Family matters

So, on to family matters. Today we begin our magical mystery tour of the south of England - not returning to the frozen North for the next ten days.

I say it's a magical mystery tour, but there's not so much mystery (we know where we're going), but there will hopefully be some magic.

Our first stop is with the in-laws. I am nervous about this. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law's family are all Jehovah's Witnesses. The last time we visited for Christmas, my sister-in-law's son told me that the devil made Christmas. Ouch. So this time, I bring with me an uber excited three year old who believes in Father Christmas and wants to wear his Christmas jumper every day forever! I'm nervous that his cousin (who is now 7) will belittle Christmas for him, or tell him that Father Christmas doesn't exist. How is it possible to explain this to a three year old?

I completely respect that a large proportion of my in-laws have different beliefs to me, and they base their lives on that belief. I have no qualms with that, I'm just concerned with how it spills into our lives.

I guess I won't know unless it crops up.

We will be spending Christmas with my Mum and family. I'm so looking forward to it.

But first I'm packing the car (aaarrrgh) and wrapping the final few presents. Wish me luck!