Just one month to go until the big day, hopefully most shopping will be done by now. (ah who am I kidding, I’m only about half way there!) Now is the time that most are looking towards the little stocking fillers. I have to admit, my littlies do have stocking but they only get sweets and pack of raisins in them. I might push the boat out though and give them a little toy in their stockings, especially when you can get them cheap enough. Kiddicare have a great range of stocking fillers for under £10 ( music to my ears!)
Kiddicare’s Top Ten stocking Fillers:
Cute Disney Minnie Rattle £5.99 a perfect little gift for baby a lovely soft rattle.
Buzzing Brains Rocking Rings £6.99 five colourful rings for ages 6 months plus.
Press and go Bunny £7.99 a cute little bunny with light up sounds and melodies
Buzzing Brains lights and sounds mini driver £7.99 every child loves to pretend to drive, this toy is for 12 months plus
Colour Changing Ducks £5.99 amazing bath ducks that change colour in the water, 18 months plus
Hape Little Pounder £8.75 classic wooden hammer and pegs
Lego Duplo Busy Farm £7.99 listen and build with this books and bricks set
Buzzing Brains my first shape puzzle £6.99 great for little hands
Buzzing Brains My first Piano £9.99 light and sound piano with lots of features 18 months plus
There are loads more on offer at Kiddicare for under £10, so go and fill your stockings and remember, up until 2nd December it’s 3 for 2 on Buzzing Brains, Sunny Safari and Woodland ranges.
Do you have a list of anything related to Christmas? Come and join our Christmas List Linky.
We are a book loving family and all take turns to read. As Christmas approaches we like to bring out the seasonal books and here are our top five children’s books this year.
1.The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman) The Jolly Postman has been a favourite in our house for many years and now we love this Christmas version where we can find out what well loved characters from fairy tales are sending to each other at Christmas time.
2. The Nativity Story (Candle Bible for Kids) Even if you are not Christian it is still a story that every one can relate to a Christmas time. I like this version because it’s well illustrated and the story is simplified so even the Little Man can understand.
4. Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Christmas This one is for the Little Man, a huge Peppa Pig fan.
5.Santas Coming to Birmingham (Santa Is Coming) This is a new one for us this year. I couldn’t resist it and the littlies have loved reading about Santa arriving in their own town. They recognised many of the pictures and places mentioned. There are many other towns available in the series too.
I used to plan Christmas down to the very last detail, I’d have a timetable for the actual day for the cooking so I knew exactly when to prepare food or put it in the oven or on the hob. Trips out and activities over the holiday season where planned well in advance. I’d sort out the clothes that we would be wearing in advance and even plan the weeks tv viewing so as not to miss anything good. (I’m going back to the days before On Demand or Catch Up television)
You see, as a child our Christmas’ were always pure magic. My mum was a planner as well, little notes around the house everywhere. Food bought weeks in advance and stacked at the back of a kitchen cupboard. Nan would come to stay on Christmas eve and help with all the cooking. Then on boxing day our house would be filled all day with aunts and uncles and cousins.
But, I was a child, Christmas is always magic when you are a child, you blank out any arguments that may occur, or relatives that may have had a little too much to drink. You don’t see the stress behind the scenes, the panic when the gravy goes wrong or the turkey isn’t cooked on time. You forget about the arguments over who wants to watch what on TV.
I learned long ago that Christmas never goes to plan. I could tell you some stories of woe, of how things went terribly wrong. I’ve had a few Christmas’ go that way. It doesn’t matter how many lists you make, or how many plans you have you have to be prepared for mishaps along the way. Christmas is a stressful time for some, particularly parents. We say Christmas is for the kids and do our best to make it special for them, while at the same time running ourselves into the ground. Then after the Big Day, we feel deflated, worn out and broke…was it worth it?
Of course it was, and next year we do it all again because that is Christmas.
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go on holiday at Christmas time, have someone else do all the cooking and entertaining. It’s not really me though because secretly I strive on the stress. It’s not Christmas if I haven’t gained a few extra grey hairs, it’s not Christmas if it’s not at home with my family around me, doing what I can to make them happy, even if I don’t get it right all the time.
