I’m Lynn and I live in Glasgow with my husband, my Labrador and my two kids, ages 5 and 2. My blog is mainly all about the stuff I do with my kids in and around Glasgow, our daily adventures, the places we eat and play, and the day trips we take throughout the year. I also write a little bit about our family travels and about life in general.
All About Christmas
When do you put your Christmas decorations up?
The second week in December. We get a real tree so I don’t like putting it up too early. And I never put the decorations up before the tree. Equally I don’t like putting it up too late because I like to get a good few weeks out of it. I’m a bit of a Goldilocks when it comes to Christmas decorating!
What is your favourite Christmas song and why?
I have 2. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. In fact I have a whole Christmas album by Nat King Cole that I absolutely love. The Christmas Song though is just beautiful. I love the melody and the words and his voice is just wonderful. The second is Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade. As soon as I hear it I go from Grinch to Elf at light speed.
(Also Hark the Herald Angels Sing, because it reminds me of my childhood standing in choir every Christmas and just brings back really happy memories. And Fairytale of New York by the Pogues, and Must Be Santa by Bob Dylan, and Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin Stevens and One More Sleep by Leona Lewis and A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris de Burgh and 2000 miles by The Pretenders, all of which I just absolutely love. So yeah I have a few!)
If you do any Christmas arts and crafts what are they?
I try to make Christmas cards with the kids every year to send to our friends and family. We usually manage enough for everyone. And I do usually get the kids to make something small for their nanny & papa, and a few sets of aunties & uncles. I had them paint white candles once, make a design for a tote bag and draw a design for mugs (both of which I got made up on Etsy) plus a few other things.
Do you have the Elf on the Shelf come to visit? If yes tell me what the silliest thing they got up to?
No. That little Elf creeps me out.
What is your favourite thing to bake for Christmas? Do you have any Christmas baking traditions?
I don’t usually bake at Christmas but my husband and I always have a Christmas Eve Eve gingerbread house decorating competition. We used to bake the gingerbread but now we buy a set each out of Ikea (because for now life gets in the way of the baking!) We buy all our own sweets to decorate it and then we make our family & friends choose the best one (without telling anyone which is which). Last year was the first year I’ve let the kids help. (Though I might get them their own one this year to decorate themselves because I didn’t win last year!!!)
Do you have a Christmas Eve Box for your kids? If so what is included?
Yes we started this tradition when my daughter was about 2 and I love it. It’s just a cardboard box wrapped in some Christmas paper, but once it’s empty we then use it to put Santa and the reindeer’s snacks on. Inside there’s a new pair of jammies and some fluffy bed socks for each of us. The last few years the kids each got a teddy, but this year I’ve got them each one of those snuggly lavender soft toy things that you put in the microwave to heat. There’s a new board game inside for us all to play, and a Christmas movie (probably one from the cupboard!) for after we’ve played some games. There will also be some popcorn and chocolate coins and snacks for during the movie. And possibly a couple of beers for mummy! The final thing in the box is a bedtime story; a Christmassy one.
Do you go to either midnight mass or a Christingle church service?
No. I used to when I was a kid and I have quite fond memories of it, but I’m not religious at all.
What time will you get up on Christmas morning?
I have no idea. Whatever time the kids wake up. They’re usually regular 8 o’clock wakers so I’ll just have to cross my fingers and see how it goes!
Who will you be spending Christmas Day with? Are you doing the cooking?
This year we’re going to my parents house. They live in the other half of a semi-detached next to my aunt and uncle, and there are going to be 25 of us between the two houses this year. Lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. It’s going to be a bit mental! Sadly my sister and brother can’t make it this year though.
I’m not cooking, though I will be making the mulled wine and a dessert of some sort. And the gingerbread houses!
If money was no object what would you be asking Santa for this Christmas?
Ooft I don’t know. A holiday probably. No, actually some stuff to finish off our house renovation like mantelpieces, a big mirror, and stuff to put on the walls. We moved house earlier this year and the work kinda stagnated since we moved… (Though if Santa is as magical as I think, I’d also like a few extra hours each day for the next year!)
How do you celebrate New Years Eve?
We usually go over to my parents house where my aunt, uncle, some cousins with their families, and sometimes my sister and bother in law are. The kids all play together for a while and we all eat and drink, then when they go to bed the adults usually play games and watch the STV Hogmanay bash until the bells. We used to play cranium but now we play this random game my dad made up a few years ago where everyone has to choose a song they like, then the “DJ” plays the songs in a random order and everyone has to guess who’s song is which. It’s actually a really fun game! (I win every year.)
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