Monday 29 December 2014

Christmas....that's it for another year!

I hope you've all had a brilliant Christmas - ours has been quiet, but fun. And filled with LOTS of new toys...and the mess that brings with it!! 

Our Christmas week kicked off with a toddler party hosted by my friend Becky. It was pretty chaotic - lots of toddlers ,lots of toys, lots of food, lots of friends and topped off by a visit from the man himself, Father Christmas! We have a large group of friends (we all met at our under ones group back in 2013) and we decided to do Secret Santa for the kids. We all bought one present that was suitable for girl/boy and then each toddler got given a pressie from Father Christmas. It was great fun and Elliot loved playing with his friends - he also enjoyed the bowl of chocolate coins on the food table and every time I looked at him he was cramming one in his mouth!! (Like mother like son...!!)

We spent Christmas Eve evening celebrating with my husband's family and it was nice for Elliot to spend some time with his cousins. Before we got there though we managed to spot Father Christmas flying over my parent's house - I'm not sure Elliot really understood but for a second even I forgot it was the ISS!! It was a magical moment and definitely worth standing out in the freezing cold for ;)

Before bedtime we made sure to leave goodies out for Father Christmas - a mince pie for him and a carrot for Rudolf. I asked Elliot what drink Father Christmas would like and he couldn't decide between beer and coffee (!!) but we went with whiskey in the end. The good stuff too....only the best for Father Christmas!

Christmas morning started at 7.30am for us so not too early and Elliot was very excited to find a stocking full of little presents on his bed. After ripping them open with lots of "Ooohs!!" he ran into the lounge to see that Father Christmas had been! The look on his face was priceless and he was so excited at the pile of presents for him. He loved his Scuttlebug and spent ages whizzing around on it!

We had a lovely Christmas dinner cooked by my husband (he does the best roasts!!) and then spent the afternoon celebrating with my family. Elliot was thoroughly spoilt and got so many lovely presents. He was particularly keen on the farm and animals and his Grandad had to open this ASAP! 

Christmas was extra special this year as both my sisters were home. My middle sister spent last Christmas on a ship in the middle of the Antarctic volunteering for Sea Shepherd so this year was very different for her and I think she was very happy to be having a Christmas on dry land! 

My mum did a buffet spread for tea and this is my favourite bit of Christmas. I love all my family being together having a laugh and you can't beat a bit of party food! We all ate too much but there was still room for some of Mum's Christmas cake :) 

After over indulging over the Christmas period, we felt the need to get out for a walk but unfortunately Boxing Day the weather was terrible. Luckily the following day was cold, crisp and dry (well for a short time anyway!). We wrapped up warm and went for a walk along one of our favourite places, Poole Quay. The views out across the harbour are lovely and it always makes me so grateful to live somewhere as beautiful as Dorset! 

What were your Christmas highlights? 
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  1. Merry Christmas! What a lovely family celebration. I loved the idea of a toddlers' Christmas party! The pictures are so cute and I'm really taken with the Gruffalo hat in the last ones.
    Best wishes from Italy,

    Rossi |

    1. Merry Christmas to you too! Thank you for the lovely comment, Elliot loves his Gruffalo hat! x

  2. What a lovely post and a great time. The cakes look fab and the dinner yummy. You christmas walk looks absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for linking up to #TinselTuesdays :)

  3. Would love to say the cake was homemade but my mum bought it in the co-op...shh! xx


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