Monday, December 15, 2014

The magic of Christmas




I still vividly remember sitting in the lounge room at the front of the house, surrounded by Christmas decorations, looking out the window at the Christmas light displays across the street and feeling so happy. For me the magic of Christmas wasn't just waking up on Christmas day and opening presents. The magic of Christmas was strongly cemented in the lead up to the big day. Decorating the house, planning our light display, putting the tree up, listening to Christmas carols and soaking it all in each night.

I loved how the community came together at Christmas. All of my friends in our street would set up light displays. Each year they'd get bigger and better and more houses would join in. I'd start drawing pictures of the front of our house and where the lights and decorations should go at the end of October. I was very, very serious when it came to our light display (and just a tad ocd). Everything had to be perfect. I wanted to make sure everyone who walked or drove past our house would stop and smile.

I loved night time because it meant the lights would come on. I don't know why but I've always had a fascination with fairy lights. I always loved that Christmas gave me a legitimate excuse to pull them out and look at them each night. There's something so special about all the colourful little lights twinkling away against the night sky.

Of course looking back now I feel sorry for my mum having to put up all the lights herself to turn my elaborate plans into reality. I also shudder to think what the electricity bill must have been. There were no such thing as solar lights back then, thankgod they have them now.

Even as an adult I still have a huge fondness for fairy lights and love that there are so many around at Christmas time. Living in a townhouse complex now I don't get to decorate like I did as a child, but hopefully when we finally move out into a real house I can make up for that. I've carried the magic of Christmas lights with me from my childhood to adult life and I hope to pass that magic onto my daughter too. We're starting slowly with sensory light play and Christmas tree lights, but I'm sure one day she'll be mapping out light plans for me to create at Christmas too, and I can't wait!

What do you find magical about Christmas?


Toni x

Linking with Alicia, Eva and Kirsty


14 comments:

  1. I'm not sure why but I've really lost the spirit of Christmas in a big way this year. Possibly due to having had such a bad year health wise, and lacking energy. I'm just wanting the year to be over. We've always done things fairly low key, so luckily my girls expectations aren't over the top but gosh I wouldn't mind if we gave the whole thing a miss this year.

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    1. Luckily I'm not hosting Christmas this year so I just get to enjoy it without all the added stress thankgod.

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  2. I love lights too. They are magical. I love Christmas eve with Bing Crosby music and light on the tree

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    1. They really are magical aren't they.

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  3. My kids make xmas magical - just the way their faces light up in excitement - that's better than any lights or decorations for me!

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    1. Yea I can't wait until bub understands it properly and gets excited about it.

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  4. I did my house with lights for a few years, was fabulous to think that it made people happy. Have to do it again one year, I know my girls would be so excited. I am like Kirsty, it's all about the kids and seeing their excitement.

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    1. I can't wait to have a proper house to decorate again. It'll probably be a few years away for us though.

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  5. I grew up in a small town and surprisingly a lot of people got into the spirit with their lights. I love going for a drive to look at all of the displays but unfortunately I don't have a license and Paul doesn't like it. Luckily my parents usually visit so we go out and look at them while they are here. For Dyllan of course ;)

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    1. Yea I wish bub was older so I could take her out to look at the lights, but Trent won't do it until shes like 5 :(

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  6. We have one of those fibre optic Xmas trees which means no more tangles! I agree, fairy lights are gorgeous!
    You have a wonderful Christmas Toni x

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    1. I've actually considered the fibre optic ones, Im just worried one of my cats would chew them cos he eats the tree sometimes. You have a good Christmas too x

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  7. Aren't these memories so precious? I really want my kids to have some of their own so we're working to make this happen with a few traditions like a book (that we already own) unwrapped each night!

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    1. I'm going to do the book advent calendar next year :)

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