Sophie's 1st Christmas

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Listen having a baby means you get to loose your shit and go crazy/ over board at Christmas time right? Right?!

I’ve always loved Christmas, growing up it was a time when our whole family would get together and yes there were gifts but that’s not what I remember. It was Christmas lunch at my gran’s, swims in the pool, family picnics on Boxing Day.

I think we live in a time where there is such a huge focus on hyper consumerism and we pass this on to our children. My niece (for example) is like a little demon on Christmas, shredding through her gifts, not saying thank you, just ripping off the wrapping, shrieking and moving on to the next. I’ve never thought this was particularly healthy and now that I have a child of my own I’m trying really hard to ensure her focus on Christmas is similar to what mine was as child: Family.

We did get Sophie gifts obviously though, and she was spoiled rotten by my family and Regan’s. I’ll never forget her little face on Christmas Eve as she looked at this huge wrapped box in front of her, staring at me as if to ask, Mommy what now?

If I had to guess I’d say these were her highlights:
The Christmas tree lights
The car keys my sister bought her
Eating her first Fling
Tearing up lots of wrapping paper
Spending 3 days in a row with her great grandparents

Next year we’re off to Greyton for Christmas, (we do one year in Cape Town and one year in the country), we’ll be away from the 20th until the 4th January. As much as I loved Christmas this year, I am so looking forward to the uncomplicated country Christmas next year.

Happy Holidays!

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