My name’s Janine. I am a mum of two. I have a boy who’s age 6 and a girl age 3. I have been blogging at Janines Little World for over 4 years.
All About Christmas
When do you put your Christmas decorations up?
In Ireland we have a show called The Late Late Toy Show. It’s tradition to watch this with the kids at the end of November. We generally put up the decorations the first week of December after that show basically.
What is your favourite Christmas song and why?
Fairytale of New York, I just like the way it sounds.
If you do any Christmas arts and craft what are they?
I am terrible when it comes to arts and crafts. All we do is baking.
Do you have the Elf on the Shelf come to visit? If yes tell me what the silliest thing they got up to?
No, I just find it too time consuming and I’d be afraid I forget to place him somewhere else every day.
What is your favourite thing to bake for Christmas? Do you have any Christmas baking traditions?
As a child baking at Christmas with my granny (I’m originally from Germany) was the best memory. She was so good at the baking. I am continuing this with my own kids and we make several different biscuits. I also make curd balls each year which You will find at the Christmas market in Germany.
Do you have a Christmas Eve Box for your kids? If so what is included?
No, but on the 6th December we have St. Nicholas coming to the house which again is a German tradition. In a nutshell the kids clean their shoes and put them out for him. If they have been nice they get a surprise in it.
Do you go to either midnight mass or a Christingle church service?
No, we aren’t religious.
What time will you get up on Christmas morning?
Normal time so anytime between 7 and 9am.
Who will you be spending Christmas Day with? Are you doing the cooking?
Christmas day is always spend in our own house with just the four of us. It’s always me doing the cooking.
If money was no object what would you be asking Santa for this Christmas?
A new car. I have had so much trouble with my current car over the last few months and it has costed me an absolute fortune.
How do you celebrate New Years Eve?
I do miss celebrating new years eve properly like we would in Germany but I am trying to make it as similar as I can in Ireland. There is generally a lot of snacks. Lately we’ve had friends staying over as well the last two years. The snacks keep coming until midnight and we might play a game or two until midnight. As the kids are still a bit young to stay up late, they are going to bed at the normal time until they are woken by the fireworks.
In Germany at midnight we would normally go on the streets and let off a few fireworks. You can buy these in the shops from 29th December until 31st. I’d Love if this was a thing in Ireland one day.
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