If you would have read my Babyloss Awareness Week story blog post back in October, you'll know that Christmas time these past few years has been very upsetting and very stressful. I wanted to take a look back at my childhood and share with you all some Christmas memories I have including some very personal family pictures of Christmas time.
Christmas to me is about family. It's about sitting around a table or around a room in general with the people who you love and who mean most to you, and it doesn't even need to be family by blood. It can be with friends, as I am a true believer in "friends are the family we choose for ourselves". Well that's what Christmas for me growing up was like anyway.
Christmas morning when I was young was spent with my parents, my little brother Moo and our pets; opening presents, Christmas music on, dancing around the house full of joy and happiness.. usually all of this happened around 7am of a morning which probably drove our neighbour nuts (Sorry Richie!). My parents would then cook us all a wonderful breakfast and we would sit around as a family and then would spent the rest of the morning getting ready to go see our grandparents. We would see my dad's parents first and then head to my mum's parents for our Christmas dinner. My grandparents house was always full of joy, laughter and happiness on Christmas and was always full of family; uncles and aunties, cousins, neighbours and friends. Whilst my Nan and Mum prepared the Christmas dinner and I laid the table (which back then thought was the biggest and most important job to do on Christmas day) we would sit around their massive table in their dining room and all have a great dinner and a wonderful time. Christmas diner was always ready every year without fail for 3pm which was the exact time for the Queens Speech. My Grandad would sit at the top head of the table with my Nan at the other end of the table with all the family around and he would always insist after the Queens Speech of giving a long speech about family and the whole past year, thanking everyone for being with us etc (which secretly I used to love). After dinner we would have pudding and then after pudding I would usually put on a Christmas movie and all the men would fall asleep whilst the women would do the washing up. Every Christmas was the same and it's something I actually really looked forward to each year. I loved it and I still do love them memories, I am so thankful that I have awesome childhood Christmas memories as it's something I hope to give my children one day.
I haven't added any recent pictures in this blog post as my brother Moo now hates pictures (he's at that teenage age) so I have only added three from when I was younger...
Moo went though a massive faze where he loved Bob The Builder so this is him on Christmas morning pretending to fix the wall. How bad was this wallpaper btw? What were my parents thinking?! Haha
Me and my mum on New Years Day having dinner at home; me pretending I was drinking alcohol when really I had a glass of milk. Fact: 80% of the time I will have a glass of milk with my meals.
Moo and I about to snuggle up an watch a movie on Christmas Eve. Look at that smile on his face.. this to me is what Christmas is all about!
What was Christmas like for you when you were growing up?
With love, Alisha Valerie. x