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Just finished setting up Christmas Breakfast!
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UndertheCedartree · 30/11/2021 22:03

Some people might remember I posted 2 or 3 years ago about the 'Christmas Breakfast' I do for my DC on 1st December. I got blasted by some posters and one poster branded it 'Plastic tat mentality' - which still makes me laugh every year! I'm still sticking to our tradition and have just got things ready.

I decorate the table and set the DC's places with their Christmas plate. I prop their advent calendar up at their place. I make something Christmassy for breakfast like star shaped toast or tree shaped crumpets. This year I am doing Snowman pancakes! They also have a jingle bell pen each. Can't wait to see their faces in the morning! Christmas music will be playing as they come down the stairs! Glitterball

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KurtWildesChristmasNamechange · 30/11/2021 23:21

I love it OP! There seems to be a lot of scoffing at generally fun and simple Christmassy things on MN. Not sure why. Seems to mainly revolve around 'not having time..' which is fair enough but also indicate those of us who do do these kinds of things clearly don't live as busy and important lives as them. Which is funny 😂

I do elf on the shelf. It's no big time consuming thing just plopping elves in different places if you remember to. I put mine in 2 week isolation last year Grin

I do Christmas Eve boxes too, nothing crazy inside just a few bits.

I might see if I can rustle up a Christmas breakfast tomorrow, inspired by you OP. It can be a new tradition!

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UndertheCedartree · 30/11/2021 23:21

@GroggyLegs

Ours have their advent calendar & a pair of Xmas pajamas ready at the end of the bed for when they wake up.

Totally agree this only results in the slow & painful "how many days" but I started this shit-show several years ago when I was young & naive & now I'm committed until someone finally admits FC is a fake.

Love you begrudgingly doing your tradition! That will be me in the morning! Why did I think Snowman pancakes were a good idea before school? 😂
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UndertheCedartree · 30/11/2021 23:22

@PyongyangKipperbang

Ah well advent calendars.....

DS is too cool at 16 to want one (and yet had a full on sulk "NO! I'M FINE!" when he thought he hadnt got one), DD is 17 and now has accepted that childish is actually quite cool, and DD at 10 had to have a a quiet word with me that she didnt actually believ in FC but didnt want to upset and can she still have a calendar please :o

The older three all informed me that they had bought their own. It was then that I realised I havent had one since childhood so I bought 2! A gin one for the night before and a coffee one for the morning after....might just save them up and be a write off on Boxing Day....so it will be me saying "Its is Xmas Day yet?!" :o

Grin
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UndertheCedartree · 30/11/2021 23:23

@TinaYouFatLard

It sounds lovely.

I started a tradition several years ago of changing my kids bedding to Christmas stuff while they slept, so they woke up surprised on December 1st. They’re older now so I have to stay up later each year!

That sounds amazing!
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DramaAlpaca · 30/11/2021 23:23

I remember your thread, too.

I think your Christmas breakfast sounds adorable Smile

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MushMonster · 30/11/2021 23:25

That is lovely! Great idea.
Looking forward to seeing the pics.

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UndertheCedartree · 30/11/2021 23:27

@KurtWildesChristmasNamechange

I love it OP! There seems to be a lot of scoffing at generally fun and simple Christmassy things on MN. Not sure why. Seems to mainly revolve around 'not having time..' which is fair enough but also indicate those of us who do do these kinds of things clearly don't live as busy and important lives as them. Which is funny 😂

I do elf on the shelf. It's no big time consuming thing just plopping elves in different places if you remember to. I put mine in 2 week isolation last year Grin

I do Christmas Eve boxes too, nothing crazy inside just a few bits.

I might see if I can rustle up a Christmas breakfast tomorrow, inspired by you OP. It can be a new tradition!

Ah, brilliant! Yes, I know what you mean. The thing is those people probably spend lots of time doing things that I may think of as a waste of time. It's each to their own. Nothing wrong if this isn't your thing but for me it is a small way of being creative which I enjoy and my DC enjoy it too so it's win-win for me.
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UndertheCedartree · 30/11/2021 23:28

Thank you! Definitely feeling the Christmas spirit on this thread!

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KurtWildesChristmasNamechange · 30/11/2021 23:29

@UndertheCedartree exactly! No need for anyone to be sniffy about you doing it just because they don't want to do it!

I hope you all have a lovely breakfast Smile

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AdaColeman · 30/11/2021 23:32

That all sounds lovely! I could do with a snowman breakfast pancake!

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MaryAndGerryLivingInDerry · 30/11/2021 23:33

This sounds like a fantastic tradition!! Wish I had thought of this when my DC were small. It’s certainly much better than that wee elfy bastard. Grin

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BeaMends · 30/11/2021 23:49

@Santaischeckinglists

Surely whatever makes YOUR Christmas special is buggar all for other people to judge?
I have just been trawling shops as dd decided she did want an advent calendar this year..
Dd is 32..
And I dutifully got her one!!
Grin

I have been on much the same mission today - for much the same reason!
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Pbbananabagel · 01/12/2021 00:12

I absolutely LOVE this idea and I’m totally stealing it 😂. Just finished decorating our tree and windowsill so my toddler can come down and feel the magic in the morning - might be many many years until I let them help (tree dictator over here) but I hope it will feel really special - and I’ll make him reindeer toast, thanks for inspiring me

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SpideySenseTingles · 01/12/2021 00:25

@TinaYouFatLard

It sounds lovely.

