Advent Calendars


So it has officially begun;  the count down to Christmas and #blogmas.   I must be crazy attempting #blogmas as I wasn’t very good at #blogtober and have not prepared at all for this.  So no lessons learnt there!  It was quote fun though, to try to write to someone elses suggestions and so I am giving it a go!  Starting with today’s idea of writing about Advent Calendars.  If you want to find out more about #blogmas, read some other bloggers contributions or join in yourself then head over to CALENDAR


Advent is here and there is no officially no denying that Christmas is coming.  We started to decorate the house today and it does already look like a glitter mountain and a fairy light factory had a few drinks and got frisky!!  Also why do I feel the need to burn endless candles at this time of year?  The house is stinking of cinnamon and mulled wine right now – unfortunately not of the drinking variety.  I wouldn’t normally do the tree this early as I usually get a real tree and they just look dreadful by Christmas Day if they go up super early.  However, next Friday we are hosting parents drinks for the year one class so I thought I’d best get in the spirit and start chucking up that glitter!

I might sound a bit Christmas grinchy so I do apologise, but the kids sucked every bit of fun out of tree decorating as they were tired so they just weren’t really in the right frame of mind for it.    They have all been really quite unwell this week so it might just have been a bit much for them.  Anyway it was a bit hectic to say the least so I ended up having a glass of wine and slapping on the Christmas tunes to try and up the festive cheer about the place. 

I actually feel a little bit ‘blah’ about Christmas this year and I think that is just because this term (since September) seems to have gone by so fast.  You know the drill; I have been running along on the treadmill of getting everyone where they need to be at the right time and I just don’t stand still enough.  It has felt like time is passing me by and I don’t like that feeling.  I just want to hold onto every minute with these crazy little people and yet to steal the words of ABBA its seems like they are slipping through my fingers sometimes….

With that in mind I really want to make sure that we take every opportunity to make memories for the kids.   Christmas is such a time steeped in tradition and it is always the small things that evoke memories.  I love that as a parent and a family we are now creating our own traditions.  This all starts with advent and putting up the calendars.  It is of course also when those damn elves arrive, but that is quite another matter… 

My kids have the most beautiful hand made advent calendars that my mum made for them.  They make the best decorations too so they are downstairs.  I couldn’t trust them with chocolate in their rooms anyway.  December the 24th would totally arrive on the 1st December if I did that.  


This year the kids also choose to spend some of their gift money from their great nanny on Playmobil and Lego Advent calendars so they are getting a little gift everyday.  I have always stayed away from these in the past, but they saw them and wanted to buy them so I agreed.  Let’s see how it goes….

As for the rest of Advent we have loads of fun things coming up and with 4 kids there is an absolute mass of Christmas performances, nativities and parties to get through so I am such the festive excitement will be through the roof before long.  Tomorrow will be the first mass of advent and then there is a whole school mass on Monday (my kids are at Catholic School) which is just lovely and never fails to bring a tear to my eye.  There is something just beautiful about kids singing at Christmas time so I am really looking forward to that.  After that I just can’t wait until the Christmas holidays start so we can all just hide out at home and have some fun family time.   In the meantime I will be trying to keep up with #blogmas and am looking forward to the challenge and to getting myself into the Christmas spirit.  Expect craft posts, ideas of how we decorate our home and Christmas party planning.  I hope you enjoy xx

Me Becoming Mum


4 thoughts on “Advent Calendars”

  1. I know what you mean about slipping through your fingers. If only time stood still for a while. It only seems like a couple of years ago that my eldest was little dancing around helping me decorate it, shes 21 now and is spending her first Christmas in her own home 🙁 #blogmas2018

    1. Oh don’t!! I can hardly bear the thought of them leaving home. Although ask me again at 8:45am when they are supposed to be leaving for school and I might feel differently!

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