'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, the baby was screaming as she watched mickey mouse. The stockings were hung down the archway with care, in hopes that Santa Claus soon would be there...
This is a special Christmas for us this year with a lot of firsts. First Christmas properly spent together (normally we're with our own families), First Christmas for Aria and our First Christmas in our own home! Because this is our first Christmas as an official family, we needed to form our own traditions. Now some people will think its a bit silly to go to the effort because Aria is not even 4 months old (nearly 3 weeks corrected), but it's just something I feel you have to do, and it's also for us! 

I've seen loads of these Christmas eve boxes because it's definitely the new 'thing' to do. Aria was bought one of them, which is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen and I was really excited to do it for her. I had a think about what I wanted to put in it - stuff that we could actually use for her at the moment meaning no hot chocolate mixes or sweet treats. I decided upon:
'Miracle on 34th Street' One of the best Christmas films that isn't on Netflix.

- A Book and Teddy
'Little bear and the new scarf' I got this from ASDA and it came with a free little bear teddy - Perfect!
- Reindeer Dust
Because how else will they see how to find our house? 
- Santa's Milk Glass
Equipped with a straw so the milk doesn't get in his moustache. 
- Christmas Eve Pyjamas 
No need to really explain this one...

As you can probably tell, I've overfilled the box. And whilst some people would be quite happy to give them looking lovely and bursting with lovely surprises, It's just not what I pictured. Aria was also bought a gorgeous little reindeer outfit along with her Minnie Mouse Christmas day outfit from us. I decided our special tradition would be that Aria would get her surprise Christmas day outfit (or in this case outfit's) in her special Christmas box.

So where will her special Christmas Eve gifts go? In her stocking! I know stockings are supposed to be extra spaces for presents but I had the idea that it prolongs the magic of Christmas for her. So when she's older (and can understand a bit more) I'm going to introduce an Elf of the Shelf. And when our mischievous little elf leaves us on Christmas Eve, he will have filled up our stockings - Even Mummy and Daddy's - with our Christmas PJ's, Hot Chocolate mixes and, of course, all of Aria's treats!

And of course, the universal tradition of leaving out Milk and Cookies for Santa and a Carrot for his Reindeer's. Aria was also bought a brilliant wooden board with sections for all the things to leave out. So obviously we will be doing that we have our bath's and go to bed tonight!

Merry Christmas everyone, hope you have a lovely day, filled with your fabulous family traditions and love! 



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