Siblings in December
This month I will be taking some pictures of the children all looking beautiful in front of the tree in their Christmas outfits that we picked out for them…. hold out for that blog post… but I wanted our Sibling post to capture the natural part of our Christmas. The above photo was taken after they’d finished decorating the tree, early in the morning whilst in the middle of breakfast and before hair had even been brushed.
The Christmas tree delivery man had turned up later than expected the night before and with it being a school day the next day we just couldn’t keep them up to decorate the tree… so, we promised them we would get up early. This in itself is a huge thing at the moment. The hubby and I have not adjusted well to two babies/toddlers and him starting a full-time job again. We love our sleep, and the babies who have always been great sleepers have now decided they don’t need as much as they used to. When it needs to though the Mother instinct kicks in, when my alarm went off, instead of rolling over and trying to get some more snooze I was straight up and preparing everything ready for them waking to decorate the tree.
It was nice to all be able to do it together before the hubby set off for work. They had really enjoyed choosing the tree the night before
Taking the children to choose the tree was so lovely, I had never done it before. This was our first Christmas in this house so I sought advice from a friend in the area about where to go, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I had previously always gone to the Morrisons carpark near where we used to live, and usually on my own with my brother as I couldn’t fit a tree in our car, or before that didn’t have a car. This time, James was at work and we had been without a tree for long enough. The girls had been crazy busy with various things, after school clubs, ballet exams, I had been singing at a few Charity events so we finally were all together (minus Daddy unfortunately) and had time to go and choose a tree. I didn’t want to put up the tree without the girls with us…. part of the joys of being in a blended family… we have to time family memories around the days that we have them.
This Thursday worked perfectly so we had a tree and the next morning decorated it. Loved it, loved the whole experience. Loved watching them dance around and choose the one they wanted, (of course I was able to make sure it had good needle retention, a lovely smell, great shape, but to be honest we were spoilt for choice and the children made the final choice and I was happy with it) loved watching them help each other decorate. Even Eden was involved passing baubles out of the decoration box to her siblings and they were hanging them on the tree. Some of my favourite quotes included Judah saying ‘it’s nice having Christmas’ whilst hanging his baubles.
I love my little family so much and am so grateful for the little things at Christmas. The little luxuries like having a tree and decorations and it always reminds me how fortunate we are to live in this country, have a roof over our head, have running water, and religious freedom to celebrate Christmas.