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The Twelve Blogs of Christmas #9: 1 plus 3 makes 4 this Christmas.

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Christmas has been different this year. The decorations are up, the cake and turkey were cooked and eaten but something else happened. It was months in the limbo stage; all the usual social services blurb and all the red tape, and now suddenly she’s here in time for the celebrations. Our beautiful daughter! This is our second time around and most…

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The Twelve Blogs of Christmas #6: A three and a half year old describes Christmas.

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I don’t want to tell anyone about Christmas because you’re not my friend because you won’t let me blow the silver blower because the dog doesn’t like it.   Christmas is all about – I love my headphones – my people coming like Gran-Gran and Nanna and my cousins.   I like Christmas because little FlatOut – my friend FlatOut…

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The Twelve Blogs of Christmas #4: Christmas Party Games you never played before you had children…

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  Name that stain Being a parent apparently means accruing a large knowledge of cleaning products and how best to combine them. I can’t make a Martini but I sure can combine Vanish, Napisan and bicarbonate of soda to get melted chocolate coins out of the sofa 56 wipe pick-up The rules are self-explanatory here, just insert whichever item you…

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The Twelve Blogs of Christmas #3: Not this year’s festive favourite.

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I think it’s fair to say I am not this year’s festive favourite! The reason being we have decided to try and have the Christmas we want for ourselves and our children – rather than a (vain) attempt to balance everyone else’s desires with our own. We are seeing all our family, just not on Christmas Day or Boxing Day……

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The Twelve Blogs of Christmas #1: Twinkle in the Sky

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Christmas can often be a time for reflection on what went before. “Auntie, your baby is a twinkle in the sky.” had said my beautiful, little freckly niece soon after my summer wedding. I will never forget those words. The winter that followed was tough. It was freezing, the country covered in snow. I sat at my office desk, consumed…

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