I started a tradition several years ago of changing my kids bedding to Christmas stuff while they slept, so they woke up surprised on December 1st. They’re older now so I have to stay up later each year!

How on earth do you change kid's bedding whilst they are asleep without waking them up?

What kind of elf magic is this?
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VodselForDinner · 01/12/2021 00:27

@tara66

Crackers.

Yes OP, don’t forget the Christmas crackers!

Grin
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MollysDolly · 01/12/2021 00:55

See, I remember your thread, and I think that poster had a point.

Had to search for it, but confirmed, having reread, she was saying how there's getting right in the spirit (like advents, pyjamas, jumpers, and that shebang) and then there's just adding consumerism and extra stuff for the sake of it, as if it's a thing. Bulging Christmas Eve boxes, because somehow we need all this stuff to open the day before Christmas, as the pile of presents less than 24hrs later just isn't enough. Then some people have 1st December boxes as well. Then we need an elf titting about on a daily basis, (an advent every day just isn't enough) which has turned up in the last few years, because, well everyone else has got one, so I'd better have one.

I totally get what she meant with tat mentality, it's got very little to do with something being literally made of plastic, I think that's pretty clear. Sort of how some people send Halloween cards now. That was never, ever a thing for Halloween. There's already plenty for Halloween. This is about creating extra consumption for the sake of it, specifically at a time we already have more than enough, and it's not a good ethos for our planet. And I do agree with that sentiment.

Still, your breakfast sounds tasty Grin and if you and your kids like it, and there isn't much in the way of unnecessary/added waste. The plates you reuse year to year? It's a normal breakfast, served artistically. The only waste as such are the trinkets like pens you put alongside.

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missnevermind · 01/12/2021 01:20

My sister came round for dinner Sunday and I gave her a wrapped Christmas present and insisted she opened it.
It was a Kath Kidstone advent calendar (she is nearly 50) she was nearly in tears as she had been telling her friend how much she really wanted a nice posh advent calender but it wasn't the done thing at our age and as she lives alone she had nobody to get her one.
I bought it instead of an actual Christmas present and am really pleased I did.

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missnevermind · 01/12/2021 01:25

She also knows I couldn't be bothered with things like elf on a shelf so a couple of years ago she sent the kids a photo of the elf with a suitcase arriving at her front door and a story of how he would get into trouble with Father Christmas for going to the wrong address if he went home straight away.
So the kids get Elf on a shelf by proxy - a photo every morning 😁 - and she gets a bit of the fun of Christmas

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Trumpton · 01/12/2021 01:39

I thank you for this thread as it reminded me in the wee small hours to get the Advent calendars out. There little faces would have been so disappointed Xmas Sad
They are 36 and 40 by the way!
Now I have been into the room of doom (we are having building work done and I have had to cram stuff into one room) to find them and can only find one of them!
But my two posh ones and one of theirs were together ….hmmm.?

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Trumpton · 01/12/2021 01:40

DYAC made a fool of me. THEIR wee faces!

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WeeTattieBogle · 01/12/2021 01:40

@PyongyangKipperbang

OK...dons flack jacket.

I dont like this idea. But....bear with me!

My eldest will be 31 in a few days, my youngest (of 6) is 10. Over the years I realised that the earlier you start Xmas, the more days you get of "Is it nearly Xmas yet?!" By day 10 it is getting REALLY OLD.

Then DC 3 was born on the 19th of December. I was determined to keep her birthday seperate from Xmas (her older siblings agreed) so we didnt start Xmas decs or anything until the 21st to keep one clear day between the two. And it was amazing! The kids knew that when the tree went up it was only a few days to wait and the excitement was so nice. Much better than stringing it out over a whole month where, by the end, they were as sick of waiting as I was.

So as much as I think its a lovely thing to do from a loving pov, we will stick to the 21st! Enjoy your breakfast.

I’m in my 60’s and love Christmas but I still
Stick to how it was done when I was growing up by not putting the tree and decorations up until a few days beforehand. They then stay il till about the 6th of January and I’m never fed up of them. Any new thing I add to Christmas is added to those two weeks but I have to say the op’s Christmas breakfast sounds like good and happy fun.
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WeeTattieBogle · 01/12/2021 01:46

How on earth do you change kid's bedding whilst they are asleep without waking them up?

What kind of elf magic is this?

@SpideySenseTingles

I think it probably just entails taking one quilt off the bed and putting another one with a Christmas cover on it. I doubt it’s a full change of bedding in the real sense. Sounds like good fun though.

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immersivereader · 01/12/2021 01:51

Love it! Will do the same here too

🎄🎄🎄

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immersivereader · 01/12/2021 01:55

Are snowman pancakes just one smaller pancake placed on top of a bigger circle? Then sprinkled in icing sugar?

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StarryNightSparkles · 01/12/2021 02:52

OP your breakfast sounds amazing. I hope you all have a lovely breakfast making special family memories.

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