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Why I love celebrations such as Halloween and Christmas and why I go a little OTT!
I love every celebration throughout the year, St Valentine’s Day, Easter, Bonfire Night, Halloween and Christmas and of course our little families birthdays throughout the year and our anniversary.
Until my son was born I didn’t pay much attention to celebrations.
Obviously, we did things at Christmas but I didn’t pay much attention to anything else.
However, once our son reached about 3 I wanted to mark the different celebrations to show and teach him the different things we can celebrate and to also make things super fun and exciting.
Then something took a hold of me and now I just go so over the top I start planning things waaaay too early but I just love it all so much!
My husband has a special eye roll just for me when I start mentioning Halloween and Christmas in June!
I plan each event very early on and even though I make sure we don’t spoil our son with mountains of unnecessary gifts at any point I make sure we do lots of fun and exciting things throughout each occasion.
When I remember back to my childhood my Mum was also, a little nuts when it can to celebrations so maybe that’s where my excitement really comes from, but it’s not gifts I remember receiving its things we did as a family and the time we spent together.
Things like treasure hunts with a bit of chocolate at the end, or the promise of a trip to the park. Apple bobbing and my Dad always trying to wet us before we started.
These are the memories I want to create for our son, so when he grows up he’ll have something to look back on too.
Of course, he does get gifts, and he does have 2 birthdays each year.
It’s the events that are important not the gifts, yes, of course, gifts are lovely but honestly you don’t remember all the gifts when you grow up you remember family time and the love of your family.
I’m a complete sucker for anything that the shops bring out! I’ll hold my hands up and gladly admit that, yes my house is full of Poundland decorations at Halloween and I add a little more each year. I know it’s all commercialised and it’s getting more and more over the top as each year passes and the shops bring out their Christmas offerings earlier and earlier each year, but I just LOVE it, soooo much!
I can’t fully explain what it is inside but something switched inside of me about 4 years ago and boy I make my way through the year by hopping from one special occasion to the next.
Here’s a little list of the things I have either done or will do for Halloween and Christmas:
Apart from Christmas and birthdays, Halloween is one of the celebrations I tend to go way over the top about! Hence the post about Halloween and Christmas! I honestly and truthfully have no idea why! I just love it, it wasn’t until my son was about 4 that I took any notice of it and then once I did well let’s say I struggle to have control when it comes to decorations or sweets!
Leading up to Halloween we might visit a pumpkin patch and attend some Halloween themed events.
I do a special spooky breakfast and like Christmas and birthdays, we are allowed naughty treats first thing in the morning!
We decorate the house with lots and lots of lovely tat! Love it!
We carve pumpkins and decorate them.
I sometimes do a Halloween themed treasure hunt.
We might do Halloween crafts or baking.
Watch kids Halloween movies.
Then when little man has gone to bed my husband and I have a little tradition of watching a horror movie, I don’t normally like watching horror movies but I make the exception and watch from behind a cushion!
We put the decorations up very early in our house, last year we had them up on the 17th of November! I know! I know, we`re bonkers!
I love doing a special advent for Little Rick, something special and homemade. Last year he opened a little advent bag each day, which id put a little blind bag toy in and a chocolate. This year I’m thinking of getting him a Lego advent calendar because I didn’t realise just how much the little homemade advent bags would add up too, as I bought a little over a few weeks and it was more expensive than the Lego advent calendar!! A-hem!
We always have a special “North Pole” breakfast, which consists of chocolate, sweeties, pancakes and fruit. I decorate the kitchen table and we all enjoy the 1st December morning together before school.
I tend to try and pick up little craft projects throughout Sept and Oct for us to do in the evenings throughout December.
I also plan for us to go to Christmas markets and light switch ons, I just love taking in the atmosphere of a Christmas celebration.
Conclusions – Halloween and Christmas
So, you get the drift, I won’t go into anymore. Most of our celebrations are similar but just have a different theme, I always try to incorporate a treasure hunt and a bit of baking or crafting.
Maybe it’s because as yet we’ve never had a family holiday, and I’ve replaced the excitement and planning of a holiday with planning of celebrations, I don’t know, but I’m happy and proud to say I love every celebration that could possibly be celebrated and I’m even considering borrowing the odd American celebration too, but maybe that’s a step too far? Who knows, I’ll let you know if I do and which one I’ve borrowed!!
Are you potty about celebrations and go over the top too? Can I find a kindred spirit? Or do you find the whole going OTT a bit annoying and just wish things weren’t quite so commercialised nowadays, I love to hear your opinions and what you do.