Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of the year and this year I knew it was going to be even more special. As this year it was going to be our first Christmas as a family. I was not wrong either it was absolutely magical and considering we didn’t think Amelia would understand she smiled all the way through and had a good go at opening her presents on her own.
Before the big day itself we had lots of Christmas trips to get us excited for the big day, starting with various visits to the big man himself… SANTA! We initially went to meet him at the Grotto in Bolton Town Centre and at just £2.50 it was a lovely experience and all three girls loved it. We were lucky enough to be able to go in the week therefore it was very quiet and we did not need to rush. Each of them were given a book and we were able to take as many photos as we liked! Next we met him at the local toddler group, this was included in the 50p we pay as we brought our own presents and there was also a Christmas party which we all brought an item of food too. Lovely way to end the term at the group.
It’s a tradition in our house to visit the Manchester Christmas markets where we buy a personalised decoration and treat ourselves to a hot chocolate in the annual mug and this year was no exception. It was a much different experience with a baby and we were very glad we went in the week. By the evening it began to become extremely busy and we were glad to be heading home but it was still a lovely day and another tradition to add to our Christmas.
I also was very lucky to get the chance to take Amelia and my niece Charlotte to Winter Funland at Event City, Manchester with my Mum a few weeks before Christmas. Here we got to go on lots of fairground rides and watch a Frozen sing along show! We were also meant to watch the circus but couldn’t take the pram in with us and Amelia fell asleep just before it was due to start and we didn’t want to wake her. Despite this we had an amazing day, even if I did want to throw up by the end after taking Charlotte on various spinning rides!! I only got the invite the morning of the trip and had no idea what to expect but will definately be going again in the future.
Then came Christmas!! This was the first Christmas EVER that me and Liam had both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off together, we even got a couple of days before off as well, due to our work schedule. This gave us the chance to really enjoy Christmas as a family and create even more traditions (some of which we have had for years but now had an actual excuse to do them). Christmas Eve saw us visiting family, creating a Christmas Eve box for Amelia, putting out snacks for Santa, Christmas films and matching pyjamas!! Then once Amelia was tucked up in bed operation Santa began… we didn’t buy Amelia that much as she’s only 6 months old so has no idea what was going on but that didn’t stop everyone else. She was definately a very lucky little princess but it did mean I could clear out her old toys and some of my niece’s and give them to families with nothing and take a few bags to the charity shop.
Christmas day was magical and it was lovely to not be driving around here, there and everywhere this year. We could just chill in our own home with our little family and watch Amelia enjoy her new toys and spend quality time together. Amelia loved opening all her new presents and has spent the last week playing with all her new toys… even if the music and sounds are starting to become very annoying!! We enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner cooked by Mum and my sisters fiance and we ended the day snuggled up as a 3 watching Christmas day TV. The day was perfect and we loved that people wanted to share it with us. I think spending it at our own home is perfect with a little one and I can’t wait to carry our traditions through over the next how ever many years and making more memories as a family.
And finally the many Christmas outfits Amelia wore…