Friday, 20 November 2015

Advent Plans

Posted by Abbie at 12:38 0 comments

I had an idea for Advent!!! I'm gonna do a- drum roll please!...... A-X of Christmas!!!
That's right, 24 things to do with Christmas. There'll be definition's, stories, and probably pictures too!
I'm kind of a bit excited!!
See you on December 1st!!!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Reasons To Be Excited For Christmas

Posted by Abbie at 18:50 0 comments

  1. Vlogmas ~ This is when a lot of Youtubers vlog for the days leading up to Christmas. I love them because it's a great way to get into the Christmas mood! In fact I love all Christmas videos and can't wait for them to start!! Zoella is doing vlogmas on her vlog channel + a main channel video each day leading up to Christmas too, which to be honest, I'm very excited about!!!
  2. Advent ~ as I mentioned in my last blog, we've made a really awesome calendar this year (there'll be pictures soon!) Also, I love everything about Christmas, so those days leading up to Christmas are the best!!
  3. Decorating ~ I love decorating, always have done, so this is one of the best things! My family always make jokes about me 'taking over' the decorating. 
  4. Baking ~ Who doesn't love Christmas treats!? And making them is one of the best bits! Also the smells!!!
  5. All things Crafty ~ I think I make a new Christmas decoration each year, thanks to my Pintrest addiction. There are just so many cool things to make!! Also it's cool to see how my creativity advances through the years!
  6. Snow ~ Man I hope it snows this year!! Last year we got a measly amount and it was very disappointing!!
  7. Finishing my Presents ~ This year I can't really finish my presents until a couple of days before (for top secret reasons!) but I'm really excited to finish them!!
  8. Shopping trip ~ This year for Lilo's birthday she's going shopping with her friends, and me and TP have the privilege of tagging along. We're going on the 5th of December so everywhere will be in full Christmas swing.
  9. Carol Services ~ I love these. It's the only time we sing Christmas songs in church, and it's amazing!!
  10. Christmas music ~ Although I'm already listening to it (when I do Christmas related things, like write this!) it's even better when wherever you go they're playing too!!
  11. LIGHTS EVERYWHERE! ~ Need I explain more!?
Do you guys think I should do something Advent related on here, and if so, I'm open to suggestions!

What are some of the things you look forward to at Christmas?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Our Christmas Traditions and What We're Thinking of Doing this Year.

Posted by Abbie at 12:00 0 comments
Like every family that celebrates Christmas, we have our own way of doing it, and traditions that we tend to keep. You can find our Christmas day plan here.
This year we've decided to add a few new traditions and spice up our old ones a bit because this is the year that Chip will remember when he looks back, and we've been doing the same things for 18 years so it's fun to do something a bit different.
Here's a list of the things we do around Christmas time:

  1. Advent ~ For the past (many) years, we've done the same calendar with a Playmobil Nativity scenein pouches that we open each day, but it has got a tinsy bit boring so this year we bought a Christmas tree one. We're decoupaging the draws and painting the main tree a dark green. We're hoping to fit the Playmobil in it, but if we can't maybe some chocolate/treats and memory verses.
  2. Gingerbread House ~ we started this one last year but we all thoroughly enjoyed it so we're going to do it again on Christmas Eve.  
  3. We always have my Dad's side of the family over on Boxing Day which is crazy noisy but super fun.
  4. 2 Trees ~ We have two trees; one with all the bought decorations and one that used to be our normal one that is broken with all the homemade decorations on it
  5. We always do Christmas crafts in the weeks leading up to the Big Day!
  6. Sometimes we watch a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve before bed, then grab our stockings and go to bed!!
  7. Charades ~ Normally after presents and when the littlens have gone to bed we play charades with Granny and Grandma.
  8. Gift Giving ~ When we finally get to the opening of the presents, my dad sits by the tree and we take a seat on the chairs and the youngest kid gives out the presents Dad passes to them. (The conversation is normally like this: " Chip will you give this to TP? From Granny." *Chip gives present* "Thank you Granny!" etc. etc.)

Things we're thinking of adding this year;
  1. Christmas Scavenger Hunt ~ we may not do it exactly like this, but we came up with the idea of hiding a couple of smaller presents and putting the clues under/on the tree
  2. The Christmas Game ~ I liked the idea of this game but I'm not sure if this is a definite one yet.
  3. Christmas Number Wrapping ~ Mum likes the idea of this one, so we can open some at the same time, and it means a bit more moving around than we normally do.
That's about all we do. We do do other stuff but they're not necessarily traditions because they're not constant. 
What are some of your family's traditions?


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