It came.  It saw.  It went.  

Christmas baubleChristmas that is.  The big day that we’d been preparing for and building up to for weeks beforehand is over and a new year is fast approaching.

I’m a little sad to have waved goodbye to Christmas 2012.  For the very first time, Olivia understood about Father Christmas and was so, so excited. 

She became Santa’s Mum and Dad’s little helper throughout December; wanting to help get all the Christmas decorations out; set up the Christmas tree; hang up the tree ornaments; helping to wrap presents (not hers or William’s obviously because Santa and his elves do all that). 

The countdown to Christmas began on December 1st – the Christmas tree was already up and the re-usable advent calendars (which I love) filled to the brim with little treats. 

Every morning, Olivia would rush downstairs to open her calendar, telling me which window needed opening before I even had a chance to open my mouth.  I also downloaded a ‘Track Santa’ app onto the iPad so that Olivia and William could see where Santa was at any point during December and especially on Christmas Eve (something William got to grips with scarily quickly). 

Olivia’s excitement grew the closer to Christmas Eve it got.  Santa even paid us a visit the night before Christmas Eve, double checking his naughty and nice lists I’m sure.  Olivia stood outside in the cold, wrapped up warm in her coat and gazing in awe at the jolly fat man in red on his sleigh in front of her.

“Ho, ho, ho.  Merry Christmas Santa.”  Olivia whispered to him almost breathlessly and I felt pride and love swell in my chest, both on an immeasurable scale.

The next evening was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring – except for my daughter who was far too excited about the prospect of Santa visiting.  Thankfully, she eventually settled and we were all able to get some sleep so that Santa could get on with his job.  Which he did, resulting in 2 very happy children.

Happy Children at Christmas

It’s been amazing to see my little girl grow up over these last few years but this Christmas has been absolutely magical.  Seeing the excitement dance behind her eyes, growing each day the closer to Christmas Day it got, has been so very special.  The magic of Christmas has well and truly begun for her and I know that next year, it should be the same for William.  And I can’t wait.

Long may it continue.