20 October 2014

A CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN


I know it may seem a little early to talk about the joys of Christmas – indulge me a little here – but last night as we sat down with our diaries and worked out what the next nine weeks would look like, it's pretty clear that Christmas will soon be on our doorstep.

As these darker nights draw in and a cool chill hits the air, I can't help but let my mind wander to the twinkly season ahead. F has already started asking when it will be time for us to get a tree as the shops start to stock advents and snow filled trinkets in the countdown to Christmas.

As a child the excitement was almost too much to bear, with everything geared around a visit from the big man himself. I remember all the years spent at my Nanna's house, where the neighbourhood children would run out of their doors at the first sign of snow. Even if it was past our bedtime we would emerge wrapped up, smuggling our PJ's out in the cold air for a quick snowball fight before our parents would call time and we were wrestled back inside to sleep.

Even thought we don't have much snow these days, I am still the same now as I was then. As the first flakes fall I am always ready and raring to go, no matter what time the clock says, I'm ready to leave the first impressions in a blanket of white.

And don't get me started on the tree! The annual hike to find the perfect Norwegian pine to sit with through the cold winter days, keep us full of cheer with its winking lights and nostalgic decorations, each holding a memory of its own.


There are so many elements that makes Christmas special for most people: the tree, the food, the presents, family and friends, but for me it's Christmas Eve that holds my heart, not the presents or indulgence of the day itself, but the magic that all children know and most adults forget. It's the belief that something wonderful is about to happen, that people hearts are warmed and a smile touches most faces, friendly hellos in the street and the togetherness the season brings.

I read this book to F every year, and every year I cry when I read it, nothing captures the spirit of Christmas so beautifully and if you ask me I'll tell you, I believe in the spirit of Christmas and the old man himself, and like an old fable carried down through the years, I will pass this on to F and hope he carries the magic in his heart.

In the hopes to make Christmas truly magical for F and give him wonderful memories to look back on, this is my entry for a chance to win a trip to Lapland with Transun for our little family.


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22 comments

  1. Gosh, you look incredibly like your Nanna, at first glance I thought it was you! She is also a very youthful looking grandma :)

    Lovely post....my son informed me yesterday it was 67 days until Christmas, not long now :)

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    1. Bless you! That is actually me and my mum :) yeah we do look quite alike. I must admit I'm getting quite excited for Christmas :) x

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  2. Ooh all that snow made me shiver a bit! I'm still getting used to the end of Summer...but I do love Christmas and the thought of all the excitement building does bring a smile to my face! Such a magical time of year.

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    1. I think autumn is my favourite but I still get super excited for Christmas. X

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  3. I'm feeling so ready for Christmas now, I've already started buying presents which is completely out of character. I'm going to order the book you linked to now! x

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    1. Oh let me know what you think of the book! I love it x

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  4. Look like your mum, much? Wow, good genes! Lovely post, can't wait for Christmas either!

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    1. Haha thanks :) I know I've even started getting excited about decorations x

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  5. Ah love that photo of you and your mum, she's gorgeous! Good luck, hope you win! x

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    1. Thanks she is definitely a beauty bless her x

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  6. Ahhh bless what a gorgeous post. I absolutely love Christmas time it's my favorite of all year, not just because my birthday is the day after either. lol Its such a magical time and now with the kiddos its even more exciting. Love the video. :)

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    1. Ooh Christmas and birthday fun! How exciting. I'm so getting excited about it all x

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  7. Wow your Mum is beautiful Lori! And looks just like you! x

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  8. Love the video of F, and he has the BEST trousers on! I'm quite excited for Christmas this year, I've decided not to set myself any unattainable crafting targets and just enjoy the festive period!

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  9. i'm not a huge christmassy person, but i love this!

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  10. Love the video, such a cutey pie! I'm getting really excited for Christmas this year, i've big plans! Hope you win, it would be an awesome memory to keep!

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  11. too much cute!! F chatting about Christmas, F as a toddler and OMG you and your mum! I can't wait for xmas, I think having a child reignites that for you again. Love it x

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  12. cute!!! I love christmas especially now I have kiddos xx

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  13. Oh I love this post and F looks so much younger and what a cutie - and wow you look so much like your mother, what a great photo. I think the 9 weeks will fly by and it very much started to pop up in my mind

    Laura x

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  14. As others have said, you look so much like your mum!! Loved that little video of F. So cute! We're on the countdown to Christmas too. I haven't entered as the visa situation would be annoying for me. Hope you win!

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