Christmas 2016

Christmas was lovely; the boys
seemed genuinely pleased with their presents, which is always a relief! We made them open the presents one by one in
turn so it wasn’t a mad rush and the months of preparation lasted slightly
longer than normal…

We had another year of believers,
although youngest is definitely now questioning the fake Santa’s he sees in
Grottos, except for the Father Christmas in Lapland
UK
experience which he counted as the proper one and would like to go and
help in the toy workshop next year.

Eddie the Elf was out again
although I think I have lost my enthusiasm on this our 5th
year. I was quite envious of the effort
some parents put into being so creative with their elf. Mind you at this point I am just glad I have
remembered to move it. I think next
year the elf might be going into retirement (bah humbug of me I know but we
have done our bit with an Elf door and other trimmings over the years!).

We just about remembered to leave out the mince pie and milk for Father Christmas and a carrot and reindeer food for his trusty transport crew – although we don’t sprinkle the reindeer food on our doorstep because the included glitter is not good for birds so please add it to a plate like us to help our feathered friends!

Two excited boys 😀 #christmaseve x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Dec 24, 2016 at 12:14pm PST

We had dinner at my parents and
it was delicious as always. Although
next year hubbie is debating attempting it at ours. Mind you before we get to that point we need to make progress
with our renovations and fix the other half of our oven! So I guess whether we do host it next year
all depends on how much money we can save to get organised.

Face mats proved to be lots of
fun! You can get packs quite cheaply and
entertainment wise they liven things up.

These face mats are hilarious 😀 x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Dec 26, 2016 at 9:41am PST

The dog was pleased with her presents from my parents and us. She was a pro at opening presents by the end of it. Although the poor cute gingerbread man toy didn’t last very long!!!

All I want for Christmas is a toy gingerbread man 😀 #dogsoninstagram x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Dec 25, 2016 at 4:13am PST

I love this time now after the
excitement of the build up to Christmas and the day its self have passed, the
boys can enjoy their presents, we can appreciate time together as a family and
relax a little! It all gets a bit
intense the week before Christmas, literally the day before the boys are in a
bit of a panic whether Father Christmas will actually deliver them anything but
coal! I guess that’s one advantage when
they stop believing they don’t have to worry so much in the run up to
Christmas, because they know we wouldn’t let them go without.

Yesterday we went to our neighbours for festive drinks
and nibbles, they put on quite a spread.

My neighbours don’t do things by halves lovely buffet spread yesterday 😀 x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:38pm PST

It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and the boys were actually
well behaved which was a Christmas miracle in itself!!! We still have a week off school to fill, but
with board games to play, scientific experiments to perform and lots of
chocolate to eat I think they will be happily occupied until their return.

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