‘t Was the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
Sounds idyllic yes? My older two have always done really well with Christmas, they have always gone to sleep ok and only woken at a respectable hour. Bar the year that Dylan and I woke up on a hospital ward due to a rather nasty infection. But those are once in a lifetime things and we gloss over that year!
Erin on the other hand has never been like the other two. The rule book broke the day she was born!
Christmas Eve last year, home from church, mince pie put out and off to bed she went. She was excited but that excitement soon turned to fear. With tears streaming down her little face she called for me. The poor thing was petrified about Santa coming upstairs. Reassurances were given that he wouldn’t come into her room. The stocking was moved and put outside the door. Still that wasn’t enough for her. We ran up and down stairs every few minutes as she called us.
She just could not relax. We ended up with her in our room and still she was shaking. It caused an occupational hazard for Santa who could not complete his preparations. As we danced around the house moving Erin from room to room whilst ‘things were sorted’ she would not leave my side. Daddy was left to sort things he had no idea about!
Eventually she settled but only after snuggling with me and daddy being kicked out to sleep in living room!
This year she has already requested to sleep in our room. We will be more prepared this time however and our room is not housing full to burst cupboards! She will bring her mattress in and sleep on the floor next to me and hopefully we will all sleep!
In order to keep her relaxed this year I am putting together a little Xmas eve treat box. It will have her new House of Fraser pajamas in, a dvd to watch before bed and a hot chocolate to help her stay calm. How cute are these PJ’s from Mini Vanilla, they cost £30 and are so soft and the pattern is lovely.
Does you little sleep on Christmas Eve?