us for Christmas so very excited xx

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  5. It depends on the child I suppose, but between 6-8 :)

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  6. My 5 year old is finding christmas magical this year. He's loving the Christmas lights and cannot wait for santa to visit.

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  7. I think I most appreciated Christmas at about 10 years old 👵

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  8. Claire Elizabeth Noke20 December 2015 at 23:32

    5 or 6, When you start to understand the meaning of "money" and that parents/relatives have to "work" to buy gifts for you x

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  9. from 5 to 10 years

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  10. I love Christmas - it's a great time of year as a child I'd say up until I was 10 I believed and then when I became a parent the magic of Christmas came alive again especially as the kids get older!

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  11. I would say anything from 5-10 years

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  12. I found Christmas most magical as a 5 year old. I had hoped for a doll and I got it on Christmas morning, My dreams had come true. We had a fun day as a family.

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  13. 5 - they still believe in Santa and really get into the whole spirit of christmas

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  14. i think now i have children and i can see how magical it is for them

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  15. I think your appreciation just changes...it's exciting when you're a child (maybe 9ish as they say) but then it's fun being with your friends in your late teens, early twenties, then it's lovely to see your children enjoying themselves! All good!!

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  16. Probably around 6 or 7 when it was still so magical x

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  17. 5-6 i think, before the magic ended :(

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  18. I think when I was around 10 - at that age I was able to join in with all the traditions (apart from the drinking obviously!)

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  19. I say about 6 or 7, they understand what Christmas is about and dont have a massive wishlist of expensive items

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  20. Probably from the age of 5 to about 9...
    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway :)

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  21. At 5 as they understand what Xmas is all about

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  22. I would have to say from the age of 5.x

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  23. From about 4 to 10
    Claire D

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  24. I think after the age of 6 , until then you really dont understand x

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  25. it means different things at every age

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  26. christine shelley22 December 2015 at 10:34

    about 7

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  27. I'd say probably between the ages of 5-7!

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  28. betweeen 6 and 10.

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  29. I think probably about age 5.

    @rachiegr

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  30. I think around 6 years old, I can still remember the feeling of anticipation as I crept downstairs on Christmas Day morning.

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  31. I'd say from the age of about 7 - 11

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  32. From about 5 onwards .... I think it gets less magical at about 10... But still exciting way into the teens !!

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  33. 6-8 When I still believed and it was magical.

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  35. I think it was probably at an age I can't remember when I didn't know about all the stress and upset it causes, that's all I can ever remember about it!

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  37. Around 5 or 6, when it was still magic.

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  38. I think it was when i still believed in santa claus x

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  39. I think it was when i still believed in santa claus x

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  40. Probably 4-8. When my brothers were still willing to hang out and play with their baby sister

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  41. I think I appreciate it more now I am a parent, as I love to see the pleasure on my children's faces when they open their gifts!

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  42. Probably around age 5 or 6 - I used to get so excited I made myself quite unwell but it was still a magical time.

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  43. As a child of around 5 or 6

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  44. Probably as a child of about 5 - 9 years , when it's very exciting and Santa is real

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  45. As a child around 5 or 6, but as an adult - every year!

    cat culmer

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  46. I think between 5-7 years I most enjoyed and appreciated Christmas :)

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  47. I would think around ages 6 and upwards x

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  48. 26 - my son was 2 and it was the most magical Christmas ever

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  49. my daughter is 5 and her cousin is 6 and them out of all the kids seem to have enjoyed the visit to santa and panto the most

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  50. From 4 onwards for me! I love Christmas :)

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  51. For me it was when I was about 4 when I started school and there was a big deal made out around Christmas time so it use to get me so excited but now am a mum myself I love it even more so :) xxx

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  52. I really appreciated Christmas when my two boys were younger, I really miss having little ones around at Christmas time

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  53. probably when i realised santa wasn't real and that my parents actually brought all my presents.

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  54. I've loved Christmas ever since I understood what it was. It's my birthday 4 days after on the 29th and I've never really appreciated it as it's usually forgotten among the chaos of Christmas and the new year. Now that I have a little boy of my own I do everything I can to make sure he has the most magical Christmas experiences possible :)

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  55. Age 7 when my Dad made me a wonderful doll's house out of old M&S counter tops.

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  56. Probably about 7 or 8, but then I appreciate Christmas more now that my children are nearing this age and the excitement it brings them is just lovely.

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  57. Probably about 8 or 9 - I got a playhouse in the garden which my dad had put together and also made a 'shop window' and a mezzanine floor and I got to paint it yellow, pink and blue all over!

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  58. Probably between 7 to 9 years old, still really magical though

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  59. 10/11/12/13 ish --- good luck everyone :)

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  60. Probably between about 6 - 8, the age my Daughter is now! She has enjoyed Christmas so much this year :)

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  61. 8 years old! I was given a keyboard and I thought I was awesome at playing chopsticks!

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  62. Probably about 7 years old

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  63. Between 5 and 10 years old

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  64. I think the adults, between 20 and 40 years old. Watching the kids open their gifts and loving the atmosphere.

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  65. About 9 or 10, when I realised how much all my presents cost.

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  66. Now as a grandparent, not telling you my age, ho ho ho

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  67. Probably now as I have two young boys and it's just magical x

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  68. I think at about the age 8 or 9.

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  69. I believe it was up to the age of 8, when I was told that santa didn't exist. The magic of believeing is what makes it so special for kids.

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  70. 5 - the year we accidentally found the presents.

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  71. I thing it was around 6-7 when i really believed in all the magic of christmas

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  72. my little cousins at 5 and 8 and they are both santa crazy. I love seeing their wee faces on christmas day!

