Passing On Traditions And My Childhood Christmas Memories

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Passing On Traditions And My Childhood Christmas Memories

Christmas for me has always been one of the most exciting times of the year and I have some fantastic childhood christmas memories. Every year my Mother made the effort to save the little she had to buy new toys for my sister and myself and fill our Santa sacks with lovely gifts from Santa.


We never had traditional stockings. In fact, we have always placed a pillow case on the end of our beds and this is a tradition I’ve passed down to my daughter Sylvia. I always remember the fun of choosing which pillow case to use on Christmas Eve and me and my Sister Deborah would stay up for as long as we could in the hope we might spy Father Christmas.


Deborah and I always fell asleep before Santa arrived and Christmas morning was super exciting. We always took our sacks into my parent’s room or the lounge so my mum and dad could watch us discover the wonderful presents they had bought for us.

Christmas has always been and always will be a special time for me and I love the fact I can now be the parent who buys wonderful gifts for my daughter. It’s so exciting seeing Sylvia open her presents and seeing the joy she experiences on Christmas Day.


When I was really young my Mum would take us to the Barnsley Early Learning Centre and leave us to play with the wooden train set at the front of the store whilst she searched for gifts. I loved playing with the train set and remember how excited I was the year we got some new train tracks and trains on Christmas Day. I also remember getting a blue Polly Pocket one year and a fantastic doll which cried real tears. That was an amazing gift and I was so so happy as it’s something my Mother knew I really wanted.

This year I have been looking out for a few lovely gifts for Sylvia. I have a few items safely stored away but this week I’m spending 5  days in London for medical reasons and I will be visiting a few toy stores and taking a good look around whilst I’m there.

Fairy Tale Palace

So last night, before leaving for London I decided to give Sylvia a really special gift, an early Christmas present which will keep Sylvia busy and happy whilst Mummy is away. It’s going to be a long week.

Fairy Tale Palace

I gave Sylvia the Early Learning Center Fairy Tale Palace. Sylvia was over the moon. Giving her this gift brought back the memories of how happy I was receiving presents at Christmas and it was fantastic fun to help build the Palace and watch the joy in my daughter’s eyes.

Fairy Tale Palace

The Fairy Tale Palace is a traditional wooden palace and really easy to build. Sylvia was so excited to build her dolls house and could not wait to play with King and Queen Rosebud.

Fairy Tale Palace

We built the Palace and before long Sylvia was happy playing with her new toy. I think the palace is really good quality and love that it came with lots of fun accessories.

Fairy Tale Palace

Once the palace was complete, we moved it into a good spot and Sylvia excitedly began to play. I was really happy to give my daughter this gift and I know it will keep her happy and busy whilst I’m away.

Fairy Tale Palace

I think creating memories with your kids is an exciting thing. One day I may even get to see my daughter doing the same with her children. I certainly hope so. Christmas sure does bring back the memories of my childhood and the exciting times I had when I was a little girl.

Fairy Tale Palace

I’d love to know what your favourite Christmas toy was as a child? Mine had to be my tiny tears doll. What was yours?

Fairy Tale Palace

Disclosure: We were sent the Fairy Tale Palace in return for this review and blog post.

To see the selection of Christmas Gifts available from The Early Learning Centre you can visit their Website, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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  1. December 6, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Such lovely pictures from your childhood. I don’t have any Christmas traditions but I think it’s lovely that the ones you do you have passed down to Sylvia, so sweet. I like that fairytale place so beautiful.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks so much. 🙂 It’s nice to do this and pass down traditions to Sylvia.

  2. December 6, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Aww that is such a pretty castle and she looks so happy with it! Hope your trip to London went ok xx

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks Deborah. She loves her castle.

  3. December 6, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    I love that you have a special tradition that you had as a child with your family that you are now carrying on with your own daughter. I think is the best part of holidays, passing on family traditions and making special memories.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      I agree. Passing down traditions is so important to me. It keeps memories alive.

  4. Martina
    December 6, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Oh, your story reminded of the time when my grandparents bought me a Polly Pocket. It was a huge event for me and I remember showing it to all my friends. I played with it for years! I guess it’s the same for your daughter, she will be kept very busy with the Fairy Tale Palace.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Thats awesome. I’m glad you got some fantastic memories from this post.

  5. December 6, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Christmas traditions really do vary from one family to another, and I think it is nice to make your own with your own little family. I love the early christmas present you have giv en your daughter that is any girls dream present x

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      They do. I think its great to continue traditions from childhood but also to form your own as a family. Thats what we did.

