Christmas with Toddlers

*Guest Post*- by the lovely Rachel who blogs at Activities4kidz 

This will be my third Christmas as a mum. Harrison was only six months old the first year and although it was magical and we took him to see Santa, he didn’t really have any idea of what was going on. Last year, he was eighteen months old so knew something was different but we also had Alex, who was only seven weeks old. Being extremely sleep deprived meant that Christmas passed in a bit of a blur!

This year however, we have two ‘proper’ toddlers and I’m detemined that it is going to be really special. Harrison, who is now two and a half loves all the lights and decorations in the shops and points them out excitedly to Alex, who is thirteen months.
To get us in the festive spirit we have been listening to lots of cheesy Christmas tunes (can’t beat a bit of Wham!) and have made absolutely loads of decorations.
We’ve made:
Lollystick Christmas Trees
Santa socks
Handprint wreaths
Salt dough decorations
Paper plate trees
We’ve also made gingerbread scented play dough and we’re going to be doing a Christmas treasure box full of shiny ribbons and bows, tinsel, sparkly wrapping pape and ornaments. We’re making some peppermint scented snow to play with as well. I’ve just recieved a book with 100 Christmas activities to review on thye blog so pop over to activities4kidz.wordpress.com to see more of the things we do! We’re going to have a go at making the
 reindeer food as well!
Every year we have gone to see Santa at Melbicks Garden Centre ( http://www.g-l.co.uk/static/online-tickets-melbicks.html) and to the German Christmas Market in Birmingham City Centre to soak up the lights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Also on the list is the Jolly Mixture Christmas Party, (http://www.jolly-mixture.co.uk/) which is the playgroup we go to every week.
Christmas Eve will be full of visits to family and friends as usual, having a sherry and mince pie (or 3!) before the excitement of putting down the reindeer food for Rudolph and his friends, a mince pie and milk for Santa!
No doubt Christmas day will pass in a haze of excitement, wrapping paper, batterie and assembling the hundreds of toys the kids will no doubt get whilst consuming ridiculous amounts of food and drink. I can’t wait!!!!
Merry Christmas
Rach xx
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