We Survived our 1st Christmas…

I know there have been many people who have been intrigued and curious and indeed wishing us well in our 1st Christmas together, so thought it was only fitting that I write something to let you know…

Interestingly we have our own traditions that Yve and I have developed as we have gone through the years, in light of wee man and girly girl being with us this year it has been interesting for Yve and I to challenge them and also to think about new ones that we will have as a family. Yve is incredibly organised and frugal with the pennies and had all the deals spotted online etc and then we just collected them all as we went along. They were all wrapped and stored by about the Wednesday pre-Christmas, even ones that we were asked to buy for family to save on postage were done as well. So as far as prepared for Christmas presents wise we were all sorted.

Christmas dinner was Honey Roast Ham as done by me and that has become a tradition of what Yve and I have as our Christmas meal, that didn’t change. Girly girl has been exceptionally well behaved pre during and now after as well. Wee man on the other hand has not been at all, and we really can’t fathom why?? Couple of times on the naughty step for him on Christmas Day alone, mostly for very poor behaviour and being rude and ungrateful about the gifts.

There was a pile from ‘Santa’ on the couch for the pair of them complete with stockings and then we worked our way through the under the tree piles. They didn’t get up too early, their normal Saturday morning time which is about 0730/0800. Not the ‘expected’ 5 in the morning excited, I must go downstairs now type mood, very subdued and controlled. We got up fairly promptly after them and began to build the excitement of going downstairs to see if Santa had been. Girly girl doesn’t really believe but wee man certainly does. Carrot half chewed (by Honey), reindeer food all gone, cookies, milk and banana all eaten (by me/Yve) water in bowl for reindeer poured down the sink…

We were prepared for the day just to be what it would be, there have been times at Christmas in their past that things have not been good and we are aware that there may be other activities or incidents that we don’t know about that could spark off a reaction or trigger a memory so keep it cool and roll with the punches so to speak… We got Santa Presents out the way, had breakfast and then dressed etc, back down for Mum and Dad presents, then some ‘building’/play time was required, then we had lunch/snack, then we opened another few from my family side, more ‘building’/play time, Skype with some of the rellies. Then make dinner while Yve took the dog and the kids out. After dinner we polished off the rest of the rellies and friends presents from under the tree. All in all we managed to get all the presents opened on Christmas day which was quite good really, considering there was a lot.

For wee man it has been a Chuggington and Fireman Sam Christmas, for Girly girl it has been a definite Sylvannian Families Christmas. Both have been so lovely and we have taken many pictures so we’ll be sharing them soon, memory making it has certainly been and the day was punctuated with the quote ‘best Christmas ever’ mostly from girly girl.

It has been very chilled and relaxing for us all, definitely the kind of Christmas we needed, just to let it be what it would be was the order of the day, shame that we couldn’t have other family with us or be there with them, but this was really about solidifying what Christmas will be like for the Micro Abbott family, and that was/is important. Have we cracked it? Never do I believe that we have cracked this parenting lark; Christmas or otherwise, what we have done is the best we could as we felt was appropriate and right at the time. Would we have done anything differently? Yes; we would have saved more during the year for Christmas and remembered to buy batteries!!