Thanks for hopping over from The Mad House of Cats and Babies and welcome to my post for the 3rd Day of #12daysofparenting. Full details of the event and it’s giveaways can be found on the 12DAYSPAGE and all entries to be completed via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
Christmas has always been a family, child focussed event in our household. Until the age of 11 I was the eldest of 3, and then my parents delivered a new baby to the household so there was always a small person seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child really makes it mean something special.
My parents were never really the type of people to go to adult parties, so we spent most of the holidays visiting family (who also had children). Christmas morning was always focussed on us opening gifts and mum and dad cooking dinner.
I was 19 when I had my first Christmas with my baby, so I seemed to seamlessly slip into my mother’s roll. My partner had also come from a family where Christmas was a child orientated affair which made things simpler. I had no interest in leaving my children with babysitters so I’m glad that I was never asked to defend my choice to focus on them. My partner’s family attend mass on Christmas eve, so we now attend with them, only in our own parish these days.
The main difference that becoming a parent has had on my holidays is that we spend a lot of it visiting either my parents or my partners. I also have to plan in advance such as shopping and gift buying, but all in all, not much had changed.
A few years ago we made the decision to spend Christmas day in our own home as the Children could be in their own environment, much like my childhood. Since Penny is about to celebrate her second Christmas we are still very much child centred and I love it! Elf on the shelf /crafts /cooking /days out / Santa visits and more.
Perhaps one day we will try the glam Christmas party scene, but for now I am happy to wear cheesy hats and party dances with the kids 🙂
Today’s code word is: Velcro
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