So believe it or not, especially after reading this, I do love Christmas. I love the build up before hand, the manic Christmas shopping, the ads on tv, the Christmas films, old and new. I love making my Christmas cake weeks before and feeding it with brandy every week, then covering it with marzipan and icing and decorating it even though I’m the only member of my family that really likes eating it. I love turkey and brussells sprouts, Clementines and figs, Egg Nog and Baileys. I love Christmas trees and fairy lights, Christmas fayres and reindeers. There is nothing more magic than waking up on Christmas morning to the excitement of children when they see that Santa has been.
I love church at Christmas time, singing carols, kristingle, seeing the children take part in the Nativity play.
I don’t plan Christmas down to the last detail any more. That doesn’t mean that I don’t plan it all, I just keep a more realistic view on it all. Things can and probably will go wrong but there is still a lot to fit in so a few lists are necessary, after all I wouldn’t want to forget that special present that one of my littlies has been asking for since September!
So I write lists for present, food shopping, Christmas cards, decorations I might need after last years fell apart (must remember new lights for the tree this year, mine died on boxing day and wouldn’t come back to life)
I write a menu for Christmas day to make sure I don’t miss out on any of all that lovely food, most of which is total indulgence and completely unnecessary, but if you can’t pig out at Christmas when can you?
I decide whether or not I’m going to entertain, and if I am I send out invites nice and early because people tend to get booked up quickly over the holiday season.
Most of all, my plan is to enjoy myself, and if the workload gets too much then I’m going to delegate or say that’s enough. A tired overworked mummy is no use to anyone.
Do you plan Christmas to the last detail or go with the flow?
Do you have a toddler, or do you need a present idea for a toddler? Then Kiddicare is the place to go. Here are their top ten toys for toddlers;
- Sunny Safari Rocking Zebra – bright and cheerful with lots of colours and textures, suitable from 18 months onwards. Encourage physical development and balance while having lots of fun. £39.99
- Buzzing Brains Alphabet Teaching Frame – for ages 2 plus, teaches, alphabet, letters and colours. £12.99
- Buzzing Brains Wooden Building Blocks – loads of shapes, colours and sizes for hours of fun while learning about problem solving. 12 months plus. £11.99
- Buzzing Brains Click Clack Track – encourages turn taking as the children race four colourful cars down the click clack track. 12 months plus. £12.99
- Buzzing Brains Parking Garage – Great for imaginative play and driving adventures, what little boy wouldn’t love a colourful garage like this on Christmas morning. 3 years plus. £39.99
- Buzzing Brains 2 in 1 Magnetic Art Case – two sided, one magnetic one a pegboard. Lots of creative learning and fun, and it folds away neatly when not in play. 3 plus years, £19.99
- Buzzing Brains Activity Table – lots of features on this table top activity centre. 12 months plus £29.99
- Buzzing Brains Rockstar Keyboard and Stool – lots of fun with a light up keyboard, microphone and demo tunes to play. A big favourites with the little superstars. 3 plus years. £29.99
- Buzzing Brains Dolls House – encourages imaginative play and sharing. It comes with it’s own furniture and family to play with. 3 years plus. £44.99
- Buzzing Brains Deluxe Big Kitchen – A large kitchen to encourage children to play together. Features a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, oven and sink. 3 years plus £149.99
All of these fabulous toys are available in Kiddicares 3 for 2 offer which is available on all toys in the Buzzing Brains, Safari and Woodland ranges. The 342 promotions runs from 5th November to 22 nd December inclusive, in-store, online and via the mobile app.
I’m a big fan of Christmas lists, whether they are gifts for adults or children, food or things to do in time for the celebrations. So I’m creating a linky for everyone to share their own lists. So if you’ve written a list for Christmas do come and join in, it will be open until midnight on Christmas Eve. Have fun!
This months challenge set by Center Parcs and Tots100 is all about Elves and what it takes to be a perfect Elf.
Why not take part, you could be chosen as one of the wild card family bloggers for Center Parcs and win a holiday?
I asked my girls what they thought about Elves and they give me this list;
works for father christmas
wrap up presents
We then used these attributes in our poem:
Welcome to Elf School
So you want to be an elf?
Let us show you what we’ve seen.
First up is a costume, a nice little jacket
A pointy hat, and it’s best if it is green.
Next you have to be good at art,
You will be fixing things, making toys,
And helping to wrap presents
For Santa to give to good girls and boys.
Elves are proud of their pointy ears,
They are happy and kind and strong.
They are tiny and clever and work very hard.
And With Santa is where they belong.
And now, here are my girls being good little elves 🙂
Merry Christmas xxx