Just over a month ago I set up my Christmas list linky, where everyone was invited to submit a blog post featuring a list of anything Christmassy. I’ve had some lovely link ups and as promised here is a little round-up post.
Kerry from Lived with Love submitted her list of Luxury Gifts Ideas for Her, there are some lovely ideas here, I really like the Michael Kors watch.
Sarah from Ups and Downs, Smiles and Frowns submitted her Winter Bucket List, I wonder how many she has achieved? Looking at the list again I see that I’ve still not achieved a few that I would have liked to have done.
There is a whole heap of gift guide lists over on Mums Thumb Reviews.
Over on Emmy’s Mummy (and Harry’s too) There is a fabulous gift guide for 1 year olds. Some really good ideas here if you’ve a little one to buy for.
On The Oliver’s Madhouse the lovely Jaime gives us her list of what she would like her hubby to buy her for Christmas. I wonder if he’s read it yet, what will Jaime find under her tree on Christmas day?
Julie from Mama Owl writes her bucket list for Christmas, including putting the Decs up on 1st December (did you Julie?) and opening presents from the elves on Christmas Eve.
Kim from Northumberland Mam has given us a fantastic list of Christmas Decorations
And the lovely Steph from Steph’s Two Girls has given us a fabulous list of goodies from Great Gizmos, these would make great stocking fillers.
Suzanne from 3 Children and It has listed their Top Ten Favourite Christmas films, is your favourite there?
Thank you to everyone who has submitted at link so far. If you have a post it’s not too late, the only rules are it should be a list and it should be Christmas related. The linky is open until Christmas eve, so do join in.
Do you have a list of anything related to Christmas? Come and join our Christmas List Linky.
Less than three weeks to go to the Big Day! Is all your shopping done yet? With my little hiccup of a week in hospital with Star I’m now falling behind with quite a few things on my shopping list to get. I’ve been checking out what is popular with the kids this year as mine can’t seem to make their minds up and I came across this fantastic list of Dream Toys Here at Argos.
I’m surprised at how many toys come around again. I remember Eldest Daughter having a Furby first time around. She loved it, but I think at the time I played with it just as much as her.
Now you can get the fabulous Furby Boom, bright and colourful and incredibly interactive. The more
you your child plays with it, the more it learns. Not only interactive but addictive!
Another interactive, and one that’s definitely on my girl’s Christmas lists to Santa is the Teksta Puppy, available in pink and blue. It has over 100 interactive play features and comes with a ball and a bone.
|Teksta Puppy Pink|
How about something for the boys? Lego is always a big hit and this is Lego City Coast Guard Patrol is bound to be a Christmas favourite.
|Lego city Coast Guard Patrol|
Kids too young for their own Tablet, then the Leappad and Innotab3 are fantastic alternatives with loads of learning opportunities and colours to suit both boys and girls.
|Innotab3 and Leappad|
Still not found something suitable? Then pop over to Argos and see the rest of their Dream Toys for Christmas right here
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!