I mentioned in my last blog post how I love getting our family together to decorate the Christmas tree. This festive time of year is so beautiful where our hearts as well as homes are lit up. It's also a time when we rejoice and reflect on the memories we have made and promises we like to take forward to the following year.
Coming from a Chinese family, we did not really celebrate Christmas in the way I think Westerners do. My mother did make an effort with having some decorations up and we always had a roast turkey or beef on Christmas day, but when my father was stationed back in Hong Kong for his job we stopped bothering to carry on with this. Instead my brother and I would spend our Christmas holidays split between two countries.
With my own children, I've been conscious of making Christmas magical for them. It's lovely to watch them being fascinated in Santa and writing out their Christmas wish list for him. Although we try to explain the real meaning of Christmas – it is not just about presents and chocolates(!) - we all like a little make-believe this time of year.
We have some Christmas traditions we like to do every year. Such as attending a Christmas market, seeing the lights switch-on, doing some Christmas baking, ice-skating at the Winter Wonderland and seeing Santa.
This year, we have panto added to the list and we begun a new tradition, one that I hope we will continue, with our hunt to find a Christmas tree. I always loved the idea of going to a real Christmas tree farm and managed to find one not too far away in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire. It was so lovely to choose our Christmas tree and pick out the size we want, have it chopped down and netted all in front of us. It made the experience really special. Of course, the boys loved running between the rows of trees as well. After that it was a matter of just checking we could fit the tree into the boot of our car to take home.
Here are some freelensed pictures from our trip. To see what my freelensing friends have been doing in November, go next to my clever and inspiring friend Julie Godbolt. Click through our blog circle until you get back to my post to finish.
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