We have experienced our first family Christmas. It has been special and fun. My husband and I wanted to lay down some family traditions and decided to take aspects from both our childhoods and create some new ones too.
The fun began on Christmas Eve when my husband and I got some quiet time together before the madness begun. We sneaked off for a cooked breakfast at a local restaurant. In the evening we all settled down to watch Home Alone with some more yummy food. Once the children had gone to bed, Father Christmas fell down our chimney with a load of presents. Whilst not disturbing Santa we got the children out of bed and peaked through the living room door to watch Santa eating the mince pie with the girl’s presents being placed under the tree. Their faces lit up and it was lovely to watch.
Christmas morning arrived and hubby and I were up before any of the girls. We had our breakfast and were still waiting for them to wake up. So around 8am we couldn’t take the excitement anymore and had to go and wake them up. They each woke up to a stocking full of presents. Again, watching their faces light up was a precious memory I will store away. It took around two hours to unwrap all their presents, open up their Barbie horses and find batteries for them all. Later on in the day our parents joined us and we shared a wonderful roast with all the trimmings and of course the girls received more presents.
Boxing day the business continued, we began the day eating as much chocolate as we could get away with and in the evening we had tea at my mom’s house. Again there were lots of family, presents and food!
During the festive period my thoughts drifted over to the girl’s birth family and how they cope being apart from their children at such an important time of year. It’s not something that is easy to get your head around the range of emotions must be diverse.
I have to say I was really impressed with how polite and well behaved the girls were. They didn’t pull any disgusted faces at any of their presents and remembered their manners when receiving gifts from others. I know that Christmas time can be a difficult time for adopted children and their families. However, I think we have come through the other side in one piece.