I love the holidays, and even though this year's celebrations may look a little different than in previous years, I still think there is something really magical about it.
I thought it might be fun to post about Christmas traditions' in our family and I'd love to hear about yours too, so please email me your favourites too.
In our house on Christmas eve, the children take a (small) glass of Brandy for Santa to bed with them; luckily to date, not one child has tried to take a sip! (Although I think my years for that as an expectation are coming to an end as my eldest just turned 17).
To go along with the brandy, there is an offering of a mince pie (which is a pastry filled with dried fruit soaked in more brandy). Not forgetting all the hard work the reindeers have to put in, we also leave a carrot for Rudolf. (This is a very ENGLISH tradition; the Brandy), he gets plenty of milk from North America, so he needs something to warm his cockles.
Each child has their own sac, that have to lay on the bottom of the bed, which will be filled with presents in the morning when they wake up, as well as more presents under the Christmas tree.
If you are like us and are away from family at Christmas, that's one of the harder things we have to endure, as its only ever us for Christmas dinner - and my husband doesn't like turkey, so it feels like a lot of effort, but I have been known to tell him I have an especially large chicken instead, wink - wink -
I love the magic of the Christmas and that the kids still indulge us in these Santa traditions despite knowing fully now that Santa is us.
Around this time of year, many parents ask me how to maintain their baby's sleep while celebrating with family. My answer is always to stick as closely to your routine as possible. The great news is that with a solid routine comes flexibility and a faster recovery which you can read more about here.
I know this may be a trickier holiday season for many, with restrictions on social gatherings and minimal contact with loved ones, and I thought it would be fun to post some fun favourite traditions in our IG stories to brighten people's day. What's your favourite holiday tradition, leave us a comment below or follow along on IG to hear more of my favourite holiday traditions.