George Aged 4 – Countdown to Christmas Blog – 1 sleep to Christmas.

George Aged 4 – Countdown to Christmas Blog – 1 sleep to Christmas.

Hi George, here. It’s finally here. Day 1 of our Christmas and the most important thing we drive home for Christmas for today is: Sister Freya’s Birthday.  

YES! It is Sister Freya’s birthday today THURSDAY 24th December 2020.

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday Dear Mamma

Happy Birthday to you.


How old are you now?

How old are you now?

How old are you now?

How old are you now?

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight! Yes, EIGHT years old.

I love Sister Freya’s birthday. It is so exciting. Like getting a taster of Christmas Day the Day before Christmas Day. It means we have two exciting days at Christmas. Not 1 like most people. Sister Freya gets ultra excited and I do too.

Grandad says he probably likes Christmas Eve even more than Christmas Day. He says that is because he likes to make Christmas Eve special for Sister Freya so that she has the same birthday as all of his grandchildren celebrate.

He loves the poem about Christmas Eve called, “ ‘Twas the night before Christmas”

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,


I guess it is exciting.

Grandad says he likes the anticipation of Christmas Eve as I do. But I like Christmas Day just as much. But Grandad says he loves the Christmas Eve anticipation much more than the reality of Christmas Day. That is because he is not well behaved enough in Santa’s eyes and does not get the wide range of presents Santa leaves for me, Sister Freya, Cousin Rory, Cousin Ewan, Cousin Finley and Cousin Erin.

To be honest Santa hardly leaves him anything. That’s why he finds Christmas Eve more exciting. In his mind he has all these gifts he thinks Santa will bring him and he builds them up and gets over excited all of which is destroyed when he gets just two Amazon Vouchers and a pair of socks.



I guess the Elves on the Shelf will finish their spell of duties today. But will they have to stay with us for Christmas because they are in our bubble, now?

Just a quick resume of their misdemeanours this Christmas:

Tuesday 1st December to Sunday 6th December.                         We do not know where the two Elves on the Shelf where in this time. That is frightening because they were obviously somewhere and rarely take a night off from mischief. We await with bated breath for the complaints to come roll in.

Monday 7th December 2020            They emptied all Mum’s icing sugar out of the cupboard and onto the working surface and wrote “Hello” in it.

Tuesday 8th December 2020             They took the full toilet roll from the downstairs toilet and unrolled it all over the lounge.

Wednesday 9th December 2020      They had had a snowball fight.

Thursday 10th December 2020        They had each done a slice of toast in the toaster. They had taken Mum’s pastry cutter and cut the shape of a star out of the middle of the slice of bread and sat with their head through it.

Friday11th Decembern2020            They were unashamedly and quite openly raiding the cupcakes from Mum’s cake tin.  

Saturday 12th December 2020         They were riding round the lounge in Barbie’s Jeep and my large Big Red London Bus.

Sunday 13th December 2020         I think they had the day off for Mamma’s birthday. Are Elf On the Shelf’s allowed days off. Is it written into their contracts?

Monday 14th December 2020          They wrote their name in real made up icing on the work surface.

Tuesday15th December 2020           They each had done a poo and not in the toilet. (Mum said it was not real poo, just a Malteser, pretend one. But I avoided them just in case.

Wednesday 16th December 2020    They were having a huge Teddybears picnic in front of the TV and persuaded the Harry Potter figures to join them.

Thursday 17th December 2020        They had climbed the Christmas tree and hung on it like decorations or baubles.

Friday 18th December 2020              They used two Amazon delivery boxes as beds and put blackets in as quilts and slept under the Christmas Tree

Saturday 19th December 2020          They were buried beneath heaps of snowballs.

Sunday 20th December 2020             They scaled and clung to the kitchen door as if scaling a mountain and rock climbing. Just climbing.

Monday 21st  December 2020           They wrapped our armchair up in Christmas paper like a Christmas present.

Tuesday 22nd  December 2020          They had picked up and were hugging 2 presents and had 2 of Mum’s your home magazines. Shows they are mad out of all magazines why choose Your Home Magazine. There is my Spiderman Comic or Sister Freya’s Barbie Comic that is much better than Your Home.

Wednesday 23rd December 2020      Yesterday they had a bowl of tagliatelle on the cooker top with peas and sweet corn.

Thursday 24th December 2020            They sat eating and having a party in the middle of Freya’s birthday presents.

Below is a gallery. Click on the arrow left or right to make your way through it. You will see a photograph of what the Elves were doing for each day. The date of the photograph is above the gallery.

7th December

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Today I will go over the top celebrating Sister Freya’s birthday, making the best of a bad job of lockdown.

We are tripping to Clumber Park for a Party in the Park, followed by a McDonalds Takeaway Tea for Sister Freya’s Birthday Party Tea.

And then we launch into my 5th Christmas and Sister Freya’s 9th. (Did you know Sister Freya was born in the Nottingham City Hospital on 24th December 2012. Mum and Dad brought her home to Coddington on 25th December 2012 and played ‘Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea’ on repeat play all the way home.)

This is our Traditional and Proposed Christmas Eve Evening Schedule:

6.00pm  CHRISTMAS FILM NIGHT WILL BEGIN – Christmas films of our choice.

8.00pm  Set up food & drink for Santa and Rudolf.

8.20pm Hang up our stockings and sacks and every container imaginable for the collection of gifts for Santa to fill.

8.37pm  Have our favourite Christmas books and stories read to us by Mum and Dad.

9.18pm  Peep from behind the curtains to look out of the window into the night sky to see if we can see Santa, his 9 reindeer, Rudolf’s shiny nose and his sleigh, flying across the black star filled night sky.

9.34pm  Into bed, snuggle down and cover with the blankets.

9.35pm – 5.30am 25th December.    Stay awake to make sure I see Santa.

5.31am  Awake (because at some stage I always, always fall asleep) and excitedly open our presents. I can’t wait…an extra minute.

Now that I have counted down the Christmas Advent Blog, today is my last Blog to you for two weeks. My next Blog will be around Sunday 10th January 2021 when I bring you up to date with my Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Just one last thought. What better end could I have hoped for for my Christmas Countdown Theme of Driving Home for Christmas than the French borders being opened up and the French lorry drivers being allowed to resume their “DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!”

Stay Safe! Have the best Christmas you can. And Happy 2021, New Year. I hope it is better to you and all of us than 2020!