  6. December 6, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I wish I had had some more traditions when I was younger but we never really paid much attention to Christmas. My boyfriend on the other hand absolutely loves it, so I’m looking forward to starting our own together!

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      We have a lot of traditions. I think i might write a post on them. We always try to do service and secret surprises for others at Christmas. It’s always fun!

  7. December 6, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Christmas memories are the best aren’t they? I remember getting a little tool set as a kid and I would be spending hours “fixing” everything up in the house. I’m not much of a DIY-champion these days, but hey, at least I can say I once was, you know, back in the day.

    I’m sure Sylvia will remember this early Christmas present for years to come too!

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      They sure are. i always wanted a post office set as a child but never quite got one…however I bought one for Sylvia instead and that put a smile on my face.

  8. December 6, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    We have quite a few Christmas traditions, some that I did when I was younger and a few new ones we have made as a family. I remember getting a Polly Pocket for Christmas, they were great!

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      The Polly pocket was super cool when I was a kid. I think it could make a fantastic comeback!

  9. Keely's Nails
    December 6, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I always had a pillowcase too! One of my favourite toys was a little soft polar bear!

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      Oh that sounds really fab! 🙂 We love a soft toy!

  10. December 6, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    I like you like to keep to traditions. I adore the playset I myself have bought a few of these in the past from the ELC and they are very well built and last well

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Thats great to hear. Our Early learning centre toys always last ages. I still have items from when SYlvia was a baby. They are top quality from my own experience.

  11. December 6, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Christmas is great with the kids. I can’t remember any favourite toys when I was younger, but I do remember unwrapping a very large box to find a massive beanbag….lol.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Oh that’s cool. I did get a beanbag one year too!

  12. December 6, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Firstly that dolls house looks great and Sylvia definitely looks like she is loving it. I think my favourite toy as a child was a Sky Dancer, I think that’s what they were called? I played with it all the time! xx

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      I have never heard of a SKy dancer. I will have to go and look that up.

  13. December 6, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    The fairy tale palace is beautiful and I am sure your daughter is thrilled to have it.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks Nayna. It is lovely.

  14. December 6, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I have so many lovely memories of family traditions from Christmasses when I was younger. Definitely hoping to pass them on one day!

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:25 pm

      Me too! The memories are really special.

  15. December 6, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I have so many lovely memories of family traditions from Christmasses when I was younger. Definitely hoping to pass them on one day!

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      That sounds like a fab idea! 🙂

  16. December 6, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Hope your medical appointments go well hun. She looks delighted by her pressie and I would be too. Plus what a great tradition.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:25 pm

      Oh Sylvia is over the moon! 🙂

  17. December 6, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    That fairy tale palace looks lovely. So cute that you used to have pillowcases instead of stockings. Wooden trains remind me of Xmas too.x

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      Yes, the train track is for some reason a Christmas thing for me. We still use pillow cases lol!

  18. December 6, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    POLLY POCKETS!!! The original ones that actually fitted in your pockets and you can’t buy anymore! They were amazing! That is literally the first thing I thought of when I saw your question LOL.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      Yes, I remember my blue one. it was in the shape of a shell and opened up like one!

  19. December 6, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    It looks like she enjoyed putting this together. It’s a great gift for a child and I bet she was pleased to get it early. My favourite Christmas gift was a hamster.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:21 pm

      Oh wow! Getting a pet fro Christmas must have been amazing!

  20. December 7, 2016 / 1:24 am

    Great post, and what a nice idea to pass on the same traditions. I think my favourite gift was always Lego!

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      Oh we had tons of lego and played with it for hours! Lego is fun!

  21. Angela Zimsky
    December 7, 2016 / 5:24 am

    I can’t wait to pass on traditions to my daughter.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      It’s a great part of parenting! That’s for sure!

  22. December 7, 2016 / 6:38 am

    Aww this looks such a lovely palace. We love Christmas, my Mum and Dad always made Christmas special for me so I passed on the excitement of Christmas onto mine 🙂

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      Yes my mum and dad did the same. I think it’s something they did and I want to do too!

  23. December 7, 2016 / 9:25 am

    I think it’s so nice to pass on traditions to your kids. Hope everything is okay while you’re in London x

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Agreed. Traditions are fab. London is going okay so far!

