Little m and I are very excited about Christmas this year.
I remember reading something somewhere on another blog, where the girl
was writing about loving all the excitement of Christmas, all the
preparations, all the planning, but feeling a little bit let down by the
actual day itself. I know what she means. Especially since being here
in Australia, the Christmases don't feel like those of my own childhood in England.
No fires in the living room, twinkling fairy lights lighting up the
house by half past three as it's so dark outside. Frost crunching
underfoot in the mornings, the excitement and possibilities of snow,
icicles hanging off the windows, and cold, how I miss the cold at
But of course there are positives here too. Sunshine, lots of it. Light, warmth,
long days, cider on the roof terrace, barbeques, eating seafood.
So this year I decided that we'll make the most of the excitement of
Christmas, and spread it out over the whole month. I have finally (nearly!) finished making
Toby his advent calendar. Just 2 more felt ornaments to go. But it's hanging up. It's being used and loved.
Everyday a new felt ornament to hang on the
fabric tree, and a little surprise for him in the pocket too. Yesterday
he couldn't believe it when he found a large gold (chocolate) coin, and
that he was allowed to eat it before breakfast! And today an even bigger
surprise, a tiny letter from the Christmas fairy, a small chocolate
coin and a Lego skateboarder. He was beside himself with excitement! And he's been re-counting the
story of how he found everything in his advent calendar, how the
Christmas fairy had left it all there for him while he slept, all
morning to anyone who'll listen.