As well as being part of the Treasure Trails team I'm also the Dad of two
challenging loud Peter Rabbit obsessed adorable children!
Max is 6 and Emily is 3.
My wife Lucy and I have been planning Christmas for weeks!
As soon as Bonfire Night comes around, even before the final sparkler has been extinguished, "Operation Perfect Family Christmas" is implemented.
I may have over played MY involvement a tad!
Correction! Lucy has been planning Christmas for weeks and my job is to nod in agreement.
A plan of action is drawn up, detailing when we will be seeing key family members.
Presents have been
purchased made by Father Christmas's Elves and we are finally ready for the big day.
Phew! Thank goodness that's over.
There's a lot of pressure to create the perfect magical Christmas and us parents bear the brunt of this stress.
I want to give Max & Emily the perfect Christmas and I'm sure you are the same with your children.
But, as parents, is our idea of 'perfect' the same as our Children's?
The natural reaction is to go BIG!
Hey, you’ve worked hard all year and want to spoil your kids rotten, and I’m certain that there isn’t a single kid in the whole world who doesn’t like ripping open loads of presents on Christmas day morning!
But when does it all become too much?
Becoming Ebenezer Scrooge won’t win you any fans!
The exact opposite of going big on Christmas is to embrace your inner Scrooge! This is something that comes naturally to me!
You’ll certainly save a ton of cash but unless you get enjoyment from seeing children cry (and the rest of your family for that matter!) I wouldn’t recommend this option!
The Secret Formula to the Perfect Christmas is a Simple One!
Spend Quality Time Together!
Let’s be honest, when it's all done and dusted and the kids are back at school, what will they really remember about Christmas?
My natural answer to this question would’ve been all the amazing (and ridiculously expensive) gifts they got from Father Christmas.
That was, until I was scrolling through Facebook and saw this powerful letter written by a teacher!
Wow! Who would’ve thought it?!
After wiping the tears from my eyes, I promised myself to make more opportunities to spend quality time with my loved ones!
I for one am looking forward to playing Junior Cluedo with Max (he's going to make a great Treasure Trails detective when he's older!), splashing through muddy puddles with Emily (Pepper Pig has a lot to answer to) and walking hand in hand with Lucy on a local Treasure Trail while Max is hunting for clues!
I'm 100% positive that spending quality time together as a family will make this Christmas one to treasure for years to come!
Merry Christmas & Happy Trailing!
Sam Willsher 12th December 2018