Christmas is drawing to a close and we have had a wonderful, if exhausting and overwhelming, time. Little E has been lucky enough to meet Santa not once but twice. She finds the concept of Santa fascinating and talks about him constantly but last year she was rather scared of him so I was hesitant to see her reaction this year.
To be honest not much has changed! She is still rather scared and clings to me like a limpet. This year I told her she wasn't allowed a present from Santa unless she took it from him and said thank you. This worked well and she was happy to have a little chat with Santa and shake his hand from a safe distance of about three feet. So I am a few years off getting a decent photo but we are making slow progress!
Sticking with Santa, we introduced a new tradition this year to help Santa deliver the presents; the Christmas key. As we have no chimney for Santa to access the house we have bought an elaborate oversized key to leave outside for him. When I showed Husband the key he looked confused and said it was too big to fit in our front door... I looked at him for a while trying to work out if he was having me on, realised he was serious, shook my head slowly and reminded him it is a magic key. This was a highlight of Christmas. Little E was obsessed with the key and could not wait to hang it on our front door before she went to bed. In the morning when then key had been posted back through the letterbox by Santa she was ecstatic! I'll certainly be keeping this up for future Christmases.
Next year we'll try and and spread the presents out even further than Boxing Day to help quell the overexcitement as I don't know how we'll cope with two little bundles of Christmas energy! But the most important/troubling question I have is where do you hide double the presents now you have no spare room? I think they will be sent up to Santa early next year!!!