It's so hard to choose a favourite Christmas experience! But it's not hard to admit that Christmas is so much more magical when you are a child. It's amazing that this bearded jolly man pops down your chimney while you're fast asleep and leaves beautiful gifts under your tree! (These days I am more excited to see the reaction of gifts I give to others!) There is one Christmas that I look back on fondly, as it was the start of a tradition that I still continue every christmas even though I am now 21!
One christmas I decided that I wanted a wooden soldier from santa, one that looked like the men that stood outside Buckingham Palace! Below you can see the awe on my face when I received from Santa an extremely rare and precious nutcracker that was made in East Germany before the Berlin wall came down in 1989 (Though I didn't know what that meant at the time!) He came with a golden key to slot in the back, a gun to sling over his shoulder and his hair is made of black feathers. Oh and how can I forget that carefully painted face complete with curly moustache!
From that Christmas onwards, I have received a nutcracker first from Santa, and then as I got older from my Mum after I would choose one at the German Christmas Markets in Manchester. I now have over 10 nutcrackers that come out every christmas and stand along the cupboard to decorate and stand guard. One day I would like to have a glass front cabinet to display them! I choose this as a favourite Christmas memory because it started a lovely tradition for my mum and I to go out to the markets together and choose this years Nutcracker (it's getting harder to find one I don't have, as I'm not a fan of the tacky glittery ones!)I'm not sure when this tradition will end, how many nutcrackers is too many?!
Here's a few more photos from that Christmas!!
Sisterly hug in front of the tree in our matching coats // Let me check if there's any more presents!
The year of the Furby!! Mine was the pink one, and I treated it like my baby!
You've got to love the pringle duck face! And my aunt slyly leaning out of the shot haha! Also, I loved this dress! The top was velvet! Why don't we bring back fashion like this for 21 year olds?!