Happy Second Christmas!

second christmas

Last weekend we held our second Christmas – complete with cracker jokes and paper hats.

There we all were, towards the end of January with our full Turkey Dinner, crackers, presents, party games and a bit of booze to merry us along. One year we even had the tree and lights out again! The kids love catching up with their cousins and we get to sit and relax with family just like on the big day itself.

This tradition started one year when one family member had been ill over Christmas and therefore hadn’t managed to enjoy the festivities on the day. We thought it would be great to give Christmas a second chance in January or February, exchange presents and re-enact it all. It’s been such a success that we now plan head for our second Christmas, getting the date in well before 25 December itself.

An added bonus is that it takes the pressure off over the Christmas break, when we used to spend long frustrating days driving up and down the country to make sure that we saw all the family. One memorable Boxing Day was spent in a traffic jam on the M6 with our toddler howling his head off for now apparent reason for literally hours. Now we know that we will all see each other at Second Christmas, so there is no pressure to dash about ticking family off the list.

Yet more presents!
Yet more presents!

The kids get to open their presents from aunties and uncles, we get to have a few drinks with family and most importantly relax. I don’t think there is any other time in the year, other than Christmas, when we allow ourselves to chill out, enjoy good food and company for a whole day. It feels incredibly indulgent to give yourself the day off again in the New Year and not adhere to your weekend routine of kids clubs, chores, grocery shopping and so on.

We share out the responsibilities and cost for the Christmas Dinner so that it’s not too much for any one host, and we all bring along left over Christmas crackers, chocolates and anything else that is still fit to be consumed.

The downsides, if there are any, are that it doesn’t help with Dry January or any new year diets! I did also wonder what the passengers on the Number 108 bus thought we were doing with our Christmas cracker hats on in the middle of January.

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New Year Sparkle!

Sparkly apples

The house always looks bare when the Christmas decorations are packed away – the baubles are safely packed away and the tree is looking forlorn dumped in the front garden. I do quite like having order restored, and putting everything away but the rooms look very empty.

This year I’ve kept some sparkle in the house as a ‘new year’ decoration. I picked up the glitter apples from Tesco in the sale, but there are similar ones available on Amazon (see below).

New Year Decorations
Twiggy Sparkly Apples!

The twigs are cuttings from a friend’s twisted willow tree, but anything decorative will do, or you could spash out and buy some decorative twigs.

I prefer the arrangement to be more 3-dimensional but with kids pushing past I have arranged the twigs to be quite ‘flat’. Hope you like it.

What have you done to keep some sparkle in your home?

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Glitter apple decorations

Tall square glass vase