Karen is a mum of mixed sex, 15-year-old twins. And knows it. Each week she shares with us what her teenage two have been up to.
'It's at this time of year that I can't help feeling a tinge of sadness that some of the magic of Christmas really has been lost forever. When you have your own family you get to recapture some of the wonder and excitement of your own childhood...and for a while it is truly magical. There are letters to Santa, nativity plays, hand made decorations and carrots left out for Rudolph on Christmas Eve.
But now that my twins have reached their 15th year, instead of being presented with cotton wool Christmas cards or renditions of 'Away in a Manger', I get wish lists with iPhones and branded clothing. My son announced the other day that he really didn't want his father filling up his stocking with a load of ‘crap', like magnetic frogs and whoopee cushions.
"It's a waste of money," he said. He wants a stocking full of Calvin Klein underpants and David Beckham aftershave!
This weekend we went to get our Christmas tree, something which has always been something of a family ritual. Not this year! It was too cold and they couldn't be bothered. When we got it home my daughter agreed half-heartedly to help decorate it. This started with her discarding half of the decorations which she accused of being ‘lame'. Amongst them were their 1st Christmas baubles, the dangly Christmas teddy bears with their names on which they used to be so thrilled to see emerge from the loft, and anything that they'd made at school when they were younger. It's a bit like when she cleared anything ‘babyish' out of her bedroom. I could have wept to see all her treasured cuddly toys getting stuffed into bin bags.
But it's not just family traditions that have been falling by the wayside. Peace and good will also seem to be in decidedly short supply. The merest mention of visiting relatives produces the sort of groans usually reserved for a Christmas cracker joke fest.
"Do we have to?" they grumble when told they're visiting the grandparents on Boxing Day. I suspect the post-lunch game of Monopoly with Granny may be out of the question this year...I wonder whether Granny could master Mario Cart instead?'
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Karen's other blog posts...
- Karen's next blog - My terrible teenage two: The school uniform protest
- Karen's previous blog - My terrible teenage two: Mum - everyone's taking alcohol to the party
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