Last Christmas, Little Miss was nine months old and didn’t have much idea what was going on. She had a Christmas jumper, Pjs and some books, but all in all, it was just a bit overwhelming for her.
But this year, she’s 21 months and we are raring to go. As her first Proper Christmas, we (I) wanted to introduce the festive season to Little Miss in a special way and start to establish some family traditions.
And so, on Tuesday, Little Miss received her first ever Advent box. Complete with;
- Christmas jumper (John Lewis, £17)
- Penguin bobble hat – this went down a storm! (Gap Kids, £10)
- Snuggly socks (John Lewis, £5)
- Red polka dot festive pjs (Gap Kids, £17)
- A red bus Christmas table mat – living in London, she’s big into red buses (John Lewis, £3)
- Three Christmas books; The Night Before Christmas (The Works, £3) and Jingle, Jingle Little Reindeer (Amazon, £4.50) both courtesy of Parragon books (read our Book Buddies review here) and Eight Jolly Reindeer (Foyles, £5.99) to encourage Little Miss’ counting. (She’s clearly a creative soul; colours she’s mastered super quick, numbers, not so much…)
- Countdown to Christmas chalkboard I found in last year’s January Sale (£2).
- 1994 Vintage Advent Calendar (more commonly known as my Advent Calendar that has served me well for 22 years without a hint of chocolate in site).
I’m still job hunting, so things are tight again this Christmas. But this just meant I was a bit more savvy with my shopping (hello Black November!) and leaned towards the practical, such as a ‘Wintery’ jumper, red ‘festive’ pjs and a penguin hat rather than a full on Christmas Special to ensure we get the wear out of everything. But perhaps this is a positive and perhaps our self-imposed austerity measures will encourage us to get back to what Christmas is really about.
I’ve also bought lots of Christmas stickers, felt, coloured card, pom poms and buttons for Christmas crafts, but I decided to keep these hidden and bring them out over the month to stagger the fun. (The OH is really looking forward to this bit, you can imagine…)
(My mom, ever the Christmas Fairy – I learnt from the best – has also surprised the OH and I with our own 12 Days of Christmas, so we can feel like the kids again in some small way. So no doubt there’ll be some snaps of us opening some presents each morning as well. Thanks Mama, x.)