Last weekend we took a little trip to the North Pole, which is now conveniently placed slightly North of Blaenavon (and in various other towns all over the UK!)
It is most definitely starting to feel more like Christmas now with each passing day and so I thought I’d take some time out to mention our family traditions, which I’m enjoying adding to each year.
As some of you know, we don’t start our Christmas properly until after 12th December, which was my Nan’s birthday (she would have been 90 this year!) but one thing does have to start before this, for obvious reasons!
Here’s our take on tradition:
The Advent train
For TGs first Christmas, his Nain got him an advent train. The first year he was oblivious, the second year it was put way out of reach as he was at that awkward “grabbing for everything in sight” phase.
Now in it’s third year, I’m pleased to say he has finally got the concept of the chocolate train. This was after he smashed it on the floor a few times as he thought it was a toy, but he now knows not to play with it, and jumps out of bed in the morning to get the chocolate from his train.
Next year we’re thinking of turning it into an activity train so he’ll get to enjoy doing little Christmas things each day.
Elf on the Shelf
Luckily he’s still a little bit young for this, and hasn’t yet been told by all the kids in his nursery that they’ve got a special Elf in their house, so we’ve escaped this one for now!
Which is good as we have far too many things to remember to do each night at the moment!
Watch this space though as I think it will feature Next year (and I’ll probably secretly love it!)
Last year we tried our best to get him to pay attention to the “Snowman” and “Stick Man”…….he did manage about the first 10 minutes of Stick Man but that was it, attention span gone.
This year however, he must have watched the Snowman and his Snowdog about 17 times already! Absolutely loves it, and gives running commentary throughout.
I don’t think Stick Man will get much of a look in, but we’ll give it a go.
It’ll be interesting to see what takes his fancy next year though……fingers crossed it’ll be something we don’t mind watching too. Looking forward to cwtching up next Christmas Eve in front of a film 😊
We’ve kept it quite traditional with Christmas books so far, with “Twas the night before Christmas” and “That’s not my Santa”. Last year he wasn’t really interested but did let us read the former to him on Christmas Eve which I loved.
I think this year it might be a bit of a harder sell as he’s all about the “Little Reindeer” (a finger puppet book) and the “Little Reindeer who saved Christmas” (or sick reindeer as it’s now known!)
But he’s certainly been more into his books the last week or so than he has been, maybe because of the change of topic?
Looking forward to reading him “Sion Corn yn dod i Gymru”, but it’ll be a little while before he understands that one properly!
Christmas Eve Box
I’ve been waiting for this to become a tradition for 3 years now!
He always has Christmas Eve pyjamas and a book, but is still a little young for the concept.
It’ll be nice next year when we can pop a Christmas Eve activity and a family film in there for him.
Getting excited just thinking about it!
So there you go, just a few of our Christmas traditions……I wonder where we’ll be this time next year? 😉
Over and out, Mammy tugboat xx