Christmas for me has always been about spending time with family – turning off the phone and the TV and just focusing on being together and having fun. The period from Christmas until New Year is the one time of the year when hubby gets to properly switch off (the joys of running a business!) and we get to enjoy family time without any distractions. For me, it’s also a whole week where there’s a second pair of hands around to help out with the girls. The opportunity to hand over the reins to Daddy for a while and enjoy a little bit of time out every now and then.
December is always a busy month. The run-up to Christmas passes in a whirlwind of parties and events, cards and wrapping paper, shopping lists and to-do lists – with the inevitable pre-Christmas meltdown moment as the big day draws ever closer, followed by the realisation that most of the to-do list isn’t that urgent after all. There’s a mixture of magical moments, joyous moments, crazy moments, stressful moments and moments when it all just feels overwhelming. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of a month in many ways.
Jessica’s heart day in the middle of the month is a reminder of how far we’ve come since our first family Christmas. It’s a reminder of how precious those family moments are – and perhaps sometimes I put a little too much pressure on myself to try and make them magical as a result. It’s often only when I find myself getting overwhelmed by the desire to make Christmas memorable and magical, that I take the step back and realise that just being together is what really matters.
We’ve had magical moments this month but we’ve also enjoyed the mundane moments too. The moments of sitting together as a family playing a board game, or going out for a walk in the fresh air. Sometimes it’s the ordinary moments that make for magical memories.
We’ve had another year of joining in with the Me and Mine project. Our family photos for the year are a mixture of those ordinary moments combined with memorable ones. Photos of the four of us out in the garden alongside photos from holidays, and adventures, and wonderful days out. Seeing our two little girls growing up a little more as the year progresses, and capturing the four of us as a family month-by-month throughout the year.