Yay it’s the countdown to Christmas! I love Christmas it is just a very awesome time of year. I love the decorations, the presents, the food, family time, all of the cool things you can go out and do with the children and of course I love Santa. I’m on proper countdown now and enjoying every single minute of it.
Day Out Child Free
Every year, before Christmas my husband and I try to have a day out on our own child free to go Christmas shopping. It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions. We always have a lovely lunch out and it’s as much about a day out together as it is Christmas shopping. We started doing this when we very first got together, although then it was often a day in London then, and it is something we have very much tried to carry on. There have been a couple of years where one of the children have had to come with us, either because I was breastfeeding or one year Logan was poorly. But for the most part we have managed every year and I love doing in too.
We were very grateful to my mother-in-law who came to stay and looked after Aria and did the school run for us in the afternoon. We had a fabulous Italian lunch where I treated myself to a Gingerbread Prosecco – it was a bit sweet but it was festive. We also did very well on our shopping and it was just nice to have time together.
Putting the Decorations Up & A Family Meal Out
While I love Christmas decorations and pretty much everything about Christmas, I always have to wait until December to put our decorations up. It’s usually the first weekend in December when we head out to our local garden centre and get a real tree, and then we get the decorations down and start making the house look festive.
This year was a little bit insane as the children were very, very excited about the decorations to say the least! I had to try and contain them a little otherwise there was going to be breakages! For me, a tree doesn’t have to be perfect, just fun and we have lots of baubles with sentimental value which makes it all the more special.
After we had completed the tree we went out for a family meal out at our local pub. My husband was travelling to the States for work the next day. We’ve started having a bit of a family tradition of going out for a meal before he goes, if we can afford it of course. Firstly, it’s a nice thing to do, but it also gives us a bit of quality family time and a treat together particularly for the children who really miss their Dad when he’s gone. Here’s some shots of the fun we had together – plus I got more Processo – always a win!
A Christmas Handbag
It’s been a while since I have shared a new handbag with you. I have actually been quite restrained in my bag buying! But I could not resist the Radley Christmas bag when it came out. I did suggest it to my husband for Christmas, but he said but there will be no point by then as I wouldn’t get much use out of it. So in the end I bought it for now so I could enjoy using it throughout December and then I will pack it up and have a fabulous bag to use each year.
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