At a family lunch the other day, my Mother-in-Law demanded, "What are you going to call Santa? Father Christmas? Saint Nicholas? What?"
I looked at her blankly. Saint Nicholas?
"Well, it's important we all say the same thing to the little girl, so she doesn't get confused."
"I hadn't really thought about it," I confessed, "And I'm not all that into Santa. I'd like her to know that her gifts are from Mummy and Daddy and her family... but maybe she'll get one from Father Christmas -- or whoever -- so she doesn't feel left out when she's at school."
"Anyway," I continued, "She's a pretty smart and adaptable kid. I mean, she knows the Greek word, the Welsh word, and the English word for 'owl' and she's worked out they all refer to the same thing."
"I see," She sniffed, "So you're going to be flexible."
So, in the spirit of flexibility (the new F word for the year), I reckon it's time to create some new Christmas traditions for our little family. I found these gorgeous little owls and penguins on Etsy, handmade by Un Petite Lapin. And the knitted angel was our star find at the Hidden Talant (sic?) Craft Shop in Yarra Glen on the weekend.
In future, I hope to be more organised and source a locally grown, environmentally ethical Christmas pine. This will also be more feasible when my little 'un is old enough not to want to pull everything off the tree. Call me bah-humbug-ish but the thought of sweeping up pine needles every five minutes doesn't appeal.
In the meantime, Mum's little plastic one does a fine job. And a very merry gwdihw Christmas to you!
Be sure to check out some other fine trees at Sophie Isobel's divine Her Library Adventures blog!