Being out of the country for the start of Advent has left me somewhat not in the Christmas mood. Also I find it really difficult since my Mum died two years ago on Christmas Eve. However, it is really important to me to keep the magic alive for the boys for as long as I possibly can.
One of the ways I do this is to have a number of traditions that we do each year. The boys look forward to them and it really helps me find joy in the small things.
So far this year, we have spend Saturday evening putting up our Christmas Tree. Each year we get the boys to buy a new ornament and putting the tree up is a real trip down memory lane for us all. We talk about when each decoration is from and what it means to us. Also a lot of the decorations were my mums, so we talk about Christmas past when I was growing up. Also the boys were both gifted a Christmas ornament as a Christening gift by a dead friend who is no longer with us, so each year they place that on the tree and remember her kindness and love. We have been busy looking at the fab christmas lights at ukchristmasworld.com for when the time comes to replace our outdoor lights.
So I want to share some of our decorations with you and show you what they mean to us.
- The cross stick stocking was done by me as a child and it still has the original chocolate coins in it and came off my mums tree.
- Happy Grinchmas 2013, we brought this back from Florida.
- Bead ornament was brought back from South Africa over 10 years ago.
- Delft ornament was given to me by Mum when she visited Holland.
- The small nativity was my mums and she always placed it on top of the TV, so do I.
- The Guardian Angel was given to me by Mum
- The boys made the pine cone decoration
- The Tinkerbell decoration was bought for my Mum by my SIL.
- The 2000 is self explanatory!
- The boys and me made the spool ornament.