Christmas as a mum

I have loved Christmas for as long as I can remember; the build up, Christmas Eve and the magic of it all.  Even as an adult, I would still wake up at 4 am and revel in the magical feeling and calm of Christmas Day morning.


When it all changed…

In November 2014 I gave birth to my son, our little miracle after battling infertility for many years; and Christmas became even more magical as a mum.

I can remember taking him to a Christmas Grotto when he was one(ish) and even though he was so young, to see his little face light up at all the lights, sparkle and Father Christmas, I thought I would burst with love and excitement.

Over the last few years we have settled into a routine with Christmas and the weeks leading up to it, even though I’m not particularly organised – and every year he understands that little bit more and makes Christmas so special.


This Christmas

The little dude will be three this Christmas and he understands who Father Christmas is, and I can’t wait to take him to see him at our local garden centre in mid-December.

I usually start my shopping around mid-November – once Halloween, Fireworks and the boy’s birthday is out of the way it’s all go for the big day.


Always pre-plan!

I’m a complete list obsessive – I have lists of lists of lists, and I love planning and writing everything down and being organised.  Even though I’m never as organised as I would like to be…

I try and buy a few presents a week – I always scour the internet for presents and I always head to the shops knowing exactly what I want so I a) don’t overspend and b) don’t end up stuck amongst hoards of people for hours on end.

We always have a budget, we don’t always stick to it but I always break it down and stick to it as best I can to avoid overspend.

I try and do the bulk of it online – online retailers such as Amazon always have great deals and postage works out cheap if buying in bulk.

Getting festive

The decorations

I get so excited about Christmas decorations – I aim to get my tree and decorations up the first week in December.  I’m obsessed with lights – I’d go full National-Lampoon if I could afford to…

I do start early with the Christmas songs – Fairytale of New York and Wham! are my favourites and I drive my husband mad playing them to death.

The food

Food-wise, this year will be my first as a vegetarian and so I’m not sure what to do or plan, normally I pre-order a turkey with all the trimmings and we all sit down to enjoy a huge dinner and then pass out shortly after.

I’m not a huge drinker these days but I do indulge over Christmas, I hit the Prosecco hard and only have to sniff a glass of Baileys to gain a stone…


Christmas day

Christmas Eve is probably my favourite part of Christmas; the day is spent delivering presents, cooking tasty treats and there is no better feeling than settling down at 8 pm with a large glass of wine knowing everything is done.

We are usually up around 6 am on the big day – we open all our presents in our pyjamas and listen to carols on the TV.

Just writing this I could burst with excitement – roll on Christmas!

Lisa x







Lisa is a married mum of one and blogs over at

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