Christmas is a magical time of the year when friends and families come together to celebrate. We adore the feeling of nostalgia the holiday season brings and love how everyone has their own way of marking the lead up to the big day. With 14 sleeps ‘til Christmas Day, we’re super excited to get involved with all the seasonal activities. Christmas is often linked to traditions, and the best thing about them is that they are all special to individuals for different reasons. Decorating the tree together, creating festive bakes or drinking mulled wine – we want to do them all!
We caught up with our Brand Ambassador, Ashley, and one of our smallest advocates, her beautiful daughter, Betsy, to discover what traditions they treasure at this time of year. Scroll down to find out more about what they will be doing to add a little extra Christmas spirit to proceedings.
In the post, Betsy has written a lovely letter to Father Christmas using our printable template – you can find this and a To-Do list below.
WRITING CHRISTMAS CARDS
“Betsy and I love nothing more than decorating the house together while we listen to all the best cheesy Christmas tunes. It’s such a magical time of year and I love being able to include Betsy in all our festive traditions. I believe it’s important to embrace all the old traditions at Christmas, and especially now that technology is growing ever more popular, there’s nothing like a handwritten Christmas card. It also creates the perfect opportunity for Betsy to practise her handwriting! We love the style of these Christmas Town House greetings cards as they are so fun and festive.
There’s lots to remember at this time of year, and I always use a Christmas organiser to ensure I stay on track. Betsy loves the festive To-Do list that we have printed off (you can find yours here.). We tend to write down the occasional chore, but we also like to include fun things like ‘wrap the presents’, ‘visit the grandparents’, ‘choose a present for Betsy’s teacher’ and so on.”
WRITING A LETTER TO FATHER CHRISTMAS
PRODUCTS: As before.
“Betsy still believes in Father Christmas and loves nothing more than writing down her present wish list. In our house, we’ve also made it a tradition to feature some of your achievements or to let Father Christmas know what you are thankful for. This way it isn’t all about getting her hands on the latest piece of tech! I want her to understand that she needs to be kind and grateful in order to wake up to a full stocking on Christmas day. Father Christmas is always watching after all! We love the printable template for our wish list (which you can find at the beginning of this blog post), and Betsy adored the elements that she got to colour in herself.”
PRODUCTS: As before + NOVELTY BAUBLES WOODEN TRAY
“I’m sure that this tradition is well-known in houses across the UK, but for me, watching Betsy excitably place the baked cookies and milk out for Father Christmas has to be a highlight of the festive season. We love this Novelty Baubles Tray as it’s big enough to carry all the treats, as well as being light so Betsy can independently place it by the fire. After this, Betsy is eager to get into bed and wait for Father Christmas to arrive! We traditionally leave our stockings by the fire, and this is the first place Betsy looks on Christmas Day as she loves all the small bits like stationery and accessories.”
“Above everything I’ve already mentioned, our favourite Christmas tradition every year is to dedicate time to each other. We love nothing more than making a delicious hot chocolate (don’t forget the Cath Kidston mug and marshmallows!) and snuggling down to read a book. Sofa and duvet days are needed over the holidays, so new PJs are essential for getting snug. This year we’ve chosen the Guards Kids PJ Set as they’re made from beautiful brushed flannel – perfect for keeping Betsy cosy.
Betsy and I are wishing all readers a lovely Christmas break and we hope you have a great time making memories and creating your own lasting traditions. Not long to go now!”
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