It's the little {Christmas} things

Christmas wooden star

As a busy mum to three little children and a wife to a super busy, often absent husband it is the little things in life, which often keep me going. Each week I will be writing a "it's the little things" post to share with you the things that have made me smile. The little things in life as so important but we often let them slip by. Appreciate the little things. They are precious.

This week's little things:

Wrapping presents

Christmas eve book

Children's biscuits

Clementines

Mini chocolate cakes

Christmas candle

Flower shopping

Mince pies

Christmas slippers

Christmas day

Home-made crackers

Christmas table

Pre-nutcracker lunch

Kinfolk

My Christmas week has been wonderful and exhausting in equal measure. My little Max has been sleeping really badly, which has resulted in me having about 5 hours sleep a night on a good night. And meanwhile my husband has been enjoying about 10 hours of sleep a night and not appearing for the day until at least 10am, which rather rubs in just how exhausted I am. It's hard to keep happy, bright, patient and full of Christmas love when life is a bit of a sleep deprived blur. Yes, I could insist he gets out of bed one morning but to be honest the effort that would take would completely wake me up so isn't really worth it. I am sure some of you know what I mean about that!

I think it's really an issue about the fact that full-time parents can't really have a holiday in the same way that their working partners can. But that's a discussion for another day! For now I need to focus on all the beautiful little things to keep me as bright and cheery as possible. And there have been so many. We really did fill the house full of Christmas magic for the little ones and they have loved it all. 

Trips to the theatre, making Christmas crackers, baking and decorating cookies, sprinkling glittery food in the garden for the reindeers, eating too much chocolate, waking up on Christmas Day to find the door to the front room covered in wrapping paper they had to brake through to discover stockings full of treats and presents under the tree, party food for Christmas dinner, lovely times with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, days in pyjamas, endless games of Playmobil, ice-cream, Christmas films and far too many presents! Just like Sad Santa they are counting down the days to do it all again next year! 

I hope you have enjoyed Christmas and had some precious times with family and friends. I am now really looking forward to 2013 and I want to find a peaceful moment over the next couple of days (I mean evenings!) to look forward to the year and think about what the new year means to me. I have this printed on some beautiful paper and cannot wait to fill it in. The one I did for 2012 really did make a difference to my year. 

Have a beautiful day! x