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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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TheShoeLady · 01/12/2021 03:39

That sounds lovely!

I’ve just got in from work at 3am and luckily brought some cinnamon buns home with me, so have just plonked some icing and snowman faces on them!

My teen DCs will be up and out before I’m even awake tomorrow but hopefully they’ll find their festive brekky on the table and the advent calendars outside their bedroom doors - thanks for the inspiration!

Just finished setting up Christmas Breakfast!
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WeeTattieBogle · 01/12/2021 03:56

@TheShoeLady

That’s lovely! So cute.

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Sunshineandrainbow · 01/12/2021 04:33

@TheShoeLady

That sounds lovely!

I’ve just got in from work at 3am and luckily brought some cinnamon buns home with me, so have just plonked some icing and snowman faces on them!

My teen DCs will be up and out before I’m even awake tomorrow but hopefully they’ll find their festive brekky on the table and the advent calendars outside their bedroom doors - thanks for the inspiration!

Absolutely love the snowman!
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Gingerodgers · 01/12/2021 04:37

I think it’s lovely to start Christmas on dec 1st. …. And why wait til Christmas Eve for the new jimjams? Best to get the whole of December out of them. Merry Christmas x

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SpamIAm · 01/12/2021 05:51

@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!

God you're brave, I barely speak above a whisper once the kids are in bed in case I wake them.
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Allaboutyou222 · 01/12/2021 06:40

That’s sweet.

I do hate the Xmas Eve boxes though. Just another excuse to spend more and buy more stuff.

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Angel2702 · 01/12/2021 06:44

😆 We do a North Pole breakfast too to make it a double Mumsnet sin our Elves set ours up when they arrive having also put up all our decorations and tree. It is the thing the kids look forward to more than Christmas Day. This is our last year of Elf On The Shelf but they’ve already decided to do the breakfast themselves next year.

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Darkpheonix · 01/12/2021 06:44

I thought Christmas eve boxes were just some early small Christmas gifts.

As a kid we got new pj's and one of our smaller gifts on Christmas eve. I do the same for my kids, but don't buy anything specially for it. There's no box though.

Maybe I actually do know what a Christmas eve box is though

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Angel2702 · 01/12/2021 06:46

@Allaboutyou222

That’s sweet.

I do hate the Xmas Eve boxes though. Just another excuse to spend more and buy more stuff.

We don’t do a Christmas Eve box as we have all the things in it during the whole of December. But it is generally things people would have in for Christmas Eve anyway, just a nicer way to present it. Pjs, hot choc, bath bomb etc maybe craft to keep kids excitement down a notch.
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Mumwithbaggage · 01/12/2021 07:10

How lovely! I'm always late to the party but have just turned Alexa onto Christmas tunes and whacked some cinnamon cook at home buns from Ikea in the oven. Youngest Dd (17)deserves a better mum!

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Myonlysunshine123 · 01/12/2021 07:14

Right i'm off to make pancake batter.
Sounds perfect because i rand out of bread last night.Grin Thanks OP

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LadyPenelope68 · 01/12/2021 07:27

@Santaischeckinglists
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!!
My boys are 19 and 23, they were most upset that Thornton’s Chocolate Shop has closed down as this is the first time ever they couldn’t have a Thornton’s Advent Calendar with their name iced on 🤣

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BlueFlavour · 01/12/2021 07:48

@UndertheCedartree
Thank you so much Smile
I managed it! I thought they would be too cool for school at 14 and 12 but they loved it.
I hope you have had a lovely breakfast this morning and Merry Christmas.

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UndertheCedartree · 01/12/2021 08:31

As promised - the Snowman pancake! The orange fruit pastille was a bit large but never mind! ☃️

Just finished setting up Christmas Breakfast!
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BlueFlavour · 01/12/2021 08:34

He’s a thing of beauty Smile
Well done @UndertheCedartree

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UndertheCedartree · 01/12/2021 08:35

@Pbbananabagel

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

Aww, hope your little one enjoys the reindeer toast!
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ApolloandDaphne · 01/12/2021 08:39

How lovely! I like anything that injects a bit of joy into people's lives.

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Just10moreminutesplease · 01/12/2021 08:41

That’s such a sweet way to start December! I’m definitely stealing it once my baby is old enough to care Grin.

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alrightfella · 01/12/2021 08:47

We used to change the bedding whilst they were sleeping.

With the duvet, that day I used to take the existing cover off, put the Christmas one on and then the normal one back on top of it so you only needed to get it off during the night.

We have spare pillows so I used to put the Xmas covers on the spare pillows and then change it whilst they were sleeping, using the pretence of giving them a kiss goodnight if they woke (in the same way you would for tooth fairy)

However they are now mid- late teens so will just put them on today whilst they are at school!

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UndertheCedartree · 01/12/2021 08:47

@MollysDolly

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.

Yes, plates are reused. And yes, I agree to be fair the pens could be 'tat' but actually they are useful as pens and when run out will still be used every year as jingle bells. The thing is this is just a personal tradition it isn't a commercial thing atall so not encouraging extra consumption. I mean Christmas jumpers and pyjamas you have suggested are fine but those are commercial things that do encourage extra consumption. My breakfast is just food that we need anyway. It also interesting that you and the poster thought that jumpers and PJ's are fine (things that cost money) but a breakfast (only cost of food that would need anyway - little extra expense for special items) was not. The poster suggested Christmas markets and pantomimes and all the expensive things myself and others can't afford was ok but not a special breakfast. I find it a very privileged and snobby attitude.

But, yes, thank you it was tasty!
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UndertheCedartree · 01/12/2021 08:48

@missnevermind

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.

That's so lovely! 🌲
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Aposterhasnoname · 01/12/2021 08:49

OMG, I no am sooooo doing this next year, and I don’t have kids!

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UndertheCedartree · 01/12/2021 08:50

@Trumpton

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.?

This made me laugh! Hope you found the other advent? Could an elf have hidden it?!
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peboh · 01/12/2021 08:51

I think this sounds so lovely! I may steal this idea for next year!

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UndertheCedartree · 01/12/2021 08:54

@WeeTattieBogle - I gradually put my decorations up over December. The tree goes up about 10 days before. And like you my decorations stay up til Epiphany. We did have lots of fun this morning, thank you.

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