Jingle all the way…to Christmas memories

Jingle all the way…to Christmas memories

Christmas is one of the dizziest  times of the year.
Basically most years, other than this one, I have raced about until midnight Christmas Eve like Henny Penny proclaiming the sky is falling searching for gifts.  Rather than focussing on the people and the time with them and the act of giving and doing. And I only say other than this one because this year I haven’t left it all to the final hour. Though it sure is starting to feel like it 🙊🙊

I digress! A lot. 

Photos. Of the Christmas variety…  

I don’t particularly recall official photos at Christmas as a family, unless we went to my grandparents or family members place and we all had them. We probably did and if my mum or dad reads this I could be in trouble 😂🙈 When I met the chap started taking a photo on Christmas Day each year. Usually in the nice things we’re wearing that day. When we take it depends on where we are and what’s happening. 

And now we are 3 we still do that. And I’ve taken photos of E each year to put on family cards. Except this year (sorry guys!!  She didn’t want to dress up so we did a quick one and I’m not sure it’ll be done in time 🙊).  

And each year with E I’ve taken photos to capture the memories…lead up, decorating the tree, making cookies, playing with her tree and of course on the day. The DSLR until she became very mobile and active. All just snaps really. Only 1 or 2 setup shots when she was a baby. For those family Christmas cards I mentioned. This year though for the first time though we’re taking E to see Santa. And get a photo. Cause we’re lucky enough to be going going to Westfield with Chantelle (aka Fat Mum Slim). Yay!!!! Excited much?!?! Yay!! Did I say that?

So I’m wondering, what you all do about photos each year? Are they formal or family snapshots?  Or do you just take snaps leading up to Christmas, putting up the tree and Christmas morning?

And if you do official, what do you clothe yourself and your children in? Do you have to be all fancified and christmassy for your pics???  I’m uber curious about you all. And also, what the heck do you do if your child bursts into tears?! Visiting Santa?

A lot of people are talking ‘official photos’ and matching outfits. I’m not even sure I’d  know how. I’m not good with fancy. I so wish I was. So regretting right now that I didn’t  order that Christmas headband I was going to get 🙈

So photos, capturing memories, enjoying it all and getting things done…all occupying my thoughts at the moment.  

And sharing the lead up with this little. And cleaning out my camera roll on the phone to fit it all in. My phone may crack it soon there are so many shots on there. Oh and that teensy, tiny problem with the advent calendar of course. That one where I didn’t use strong enough tape on my parcels or envelopes and some of them have popped open. I sooo knew I should have spent time learning how to origami envelopes!!

Let me know about how you capture your Christmas. In fact I insist. I’m dying to know. And maybe you can give this Santa visiting newbie some tips. And maybe put together something I can wear? Because I’m having clothes anxiety. 

Hope you’re all enjoying the lead up to Christmas. I am. I really am 😀 I’m sure you’ll hear from me a lot till then!  xx

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Advent. The countdown to Christmas is nigh…

Advent. The countdown to Christmas is nigh…

Sooooo…. In all my crazy wisdom (ie I’m just not wise at all I’ve decided) I felt I could squeeze making an advent calendar into my schedule before Christmas. Not that I have a hectic schedule mind you. Yes we do lots of things here, but hey, we don’t have every hour booked out. 

After deciding this was the way to go I chose to present it on a coat hanger, similar to one I’d seen. It seemed like a great idea at the time. Don’t they all? Because, well, Pinterest and ideas and inspiration and all that. Sometimes it’s best left in my head. I just don’t seem to have a lot of luch transferring some of the things I pin. 

Our little dough decorations is one example.  

They’re perfectly fine really, just forgot to add holes for hanging and they’re not all stamped and some are heavier than others ….and these are the good ones. The others are already in the rubbish. We’ll be making these again and getting rid of the first ones as part of our advent activities 🙈😂 because toddlers and craft. I love to involve E, but quite frankly, I really need to trial some things solo first. It’s not like I’m a professional crafter or even child organiser for that matter 😂

Anyway, advent and the countdown to Christmas. Actually my countdown started a month or two ago. And I’m not done yet. And the cards I set up and photographed to make in September still aren’t created. Nor are they printed. And in the hope of printing them locally, I haven’t found somewhere cheap enough with an acceptable print. So I need to order. And that takes time. I can see December floating by with me in a whirl. And essentially, I’m tiring already and the tree isn’t up. And there are still 24 more days to go. Not counting today. I may not last the distance peeps. 

Our calendar. Well, the one I made. Because we do have two. I just had to make one, I couldn’t just do the purchased one. Nooooo. Anyway, our calendar is now up, finally and just in time to start opening tomorrow. I spent two nights on it, setting it up. And folding paper. And tying it all together. And it doesn’t look exactly the way I’d planned or pictured in my head. But as explained, that can be common with me. Especially when I don’t write down or sketch my plan. But I’m happy with it. And it’ll be more festive when I add some bunting. 

Aaaaaand, the reaction I got from the little this morning when she woke and saw it? 

“What’s that?” – not exactly excitement in her voice. And not what I’d hoped. More like mild distaste, or at least underwhelmed. I’m working with a tough crowd here, getting tougher all the time. 

So I pinned a stack of advent calendar ideas and they’re over at my Pinterest board of the same name. And was sent an idea from a friend about random acts of kindness, that’s now on my board with some others too. So incorporated those, one or two things we’re doing this month, like visiting the Myer windows and looking at their Christmas displays and some regular Christmas things I printed and cut up from A Little Delightful, again something I pinned so you can pop over and see them. Essentially, I used everything for inspiration! Pinterest is fab like that. 

Oh, and I may have tossed in some chocolate too. Because I bought some reindeer chocolates that looked cute. And needed to be eaten. And preferably not by me. As soon as I got home. So there are 2 dates with chocolates and one as a prompt for putting some out for our mailman. Because ours is a man. 

What did I use?? 

  • I didn’t use any of the pegs I’d painted recently for it. I’ll use them for something else.
  • Paper bags and silver, green and red striped twine from The Make Good Co  
  • Little hanging bamboo star and paper tags on all bags and parcels from The Make Good Co
  • Plain twine and musical notepaper my own (paper recycled from florist flowers)
  • Holly paper from a Christmas scrapbook paper set leftover from last year
  • Coat hanger my own 

I just cut twine, stamped tags with numbers, inserted some craft or choc into the bags and hole punched and tied up with a bow or folded paper, taped down and hole punched. I’d intended to use material or origami envelopes. Ahem, timing. Maybe next time. I might start today. 

And I’m all done now, our calendar is  hanging on the wall and ready for use. Hopefully it’ll work. And it won’t fall off the wall 🙈 or get pulled down by the little.  Because I did add a hook for it. 
  

And hopefully I can get some coffee happening before I fall asleep from late night crafting. 

Have a great day xx