Our Christmas Traditions

I think one of the most ‘interesting’ about having a family of your own is that you have two lots of experiences to collate and decide what you do and don’t want to carry on doing. It seems like my family had quite a few more traditions at Christmas than the hubby’s so a lot are my suggestions (plus, I’m usually the one taking in charge to do them – I love traditions and I love Christmas!

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  • One thing we do each year is to do some Christmas baking for others. This is something I did growing up and then we’d deliver them to others and it was always more fun when you just drop it at the door, knock and then runaway. Generally it is trickier to do the whole running away thing with the little ones but we get our bake on, traditionally mince pies, wrap them up and deliver them. I hope the kids grow up loving to do this, as I did.

 

  • Another thing that we started to do when I was a teenager was unwrapping a present on Christmas Eve. When Mr U and I started dating I introduced that tradition to his family too – what’s not to love? So we have carried this on in our own family too. Generally it is pyjamas but we don’t always stick to that.

 

  • When we decorate the tree and around the house, we have to have certain Christmas songs on. Il Divo’s version of O Holy Night has to play, along with Mariah Carey’s All I want For Christmas and Mr Buble’s Christmas album. Who knows what albums will be out in a few years down the line but Mariah’s absolute tune will never be out of fashion in my eyes! We always watch Home Alone as well. I’m not sure if that is traditionally Christmassy or not, but we love it.

 

  • This was something that hubby and I didn’t agree on at first as we grew up with different things. He grew up with having a small stocking in his room from Father Christmas and he would open that without his parents. I grew up with all of our presents in the living room, all from Father Christmas and we all opened together. We have kind of merged the two and decided that there will be a small stocking from Father Christmas but we want to see them open everything so that will be downstairs with their other gifts from us, under the tree. I can’t imagine opening my Santa presents sat in my room by myself. Apparently is was to let their parents have a slight lie in ha.

 

  • The Queen’s Speech – now I can’t say I’ve always paid attention but we always have it on. I’m a bit of a Royalist (I love you Kate) and I think it is just quintessentially British, so why not?

 

  • Christmas morning will usually start reading the Christmas story from the bible so we can start the day off the right way. I want my kids to grow up knowing the real reason for the season and not just expecting presents. The giving of gifts is definitely more important than the receiving. We love to get a real Christmas tree too :)

 

  • Boxing Day is another family oriented day. We never go to the Boxing Day sales, I couldn’t think of anything worse. More time with family and a classic buffet. I love just prolonging the festivities. Family time is the best.

What are some of your Christmas traditions? I think quite a lot of people have similar ones so would be fun to hear something quirky!

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Rebecca x

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The Gift

At Christmas time we can very caught up in the little things like have you got enough gravy for the turkey, do you need new tree ornaments or have you bought enough for everyone? This little video is just a reminder that the real reason for the season can’t be bought.

 

Merry Christmas!

Rebecca x

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KangaWrap Review & Giveaway

I have heard such good things about using slings with your little ones. Baby wearing is something I am a fan of (even if the term makes me cringe), but we have only ever had a front carrier style option. These are fine when they’re bigger, but not as snug or cosy for when they are smaller, so I was excited to try out a sling from KangaWrap baby wraps.

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First of, I was so impressed at how soft it is! The fabric is organic cotton and it is really soft so I know it is comfy for my daughter. It comes in a drawstring case too which is most useful for when you are out and about and need to put it in your bag. There are also some very clear and useful instructions so you can get the hang of how to ‘wrap’. After a few goes though, I had the hang of it and didn’t need the instructions.

Chloe got on well in the wrap and I could tell she enjoyed being in the sling when we were out and about (so much more snug and warm than a pushchair). It was a result when she was in it and I was doing the housework – she would instantly fall asleep whenever I vacuumed with her in it! It feels secure, which I was worried about, but as long as I’ve tied it up tight enough, it is sturdy and holds Chloe perfectly. It has been a massive help recently too as Chlo has been full of cold and rather clingy. I’ve been able to get things done, still have her close and have my hands free.

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I think these will be absolutely perfect for newborns ( great for discreet breastfeeding), and beyond! Chloe is 8 months and still fits pretty snuggly inside. Her weight spreads evenly too so it feels much comfier to wear than a carrier type that I have used previously. The wraps can be used right up to toddler age (15kg) if you want to.

They are priced at £44.99 which you might think is a bit pricey, but for price-per-wear I think it is totally reasonable, you would get lots of wear out of it. Plus, all their profits go to maternity care in Delhi slums – bonus.

I love the wrap and am so pleased we now have one – I will be using it often. I completely recommend it and I love that the hubby can use it too :)

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See, instant sleepiness, ha!

Now I am offering one of you lovely lot to WIN a fab KangaWrap for yourself!

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The giveaway will run from today 19th December 2014 for three weeks, until 9th January 2015.

Good luck!

Rebecca x

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*I was gifted a KangaWrap in exchange for an honest review – all thoughts are mine. I have received no compensation for running the giveaway.

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Christmas Gifts for Children

If you need another idea for the little ones in your life, then look no further than Mamas & Papas. With such a wide selection from piggy banks and passport covers to rag dolls and rucksacks, there is a huge variety of lovely products, for a huge variety of ages, not just babies.

Here are some of my favourite items:

  • For the Girls:

S79CR41_AAAA_AW14_SPOT_CANVAS_BK_PK_E Girls Ltd Ed Window Print Dress_ _36 - Mamas _amp_ Papas Girls Green Spot T-shirt_ _16 - Mamas _amp_ Papas Patternology Suitcase_ _5_95 - Mamas _amp_ Papas _2_ Patternology Passport Cover Hedgehog_ _6_95 - Mama _amp_ Papas Berry Angel Ragdoll_ _13_95 - Mamas _amp_ Papas

Pink Spot Canvas Rucksack £14 // Window print Dress £36 // Green Polka Dot Top £16 //  Patternology Suitcase £5.95 // Patternology Hedgehog Passport Cover £6.95 // Berry Angel Rag Doll £13.95

  • For the Boys:

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Canvas Rucksack £14 // Red & White Boys Check Shirt £20 // Moustache Muslin £9.95 // Pixie & Finch Picture £22.95 // Patternology Green Piggy Bank £7.95 // Chevron Knitted Blanket £22.95

Rebecca x

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*I was gifted two items from this list, in exchange for the post. All words and thoughts are my own.