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I am a Christmas tragic. I love it. For me it is all about the birth of a special baby, family, traditions, memories, the Santa photo, presents, the kids rearranging the decorations on the Christmas tree for the millionth time, rehearsing for the nativity play and seeing more people than you’ll ever see at church.
My memories of Christmas growing up are full of Barbie dolls, tea sets, grandma working in the toy department at David Jones and being exhausted by the time Christmas rolled around and telling us stories (oh the stories), seeing all of my family, a few white Christmases in England, always church, Santa coming into my dad’s work Christmas parties by helicopter, ute or other means.
Now my Christmas is all about making memories for my own little ones
and feeding the masses. Here is one of my Christmas spreads and pretty much sums up our aussie Christmas lunch. Every brings a salad, my dad does the seafood which is a longstanding tradition that we continue in memory of my mum. I buy every Christmas magazine that comes out and make my menu but then inevitably stick to old favourites. Every single year.
And we always have the kids table. Our Christmas lunches never look as perfect as the magazines I buy but there is plenty of love, happiness and memories being made at our house.
We have a family tradition from my side of the family that we do the family presents after lunch and the kids hand them out. Now when it comes to buying presents I start early with my list and I also tend to stick to a few stores to make it easier. But I have a big confession to make. I always end up spotting things that are so perfect for myself when I’m shopping. I’m terrible at it. In fact I have to confess that while writing this post I discovered a wonderful handbag that I knew was perfect as I’ve been through 3 this year. So that’s going under the tree. And I’ve created a Pinterest board here with some fabulous Christmas gift ideas this year……
When it comes to Christmas shopping I tend to stick to a few stores and do as much as I can online with plenty of time for postage. Mind you we do love to pop into the city to see the Christmas windows and have a look around. But I save present shopping for when I’m on my own and get things done.
Top of the list is Country Road for classic beach towels, board shorts, summer tees for men or women and summer clothes for the kids – classic polos for the boys with smart shorts, little dresses and cotton cardigans for my girls. It’s the perfect time to buy a pretty summer dress to wear on Christmas day and my girls are still wearing these ones. You can find a great list of kids party dresses and outfits on the Westfield website here. Classic colours never go out of style and I just love white at Christmas. Until someone spills their food on it. For big and little girls I love buying stationary and hairclips. All of my kids love to receive Lego, books and jigsaw puzzles. And don’t forget gift cards for the hard to buy for person.
Now not everything goes to plan. This is real life. No matter how well I write and rewrite that list there is always someone who comes along or gives us the most unbelievable present and there is that awkward moment where we realise what we have given them isn’t up to scratch. What to do, what to do? For this reason I keep extras – glasshouse candles, gift boxed champagne, this Georg Jensen wine cooler is perfect for the hard to buy person and we snapped up two last Christmas on sale, Country Road bags make the perfect present for an older child/teenager and are great for school camps, sleepovers and sports. And what about a picnic rug for that hard to buy for person.
Now I’ve got a $250 Westfield gift card for one lucky reader if you share a special Christmas memory with me in the comments or a photo of a special Christmas moment. You can upload a photo below or tag your photo with @retromummy and #ThisIsChristmas to be in the running (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Entries close Thursday 3rd December 2015, giveaway open to Australian residents only.
I love this year’s Christmas ad from Westfield with our very own funny lady Julia Morris and I have long loved this house which is a favourite of mine.
$500 from this post is to be donated to Give & Take for their Christmas hampers this year.