Last Christmas was our first with two babes. Aoife's first Christmas, at 9 weeks old.
So, with a 2 month old and 19 month old, life was crazy. Actually, scrap that - it was MENTAL. To say I was a little underprepared for Christmas is an understatement. I clearly remember rushing to the shops in the days before Christmas, desperately trying to find a few personalised decorations to make it special for us (with a toddler and newborn in tow, what a STRESS).
And I came up with nothing - just the usual chain store stuff which, while it's pretty and it will do, made me feel a little like a failure ("but it's her first Christmas and our first Christmas as a foursome!" I was saying in my head).
Now, I know our babes don't know the difference. And Christmas is not about 'stuff' at all.
As I've blogged about in previous years, I firmly believe that Christmas is about spending quality time with loved ones.
But it is nice to have some special touches here and there, if you can manage it - you know?...