Is there an optimum age for Christmas?

Polar ExpressI remember when I was in my early twenties and hearing people say Christmas becomes even more fun when you have kids, and thinking, “Yeah, whatever.” I mean – when you have kids of your own it puts you firmly in the role of “Fun Maker” instead of “Fun Taker”. You have to worry about grown-up things like how long it’ll take to cook the turkey and whether all the presents have been wrapped. Christmas as a parent must be rubbish, yes?

Well no, actually. Since I’ve become a mum I’ve loved Christmas even more than ever (and I loved it a whole lot to start off with). There’s something infectious about my four year old’s excitement as the day draws nearer. It makes doing all those pre-Christmas activities totally worth it.

Christmas has always been pretty amazing since Frog was born – even on her first Christmas when our oven broke and we had to go to my parents’ for an emergency Christmas Day. This year though, it’s something else. 

At four years old, Frog is totally aware of what’s going on. She’s old enough to remember the traditions of last year (a pre-Christmas lunch at the pub at the start of the holidays, making reindeer food, carols in the village on Christmas Eve) but young enough to buy into every ounce of the magic.

hot chocolate drinking

Although we only put our tree up last weekend, we’ve made a special effort to get out and do lots of Christmassey things over the last couple of weeks. This includes a pretty amazing trip on The Polar Express – a steam train on the nearby Dartmoor Railway that’s like stepping into the film. I cried proper tears seeing how excited Frog was as she waved to Father Christmas. Call me a sap, but it was one of those moments I won’t forget.

There’s also been ice-skating – an activity that Frog has always been too young to enjoy until now.

skating at Winter Wonderland

Then there’s been our annual pine-cone collecting walk, where we find pine-cones to cover in glitter and add to our Christmas decorations.

Pinecone walk
Glittery pinecones

We’ve snuggled up on the sofa to watch Christmas films, had a Christmas tree putting up party (it’s totally a thing) and danced to many, many Christmas tunes.

There have been two letters to Santa (in case one goes missing)…

Letter to Santa

And, behind the scenes, I’ve been enjoying wrapping presents and sourcing brand new Christmas Eve pyjamas for both girls – a tradition we’re starting this year.

Pyjamas for Christmas

This week sees Frog’s school Christmas party and Christmas dinner – activities that remind me how great being a pupil at primary school is at this time of year. Plus we have more activities and trips planned for the last few days before Christmas Day itself.

All of this just goes to show that Christmas as a parent is far from rubbish. As far as I’m concerned the optimum age for Christmas is right now – aged 31 and two months. Although my four year old may disagree…

What do you think? Have you enjoyed Christmas even more since becoming a parent? 


  1. says

    I think 4 is a perfect age for Christmas. A four year old viewpoint is so special that is is hard not to get tangled up in their excitement.

    You look like so far already you are having a wonderful time and creating lots of lovely memories and ultimately that is what Christmas is all about. Lovely things to look back on.

    My two are now both teenagers, it is different for sure but I still hope to create lovely memories for them just different ones to when they were younger!

    Have a wonderful Christmas x

  2. says

    I loved it when my gals were little but once they get the secret magic, a little of the sparkle goes. I am really loving the preparations for this year though. More time on my hands and the ‘Catherine’s Christmas Countdown’ timetable (sad I know) has meant that I am totally relaxed and looking forward to the girls coming home. With a combined age of almost 40, they still like hauling the stockings upstairs and climbing into our bed to open them. Definitely need to get a bigger bed!!! Still miss mum’s phone call on Christmas Eve!

  3. Grandma from the north says

    I can seriously say that it just gets better! I cant bear to think of combined ages (centuries!) but Christmas as a grandma is just as magical from all perspectives. X

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