So it’s nearly that time of year again! It’s nearly Christmas! Magic Xmas is back on the airwaves and Christmas 24 is back on the television! The shops are full of angry shoppers!

I love this time of year, I love December (for many reasons) and I love winter!

For me, Christmas starts on the first day of December. I like to think of the advent period as Christmas too as I just love the run up and preparations! This year me and Mr Lewis are looking forward to our first Christmas as parents. Harrison will be almost five months at Christmas so he really won’t know what it is going on; however I feel this year is about making memories for us as a couple, as new parents and to start our own traditions.

December is always special for us as it’s when we got married, and we are looking forward to our second anniversary on 5th December. I can’t believe it has been two years already! It seems like it was only a short while back we were counting down and getting excited about about our big day, stressing over the little details and looking forward to our wintry honeymoon in Cornwall! It was on our first wedding anniversary that I first suspected I could be pregnant, and low and behold two days later we tested positive! It is also a very busy birthday month for my side of the family.

I digress! Back to Christmas now!

So, as I was saying, this year we are starting some of our own family traditions. Most, if not all, of these will go over Harrison’s head this year. I’m pretty sure as long as he’s got some fairy lights to stare at he will be happy and won’t really care for Christmas. He may very well find the hustle and bustle a little over whelming. Specially with all the family around and the noise levels that comes with family gatherings. But it’s a nice thing to start young as although they may not remember it, you as parents will and you can tell them about their first Christmas and show them pictures when they get older.

The first tradition I wanted to start was a Christmas Eve box! I love these and love looking at what others put in them! I worried Harrison would be too young but actually you can put whatever you want in them! They’re becoming more popular in the UK now and a quick Pinterest search will give you plenty of ideas! Lots of people go simple with:

  • Christmas pyjamas
  • Something sweet to eat and drink (think sweets, popcorn, hot chocolate etc)
  • A Christmas movie and/or Christmas book
  • Reindeer food to leave out for Rudolph

These are so interchangeable and there are so many ideas on the internet as to what you can put in them. Other items you could include, depending on the age of your child/recipient and budget include a magic Santa’s key, slipper socks, slippers, a Christmas mug, a festive cuddly toy or even a plate to put Santas mince pie on. The list is endless! Many people buy personalised wooden boxes to use every year (like you would a stocking) and yet another quick search online will point you in the direction of some beautiful products made in the UK!

For Harrison’s Christmas Eve box we opted to keep it simple this year. I picked up a gift box from Matalan and picked up some age appropriate goodies:

  • ‘My first christmas’ baby grow
  • ‘My first christmas’ bib
  • A festive cuddly elf (perfect size for a baby to hold)
  • A pair of slipper socks
  • A festive book or two (That’s not my elf and That’s not my Snowman by Fiona Watt)

Again, there was lots I could have gone with here. Some ideas could include a new dummy, a pram toy, a rattle/teething toy or even items for weaning.

The second tradition I wanted to start was a stocking. As a child, we always had a stocking and we wasn’t allowed downstairs until we’d riffled through them and found our festive goodies! Once we had finished this we would all creep down the stairs behind my dad, who was building the mayhem/excitement every moment, making promises of chocolate for breakfast, and he’d crack the door open. We’d creep in and check to see if Santa and Rudolph ate their snacks and then we’d run for the living room to see all the presents he’d delivered. Every year, and the magic never wore off!

For this year we found a very cute ice blue ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ from The Range. As we will be starting weaning the following month I took the chance to grab some of his weaning items to fill his stocking with. Two birds/one stone and all that jazz! I also grabbed some more fun bits! Some bath time finger puppets, socks and a beautiful ‘baby’s first Christmas’ reindeer rattle.

The third tradition we are starting is one I was desperate to start and is Elf on the Shelf! I know what you’re thinking and yes you are right…Harrison will have no idea what’s going on! He’s far too young and is most likely a waste of time! Believe me, I fought the urge to start it this year, but I figured what the hell! It’s a bit of fun, I can take lots of pictures and when he’s old enough we can show him his letters from his elf and show him the photos. There are so many ideas for this on Pinterest etc; some fun, some silly, some naughty and some really simple! We are going away for Christmas and I’m even planning on taking him away with us there to keep the magic going! Keep your eyes posted on my Instagram for lots of pictures and I will be doing a couple of blogs about him too! For those who do not know, elf on the shelf is an American tradition based on a book by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda Bell about Santa’s scout elves who report back to the big man who should be on the nice list and who should be on the naughty list. They get up to all kinds of high-jinks and they are infiltrating the UK now. There are cheaper alternatives to the dolls now and there is even a film and an app! We opted for a cheaper version but may invest in the official doll and book once Harrison is older!

The final tradition (at the moment!) is putting the tree up as a family and this is another one from my childhood. Our mum would always want us to wait until after dads birthday but we eventually wore her down and it got put up earlier every year!We would put the tree up all together, argue what goes first – lights or decorations (of course it’s the lights), disagree on what goes where all to a sound track of festive music and a mug of hot chocolate! This year in our house we’ve agreed on 7th December. I’ve always been a 1st December kind of girl but this will be a year to the day we found out Harrison would be bursting into our lives and I thought that would be a nice day to put the tree up as a family.

So as you can see, it’s barely half way though November and it’s already Christmas in my head! Hope you all have lots of fun festivities planned!

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