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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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 page.