Merry Christmas Through the Years

As it’s Christmas I’ve been looking back and choosing some Christmas photos from my collections.
To start off, here is one from this year and our visit to Father Christmas at Hatton Adventure World.

I realise that my babies are growing up and it won’t be long before visits with Father Christmas are a thing of the past. I do hope the girls keep the magic up a bit longer for the Little Man though, he’s only six.

Going back a year to 2015, here is another photo with Father Christmas.

This one was taken at a Breakfast with Santa event, so it was still morning time. The girls were still quite believers too, and that was only a year ago.

Back a bit further to 2014 and this was the Little Man’s first Nativity play in Reception Class.

I think he makes a really good sheperd, don’t you? Nativity plays are also fast becoming a thing of the past. In fact the little man was just singing this year and didn’t actually take part in the nativity, that was for the younger children.

Now, back to 2013, and it was rather a strange Christmas with Star being in hospital just before and then having her first operation and the halo fitted for the first time. We had a very special Christmas Angel that year. I have a collage of pics from that Christmas to share.

It was also the first Christmas that we spent in our new house. So, a very mixed up year for us, especially as I’d lived in the old house for 24 years.
Back to 2012 and we are at the German Christmas Markets in the City Centre.
I’ve not taken the kids back there for a while, it’s way too crowded, too cold and the kids don’t really enjoy walking around market stalls. If it was full of rides like this I think they would be interested, but for the last few years they have only had the carousel, the big wheel and the ice skating rink. It doesn’t help either that it’s all separated now after they close down a walk through area and you have to walk all the way around to get to the other attractions. I have been there myself though, up until this year I have met up with friends for a bit of browsing and a cup of Gluehwine. Unfortunately, I would not feel comfortable in those crowds in my wheelchair.
Next it’s back to 2011 and we are back in the old house.
A very excited Boo was showing the Little Man how his toy worked. I don’t think he looks too impressed does he? He got his own back later by trying out his brand new skill of walking with Boo’s new pushchair.
Six Christmas’ ago and back in 2010 it was The Little Man’s very first Christmas.
He was our very special Christmas Pudding, look he’s even pointing to his name 😉 I know, he doesn’t look too happy, would you if everyone was joking about eating you up?
Before The Little Man there were the two girls.
Way back in 2009 amongst a sea of gifts and wrapping paper.
I could keep going back, but for now I’m going to leave you with an even older photo. This one is back in 1983.
Christmas is a time for memories and I’ve been indulging myself with this post. Way back in 1983 I had these two very special people in my life, my Mum and my Nan. They were messing around in this photo as they very rarely drank and the cork was still in the bottle! They knew how to make Christmas special though, it was always a real event with lots of food, fun and family…so much family, aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, brothers, grandchildren…all day long people would come in and out of our house, bringing presents and good wishes. I lost my Nan in 1996 and my Mum died Christmas Day 2008. I miss them both so very much, especially at this time of year. I only hope that my children will grow up with as many happy memories as me.


  1. Tara
    December 24, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Aw how lovely to be able to look back at all these special Christmas photos. I feel a bit emotional and they are not even my children! Wishing you all a fab festive season 🙂

  2. December 24, 2016 / 11:46 am

    How sweet to look back over the Christmases

    Have a very Merry Christmas and thank you for linking up

  3. Martyn Kitney
    December 24, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Wonderful photo and lots of memories.#mysundayphoto

  4. mummyhereandthere
    December 24, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    awww, how lovely to reminisce. Merry Christmas X #mysundayphoto

  5. December 24, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing your memories. My son is 5 years older than my daughter, when he found out about Father Christmas I asked him to not spoil it for his sister and to be Father Christmas. He helped eat the mince pie and drink the milk. He helped with the footprints and placing the presents around the tree. He never let on. He was the best Father Christmas ever xx Merry Christmas #MySundayPhoto

  6. December 25, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Aww so lovely to look back at Christmas' gone by – Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year

  7. coombemill
    December 26, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Looks like you are creating some wonderful memories for your girls just as your Mum and Nan did for you Happy Boxing Day from Coombe Mill #MysundayPhoto

  8. Bubbablue
    December 26, 2016 / 10:39 am

    How lovely to look back on all your christmas memories

  9. comfortspring
    December 26, 2016 / 11:39 am

    Beautiful memories – hope this Christmas was wonderful

  10. victoria welton
    December 28, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    This is such a beautiful collection of Christmas memories. I hope yours was wonderful x

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