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