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Hello everyone,

Christmas has to be my favourite time of year and I am definitely one of those people that love when Christmas decorations hit the shops and start listening to Christmas music in October. I love all the warm Christmas scents and indulging in the most wonderful treats. Most families have certain traditions that they need to do in order to get into the Christmas spirit and now that we are a family I think it's time we made our own. My daughter will be 18 months old on Christmas Day and obviously she won't fully understand what is going on but I know I will enjoy playing with her and her new toys.

There are quite a few traditions that I intend to do when Amelia is a little older and other traditions we will be doing from hear on out.

1. Christmas Eve Basket
I have seen so many people make up their crates, boxes and baskets for their little ones to enjoy on Christmas Eve. I decided to join in and create one for Amelia and as she gets older I think it will become a basket we can all enjoy. When I was younger my brother, sister and I would always get new Christmas pyjamas, without fail. Was this one of your traditions?

2. Christmas Baking
I love to bake and I have done lots of baking with Amelia too, we both had so much fun. So we have decided that from this year on out our Christmas Eve will be dedicated to create a lot of mess in the kitchen and baking lots of tasty treats. We hope to build a gingerbread house this Christmas Eve along with Daddy, so he can get head to toe in flour too.

3. Book Advent Calendar
This is a tradition that I know Amelia will appreciate when she is older. When I read her now she will happily sit on my knees and ask what's that to every pictures and every word! So next year I have decided that I will wrap 24 books to open each day and read with her at bedtime. I have seen a few people doing the Book Advent Calendar with their children and I think it's a fantastic idea to encourage you little ones to read.

4. Milk, mince pie and carrots
Now milk and mince pies for Santa has been a favourite tradition for many years, one that we will keep. But on some blogs this year I have seen some parents have been making special reindeer food, so maybe this year Rudolph and his reindeers won't have to share the carrot.

5. A visit to see Santa

My husband and I have promised that every year without fail we will take Amelia to see Santa. The last two years we have been taking Amelia to The Baytree Winter Wonderland and we have not been disappointed.

6. Christmas Crafts

I absolutely love getting crafty with Amelia. I think it's so much fun, dare I say I may even have more fun than Amelia. This year we made our own greeting cards with a reindeer footprint, they turned out a great and were a firm favourite with the family!

7. Christmas Day Jumper/Outfit
This is a tradition that my husband and I have been doing since we got together. We would wake up, open our gifts and then put a very Christmassy outfit on. We began this tradition with Amelia last year and she wore the most adorable red dress and matching headband. This year we have gone for a cute pink penguin Christmas jumper as we are seeing lots of family on Christmas Day.

8. Christmas Light Hunt

This will be added to the to-do list when Amelia is a little older. I can always remember going on these Christmas light hunts when I was younger. My mum and dad would make us wrap up warm, pile us in the car and hit the road with us giving them directions. I would love to do this with Amelia and hopefully we will have as much fun.

9. A snuggle watching a festive film
Having a snuggle on the sofa whilst watching a festive film is the best tradition. Our favourite Christmas films have to be 'The Snowman', 'Santa Claus' and 'The Muppets Christmas Carol' with a hot chocolate, marshmallows and whipped cream - what more could you want? Mmmm

10. Food...
I think this may be a tradition mainly for my husband and I but on Christmas Eve we want to order a Christmas pizza. I know what you are thinking, but they are so tasty!!! You can enjoy your Christmas pizza with a glass of wine while finishing any last minute wrapping - perfect!

What are your Christmas traditions?
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