Despite how much I mutter about the season of mince pies and mistletoe sometimes, Christmas is absolutely one of my happiest times of the year. It’s become even more special since having kids; there’s nothing like seeing the gobsmacked delight on their faces as they open gifts on Christmas morning. Make mine a chocolate hamper please, Santa!
For me, Christmas is all about exploring London in all its festive glory, from ice skating rinks to winter wonderland pop-ups. It’s also about cosying up indoors, breaking out the Baileys and gorging myself on Christmas movies!
A few Christmas traditions that really Bring the Magic Home for our family:
There’s nothing better to get you in the Christmas mood than watching a magical theatre production for children. Shows like The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, Slava’s Snow Show at Southbank Centre and The Wind in the Willows live have been utterly enchanting for both adults and kids alike. This year, we loved Hackney Empire’s hilarious panto take on the Sleeping Beauty legend. Read our London Kid Christmas Theatre guide for more ideas!
Babes and Baubles
We buy a fairly small Christmas tree from Chapel market and, since it’s ‘child-height’, for the past three years the babes have decorated it single-handedly. They love picking out our tree and making it sparkle, and it’s my first excuse to play some cheesy Crimbo music while the babes are doing their thing.
The babes get a chocolate advent calendar every year and this year I treated myself to one too (hey, why not?). If you’re a fellow chocoholic, scroll down to see how you can win a fab Christmas chocolate hamper from Swiss chocolate masters Lindt. For the past couple of years, the boys have also been receiving mysterious letters from a Christmas elf, all the way from the North Pole. Elfie seems to have taken a break this year, although rumour has it some of her pals might be getting in touch instead!
Christmas Dinner Mash-Up
I love a traditional roast, although it’s usually chicken or lamb at ours since nobody’s crazy about turkey. Being Nigerian Brits, we like to inject a little more spice into the mix, and along with roast potatoes and gravy, you’re likely to find pepper soup or jollof rice on the menu!
What are your favourite Christmas traditions with your family?
Personalise a Lindt Teddy!
Did you know this Christmas you can personalise a Lindt chocolate teddy, complete with its own Christmas jumper — how cute is that? For every Lindt Teddy (100g and 200g), Chocolate Santa (125g) or Gold Reindeer (100g) bought online or through Lindt stores, Lindt will donate £1 to support the NSPCC and its annual Letter From Santa campaign.
Lindt pledge to donate £100,000 to the NSPCC, so why not browse their website for some Christmas inspiration? Chocolates make a fab gift for Christmas, although Lindt chocolates make almost any holiday taste better. I wish someone would personalise one of those Lindt Teddies for me (hint hint), although they’re almost too sweet to eat!
Win a Lindt Chocolate Hamper (12 Days of Xmas 2016)
Lindt chocolatiers are inviting readers to Bring the Magic Home for Christmas in a special competition, featured here as part of our 12 Days of Xmas series. You can win an amazing chocolate hamper (pictured) stacked with Lindt goodies!
Entry is simple via the Rafflecopter form below. NB: Please reload the page if the form doesn’t show and if you still can’t see it, do give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
12 Days of Xmas 2016
Every day from Dec 9 until Dec 21, I’ll be giving away a fantastic new prize so don’t forget to subscribe, follow Babes about Town on Bloglovin or just keep coming back. Visit our Competitions page to see the full list of Christmas prizes and more!
This post is in conjunction with Lindt but all thoughts are my own. Visit their website to find out more about their delicious chocolates and great recipes.