I am a massive advocate of sales shopping and tend to get masses of my Christmas Shopping in the January sales but for me it works as I don’t just buy for the sake of buying I always have a recipient in mind. However buying this way for the festive season helps me keep a better hold on my purse strings.
Part of the joy for me is the activities on the run up to Christmas Day itself, with most of the shopping completed its nice to take stock of the family time and with trips to see Santa, writing Christmas lists, festive films, nativities in school and carol concerts we also do some different things as a family that I guess not everyone does too.
From December 1st we are one of those families that hosts a Christmas Elf called Cecil who appears in a new place every morning and keeps a watchful eye over Joshua and who flies off to see Santa and lets him know if Joshua is behaving! … I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but we love playing host for the month and seeing Joshua’s little face every morning when he sees where he is ever morning!
We also have Christmas Eve packages that Cecil brings on the morning of the 24th that include a Christmas film, PJ’s for all and some snack and treats for the Christmas Eve viewing after we have decorated Santa’s cookies with icing!
Being 7 months pregnant going on 8 months I think this year I have never been more grateful that I am super organised … However I know some years I have not been as organised as would have liked and if you fall into this bracket the folks at TSB have a some ideas on how to keep Christmas on track for you with their TSB Christmas Guide which you might feel is helpful.
We are always looking for new ways to start new traditions and activities for our Christmas festivities and so would love to hear what you do that might be slightly different from the norm to give me more ideas on what we can include this year…
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with TSB