Remembering Last Christmas

Christmas 2018 is probably the Christmas time I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Every year I get so excited for Christmas. When Summer is officially over, I am then on the countdown for Christmas. I love getting the tree out, the decorations up on the wall, setting up the Christmas lights and I also love organising all the Christmas presents for family and friends too. It's always been my favourite time of year.

Our usual Christmas is spending the day at home with the kids, as a family. Opening presents, visiting my partner's aunty and uncle, before his parents come over, then we just relax for the day. Of course, we have a delicious Sunday lunch too. Although Christmas Day itself is amazing, I always look forward to Boxing Day.

Boxing Day is a day where we as a family head off to my Nain and Taid's house and the whole family is there. There are lots of gift openings and lots of food on a buffet. We normally have some music, play games, have a little drink and just talk away the whole day. But, last Boxing Day will probably be the day I will cherish forever.

It was the last Christmas we spent as a full family together, as my Nain sadly passed away August this year.

My Nain was like me, loved Christmas. She always went overboard with her Christmas lights, tinsels and decorations. In fact, she gave me one of her tinsel Christmas trees a few years ago, I've put it up every year, and I love it. She always looked forward to Christmas, and loved the boxing day's we all had together, she really did cherish family time.

Last boxing day, we did our usual, chilled in the morning, before getting ready to head off out and spend the day in my Nain and Taid's. I was really nervous this time around because I had a gift for my Nain and Taid that meant a lot. It was a canvas photo drawn by someone who merged about 5 photographs together. I went for my Nain and Taid in the middle, their late-parents beside them both and then all the great-grandchildren along the front.

I remember ordering the canvas, and I was so nervous but excited to give it to them. I told my partner that it felt the right time to order a gift like that. A photo of their parents with all the younger children in the family. My Nain and Taid were speechless when they opened their gift. I filmed it, and I am so glad I did, I keep looking back at the video and just seeing their faces is priceless.

The photo now sits nicely on their wall in their dining room, the room you come into as you enter the house.

As always, my Nain brought out lots of different gift bags for us all, and we opened up all of our presents. The kids always loved opening their gifts there, theirs were full of new pyjamas, new clothes, toys, books and stationery.

Afterwards, it was buffet time. From then on it was a very chilled out afternoon. We had a few drinks and played a game called 'Speech Breaker'. If you've never played it before, I can definitely recommend it. The afternoon and evening were full of smiles and laughter.

Although my Nain is not around to celebrate Christmas with us this year, I know she will always be looking down on us and celebrating along with us from up there. This year I have some beautiful personalised baubles that have a photo of my beautiful Nain inside. I knew I wanted to find something simple, nice and special, and I personally think these are just perfect.

- This post is in collaboration with YourSurprise. No payment was involved with this collaboration. We were kindly gifted some items mentioned in this post. However, all image, opinions and words are entirely our own.

This post is linked up with Keep Calm and Carry On Sunday


  1. Your Nain sounds like a wonderful person. I am sure she will always be watching out for you and celebrating along with you from up above.


  2. What fantastic memories. It sounds like your Nain did a fantastic job sharing some brilliant Christmas traditions that your family will continue with future generations. I love the canvas family picture what a brilliant gift she must have treasured. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  3. I'm very sorry for the loss of your Nain, she sounds such a lovely person. Great to see that you have so many lovely memories of her, and that canvas you got made for them last year looks fantastic xx #KCACOLS


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