This year is our first year at home just the 4 of us for the whole holiday period and so far it’s awesome!! Annie hasn’t been worried that Santa wouldn’t know where she was, they’ve not had to choose a ‘single toy’ to take with them on a road trip and as we’ve had no guests we have been able to do whatever we want, whenever it took our fancy.
On Christmas Eve, Eduardo Elf went home to the North Pole but before he left he gave the kids a pair of Gruffalo PJs each which they’ve worn most of the festive period paired with various Christmassy hats!
We got the kids a big main gift each and then some smaller things to unwrap. Annie had been asking for a dolls house for the past 6 months and when she got to review a couple at the end of the year for The Toadstool it just cemented in her mind that she needed one!
Ezra loves playing with ‘character toys’ so we decided to get him a wooden pirate ship so he could play with it with the pirate dolls or his Toy Story / Sesame Street characters.
The main gifts were too large to wrap so we made them up on Christmas Eve once the kids were in bed and wrapped them in fairy lights. We put the extra bits in gift bags so they still felt like they had something to tear into and unwrap in the morning.
The kids were amazed with their big presents and they spent 4 hours playing with them before they asked to open any of the gifts under the tree. They kept pointing at the coffee table and saying, ‘wow’ in breathless voices, which was wonderful to see.
After lunch time we gave the kids another gift each, my Nan got Annie a lift to go between the train set and our Brio Monorail which is awesome, and Ez got the wigwam from his birthday that didn’t arrive in time.
The Wigwam is huge and we don’t have room to leave it up full time (until we shuffle some furniture around) and is so well made, I can’t wait to get it out in the garden in the summer. Both kids loved the wigwam, I foresee lots of picnics, reading and sleepovers in there.
Eventually the kiddos remembered there were even more prezzies under the tree and they got stuck in. The gift haul was very book heavy which made everyone happy though it did mean I needed to reorganise the kids bookshelves in the lounge and take more upstairs to their rooms.
Boxing day was spent playing with the Plan Toys Terrace Dollhouse and the John Crane Pirate ship. Though there were squabbles, on the whole they played really well together. The pirates were invited to stay in the ‘castle’ and Ezra’s trains enjoyed playing on the pirate ship.
The great thing about these toys is that they don’t need batteries, being wooden they’re sturdy and beautiful to look at which makes them more appealing to play with. I love how the pirate ship is on wheels so it can sail across the coffee table or floor smoothly and the little pirate dolls are gorgeous.
Jon outdid himself with Christmas lunch and for breakfast Christmas Day he made the world’s most amazing cinnamon buns. They’re so good they deserve a blog post all of their own.
My gift from Jon is due to arrive today. There’s no way I can call it a slow toy though, to be honest it’s more of a fast toy! I’m being spoilt with a Nintendo 3DS XL and Animal Crossing New Leaf to play on it. I used to be a massive Animal Crossing addict and seeing some gameplay videos of New Leaf confirmed how much I missed it. I’d love to say that when it didn’t turn up in time for Christmas I was stoic and cool about it, but I had a proper sulk, clearly spending time with my
moody emotional 4 year old is having a bad influence on me ;-)
I have spent a lot of time over Christmas watching gameplay videos for games I eventually want to get, and even went as far as downloading an Animal Crossing podcast and catalogue app onto the iPhone. If any of you out there in blog land are Animal Crossers please let me know, so far I don’t know anyone in real life who plays.
I hope you had a fantastic Christmas, surrounded by people you love, eating delicious food and unwrapping amazing, thoughtful gifts!
What was your favourite present? Did you kiddos get slow toys or fast ones?!
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