On the first day of Christmas…

Ok, I’m well aware that it is only November, but today marks the start of Christmas in our house. I’ve been trying to hold off for as long as possible (there was one year when the Halloween decorations came down and the Christmas ones went up in the same week!) but I couldn’t fight it any more!

It’s hard not to feel festive at this time of year, there are Christmas adverts on TV all of the time, Santa’s Grotto’s are appearing all over towns and cities, the music channels have the Christmas songs on, you can’t escape it. And I don’t want to escape it! I love, love, love Christmas time.

It’s only four and a half weeks until the big day, so we are not that early!

Putting up the decorations is something we always do as a family. I can remember many happy Christmases as a child helping my mam decorate our tree, and it’s a tradition I wanted to continue with my children.

 Neil was very keen to help daddy set up the tree. I’m crap at this part,
the side of the tree I prepare always seems to look like it’s dying…
so I left this to the professionals.

Caitlin loved getting stuck in to the decorations.

Then it came to the most important part of the tree, the star. They
spent the whole day bickering about ‘whose turn it was’, and so in the
end their super strong daddy lifted them both up to put it on together.

They did a great job of decorating the tree, it looks fab.

Once the kids had done their bit, I set about adorning our regular living room decorations with something a little more festive.

We finished off the evening with a Christmas movie, cuddled up on the sofa with the stove lit. It couldn’t get much better than that.

At this time of year it’s so cold and grey outside but now the house feels warm and colourful and inviting, and I’m starting to feel that childlike excitement growing with every twinkle of the fairy lights.

I now just can’t wait for next week to see if we get a visit from one of Santa’s little helpers…

Are you getting in to the festive spirit yet, or will you be saying Bah Humbug for another couple of weeks? When will you be putting up your tree?

Me add three
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  • Reply Dominique Simpson November 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I LOVE the Pom poms! I might have to go and buy similar animal so I can do the same

    • Reply Lauren November 26, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks. The shop we bought him from online actually had a picture of baubles hanging off like that and I knew I just had to buy it!

  • Reply Cate, Me add three November 24, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    What wonderful photos, I am totally with you and would love to get our decorations up now, but husband bans them until December! I love your tree and that cushion is gorgeous. Merry Christmas! 🙂 #ChristmasCountdown

  • Reply Kim Carberry November 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

    What lovely photos! We're putting our decs up in a couple of weeks…..I can't wait! Not long to go now!

  • Reply snowingindoors November 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I LOVE the neon baubles, and your tree looks stunning.

    Thanks for playing along with Point + Shoot xx

  • Reply Tinuke B November 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Awesome! Looks like everyone had fun helping out. I think the deer with the jolly pom poms just MAKES the room!

  • Reply Kirsty Hijacked By Twins November 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What lovely pictures, all this talk of Christmas gets me so excited! I love this time of year x #Point+Shoot

  • Reply you baby me mummy November 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    It looks great! I will put ours up on the last night in November so it is all festive when Baby wakes up. Thanks for linking to #PointShoot x

  • Reply Clare Mansell November 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    That tree looks great. I love the pom poms (and the stag head) and I think it's never to early to enjoy Christmas. There are only so many you get as a child! 🙂

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