PointShoot Post #14: Christmas 2017

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness, linking up with the lovely Catie’s (from Spectrum Mum) Point Shoot linky gives me an opportunity to practice adopting a ‘gratitude attitude’.
Remembering, through quick snaps taken on my phone, the things I may otherwise take for granted in my busy life, or miss altogether, if I didn’t take a moment to stop.
It’s a chance to consider those family moments that may otherwise get lost in the fast pace of everyday life.  The photos generally aren’t posed so don’t interrupt the ebb and flow of the day.  Instead they are a record of those tender and special moments that regularly occur, between all the tears and tantrums, but can all too easily be missed.
Hopefully these posts may spur others on to keep a ‘gratitude log’ or something similar too.
It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My  last ‘Point Shoot’ post was about our trip to Little Street at the end of 2017.  This one is a bumper Christmas-New Year edition from the recent break.

The highlights:

Christmas Eve

This Christmas felt particularly magical as it was the first one the girls really understood.  At 7 their big bro is also still fully signed up to feeling the festive Father Christmas love.  So Christmas Eve was one of my favourite days with the anticipation and excitement tangible.

We went swimming in the morning (where I happened to see an ex-student who was working at the pool.  She gave me a big hug and was very kind to the children) and then went to the donkey procession in Blackheath in the afternoon.

The procession ends up with hundreds of people gathering round the church on the heath singing carols.  I loved singing – it’s so good for the soul – especially ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ – and it was great that this was the first year that our boy could really read all the words by torchlight and sang along with me.  Twin 2 stroked the donkey but twin 1 was more excited about stroking a doggy!

We then had an extra special treat – as it was so mild – of sitting outside the local pub and eating cheese and pickle sandwiches made by our eldest’s fair hands!  Our lot would eat cheese and pickle sarnies everyday if they could.   The hubby and I were able to enjoy a mulled cider too.  We then all trotted off home and the children were very excited about leaving out refreshments for Santa and Rudolph.  They decided on the healthier option of milk for Santa this year (after chatting to the Elves at the grotto) and a biscuit with a carrot and sparkly reindeer food for Rudolph.

Church at night with people stood round

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

As just mentioned we visited a Santa’s Grotto on in the run-up to Chrimbo.  Twin 2 and the eldest LOVED chatting with the Elves and helping them with their jobs before seeing the ‘Big Man’ himself.  The elves were AMAZING at being so cheerful and engaging with the little ones.  I also observed how much our son has grown in confidence over the last few weeks and months as he chatted comfortably with Father Christmas.  I enjoyed cuddles with Twin 1 as she was a little wary of the strange people!  However, she really enjoyed walking round the animals (the grotto was on a little nature trail with animals) afterwards and seeing Benny the pot-bellied pig!

Children watching an Elf at a Santa's Grotto

Watching the Children Playing

Whether it was watching them indoors or outdoors, just the 3 of them, or with friends or extended family, there were lots of happy, playful moments:

  • Kite-flying with the Grandparents
  • Playing Hungry Hippos with one set of cousins
  • Playing Junior Monopoly with another cousin
  • Running around playing hide-and-seek anywhere and everywhere – it’s one of their favourite games at the moment!
  • The twins playing role-play games with their imaginary friends ‘Bissy’ and ‘Gokka’ (!) including Bethlehem and Jesus in their pretend-play as they started to pick up on the Christmas story.
  • The twins doing their first ‘big children’ lego set with their Daddy on Christmas Day.
  • Twin 1 enjoying taking her new Paddington Bear with her to the pub to show her friends on Christmas Day.
  • Our eldest relishing the task of helping his little sisters around the softplay centre and also making a new friend for the first time while there.
  • The boys getting to grips with the science kit which Santa had brought our son as a gift.

A little girl flying a kite

Father and son wearing goggles doing science experiments at the kitchen table

Little girl climbing

Trips to Greenwich

We ended up just down the road from us, in Greenwich, a fair few times this holiday.  Once for a lovely lunch with friends.  There were 16 of us in total and the waitress was very patient with us and the kids were super at the table (phew!).  It was lovely to catch up with people we hadn’t seen for a while and we also got the chance to get to the park and to the ‘silent disco’ at the Winter Wonderland!  Twin 2 was in her element as was her Mummy!

We also went for a walk to Greenwich Park to blow away the cobwebs on Boxing Day and ended up there again having a wander round the Cutty Sark and watching Paddington 2 at the cinema later in the week too.  It was the first family cinema trip as a 5 and worked out really well.  Big bro and twin 2 LOVED the film.  Twin 2 was enraptured by it and I spent some time watching their two faces as they were watching the screen.  Twin 1 had a lovely snuggle on me and fell asleep so was a lovely, cuddly hot water bottle :-).

The Queen's House GreenwichXmas 7view from Cutty Sark of Canary Wharf

These certainly were the highlights.  We’re still trying to forget about the poo smearing incident all over the twins’ bedroom on New Years’ Eve ;-).

Back to normality now but it’s great to have these memories!

What were your favourite moments of this Christmas and New Year?

I’d love to hear about them.



Bringing up Georgia





  1. January 10, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Sounds and looks like you had a lovely Christmas. All the best for the best new year X #pointshoot

  2. Catie
    January 10, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    I’ve been following you (not stalkerish at all) on IG and you have captured so many lovely moments. I love how you focused on watching the children playing. I love that too. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 10, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Awww thanks for the lovely comment Catie – ha ha I always look out for your photos on IG too 🙂 xx

  3. January 10, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Lovely photos! I especially like the pic with the goggles (guessing they’re mad scientists at work!?) 😀x

  4. twotinyhands
    January 12, 2018 / 12:06 am

    Beautiful memories here Hayley, I imagine you pack so much into your holidays being a teacher! Getting quality kid time when you can. I love all the play you’ve managed and is the little things you could take for granted. Happy new year and ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬ (poo incident!!?? That sounds scary!!)

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 14, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Ha ha – yes it was but hubby was the one on the frontline thankfully! xx

  5. mackenzieglanville
    January 13, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    I love Christmas Eve too, it is absolutely magical, and the anticipation is what makes it all so exciting. Looks like you have had some very wonderful moments xx #thesatsesh

  6. January 13, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    watching kids playing and laughing must be one of the most joyful things in the world

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 14, 2018 / 10:10 pm

      Agreed! xx

  7. January 14, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    Sounds like a great Christmas. We also had cousins playing hungry hippo’s! My favourite day is always Christmas Eve, because its filled with excitement. We had a lovely walk followed by a Christmas Eve buffet with family x #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 14, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      That sounds super. xx

  8. January 14, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Ah you’re Christmas Eve does sound amazing, really special. Ours have started to grasp it too and it was amazing, so by 7 I can only imagine the excitement. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas break lovey. #pointshoot xx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 14, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Sarah – it was lovely xx

  9. January 16, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    #thesatsesh love this, despite my concern for the last line about poo, (I’m moving on) loving Greenwich and all the excitement that you had at chrimmy eve 🙂

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 16, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks hon – oh yes the glamour of NYE! Just popped that last line in to add a bit of balance! xx

  10. January 19, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time. My best friend lives in Blackheath (in fact she works at Blackheath Halls and there always seems so much going on around there and in Greenwich.

    It makes me think I really need to take more photos of the girls. I have to say the poo incident sounds intriguing ha ha!


    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 20, 2018 / 10:08 am

      It is a lovely area to live! It’s a small world re your friend. Ha ha re the poo incident – it will go down in family history! xx

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