Signs that its beginning to feel a bit like Christmas . . . .
The boys are starting to talk and ask, and get upset about how long they have to wait.
We were lying in bed on Sunday morning and youngest son came in and asked how long till Christmas?
Dad “about 6 weeks”
me, ” I would say longer than that surely”
Well on checking the calendar, it turns out its actually 5 weeks and 2 days!
38 sleeps – was what I told my 5 year old yesterday, and he was so upset that Christmas wasn’t “tomorrow”
Its been sneaking up on us, but all those tell tale signs and regular reminders have been there.
1. The re-formatting of supermarket shelves, to make room for wrap and cards and mince pies – now this one happens so early that we just shrug it off with the customary “far too early”, and switch off.
2. The sale of calendars – now I do get in early with this one – to get my favourite Gruffalo family planner, at £5 from Tesco, (before they sell out) and instead I might have to pay £9 from paperchase or a calendar stall in mall of the Shopping Centre.
3. School christmas card designs are ordered.
Parents will know. Your children design a christmas card at school, to be professionally printed.You pay £5 per pack of 12, and the school makes a % to raise money for the school.
Guaranteed success, coz you need to buy cards anyway, and you obviously want to support your childs school, to benefit their education, and . . . .
. . . . how can you refuse to buy cards with their beautiful christmas picture on. Besides it adds a kind of Rolf Harris (Can you guess what it is yet?) for family members when they receive them.
My eight year old can draw pretty well so maybe it was just me, but I interpreted his large santa hat as a “red carpet” – (must be all those movie premieres I go to – Not!)
4. School photos done – and we always give a set to grandparents in with the christmas presents.
5. Pantomime rehearsals have started. Fradley Players in my local village (Lewis is doing this for the first time and has some lines to learn) . . .
. . . . And Cinderella, at the Lichfield Garrick, their own in-house production. . . .(booking now)
. . . . Aimee Flower, their head of Sales, did an interesting insight at her presentation at the breakfast networking I attended last Friday, for Lichfield business owners.
6. Children in Need on the TV. – Always worth donating – never disappoints – except the Dr Who snippet, that was a real let down for my 8 year old who was expecting a full episode!
7. The delivering of the church flyer with all the christmas services and events is underway. I shall be doing my stint this week, a good opportunity to deliver a few of my Chart flyers at the same time.
So advent is only 12 days away. – Oldest son is excited as he has a lego advent calendar.
Youngest son is a firm and adamant believer, (rather too much optimism sometimes) In his eyes Santa can perform miracles and will deliver, without question – am I up to the challenge?
I think I have a well formed plan, on the kind of behaviour that Santa will be expecting this year, and we shall record it on our “Being Good for Santa chart”.
Still enough time to order your own from my toddler ideas brand and motivate your kids behaviour with the promise of that special present.
Or get one FREE with an order of any other chart in the range.
So now we have established how many sleeps it is, and the boys are getting excited, then my own christmas spirit is starting to kick in.
Hope you can all find something to smile about and wake up your christmas mood.
Thanks for reading