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For me, the beginning of December marks the start of our Christmas countdown. Our Christmas traditions, as a family, have grown and developed over the past few years, and now I feel like we do some set things every year, without fail. It’s nice to have these traditions, which the children get used to and look forward to, and I am excited to share them with my family again this December.
Decorating the Tree
Last year we had a real tree for the first time and it was a real game changer for me. I loved everything about the real tree and I knew I would want one again this year. Luckily I have been working with Pines and Needles, who have a pop up shop in Boscombe, with a range of trees of varying heights to choose from.
We went for a 7ft tree, which is standing in pride of place in our living room, waiting for us to decorate it this evening, as the children weren’t around at the weekend when we picked it out. I love to decorate the tree with the kids, as it is a time to get really festive, whack the Christmas playlist on, have some hot chocolate and follow it up with a festive movie to snuggle up with whilst the lights twinkle on the tree – can’t wait!
It is a little expensive, but we have been getting Lego advent calendars for the past few years and the children absolutely love them. Cameron has the Harry Potter Lego one, and Carly has the Lego City. Ed has the Lego Star Wars, as he is just a big kid at heart, and Benjamin has the Paw Patrol advent calendar this year. I go for a Beauty advent calendar instead and this year I was quick enough to order the Boots No7 calendar, which is incredible.
If you haven’t got your advent calendar yet, there’s still time to buy one! You can check out my favourite alternative advent calendars to get some inspiration!
A Visit to the Panto
We go every year to the panto, and this time we will be going a little earlier than usual, with a trip to see Aladdin at the Pavilion in Bournemouth on 10th December with BH Live Tickets. I can’t wait to watch it with the kids, who always get really into the audience participation. It is going to be a magical night out.
Christmas Tree Wonderland
Christmas Tree Wonderland is back in Bournemouth this year and I am planning on heading back with the kids this December as our first visit at the end of last month was a bit too wet for us to appreciate all the pretty lights and decoration.
The trail is lovely and free to visit, although you can make a proper day/night of it with a visit to SKATE, or the observation wheel overlooking the pier. There are also plenty of Christmas market stalls and the Alpine bar to visit in the town centre before or after your visit to the trail. We love going along each year, and I hope that Bournemouth continue this new tradition for many years to come.
Writing our Christmas Lists
The children love writing out their Christmas Wishlist for Santa. I encourage them to write it nice and early, so that it can get sent out in time to get a reply from the man himself. If you would like to do the same, you can send your lists addressed to Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ by 6th December.
A Visit to Santa
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to visit Santa. We have been to a variety of different grottos locally in the past few years and I always loved going to our local garden centre for breakfast with Santa, but they closed down, meaning we had to find an alternative.
Last year we went to Hoburne, but this year I have booked to go to Adventure Wonderland, where they also include use of the soft play area, and a panto, with the ticket price. I will report back, although we are going just before Christmas so it might not be any use for this year!
Christmas Dinner with Family
We always have dinner with my mum and nan, but this year we have invited along Ed’s parents as well, and my sister and her boyfriend are also coming along, so it will be a house full and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Christmas is all about family, and I am so fortunate to spend it with my own.
Do you have Christmas traditions with your family? I’d love to hear what yours are in the comments.