So the decorations are up and we’ve started festive crafting and cooking. There is Christmas music playing. Candles burning.

With all three children now at secondary, we no longer have a festive run up to the holiday, courtesy of school. Secondary is more opt in, when it comes to these kinds of activities. No plays or concerts. No crafts or dressing up. Feet are dragging and days are being counted down.

I made the mistake this year of thinking, that they wouldn’t want a chocolate advent calendar. So I didn’t buy or make one for them. One small step towards a simplified festive holiday, I thought. How wrong was I ? We have an advent truck with drawers. That seemed enough for a countdown. Each year, I put a nativity character, made of Fimo, in each drawer with a chocolate treat. I upped my game by taking the quality of the chocolate to a new level and adding a tiny scroll with an activity suggested. We’ve had wreath making, clockwork penguin racing and a festive, foreign language challenge, among other activities.

Looking back, I see where I went wrong. I deleted a tradition. Somehow, I had only discussed the change of plan with two out of the three children. It was a rookie mistake. I should know better. Not an error I’ll make again. Mr TTC came to the rescue and picked up three calendars. Next year. Next year.

Apart from my desire to simplify a festival in our family, to bring back some meaning to it, the other reason for looking to shake things up a bit, is that the children are getting older. As days tick over to weeks, and then on to months, I can see them growing into the people they will be. At the moment, it feels like they take on more each spin around the sun.

Last weekend, eldest teen decided to make pecan pie. I have no idea where this came from as it’s not something I make often. Ingredients bought in, she made it. It’s not often she cooks, but when she does, she really goes for it. The pie was yummy. She’s also reached the stage where she clears up after herself as well. Somehow that makes pecan pie taste even better.

Final part of my weekly roundup is a new tradition. Mr TTC entered a 5k charity run dressed as a Santa. If you saw my Instastories last weekend, you’d have seen a photo of him, dressed up as Santa, holding a bag of sprouts and a parsnip. One of those photos, in years to come, that would puzzle. Why was Grandpa Joe (not his name) holding veg, dressed as Santa? Is that what they used to put in Christmas stockings?

No. Just to put your mind at rest, although as someone who grew up with the threat of La Befana adding coal to stockings, who could blame me! The answer is that he over took the two runners dressed as a sprout and a parsnip. Therefore earning an extra reward.

He enjoyed the run. We got soaked supporting him. Everyone agreed that this would become part of our family run up to Christmas tradition. Although the rain doesn’t have to be part of it. I hope.

Linking up to Anne’s word of the week linky. Anyone else joining in? My word is run-up. I know it’s strictly two words, but I’m throwing in my hyphen wildcard this week.

Raisie Bay – Word of the Week


7 thoughts on “Run-up

  • Saturday 8 December, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Oh my goodness “run” is right, the days are speeding towards Christmas!! I had the exact same reaction when my mum suggested we didn’t need advent calendars anymore. She started using a wooden advent instead too and buys a bag of chocolate snowballs or something to put in. We don’t live at home anymore but if we pop back during December you can guarantee there will be chocolate in there for us! #WotW

  • Saturday 8 December, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Hyphened words are most certainly welcome 🙂 Well done to Mr TTC and especially for his sprouts and parsnip achievements. I wouldn’t dare change getting advent calendars, my eldest are both adults and still have one. The last two years eldest daughter has opted for cosmetic ones, but this year she’s gone back to chocolate. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a pecan pie! Well done to your girl for making one. x
    Thanks for joining in with #Wotw

  • Sunday 9 December, 2018 at 8:58 am

    This sour first year with out a primary school child, so the run-up does feel quite different this year, my kids wouldn’t be happy with out their advent calendar, I’m too scared to broach them being too old lol #wotw

  • Sunday 9 December, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Ah yes traditions they certainly become ingrained in us #MMBC

  • Monday 10 December, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I think it’s rubbish that they don’t really do much at secondary school for Christmas. I am really missing the plays and concerts this year!
    Oops! I think I will still be buying my kids advent calendars when they’re adults. lol They love them.
    That pecan pie looks fab! Well done your teen!

  • Monday 10 December, 2018 at 11:47 am

    It’s hard to let go of traditions and no matter they’re age, your kids will remind you if you try. The pecan pie looks so yummy! Wow, now I’m starving for a sweet slice. Hope you have a fabulous week! #MMBC

  • Monday 10 December, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I also made the calendar mistake and had to run out at the last minute and buy them, Jack said I am 18 not the grinch ha ha! I love peaked pie I bet that was amazing and I love the Santa run tradition. I really believe keeping the magic alive is all about traditions and celebrating together despite their age x

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