Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year! I love everything about it… yes even Boney M! Haha!
I love the idea of family and even though I’ve come from a broken home I looked forward to one day having a family of my own and starting traditions and all the things I longed for as a kid.
You know that super cheesy saying your parents used to say to you when you asked them what they wanted for Christmas and they would tell you that seeing you open your Christmas presents was presents enough for them… we totally used to roll our eyes but now that I am a parent and I have a child of my own – I can TOTALLY 100% relate!
I went through a patch between the age of (19 to just before Maddie was born) that I thought Christmas had lost its magic. I think you go through that phase in your early adulthood where Christmas isn’t as exciting as it was when you were a kid and Father Christmas was real.
Now that Maddie a part of our lives Christmas is simply MAGICAL! Everything from the Christmas carols she has been singing to us having learnt them at school to the belief and interest in the red man in the suit. This year is coming to be simply amazing!
While Christmas is always a hard one for me personally due to the fact that my mom was very sick over Christmas and we lost her in January of 2008, I tend to think about her over Christmas and I have flash backs of this difficult time for my family and I but Maddie has truly made Christmas such a special time for us again!
So the point of this blog post was to share our Christmas traditions with you and share what Christmas means to us…
Christmas to us is first and foremost about the birth of Jesus Christ and we spend a portion of our Christmas day celebrating his birth by attending church. Next Christmas means family, food and water! Water cause we live in Durban and every single Christmas day it is a blisteringly hot day (often reaching temps of 40 degrees) so it is always spent in the pool with some pool inflatables and the smell of sunscreen.
This Christmas we will be celebrating over a couple of days because to me Christmas isn’t just the 25th of December but it is the build up to the present opening. We will be attending Carols in the Park on Saturday, the Trail of Lights on the Sunday, we will attend the Christmas Eve church service on Monday and that will be followed by snacks and champagne on Christmas Eve with my in-laws before tucking Maddie into bed in her Christmas Eve PJs that Elfie will bring her the morning of Christmas Eve. Christmas morning will involve opening presents at home followed by visiting our in-laws (who are in the same complex two doors away) to exchange gifts there and enjoy a day of eating, being merry – Christmas hats, crackers and carols and relaxing. Boxing Day will be spent at our pool with cold meats and salads, pool inflatables and of course watermelon!
Some of our traditions in the lead up to Christmas is Maddie’s annual Christmas themed Christmas photo shoot. This is something we have done since Maddie’s birth and this year we had the privilege of getting Maddie in front of Natalie Edy‘s camera to capture all these incredible photographs you see in this post. Natalie Edy Photography is based in Hillcrest and specialises in newborn, child and family photography. Natalie is absolutely incredible with kids and we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer to capture these beautiful images that we will treasure for life. We managed to snap all these images in under 15 minutes – that is how good Natalie is! All the scenes were set up in her studio and it was literally just popping Maddie into the next scene.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! From my side I just want to thank each and every one of my followers, readers and fans who support us, enjoy our content and engage with me on a regular basis. Your love and support doesn’t go unseen! We wouldn’t be who we are without each and every one of your views, likes, comments and follows. So a HUGE thank you! 2019 is going to be a crazy awesome year and I look forward to sharing it all with you in the new year. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year and we look forward to catching up with you all in the new year!
Dress by: Mini Mademoiselle Atelier (orders are exclusively made through @littlehunnys_ on Instagram
Christmas romper by: @snug_sa on Instagram
Photographs by: nephotography.co.za
Until next time…
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