Ollie was the first to wake on Christmas Day this year… at some time around 2am… he came running into our room to tell us that Santa had been and his sack was full of presents. I of course told him to go back to bed, but he then couldn’t sleep… had a cough etc… eventually he climbed into our bed again at 4am and I went to sleep in the bunk bed with Nate.
James and Ollie came in around 7ish and the 4 of us sat on the floor and rummaged our way through both of the boys sacks full of presents. In our house, Santa brings smaller gifts and nick nacks, whereas James and I buy the bigger things, wrap them and leave them under the tree.
Nate’s Santa presents included Thomas The Tank socks, vests and knickers, chocolate, an orange, Playdoh, Dough cutters, My First Crayons, stacking cups, wild animals, glow in the dark stars. Ollie’s Santa presents included a Dalek, Doctor Who Top Trumps, vests, knickers, chocolate, a dinosaur torch, Finn’s sword from Adventure Time, Adventure Time tattoos, Lego and a globe!
We didn’t even bother to clear up the toy covered floor before heading downstairs to explore MORE gifts! Nate saw his first gift when we opened the door, a Little Tikes Car Transporter. His eyes became big when he realised what it was. He also got some jigsaw, Imaginext Batman, Leapfrog Phonics and some books. Ollie got The Lone Ranger lego train set along with a Tardis, a nerf cross bow, Robofish, a gigantic cuddly shark from Ikea and Finn from Adventure Time. Such lucky lucky little boys.
I also got super treats! James bought me TWO David and Goliath tees, The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal for Mothers, a doughnut baking tin, a doughnut recipe book, Snowfairy shower gel from Lush, a necklace and a set of cute earrings!
Of course, Marcie was not left out… she too got presents! She got a new collar, a new lead and a little stocking with dog treats and a new toy inside!
After the presents had all been opened, I went and prepared breakfast. Each year we always have the same… scrambled eggs on toast with smoked salmon. Both boys like it, though Ollie only likes the smoked salmon if it is cold…. I served it with sparkly shloer in wine glasses which Ollie thought was a super treat!
After breakfast we all went to get ready in our Christmas clothes ready to go to James’ mums house. Each year the whole of James’ family gathers there in the morning for some drinks and nibbles and to catch up! We get there a little early to exchange presents with James’ sister, Sandra and parents. Ollie wore a pretend moustache that he found in his stocking!
Ollie opened monster lego and a wordsearch game to play as a family and Nate got a giggly monkey and a remote control dinosaur (which he was afraid of but is slowly coming around to! I was spoilt and treated to a gift voucher for a local spa and new jammies!
James family all come over to his mum’s house… all the aunts and uncles and cousins and it is so lovely to catch up and here everyone’s news. It is really the only occasion in a year that the ENTIRE Hughes clan is together. The house gets jam packed!!
Ollie and Nate loved seeing their cousins and of course, a couple more gifts were passed to the boys… a trick moneybox which Ollie LOVES, a fossil discovery thing, money, the cutest pottery egg cups, a book and a toy van. We also got to meet James’ cousin’s baby for the first time.
Afterwards we headed home to let Marcie out and snuggle her for a while, play with the boys toys and have a small bite to eat.
At 3pm we headed to mum and Harry’s for Christmas dinner! Mum, Harry, Ryan, Jason and Jason’s girlfriend Claire, were all there already. Mum was in the kitchen getting a little bit stressed about dinner. They recently had their house redecorated so it was nice to get to see it for the first time! I went into the kitchen to give mum a hand while everyone hung out and caught up!
When the dinner was on it’s last bit of cooking, we all went into the living room to exchange presents with one another. It was hectic because there were so many people and presents and gift wrap was flying, but OH SO FUN! The boys got well and truly spoilt! Grandma and Grandpa bought Nate his first trike and as soon as he saw it he exclaimed “BIKE!”. They also bought him a cute outfit, some jigsaws and a Playmobil 123 Farm! Ollie received an army helicopter, and army boat and a proper big tank with an Army Action Man inside! On top of this he also got a Dalek costume! For real! Happy boys!
My mum is awesome and stayed up until 2am Christmas morning finishing hand knitting me a gorgeous scarf. It’s one of my favourite presents this year. Mum and Harry also bought me a new dress, a cardigan and driving lessons (because 2014 is my year to learn to drive. I just HAVE to get it). My brothers gave James and I money for a date and a voucher for Pizza Express!!
After we exchanged gifts with everyone we got dinner sorted. We all sat at the bigger table and the two boys had a special kids table with kids crackers. To start we had parsnip, bacon and gruyere soup made by my brother Jason. For our main we had turkey, ham, mashed sweet potato, roast potatoes, red cabbage, sprouts fried with bacon, stuffing and amaaaaaazing gravy. There were also roast carrots and parsnips cooked, but in the rush and craziness of serving up the food we forgot to serve those.
We didn’t stay for desert because we were so full of food, and it would soon be the boys bedtime anyway so we packed up the car with all our new goodies and said farewell to family. Such a lovely Christmas evening spent with family.
When we got home James and Ollie built the new Lone Ranger Lego train set while I relaxed in new Christmas pyjamas and watched the Christmas special of Call The Midwife. When the boys were done, Ollie went to bed and James and I spent the rest of the night hanging out and watching the Christmas episode of Doctor Who.
Christmas Day really is the best, albeit quite crazy and I think next year we will do the normal arrangement in the morning but have everyone over to our house or Christmas dinner. It would mean that the boys could carry on playing with all of there toys and could then go to bed without requiring us to leave early. It would mean everyone could stay as long as they like.