  24. December 7, 2016 / 9:46 am

    That’s lovely that you pass your Christmas traditions onto your child, I hope to do the same one day as well x

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Thanks. I think Christmas traditions do make it a special time of the year.

  25. December 7, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Oh wow that is quite a gift and it looks so well made too. I hope your week goes quick x

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      it is an amazing gift and Sylvia loves it!

  26. December 7, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Oh my goodness! LOVE the old school photos <3
    Traditions are so important especially at Christmas keep it feeling special.
    That fairy tale palace is AMAZING!!
    Great post hun
    Charlotte x

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks charlotte. I loved these pics too. The memories are special. I was a 1980’s baby.

  27. December 7, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    My favourite toy when I was a child was probably my Mousetrap game.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 5:16 pm

      I had mousetrap. We loved it!

  28. December 7, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Oh Angela what a lovely present and I am sure she will cheerish it forever. We never did christmas presents when I was young it was all about spending time together, cooking and eating. I want that kind of tradition when I have kids.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 5:16 pm

      There are so many traditions you can have at Christmas…including toys but also spending time together, helping others and doing good deeds. 🙂 We have lots of fab traditions.

  29. December 7, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I love Christmas traditions and leaving out a pillow case for Santa. The ELC palace looks really good and it’s nice she can build it herself.

    • Angela
      December 7, 2016 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks Lisa. We had fun putting the palace together and working out what all the pieces were for.

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 2:03 am

      Thanks Harriet 🙂

  30. December 7, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Oh how lovely! I love sharing Christmas traditions and I tend to put the same things in my childrens stockings as my mum put in ours. That fairy castle looks fab! My girls would love it!

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 2:02 am

      Ditto. My mum taught me well.

  31. December 7, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I am loving all of the Christmas traditions posts. This one is so precious, thanks for sharing!

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 2:03 am

      🙂 Your welcome. glad you liked the post.

  32. December 7, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    We are doing a combination of both. Traditions from both sided of our family and coming up with our own.

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 2:02 am

      That’s the best way to do it!

  33. December 7, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I love that different families have different traditions. That castle looks incredible, what a lovely gift! xo

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 2:01 am

      🙂 Me too.

  34. sharon
    December 7, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    The Castle looks fantastic. I absolutely loved the early learning center toys as they were so educational which i always placed importance on. Sylvia will love it. On the early learning website their are other families to collect,which would go with the castle.

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:53 am

      It is fantastic and yes they are great quality toys…and so educational too!

  35. December 7, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    What a fun tradition of leaving the pillow case at the end of your bed! I love that! It’s fun sharing traditions with our kids!

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 2:01 am

      I agree and that’s why it’s always important to have extra pillow cases lol.

  36. December 7, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    How great! I like to pass on my traditions too. That palace looks fabulous!

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 2:00 am

      That’s cool to hear.

  37. December 7, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    The castle is just lovely, but what I really love is all those Christmas traditions, family time is what Christmas is all about.

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:59 am

      Thanks. Traditions are fab and I can’t wait to celebrate with my daughter.

  38. December 7, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Traditions are so important! Love that you’re passing it on =)

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Me too!

  39. Ella Ivoire
    December 8, 2016 / 12:19 am

    I loved reading this. I have so many childhood memories of Christmas that I hope to pass along to my children. xx

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:54 am

      It’s a great thing to be able to do.

  40. December 8, 2016 / 12:52 am

    What a heart warming post. I’m really interested in readin others Christmas traditions. And yours left such an impact on my life.

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:54 am

      Thanks. I’m glad its made a difference. What a lovely thing to say.

  41. December 8, 2016 / 4:55 am

    Growing up we read the story in the bible ever year and we had stockings. My husband and I haven’t really started any traditions yet.

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:51 am

      Yes we have always done that too. Reading the nativity story before we opened our gifts.

  42. December 8, 2016 / 10:57 am

    I like the idea of passing on traditions, I think it is such a nice thought and something I hope to be able to do one day.

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Yes it is a lovely thing to do.

  43. Tanya Brannan
    December 8, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I loved reading all about your memories, and then I saw the picture of your daughters face! She looks absolutely over the moon with her early gift and I am sure she will get hours of enjoyment playing with it xx

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Sylvia was over the moon!

  44. Laura H
    December 8, 2016 / 11:32 am

    It’s so lovely that you’ve still got those old Christmas photos!! I remember Polly Pocket and probably would’ve cried if I’d got one of them too!

