Aria’s First Christmas

Aria’s First Christmas

My first Christmas as a parent was everything that I wanted and more. Aria was ten months old for Christmas (well, on Boxing Day to be precise) so she wasn’t sure what was going on, but she managed to make it more magical than ever before. Our Christmas was far from Pinterest style, there was no glorious breakfast buffet with Bucks Fizz, we had a garden table and a normal table in the house so that we could all sit down for Christmas dinner and dishing up the dinner got very stressful, but it was our Christmas and it was more than we could have ever asked for.

pink glittery personalised baby's first christmas tree decoration

personalised plate for Father Christmas with food and christmas books for bedtime Santa's first visit to Wales

Before putting Aria to bed on Christmas Eve we put out some food for Santa and read her two Christmas books, including Santa is coming to Wales. I have every intention of putting together a Christmas Eve box in the future which will include pyjamas, hot chocolate, books and other bits but I didn’t bother this year as money is tight and Aria is too young to know any different.

baby's first Christmas pink floral tepee from just for tiny people

Once Aria had gone to bed we filled her stocking, put her tepee up and watched Christmas films while finishing the wrapping and drinking the very strong but very delicious Marks & Spencer White Christmas cocktail.

Just in case anyone is wondering, the presents under the tree are for everyone in both of our families, not just Aria.

baby's first christmas baby opening stocking with first christmas teddy bear

Aria woke up at the normal time and I excitedly carried her downstairs, we didn’t quite have the ‘wow’ moment that I had hoped for when she saw the tepee and presents, more of an intrigued glare. We decided to let Aria have her stocking before breakfast, then the rest of the presents after breakfast.

baby peeking inside stocking

The stocking was quite possibly Aria’s favourite part of the day. She loved peeking into the stocking and pulling things out. She didn’t really care about the items inside, tossing them to the side and looking for the next thing to pull out. It was one big fun game, until she came across the stacking stars in the stocking and decided that she was happy enough to play with them.

baby opening christmas presents

After breakfast came the presents from under the tree. Aria loved ripping the wrapping paper with a little/lot of help from daddy. As soon as she discovered that there was a toy inside she couldn’t wait to play with it, usually leaving half of the paper on and just playing with the toy.

baby with beatbo

The Beatbo and tepee were the main presents that we bought for Aria, both of which seem to be big hits.

christmas day with two mismatching tables squeezed into small house

As I mentioned above we had our dining table and a garden table for our dinner. Fitting six adults and three children into our tiny house for dinner was a squeeze but we did it, and I’m so glad that we did. The kids had so much fun and the adults relaxed while eating good food and drinking good booze.

Christmas dinner

I was extremely proud of my first Christmas dinner, or at least what I made of it! My mam made the sprouts and gravy and my dad made the stuffing. I made the Yorkshire Puddings the night before and also peeled the potatoes the night before. I bought carrot batons which just needed boiling along with the cauliflower and broccoli, the turkey was boneless and butter basted so just needed to be cooked and sliced. The only real ‘work’ that I did on Christmas day was peeling the parsnips and putting fat onto the potatoes for roasting.

Dishing the dinners up did get very stressful as everyone wanted different veg. Next year I will be putting the veg into bowls on the tables for everyone to help their selves to, that or writing down what everyone wants.

fisher price first handbag, beatbo, teacup set, cookie jar and baby's first annabelle doll

Some of Aria’s favourite presents, bought by several different people, were the Laugh & Learn Purse, My First Newborn Baby Annabell Doll, Beat Bo, Say Please Tea Set and the Cookie Shape Sorter.

christmas decorationsboxing day buffet

Boxing Day was a quieter affair with just myself, Spencer and Aria enjoying the leftovers. We ate bubble and squeak with cold meats, cheeses, olives, parsnips and roast potatoes.

My first Christmas as a parent was a huge success, I can’t wait to do it all again next year! (well, maybe wait a while, I don’t want Aria growing up too quickly!)

How was your Christmas?


  1. 31st December 2015 / 12:27 am

    This sounds like the perfect Christmas, spending it with your nearest and dearest and enjoying the atmosphere 🙂 Pinterest or no Pinterest, ha ha! We too hosted this Christmas – it's a lot of work but lots of fun 🙂

  2. 31st December 2015 / 6:47 am

    Her teepee is so cute! We also cooked Christmas dinner for our family, our Christmas day was actually on the day before as J had to work on Christmas itself. xx

  3. 31st December 2015 / 10:45 am

    Aww lovely Christmas photos! She's so cute! Love her teepee – so cool! Next year will be super exciting for her!!

    Have a great New Year's lovely! X

  4. 31st December 2015 / 11:12 am

    What a lovely Christmas! Aria is so cute and I absolutely adore her teepee! I hope you all build some wonderful memories with that 🙂

  5. 31st December 2015 / 2:00 pm

    Oh sod Pinterest, your Christmas was beautiful! Doesn't being a parent just make it so magical? Even when they're too little to really understand, I think there's no Christmas quite like the first one. The teepee is amazing, and I'm a little bit jealous of the Beatbo. We searched high and low for one but had left it too late and everywhere was out of stock. Happy new year to you and your family!

  6. 1st January 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Aw it looks like you had a perfect day! The Christmas Eve box is a lovely idea but, like you said, Aria was probably a bit young for it this year anyway. Your dinner looks great!

    Liz x
    Distract Me Now Please

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