Finally – we have moved away from the gift guide posts and are starting to get really into some festive content that I’ve been able to photograph. I’m not gonna lie, it has been nice to not have to worry about photos for a few days and shits gonna get real hard & stressful now BUT it’s all good cos it’s Christmas.
We have our stockings hung up on the fireplace, in true traditional Christmas fashion. Myself and my 2 siblings have one each and they’re all matching, which my parents are big on. If one of us has it, we all have it. There are spare stockings in a box somewhere that we dig out but these ones are always the ones that are used for Santa’s stocking presents. Whenever I look at them, I have visions of my trying to yank out presents that are far too big for the stocking but have been squeezed in there anyway – I’m always worried it’s going to rip because it is just a knitted one. Above the stockings on the fireplace, we have a mini fireplace with mini stockings. Why, you ask? I do not know. It’s super cute though, and we have a little stocking for each of us as with the big ones. My dad loves this little fireplace, and we almost had a devastating situation earlier this month when we thought we lost 2 out of 3 of the little stockings, but it’s all good. We’ve got them.
The most sentimental decoration we have was actually given to us for Christmas last year from our neighbours and it hangs on our Christmas tree – it’s a little wooden plaque that has a picture of a dog on it, a dog that very closely resembles our first Goldendoodle, Kimmi, who passed away in January this year. It was a coincidence that we received this bauble and then she passed away – it was very sudden and not at all expected, but I’m so thankful that we have it. We do have Millie this year so it won’t be a completely dog-less Christmas, but it’ll still be strange to not have our big grumpy dog around for it this year. It’s lovely that she’s up on our tree watching over us though; watching a mini version of her destroy everything.
We have a few Disney decorations that we picked up from our trips to various Disneyland’s over the years – my favourite is the Chip ‘n’ Dale one because I just love those boys. I don’t know why, but I was so obsessed with them when I was younger and would always seek them out when I went to Disneyland for a photo and an autograph. I still have one of the autograph books that I took with me and I love to look through it and try to work out which character scribbled on what page. The Disney decorations hold a lot of good memories for me; I’ve been fortunate enough to go to the Paris and Florida parks multiple times throughout my life and the one memory that always stands out is watching the fireworks over the castle from our hotel room when we stayed in one of the hotels in the park. I remember them so clearly, and the parades as well and how excited I’d get when a character waved at me. I’m 20 years old and would probably still get as excited as I did when I was 5.
There’s a lot of ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ baubles that we genuinely don’t know which child they belong to, apart from the one that explicitly says ‘Lauren’ on it. We have 2 of the little ceramic shoes that I think are mine and my brothers, and the red bauble is most likely my sisters because it’s still in good condition. My one is a bit more worn and looks like it says Lurn’s 1st Christmas on it, but I’ll take what I can get. I like these baubles and they’re obviously sentimental to my parents because a first Christmas is always exciting, even though I would have been 2 months old and had absolutely no clue what’s going on, but I bet most people have a little bauble to commemorate it. Or maybe my family are too obsessed with them. Why do we have about 5 First Christmas baubles when there’s only 3 children???
A few little odd bits and pieces that are sentimental to me because of how familiar they are, or the story behind them. We have a few of these little handmade stars, I think from my gran’s friend, that say various family members names on them. I don’t think the children have one of these because we have enough decorations for us, including these little Santa’s with a photo of us in his belly. We all have one of these and the photos are absolutely awful, but they make for a good laugh when we’re getting the tree back out. A few weeks ago, my mum sent my dad out to get some puppy treats for Millie and he came back with 6 little Santa decorations with our names on them. And no puppy treats. I put mine and Max’s together because I’m soppy like that, and they are pretty cute I’ll give him that. Can’t resist more Christmas decorations that don’t match anything else we have.
My favourite of all the decorations are the little Christmas villages we have. We have 2 that light up – one that has more neon lights that I’m not a huge fan of, and a more twinkly village that changes colour and is just absolutely beautiful. It sits on our fireplace (which is covered with my little sister’s birthday cards at the minute) surrounded by other little village houses and the whole thing is just my favourite of all the decorations. Normally, every year me and my dad will pop down to Dobbies to have a look at all the Christmas villages they have, and back in the day we used to always buy one but they’re just so ridiculously expensive now – there’s no chance we’re spending over £50 on a little light up village, no matter how beautiful it is!?