We love the run up to Christmas here at Little Cotton Clothes, almost as much as the day itself. So we thought we’d ask some of the mothers who inspire us to share how they prepare for Christmas in their home – all those lovely traditions that create such warmth and familiarity at this magical time of the year.
We’re so excited to be bringing you this beautiful series of words and images from mothers around the world in the lead up to Christmas, wishing you all the most lovely Adventide.
Today, we launch the series with UK based mama, stylist, designer and shop owner Katie Watts, as she gives us an insight into how she creates some Christmas magic for her girls, and continues the traditions she herself enjoyed as a child.
Our family absolutely love Christmas, as my parents loved it too, so I’ve carried the tradition over to our children.
Every year around mid-October time, (some might say too early!), I start getting the children in the mood for Christmas by playing comforting, traditional Christmas songs such as Nat King Cole, David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Songs that remind me of growing up and being really excited about Christmas. I light lots of candles and make it as cosy as possible for us all, there’s always a scented candle burning in the background filling the home with a wonderful scent.
We always had old traditional decorations in my childhood home like home-made wreaths, pine cones and mistletoe, so I tend to keep to the same tradition. I love making my own wreaths and collecting pine cones on our winter walks together, the girls really enjoy it.
We never miss Bettie-Jo sending a letter to Santa and every year it’s so lovely to see her face light up when she receives a letter back. Every Christmas Eve the girls get a Christmas box and in it they receive brand new pyjamas, slippers, dressing gown and a cup of hot chocolate just like my brother, sister and I did every year as children.
I also really enjoy wrapping the girls’ presents in brown paper with string and a little tree decoration, so once they open their gift they can hang it on the tree.
Happy Christmas x x x
Thank you Katie