A Perfect Christmas, I find myself asking is there such a thing as the perfect Christmas?
As a child, Christmas was filled with laughter, food, burnt and soggy sprouts, silly paper hats, a dodgy tree with most of its needles on the floor. There was always a knitted jumper in some weird shade of brown or orange. Gifts from grandparents that were well just odd! Fighting with my brother was part of the deal, fighting over crackers, who had to sleep with Nan, who had to sit in the kitchen with the kids. These things were all part of Christmas for my family.
As a twenty something, Christmas was more about gifts, and parties. Having a New Year Day Birthday became part of the fun, drinking all night then starting again at the stroke of midnight, for the Birthday fun. Family was still important, but having fun with friends and boyfriends took priority. Good times were had, and sledging was the icing on the cake!
As a grown up Christmas became family of a different kind as my husband found his Mum, time was spent with extended family nephews, godson, friends. It was about food and films, fun and giggles and games. Making sure we had travelled to see everyone even if that meant icy and frosty mornings and cold late nights.
Then the boy arrived, priority’s seemed different, for the first time we wanted to be at home for Christmas, people came to us and we cooked dinner. Watching my son open gifts, his eyes alight in the sparkle from the Christmas tree. The dodgy jumpers from his Granny, train sets, Lego, then electrical gadgets, the years have passed so quickly…
So 2013 will it be like all the other Christmases? well actually no! This year we will be on the road Christmas day, off to be with my in-laws, for the first time in over 8 years. The boy is older the magic is changing, spending time in a house with 17 people for Christmas makes me tingle thinking of the sounds. Spending time with our newly returned South African family, my niece who we have yet to meet. The boy is as excited about time with his cousins, as much as he would be for the quiet family Christmas he is used too. This year it will be, LOUD, arguments over game controllers, sleeping on the floor, squashing round garden tables, silly paper hats and crackers with dreadful jokes. Excited and sugar loaded kids getting in your hair, I cant wait! It doesn’t matter what your memories of Christmas are, as they change all the time. The cliché, FAMILY & FRIENDS MAKE THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS! will always be true for us.