This month Center Parcs are offering the chance for more bloggers to become Center Parcs Family Bloggers and this is something that I would really like to do – our little family love UK breaks, spending time together as a family and doing things that we haven’t done before. So Center Parcs have asked us to write about our 12 favourite things about Christmas – as Christmas is less than a week away and I am really in the spirit I’m eager to share with you all the things I love about Christmas.
1. Putting up the tree.
Every year we go together as a family to choose the tree. We wrap up warm and head down to the local Christmas tree farm where we drink hot chocolate and browse decorations while Daddy loads the tree into the car. It really gets us into the Christmas mood.
2. Browsing recipe books.
I sit down before the big Christmas shop and flick through my recipe books picking some great recipes to make and enjoy over the Christmas season.
Following on from above I usually choose some yummy cakes to indulge in over the holidays and I love cooking them (and eating them too!)
4. Driving around looking at Christmas Lights.
We love to wrap up and bundle up in the car in the evening and drive around looking at Christmas lights. There are a couple of houses near us who put on a mega display for charity and it is truly a spectacular sight.
5. Christmas Shopping with the hubby
Remember those child-free days when you and your partner would spend the weekend lazing around, maybe pottering around the shops? Christmas is the one time of year that we can go back to part of that – we set aside one late night evening and hit the shops together. We stop for hot chocolate and cake and enjoy spending some rare valuable time together.
6. No school run
As you will know if you listen to my twitter moans, the school run is not my favourite part of the day. 2 weeks with no school run is absolute bliss for me!
7. Watching Christmas movies
When the weather is cold and miserable what is better than snuggling up with your family under blankets in the warm watching Christmas movies? The worse the film the better – I love the ones on Channel 5 and the 24/7 film channels. Not sure everyone would agree with me though!
8. Christmas Church Services
We are a Christian family and like to remember the ‘true’ meaning of Christmas. My favourite service in our church is on Christmas Eve where they have a crib service for the children. It is so popular they now do two showings and if you are not there early you won’t get a seat. It’s lovely to see so many people in church and to catch up with all our church friends on Christmas Eve.
I’d love to say Christmas was all about family but in truth the pressies are pretty awesome too! Now we are parents we don’t treat ourselves very much, so at Christmas it is nice to get some little treats for us. This year I’m hoping to get a kitchen mixer to help me with all that baking!
10. Christmas dinner
It is not so much the meal that I love but the special-ness of it all. The table is made to look pretty, everyone is happy, there is plenty of yummy food and best of all for me is that the hubby takes control of the kitchen on Christmas day!
Random I know, but I love crackers! We buy loads and have them under the tree in a basket. The girls love pulling them and playing with the little trinkets they get. I have to admit that I am partial to a rubbish joke and in our house christmas cracker hats are compulsory at dinner time!
12. The looks on their little faces
Of course this is every parent’s favourite part of Christmas. It’s what we put in all the effort for. That moment when your child’s face lights up at the magic that Santa has brought. Utterly priceless and easily my favourite thing about Christmas.
These are definitely my favourite things about Christmas, but having read Center Park’s Winter Wonderland expert Nick Oot’s tips I must say that I have been inspired by the tip to wrap up warm and go outside. We are definitely going to try this more this Christmas.
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 December challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat.