A simpler Christmas

I LOVE CHRISTMAS. Sorry for shouting. But it’s just the best flipping time of year. I love the cosiness, I love making (really bad but I’m super eager) wreaths, I love the films, the food, the general festive cheer (okay less so, but I wanted three ‘f’s for the sake of alliteration, dahling) I love dressing my children up in festive fancy dress. I love buying a Christmas tree, I LOVE decorating said Christmas tree. Also, side note, it has to be a real one. I really don’t think we can be friends if you’re a fake tree kinda gal. Soz babes.

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But (and its a big but) I am not a fan of the pressure. Is it just me or is the pressure growing every year?

Are you making your children an elaborate, thought out Christmas Eve box?

Have you bought everyone new matching pyjamas?

Have you got a pile of exciting presents under the tree?

Have you, your children and your dog each got an Advent Calendar to open?

Have you bought yourself a new Christmas Day outfit?

Have you got that ruddy Elf on the shelf that you have to remember to move every night?

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Maybe it’s just me but it all makes me want to curl up in a ball in the corner and wait till Christmas has gone. I can’t keep up. I just can’t keep up.

But do you know, I don’t want to keep up. We all have our different ways of celebrating and that’s great! There’s definitely no judgement here. I just hate the pressure that people feel to live up to the filtered Christmas’ they see online.

This year my sister is visiting from Zimbabwe. She moved there 7 years ago and lives there with her husband and 4 children. It’s the first time they've all been to the UK together, as the adoption of their eldest son has finally gone through.

So this Christmas is set to be the best one yet. By a long way. Like an incomparable way. This Christmas we are having allthefamilytime.

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We’re hybernating at my parent’s house in Norfolk for a good 2 weeks. There are minimal presents, no Christmas Eve boxes, no creepy shelf lurking Elf and no jazzy new outfits. But there’s going to be a lot of Charades and country walks and time for all the cousins to get to know each other and time to catch up with my precious sisters and time to just. be.

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A lot of people have asked for present ideas. I suppose people with similar age children (Jet 2 1/2 and Nova 9 months) wanting inspiration for what to buy their little ones.

I can’t create a gift guide for you because it would be wildly disappointing! We’ve bought Nova a little Xylophone and Jet a new puzzle. And I know they’ll both be thrilled. I’ll also put together a little, simple stocking. A few wooden cars for Jet, a few teething toys for Nova and a little snack or two for both of them.

And that’s it. Maybe I’m the world’s most boring parent. But this year, I’m kind of okay with that title. I don’t want to compete for the shiniest Christmas.

I want simple. I want calm. I want peace. I want family.



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Big love x