Thursday, December 27, 2012

Belated Christmas wishes

I wasn't organised enough to send Christmas wishes to my faithful few bloggy mates before Christmas but I was thinking of you all and enjoying checking out what you are up to. I hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas and wish you all happy adventures in 2013.

We have had a lovely relaxed Christmas. Our girls seem so big now that they are both at school and that helps make the day easier when there are no naps etc to worry about and they cope better with driving to and fro the various family celebrations. They really loved hanging out with their big cousins. Although the ipads/iphones etc came out now and then, there was also chickens, a trampoline and games to keep them all amused.

I saw these little reindeers made of corks and twigs last year in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine and couldn't find any corks to make them. This year I was more organised and begged a few from friends who have a wine importing business. On Christmas Eve, the girls and I collected twigs and sat down at the table to create some little Rudolphs. Now they are living on the mantelpiece with our other favourite Christmas decorations.

My big girl knows the truth about Santa. I have never been very comfortable with perpetuating the myth even though I know it is part of the magic of Christmas for children. It always feels like lying to me. I said to our big girl "Let's not make a big deal about Santa coming" but of course our little girl was still keen to leave out carrots and biccies. We had to move the fireguard out of the way so Santa could get down the chimney. In the morning, she said "Why did Santa use our gift tags?". Perhaps next Christmas she might winkle out the truth.


Miss Prudence said...

Merry Christmas!!!! Glad your day was good! Me too - about santa that is...Martha is the last one to believe and at 9 I think this should be our last year of "believing" - I hear so many people saying stuff about the "magic" - I am so uncomfortable about this as it is SO not what it is about. I am really looking forward to getting out of santa stuff - i try to keep it low key but get heavily critisized by family for being "miserable" and 'robbing" my kids of the magic....So hear you lovely, I LOVE Christmas and I think the real magic is about the love in the air, not some ficticious fool enslaving elves and taking the credit for my presents!
Hope I don't sound toooo mean! LOL I really do love Christmas!

hester said...

We're definitely on the same page with this one. I agree that it's all about the love. If only there was a bit more peace on the poor old planet at the moment.

Le BHCH said...

hello there - thanks for the SMS - happy new year to you too lovely - I'll ring next weekend :) BTW I have a new blog ... see you soon le xox

Miss Muggins said...

I love the cork reindeers. Very cute and eco friendly!

It is funny when your last child knows all about Santa, all of a sudden the secret gift buying and some of the traditions such as leaving out treats for Santa (we always used to bake gingerbread on Christmas eve), and wrapping gifts with hubby, watching the carols (well I wrapped and he dozed!) are sadly missed. It takes time to build some new traditions with older children to make the time special and memorable. We have takeaway on Christmas eve on our best China and exchange one gift each that we have carefully chosen after dinner. This year I am going to start a new tradition of buying everyone new Pjs to wear that night and making my own bon bons to have at dinner time on christmas Eve.
Ps. I never let santa take the credit for the best presents, only a few goodies in their stockings!!!