Ten years ago today, I gave birth to my first child, Sarah, by caesarean section. She was 4 weeks early, and I was suffering from pre-eclampsia, but all was well, and we both got home on Christmas Eve.
This photo was taken shortly after her birth, she lay beside me, eyes wide open but very still and quiet.
And these photos were taken today – and she is still as beautiful, but a bit more chatty!
My mother loves to tell the story of how my eldest brother, as a toddler went down early one Christmas, and not only opened a few presents, but unwrapped ALL the presents both the ones to be given and received. Apparently there was a lot of matching up of torn paper to size of present to try to establish what had been received and from whom. I don’t think they ever totally succeeded.
Despite this, as a child, all our presents went under the tree as soon as they were received, and there they stayed, taunting me, until Christmas Day. Today I have a bit less faith in my children’s ability of self-control, and I keep them out of harm and temptations way until Christmas Eve. As a child all presents were kept until Christmas Day, but we allow a few to be opened when received (especially ones we know to be sweets and chocolate – better to spread the unhealthy eating over a longer period), and the kids do get to choose one present to open on Christmas Eve.
I would love to know what you do with your Christmas presents before Christmas. Please share.