In case you haven’t already guessed – I love Christmas!
I think I’m a bit odd though as I look forward to Christmas Eve more than the big day itself. I’m not sure if it’s the anticipation for the day ahead or if it’s just because we have a set routine on Christmas Eve that I love and look forward to.
We get up when we get up and have home made pancakes for breakfast followed by a trip to the cinema usually to see a Christmassy film. This year we’re having some lovely friends and their children round for a couple of hours in the afternoon so we’re not going to the pictures but we’ll be playing lots of Christmas games and music while they’re here as well as having the first of many Christmas party buffets!
At lunchtime, we turn on the computer and watch Santa and his reindeer setting off on the NORAD website. We usually keep this on all day and keep popping back to check where he’s at. It’s actually really interesting to see the places he’s been to and to learn a little bit about them.
Our afternoon is usually spent with a quick trip to the shops to get whatever I’ve forgotten (there’s always something) and then it’s time for Mr Frugal to get in the kitchen with the kids to bake something to leave our for Santa. It’s the one day of the year when he bakes with them and they love it, even when he starts to take over as he’s a bit of a perfectionist on the rare times that he does cook! They usually make something simple like cookies or fairy cakes and they never come out looking like they should but that’s not really the point is it?
It’s then Christmas movie time – Santa Claus and Elf are our favourite Christmas Eve films and you’ll find us snuggled up on the settee with blankets and selection boxes for the next few hours.
Bath time’s next and involves lots of bubbles and laughter. The pyjama fairy usually comes while they’re in the bath and she leaves a pair of new pyjamas for each of them under the tree which they put on along with their dressing gowns ready to go and sprinkle the reindeer dust on the path outside the house.
We then play a few games until we see that Santa is getting close to the UK when it’s time to quickly rush to bed to make sure they’re asleep before he gets here.
As soon as the little people are in bed, we finish wrapping any last minute presents up and then sit back with a Baileys and a Christmas film. Before we go to bed, we fill the stockings on the children’s bedroom doors and bring all the pressies downstairs ready for the next day. Last thing is a bite out of the cookie we’ve left out for Santa (my job) and a bite out of the reindeer’s carrot (his job).
I’m so excited and can’t wait to start mt Christmas Eve….
Happy Christmas Eve 😉