Christmas was everything I thought it would be! It always is, yet I can’t help but feel all the stress and anxieties building up! Usually Mark and I hold back all the boys gifts to wrap on Christmas Eve. It was something I thought he enjoyed, he thought it was something I enjoyed. You can see the problem there right? Both of us hated it, the stress of getting the boys to sleep knowing we had a whole night of wrapping along with the usual Christmas Eve prep.
So this year we changed it and on the run up to Christmas we wrapped as we went. All except the stocking fillers and the single present from Santa. Which thankfully ended up being Lego, it was the only thing they had all asked him for. So before we went to bed we quickly sorted the gifts into a pile for each child, plus a family pile. Then of course we needed to eat the mince pie, munch on the carrot and drink the milk! It was unusual for us to be in bed and asleep by 10.30pm.
Both Mark and I woke every so often and neither wanted to admit we were excited. However at 6.50am the screeches of “He’s been!!!” was the confirmation we were waiting for. Both of us sat bolt upright waiting for them to come into our room, like we usually do, to unwrap their stockings. That was what I love about Christmas, watching their faces, seeing the excitement, remembering what it was like when I was younger! Once their stockings were unwrapped and they put their pj’s on we went downstairs. One of the things that was instilled in me when I was child was to have a notebook and pen ready. We love sending thank you notes, but in the whole fun an craziness of Christmas we can sometimes forget who bought what. It rarely happens but it has in the past.
It didn’t take long for the boys to unwrap all their gifts. Mark and I kept back their main present so they could open that one later. We both knew as soon as they saw what it is they will all want to play with it! We also knew that Mark’s mum had bought them the a game which needed our main gift to be able to play it! So after an hour break we decided to let them open it. The look on their faces were priceless!
Once the xbox was opened we had a few visitors come over. Then I set about to cook our epic Christmas Dinner! The one meal I really love cooking!
Our afternoon was very much a relaxed affair. The boys played with their new toys whilst Mark set up and installed the various Xbox games they received. I sat back and just enjoyed watching my family spending time together. I am really looking forward to 2019!