Christmas has always been a special time for me, full of family, love and lots of laughter. It got that bit more special when I met my now husband, even that first Christmas after only being together less than a month was one that I will never forget. Then Finley was born and his first Christmas was just magical, even if he wasn't even 3 months old. Everyone spoilt him rotten and having a special little bundle to spend the festive season was just lovely.
The years since have been lovely and all about the boys. But this year there has been some added sparkle to it and that is from Finley actually knowing what is going on. Last year he knew about Father Christmas and we visited him, Christmas day was just pure chaos with him wanting to open all the presents at once. But he was yet to be at the age where he knew who Father Christmas was and what he actually did.
This year is so different and it adds that little bit of magic to our Christmas too. Finley is singing all the Christmas carols and has been asking everyday, about 50 times a day 'When is it going to be Christmas?'.
Noah is only 2 so doesn't really understand the whole Christmas thing but as he copies his older brother he has been getting excited too whether he knows why he is getting excited or not.
We walked into our local Sainsbury's the other day and they had just put up a tall tree in the corner as you enter the shop. Well the boys clocked it straight away and immediately started shouting 'Christmas tree, Christmas tree!'. This filled me with such excitement for the season to come as Christmas is no longer about me, it's all about them and rightly so. It's about their dreams and wishes. The excitement in their voices about a simple Christmas tree was so lovely to hear.
On Wednesday we were at a shopping mall with my mother in law and they had their Santa's Kingdom up and Father Christmas was there ready to see children. Well Finley's reaction, followed by Noah's cemented that we were going to need to go and meet him. So after soft play we made our way down to buy tickets to see him with two very excited boys, we only had to wait 15 minutes to see him, but that is a lifetime in a 2 & 4 year olds world. As we entered the castle Finley got an immediate smile on his face and that was the smile that was then plastered on his face for the rest of the day. After seeing the fluffy penguins and polar bears it was into see the big man himself.
This will stay with me a whole lifetime. The looks on their faces, especially Finley's. The excitement mixed with him not being too sure but that smile still on his face. He kept looking at me for reassurance and I think I had the biggest smile on my face too. It's the seeing your children so happy that fills you with such joy and happiness its hard to hide it, but lets be honest why would you.
The boys were asked what they would like and Finley had replied with 'Piggy things', which after racking my brains I realised was the Pig Goes Pop game that he had played with at my friends house about 2 years ago!! These little people have such amazing memories. Noah then grabbed Nana, pulled her to see Father Christmas and told him he would like 'Lego'. So there we have it two things that Father Christmas needs to bring!
This Sunday we are going to be visiting our local arboretum that has their annual Enchanted Christmas where they have the trees lit up in all different colours and they have lots of things going on in the woods. This for me will mark the start of Christmas as we will get to drink mulled wine, laugh with our friends and see the pure enchantment on the boys faces.
I really can't wait for Christmas this year and to spend it with friends, family and two very excited little boys.