Monday, 3 December 2018

Starting to look like Christmas

Happy Monday everyone! December is here! Where has the time gone?! This month has a lot in store for us, for not only does Flynn turn one this month, but also it's Christmas! And boy is it starting to look like Christmas in our home.

What started off as a tradition my parents started when I was a little girl, has been carried on to my kids through me. That tradition is to put our Christmas tree up on December 1st and decorate the house ready for the festive season. The tree and decorations then remain up until January 2nd. Saturday night, Jordan, myself Vala and for first time Flynn put our Christmas tree up and decorated three quarters of it. I say half of it because I learned from when Vala was a year old that Christmas tree decorations are fun to pull off the tree and attempt to eat. So the bottom quarter is bare with the exception of the pretty little lights. That way Flynn can't reach any of the baubles and pull them off.

Sadly though, we only have Christmas tree decorations at the moment and our house is feeling a little... unfestive? This year we're going to change that though. Jordan and I are looking at getting some more decorations to jazz up our living room, kitchen and hallway with. I'm tempted to find something festive to put in the kids room but unsure what yet. I've ordered Flynn's personalised stocking to go alongside Vala's. Over here in the UK it seems customary to hang stocking on the mantle around the fireplace but over in Australia, not many houses have fireplaces or mantles so I grew up with our Christmas stocking hanging off the end of our beds. I have always had Vala's stocking at the end of her bed but now that Flynn will have one too, a little part of me wants to hang them from the mantle. It feels like it would break a little bit of the tradition I grew up with but at the same time, I feel like I'm making a new family tradition. Vala isn't with us for Christmas this year anyway sadly so wherever we hang her stocking, she won't be opening it until December 28th anyway.

At this point, I'm not sure what I'm more excited about; Flynn's first birthday or Christmas. They're so close together. I still can't believe it's December already. The year has flown by. Are you looking forward to Christmas? When did you put your tree up? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Until next time,
Alli xo 
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