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  73. I think between five and eight is the magic time.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  74. Great prize, good luck everyone, happy new year!!

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  75. Always loved Christmas and still do but probably best when I was about 7 and believed in Santa

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  76. bewtween 4 and 8
    my 8 year old is begining to suspect.....

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  77. My 5 year old definitely appreciated it more than he ever has :D It was lovely seeing my 3 year old's reaction to it all though.

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  78. For me it was when i still truly believed so Id say around 5-6 x

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  79. Can't decide between around 7 - 10 when I was enjoying the magic whilst keeping the secret of santa from my little sister, or my 40s now that I do everything exactly the way I want to and don't compromise at all and have so much fun!

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  80. Between age 5 & 10 i would say is the time you most appreciate & enjoy Christmas

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  81. definitely 6-10, still magical then :)

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  82. i think between 4 and 8 old enough to understand and still young enough to believe the magic x

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  83. I think between the ages of 4 and 9 were the most magical for me

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  84. All ages have been magical for different reasons

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  85. I think 5 years and over is a great age but for me I love the buying and giving of gifts x

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  86. I think it was when I had my own children, late 20's or so xx

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  87. between 5 years old and 11 years old

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  89. About 7 years old I've always been mature for my age and been a Christian so I love to celebrate Christmas as jesus's birthday and toast to love ones we have lost. xx

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  90. My daughter is 2/12 and i thought shed get it this year she did but only a bit! So i think age 5 will be great as they learn a bit at school bout it x

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  91. i like christmas as an adult best. watching your own children enjoy the excitment.

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  92. I think around 17, I could get my younger brother and sister something nice.

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  93. from what i remember i think around age 7 or 8 was the best! x

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  94. When I was 30, it was the excitement of my children when Santa visited

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  95. When I was about 6, Still believed in all the magic but old enough to enjoy the build up.

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  96. I enjoy Christmas more NOW! watching my 3 year old getting excited is just amazing!! ive never knew Christmas could make a child this much happy!

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  97. Probably around the age my eldest is now - 8/9! Old enough that you've had a few years experience and can get excited about what's coming, but still young enough to believe in Santa and not be cynical yet! :)

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  98. In my 30s, after I had my own children. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. xx

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  99. I would say about 4 or 5 as that's what age both of my 2 started to really understand what it was all about (not just the (best) pressie part)

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  100. I think about 6 - 7 but I still love it now

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  101. When my children were 8-14, so I was in my 30s. I could enjoy their pleasure, and throw myself into all the frivolity

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  102. Sarah-Louise Thompson6 January 2016 at 15:45

    I would say from age 3 upwards. Although i personally think that Christmas is the best when you have your own children (whatever age that is) nothing more magical than seeing Christmas through your child's eyes :)

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  103. i would say any age up from 2, im 44 but a very big kid at heart and your never too young and never ever too old x Sharon L Johnson

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  104. my children are 19, 17, 6 and twins aged 3, my 6 year old was so excited this year, I remember my older children the same between 6-10 (maybe slightly older), so would have to say between ages 6 and 10

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  105. 43, which is my current age. Having four kids aged from 3 to 17, I've never appreciated Christmas more. Their faces on Christmas Day makes my year!

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  106. I reckon about aged 8

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  107. i still appreciate is now and im 27 :) xx

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  108. I think at about 7-10 the most, I still appreciate it now but for different reasons now I have my own children

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  109. I think it depends very much on the person, and what you get from it! In some ways I think about 7 when you understand and are fully aware but all the magic is still there. In other ways I think as an adult when you get to live through your children!

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  110. in my early thirtys when my son was a toodler

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  111. This was definitely the best Christmas so far (29). My kids are 1 and 2 and loved the magic of it all and this year I did everything exactly how I wanted to. X

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  112. When I was 5 years old and when my kids were about 5 and 7

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  113. When I had my children - Sassie Clarke

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  114. I think around 6 years old.
    Victoria B

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  115. Age 4 when the co-op had father christmas ride in stores

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  116. Any age where the adults make it fun but between 3 and 8 believe in the magic

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  117. My twins aged 3 were very excited, as was my 9 year pld

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  118. I think it wax probably between the ages of 7 and 10 when I still believed and had masses of imagination.

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  119. About 8 and i've seen it in my son this year too.

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  120. I've always loved christmas.. its so magical but seein the real excitement on my Lil man's fave this yr aged 4 was amazing! I'm 35 xx

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  121. When I was still small enough to believe.

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  122. i most appreciated Christmas in my early 30's when my kids were small, and it was all about the magic

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  123. Probably between the ages of 4 and 7 when the magic was still real. But I now appreciate it just as much now I have my own children as I get the chance to make it special for them!

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  124. About 5 onwards I think! (@PeanutHog)

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  125. Around 6 I think - the first time I could share the magic with my little brother who is 3 years younger than me.

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  126. I think it becomes really magical around the age of 6. My two still love it though even though they're 11 and 14!

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  127. 36 for me - the 1 just gone , Kids were a little older so were really excited and loving it - everybody was happy and healthy it was the best one for me after an awful year.

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  128. Getting the keys to our new house on Christmas eve, it meant we could relax and enjoy Christmas without the stress of not knowing where we were going to live in the new year :)!

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  129. Depends on the child I think, Isabella is only 2 but we had a wonderful Christmas with her this year.

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  130. 32. It wasn't until I had my son that I really appreciated Christmas

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  131. i would say around 6 ish but as im a mam of 4 children their ages were from 4 to 7 ish more so our youngest daughter is 5 this year and she has been mega excited

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  132. Probably about 8, doing school things, then at home, Christmas seemed to last forever

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  133. My son is now 17 and get a excited as he did when 7!!!! Just a different kind of excitement! !!

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