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Lol. Mine was blue and I loved it.

  45. December 8, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Christmas seems the perfect time to create and share traditions. We too have some and are now sharing them with my granddaughter.

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      I agree. It is a good time to strengthen the family too!

  46. Ellie
    December 8, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Gosh I remember Early Learning Centre toys from when I was little! Such great traditions, I’m sure she’ll love that present! actually Mousetrap and my Dollhouse that my Dad made for me were my favourite toys/ games as a child!

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Mousetrap was a fun game!

  47. Elizabeth O.
    December 8, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    There’s nothing like keeping the traditions alive by passing them on to your kids! That’s so awesome and it’s a lovely story as well. I hope it goes on for generations!

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      I agree. Keeping traditions alive is really important to me.

  48. Ourfamilyworld
    December 8, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    I really love christmas traditions. I will never to forget this traditions this is memorable. This is really great article.

  49. Myteenguide
    December 8, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    These is really good traditions. You looks so having fun with your family. I love Christmas tradition especially for holidays season.

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks. 🙂

  50. December 8, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Awww. How magical! Great post… I love the vintage toys and photos..

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks michelle. I loved those toys too!

  51. December 8, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    The idea of putting something together as a family is always lovely! It builds a strong bond and it makes great memories as well! I love that you’re passing on traditions!

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      I agree, making something together does build a bond!

  52. December 8, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    What a lovely post you got here Angela. I love Christmas too. Your childhood memories are so cute.

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks Stella. I have so many fab memories.

  53. December 8, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Aw Such great traditions!!

    • Angela
      December 8, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks Amanda

  54. December 8, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    SUch lovely memories and great images of your childhoos. Having traditions and passing them on to our kids is just so fantastic.

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:48 am

      I could not agree more. Traditions are so important to me.

  55. December 8, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    What a stunning toy, Eliza would adore that palace. Hope it gets many hours of playtime

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:47 am

      It is beautiful. Sylvia is so so blessed.

  56. Jill Conyers
    December 8, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Our family traditions are one of the most important things to us about Christmas. It’s all about being together with family. And a little bit about pumpkin pie 🙂

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:46 am

      OOH PUMPKIN PIE! We have pavlova at Christmas.

  57. December 9, 2016 / 12:18 am

    The only tradition was singing ‘why are we waiting, whhhy are we waiting’ when the christmas pudding was ready to come out. I would continue to do it but my in-laws might not appreciate it lol x

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 1:41 am

      ha ha! We HAVE SUNG THAT BEFORE.

  58. nicole
    December 9, 2016 / 6:59 am

    I love how you are passing traditions! I think traditions are an important part of a family, specially in the holidays!

    • Angela
      December 9, 2016 / 7:43 am

      Thanks Nicole. 🙂

  59. December 9, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    What a lovely Princess castle, I can see what it would have made her so happy. I think we really try and pass on the magic of Christmas to our children, and memorable toys like this is one way of doing it

    • Angela
      December 10, 2016 / 3:53 am

      She was so happy Zena. Toys at Christmas make it even more fun!

  60. December 9, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    looks like she love it! what I remember is when I was a kid when I smell oranges and cinnamon I knew that Christmas is really close:D

    • Angela
      December 10, 2016 / 3:50 am

      Oh I remember oranges with cloves in them! I cant remember what they were called.

  61. December 9, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I love that you had pillow cases instead of stockings 🙂 Christmas traditions are so special.

    • Angela
      December 10, 2016 / 3:48 am

      Yes traditions are great. I agree.

  62. December 10, 2016 / 12:47 am

    I loved looking at your Christmas pics – they could have been my own! You don’t realise how much even the trimmings have changed over the years until you look back at old pictures do you?!

    I think it’s great how you’re passing traditions. I do the same with my two 🙂

    Louise x

    • Angela
      December 10, 2016 / 3:44 am

      It’s nice to look back on the good memories and yes decorations have changed a lot!

  63. TColeman
    December 10, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Passing on traditions is always so much fun. Once you do it with them then it can definitely move on to another.

    • Angela
      December 11, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      I agree. It’s an important part of family and christmas for me.

  64. December 12, 2016 / 10:43 am

    Awwww adorableness overload! such awesome family history and culture shared here. Love how fun you’ve made it all. Passing on traditions can be a bore but you make it enjoyable

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:54 am

      I guess really choose the traditions we want to pass onto children. We had a really great time thanks.

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