This year we'll wake up at home, be at my parents Christmas Day afternoon and stay over and then be at my in laws Boxing Day. This year I'm trying to be organised and Ive wrapped verything ive bought so far. Finlay has quite a few bits for Christmas on my list. We've decided to get him a little wooden kitchen as his main present and will be getting a wooden table and chair set from Ikea. Apart from that he'll be having books, some art materials, Duplo and thistle bricks, a new duvet set, a plastic lawnmower and some cars, and probably some accessories to go with the kitchen. Seeing everything we've bought already, it looks ridiculous . It's so easy to go over the top, and already I've struck a few things off the list as i was getting carried away. We've tried to buy things that he'll play with a lot in the winter, and hopefully for a few years to come - plus practical things like the bed linen. So far we've bought on promotions and gradually. I scour tk maxx and the supermarkets. It's been more fun as well. It was hard last year combining Christmas traditions. We both want to pass on things from our childhood to Finlay. Some things work well (like Christmas pjs) and some don't like our Christmas pillowcase vs stocking debate! We've also decided to create our own. We decided on F's first Christmas that we'd like him to choose an ornament, and build up a Christmas collection. Last year he picked a snow globe and this year a musical nutcracker (its a little drummer). Feeling festive already!
It made me laugh at the stocking vs pillow case....my family have always done pillowcases. We have decided that our Christmas tradition is that we will use a pillowcase for all the present from us and the family. That will go in his room. We will then have a stocking by the fireplace that we will fill with little presents (were thinking a book, chococlate money, a christmas jumper etc.) and these won't have labels on and will be from Father Christmas.
We've already bought our main present for Elliot, it's a little keyboard on a stand. We had already decided this is what we wanted to get him, then we saw it was 70% off in sainsburys so bonus! I don't think well get him anything from else...just the stocking presents
Yay for festiveness! Last year we resolved it that the main present was from Father Christmas, all big -ish presents from us go into the pillow case (his mum has stitched his name on it) and all small presents go in the stocking from Father Christmas. At the moment that will be hanging downstairs but next year it'll probably be in his room. It was hard mostly because his family don't do small stocking type presents - where we have a stocking filled with socks, bubble bath, hair bands - that sort of thing, and everything else under the tree. I like seeing presents under the tree. In his family all presents went into the pillowcase in their bedroom and only family presents under the tree.
Sounds like you've got Elliot a great present. I hope to see a photo with him playing with it. It makes sense not to go mad, especially while they're little. F will be 19mths at Christmas and I think a lot of his toys will need putting away for the next baby. As it is, he mostly plays with his garage, bricks and books. Hardly anything else comes out of the toy box. Time to move from toys to sit down activities I think.
Love all the Christmas talk! We are just getting Kellan a few little things. So far, I have a small list going but haven't bought anything. It's got stuff like a shape sorter, stacking rings, discovery ball or block and his big present of the Fisher Price Fun with Friends table (which is in the background of Hands Halloween pic!). And a few stocking stuffers too.
We didn't get to BD last night. I was too sleepy. Oh well. No biggie. We are just NTNP and AF has not even returned yet.
We are going to stay here for Christmas and since our families really don't buy Dexter too many things, we go overboard ... hahaha
Tori on the other hand has been ignoring us for over a month, so she might not get anything from us this year, which is too sad.
Snow - Dex loves that table... I hope Kellan does too.
I think we are done with Christmas presents now though... and just waiting till closer to time before wrapping them. Our major holiday tradition that takes a lot of time is creating the scavenger hunt... which I definitely haven't started working on yet.
It gives me a headache, but watching the family run around on Christmas morning is so worth it. I've never heard of the pillow case tradition before. Interesting... though I agree.. I like seeing the presents all in one place.
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