Mummy says….’I have the most amazing memories of Christmas as a child, and am thrilled to be able to share them with you for the #ComeAndPlay campaign with the Early Learning Centre.
As a child, the excitement I felt on Christmas Eve was like no other. I can still feel it, if I close my eyes and think hard enough. It was actually a mixture of sheer excitement, fear and happiness. I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time.
I would go to bed quite early, and lie, unmoving in my bed, scared to open my eyes in case Santa saw me. It was the longest night of the year! I must have dozed off – eventually, and never woke until a decent 7am ish. My sister and I would look over the stair bannister to the tree at the bottom, and our pillow cases would be bulging with presents.
We would run shrieking into Mum and Dad – Dad would always ask ‘Has he been?’ and we would lug our pillow cases upstairs to their bedroom, as my Mum absolutely had to have a cup of tea before she could get out of bed!
It has been the biggest pleasure in my life to see my children all have this magical experience too. We are a very close family, and Christmas is our favourite time of year.
My children have always slept well – waking around 7am if not later. Last year, I had to wake Pickle up!
My teens tell me as they are older, that their experience of Christmas Eve as a young child was similar to mine!
I was so pleased to be asked to share my Christmas memories with the Early Learning Centre, and to receive a wonderful Thomas and Friends Wooden railway set for Pickle. He loves Thomas and Friends and we both love wooden toys. Seeing him playing with his fabulous train set brings back so many memories of me playing with my favourite toys – my first doll and her pram. I also have vivid memories of Santa bringing me my first Scalextric racing set, a Meccano set and my own train set too. How wonderful that Santa was clearly all about gender equality and toys, even in the 70’s!’
Pickle says…’This is the first Christmas that I am really understanding who Santa is, and what he does. I am still a little confused as to HOW he does it – and I am currently asking Mummy at least a dozen questions a day about it all. Not that it matters really, I know that if I am on my best behaviour, I will get presents on Christmas Day. And all my family will be with me, we will have a lovely dinner together, and lots of fun.
I love listening to Mummy telling us about what Christmas was like when she was a little girl – and hearing from my big brother and sisters too. My eldest sister is twenty, so there are lots of memories to share. I love my Thomas and Friends Wooden Train Set and am asking Santa for some more trains to go with it.’
What was your most memorable Christmas toy as a child?