Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas rituals

It starts with the tree, the art teacher would tell our small children- ' Now remember-  not too big, just a small little tree because we live in a small little house' - serious nodding and agreement all around as I drove them to choose it.

The delight and anticipation on their little faces, as we came home dragging the biggest tree possible-  his feigned horror at the size of tree..' well, we'll just have to cut a hole in the ceiling' - giggles and squeals of delight.

Xmas tree decorating night- carols are played, 'cocktails' drunk. Decorations remembered and reminisced, a collection of 23 years, some made by little hands, others bought, a few given- all treasured. 
The tree no longer hangs bottom heavy,  the kids now reach taller than me- dad places the fairy on the top, and we exclaim - 'It's our best tree yet' we do every year!

Xmas eve dinner, turkey, ham, lamb and tongue- too much? Never! 
A full table, at first fumbling little hands to help me lay it, name cards to decorate- now, near adult and expert at the job, advice is given- 'too much mom- less is more' as they take charge.

Thankfully, we still have a little xmas angel at the table to find the lucky money in the pudding-  again?!
 and when we hear Santa's sleigh bells approaching, followed by a thud on the roof  - it's now expertly executed by my kids for the delight of younger- actually ........for the delight of everyone.


  1. Beautifully written.

    What a lovely and lucky family.

    xo Jane

    Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks Jane- it's the mommy who's lucky :)

      Wishing you a fabulous New Year! x

  2. Sounds like the perfect Christmas to me. I'm sure it was lovely and merry, what else could it possibly be? Happy New Year Karen.

    1. Thanks Amelia- Cheers to a fabulous New Year!


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