5 Reasons Lockdown Christmas was the Best Christmas Ever

And why we might replicate it next year

Christmas was a bit different for all of us this year.
As Covid-19 restrictions changed with little warning, I had a little emotional breakdown over lost Christmas plans with family I’ve missed all year…

But, and it is a big but, there was no way in hell I was going to let some mad virus kill the magic of my little girls first ever Christmas day!

New tradition — The Christmas Eve Box!

Okay, she’s six months old and doesn’t know Wednesday from Sunday yet, and I know (or at least I hope) she’ll never remember life being lived under Lockdown rules. However, she’s curious, active and old enough that I knew I would be able to give her an extra special, extra fun day, even if she had no idea why!

There was no way in hell I was going to let some mad virus kill the magic of my little girls first ever Christmas day!

There were a few traditions that I’d wanted to start up this year, and a couple that I wanted to carry on from Christmas’ gone by, so we made sure we had everything ready for an extra special day of being tucked up inside the house, all the things you could possibly need for a little Christmas nest.

There were a few traditions that I’d wanted to start up this year, and a couple that I wanted to carry on from Christmas’ gone by…

Food!

From breakfast to desert, we have always had extra special food on Christmas day, and Poppy’s food was no different!

We started weaning her at 4 months so she’s pretty confident with her food by now, and she definitely has some favourites!
We made sure we had all the things she loved and each meal time she was very happy with her plate!

Poppy with a very chocolatty face after her first ever chocolate biscuit!
The aftermath of Poppy's first ever choccy biccy!

Eggy bread for breakfast, which is still a new one for her but she absolutely loves it, mashed banana for lunch (a big favourite!) and some of Mummy and Daddy's Christmas roast dinner before bed!
I think she loved that the most, as we openly shared what we had on our plates with her.
She even got some gravy and yorkie pud!

Oh, and don’t forget her first ever chocolate biscuit!

Meal times are always very important to me, and Christmas dinner has always been extra special.

Even though we don’t have a table to sit around, I was determined that Poppy would not miss out on the joy of sitting together, sharing food and trying new things.

I hope she will come to love big family dinners in the future, when we can finally get back to having them!

Family Time

As Poppy is the first baby of the family, everyone had been looking forward to finally being able to see her and maybe even have a cuddle or two…
Sadly, such is the year we have had, it wasn’t too hard to get used to the idea of missing each other for another day.

However, thanks to the magic of technology and the crazy year it’s been, Poppy is more than used to seeing her loved ones through a screen.
While it may not be anywhere near as good as cuddle for her grandparents and other relatives, she thinks it’s the best thing ever and, as Poppy is my priority, that’s all that matters!

Her first ever dolly!

We made sure there were plenty of video calls with loved ones throughout the day, and Poppy loved chatting away at the camera in her own gargley way, showing off new toys and clothes, chewing on them and shouting with excitement!

We might not understand a word she says yet, but we can all tell she is one happy buba when she chats away!

Magical Movies!

Poppy might be a bit small to sit through an entire Christmas movie like Home Alone or Miracle on 34th Street, but short animations like The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and a lot of Hey Duggee (not festive, but definitely a favourite in this house! They did do a Christmas Song though!) all went down a treat with her!

We snuggled up, gave her some of her toys to chew on (cutting teeth on Christmas day was not part of the plan, but there you go!) and put on something short and festive. She really seemed to enjoy it!

We might not understand a word she says yet, but we can all tell she is one happy buba when she chats away!

All snuggled up under a blanket with Mummy and Daddy, chomping away on a chewy shark toy and tummy full of yummy food and milk…what more could a little munchkin want?

Well, maybe a little nap here and there 😅

Presents!

Yeah, I know, Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, but considering out living room looked like Santa had dropped a whole sleigh load just for Poppy, we couldn’t help but make them a big feature of the day!

Her presents covered almost all of our living room floor!

And, let’s be honest, what else was this Christmas about?
Not only are we going through what is probably the toughest year anyone alive remembers, it’s also Poppy's first ever Christmas!

Of course she was going to be spoilt this year!

Most of the ‘gifts’ she got from Joseph and I were toys she already had around the house, and some little foodie snacks in her stocking that we were buying her anyway, as she needs to eat!
Almost all the presents you see above were ones that family and friends dropped around, via Santa and his sleigh, of course!

Cuddles, Cuddles and More Cuddles!

2020 may have been weird, stressful and isolating for most of us, but there has been some good that has come out it…

Joseph and I have been able to spend a lot of time bonding with out little munchkin. Time that otherwise may have been interrupted by loving, well meaning people, all wanting cuddles, kisses and their turn with the baby…

While I would never begrudge them all that in any normal year, in some ways I’m glad that we didn’t have to negotiate who spent what time where and how long, with poor little Poppy in the middle of it all…

Sometimes, you do just want to be left alone with your little family.

And, let’s be honest, what else was this Christmas about?

Okay, 2020 was too much alone time, but it’s made me realise that actually being around, slowing down and having plenty of time to just cuddle up with my two favourite people on the sofa, is the best thing I could ever have.

That’s why, next year, even though I hope this pandemic is over long before then…Next Christmas I will be making sure that my little family of three has have their own, quiet Christmas. Tucked away, calm, quiet and happy…

Even if it’s only for Christmas eve!

I hope you all had the best Christmas possible, and I wish you all the happiest of New Years!
Hopefully we will all be able to be together again but, until then, stay safe.

❤ x

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