It was a whirlwind wasn’t it? All that build up, and then, just like that, it was over. We kept Christmas low key this year – just a few, simple decorations spotted around the house, including a potted Christmas tree, (only 3 foot tall), which now resides in the garden. We took a restrained approach to present giving too, especially for the kids. It felt good not to get swept away with it all. My instagram feed was full of home baked biscuits, iced xmas houses, pine garlands, dried cranberry chains and beautifully hand wrapped presents in the weeks running up to the big day… and whilst it can be tempting to dip a toe into that space, I just didn’t have the energy or the inclination this year.
It was our first Christmas with a baby in the family that I didn’t grow in my belly! My delicious nephew, just a few weeks old, indulged my broodiness. Seeing my children holding him was the best present ever. At almost 5 and almost 3 years old, Raff and Elsie are at that magical age for this holiday. It started with them writing letters to Santa in early December and culminated in two wriggly little bodies, laying out mince pies, brandy and a carrot for rudolph on Xmas Eve. Seeing their excitement bubble over made this a very special Christmas for me as their ma.
In-between seeing all the corners of our families, we stole away a quiet few days just the four of us. We adopted a slower pace – leisurely, morning baths for the children, frosty winter walks, afternoon movies, playdoh at the kitchen table, and plenty of snuggly moments, curled up with our christmas books under a blanket.
Here are a few pictures that sum it all up. I hope you all enjoyed much merriment, love and celebrations with your families x