The kids have already been driving me potty, singing Christmas songs ready for plays and concerts. I’m pretty sure mince pies replaced the hot cross buns after Easter this year and there was certainly some Christmassy stuff sneaking into the shops in September with the rest bombarding the shelves as soon as the doors closed on Halloween!
If I’m listening to Christmas music in advance of December, I’m absolutely sick of it by Christmas Day! The magic of Christmas is lost in the monotony of Slade on repeat, in shops around the country (or possible the world!) with Christmas lights going on in town centers before we even get a proper frost!
I’m not a Scrooge, really I’m not, but Christmas doesn’t start in November (or October for that matter)! I have actively resisted all forms of Christmas until now, apart from the shopping (the sooner that’s done, the better) and the blogging (ideas for Christmas are allowed before December) but music and decoration are a definite no, no!
Another reason why I don’t want it starting too soon, is that my lot are getting older and with K already over on ‘the dark side’ since 2014 (she was nearly 9), I’m trying to avoid the inevitable questioning that comes with keeping the magic alive, as they grow up. Despite my best efforts to answer awkward questions, K pushed and pushed until I finally broke, took her to one side and burdened her with the knowledge that she would now have to guard from her siblings! She was told, in no uncertain terms, it was a highly earned privilege to have this information and that no matter what her siblings did or said, she could not divulge said knowledge or risk a fate worse than death (no presents on Christmas morning)! When I told her this, I’m pretty sure she was actually disappointed I’d given in and immediately regretted asking so many questions but what else could I do? Her face fell and I felt terrible. I just didn’t want the younger ones to keep hearing her doubting (honest and too-close-to-the-truth) questions and have the magic lost forever! My worries were, however, short-lived as once she came to terms with the idea, her imagination and dramatic character embellished the fantasy more for her younger siblings and even Lou (8) isn’t showing signs of doubt just yet!
Now it’s December, I can’t wait to help them finish their Christmas lists (and check them twice), put up our decorations and sprinkle reindeer food in the garden (oats and glitter) on Christmas Eve so that Rudolf is sure not to miss us! I hope it snows but I hope it’s clear skies on Christmas Eve so that we can see Santa flying high over-head (the International Space Station) just after night-fall, on his way to refuel before continuing his rounds.
I love sitting with a glass of mulled mine, wrapping presents when the kids are in bed. I love doing the last bit of shopping in a shop playing cheesy, dated Christmas music. I love indulging in the mythical magic, that is Santa and all his reindeer, presents and sleigh. I love my children’s faces on the morning of Christmas Day.
So, now it’s December, let the Christmas festivities begin!
How are you keeping the magic alive for your older children? Have your Christmas festivities begun or are they still in the planning? When do you think Christmas activities should start?