Doesn’t Christmas go on?

Christmas must be so confusing for children, it feels like it goes on forever doesn’t it? My four-year-old asked last night why somebody still had their twinkly lights up outside the house. I tried to reply but I knew I was fighting a losing battle, trying to explain that we are currently in the 12 days of Christmas and lights don’t have to be down until January 5th, then add in the advent calendar where you open a window every day for 24 days and the fact that we went to see Father Christmas in mid November and it’s no wonder she believes that Christmas goes on longer than the X factor!

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New Year’s Eve-what do you do?

I’m not a massive fan of New Year’s Eve, never have been, I think it’s for people who don’t normally go out and too much pressure to stay awake and smile, but I go along with it and mark it every twelve months. So, NYE-to go out or not?

That’s the dilemma every year, when she was a baby it was easy, take her along, she’ll sleep anywhere in her buggy, but as she’s got older it’s more of an issue. I’m only talking about house parties by the way, don’t picture us giving it large in a nightclub!

This year we’re going to someone’s house and I think the best thing to do is drive, here’s my thinking, if she wants to sleep, I’m sure she can go on top of one of the beds, but if we get a whinger of an evening, I can whip her home with no bother and not ruin the celebration for anyone else. One thing I do know is that she definitely will not make midnight, there’s a very good chance I’ll be asleep too!

The Christmas nightmare

Have you ever had a nightmare with kids presents? Did you get the wrong batteries or none at all and have to cope with a distraught child?

Since last Christmas my 4 year old daughter has been going on about getting a hatchimal, but because they were last years ‘must have’ they were in the shops for £80.

So when I saw one in the summer for £45, I thought, bargain! I’ve got it and wrapped it ready for the 25th and then read a story in the paper this week that sent me into a panic.

A woman bought one of these toys that you can’t see until it’s hatched and quickly realised it was fake when the bird that came from the egg didn’t have any feathers and rather than it making cutesie noises it rather sounded like it was having sex!

I have hatched (excuse the pun) a cunning plan, bought another ready for it to be substituted on Christmas Day, should said bird be a rude one.

I can just imagine the meltdown as it’s nothing like she wanted and have a vision of me banging on the toy shop window for 2 days, hoping that they’ll save me!

I give you……the nativity

You want your kids to grow up knowing the real meaning of Christmas. All about love and peace to the world, everyone living side by side and the nativity. My daughter has nailed it!

Kids decorating the Christmas tree, discuss…

I should’ve known better than to let her loose with the decs, after she came down the stairs in a summer vest and a pair of leggings back to front, but no, the obvious thing to do was let her dress the Christmas tree right?

And at only about a metre tall the top half is completely bare. Am I a good mum for saying “yeah go for it, be creative!” Or a bad mum for asking how long I have to leave it in that mess before I can tidy it up? Do you think she’d notice? Have you done the same?

Nativity problems

The cast list has gone up and hearts are broken, she only got the role of sheep 2. You would think it was the end of the world for my friends 6 year old daughter, sobbing uncontrollably at the thought of having no other lines than “baaaa baaaaa!” To say at the nativity. I totally get where she’s coming from, it’s the equivalent of being put in goal in football, that you couldn’t fulfill the bigger role (and you’ve got to wear a fluffy rug around you.)

They always say that every role is important, but just remember, this is a cutthroat world and no ‘extra’ has ever received an Oscar!

Approaching my daughters first school show, I’ve got my fingers crossed for the part of Mary, but who knows, maybe she’s destined to be a festive frog or a Yule mule. Have you had any experience of this, good or bad? How did it turn out?

How to finish with the moon?

All the way through being a mum I’ve sort of had a project on the go, it’s the main issue of the day if you like, I’ll concentrate on that until we get it nailed then look for the next mission.

So, it might be eating decent food or potty training or not taking your clothes off in the park.

Right now I think I’m gaining on my biggest win to date. After sleeping in with me for 2 years, I have got my 4 year old daughter to sleep in her own bed in her own room, hoooorrrraaaaayyyyy!!! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had to endure pain on the way. Nights of getting up 7 or 8 times in the night are not rare and we’ve had many a melt down after getting to the top of the stairs at bedtime. But she’s finally got there…..with bribery.

Every morning the moon, the lovely kind hearted moon that used to put her in my bed, leaves her a present under her bed if she’s been there all night. Felt tip pens, a purse, a torch, socks (whatever I’ve bought at the shop that day, she even got a tin of rice pudding one morning) they all spur her on to being a “big girl” and stay there overnight.

Problem is, I’ve been doing this, sorry, the moon has been doing this for 3 months now and is running out of ideas and money. Any tricks you lovely people have for bringing this tradition to a close would be gratefully received?