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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or our baby bloggers and occasionally we accept guest posts. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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On the first day of Christmas .....

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..... my true love gave to me, a beautiful guest post from the very awesome Mary Key of Keynko. We always celebrate Christmas with some fabulous posts from our blogging friends and this year is about memories. .....

 

I was brought up in a house that was full of Christmas spirit. My mum was the most excited person in the house in the run up to the big day and always the first one out of bed that morning shaking people awake to open presents.
 
So the first Christmas without her was very very hard. She passed away at the beginning of November and it seemed wrong in some way to be getting ready without her, I just couldn't bring myself to sort anything out. My dad made the decision to go off to America that first year to stay with my brother and waving him goodbye only made it worse. 
 
But for the sake of my own children I needed to get in the mood and try our best to have as much fun as we could. With that in mind we decided that we needed a complete new set of Christmas decorations that year, new broom and all that, and I hoped maybe hunting for new tinsel would make me feel festive. The first shop we went into yielded the perfect tree topper which everything else was then matched to  
 
first day of xmas
 
 
My mum loved peacocks and this little bird was sat on a shelf all on it's own looking lonely, I mean we had no choice but to take him home and make him feel welcome.
 
I love my little birdy, and in fact because he now reminds me so much of my mum he is never packed away and lives all year round on the mantelpiece in the living room. 
 
And his little glass nest? well that first year my Dad, god bless him, bought little stocking fillers for everyone before he went away and this was mine. A very simple glass candle stick with a little card, 
 
"my darling girl, I hope that this will help to lighten your life - a little
 
And it did, just a little.
 
8 years down the line we obviously still miss her, but we work hard to enjoy the holidays with our loved ones, we can raise a glass to her memory and laugh about happy times in the past.
 
So please do the same - raise a glass to those people who can't be with you this year, remember the good times you had with them and enjoy the time with your loved ones, squeeze them tight and have another mince pie in memory of my darling mum! 
 
Happy Christmas everyone! x x x x x x 
 

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  1. What a lovely post and great memory of your mum. Cheers xx

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  2. What a beautiful reminder of your mum. She would be incredibly proud of you, you know that don't you Mary? And what a great idea for blog posts, to have guest posts from bloggy friends. Love it.

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  3. Maybe had a little tear there for my mum and dad too. How lovely x

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  4. What a lovely reminder of your mum and the happy times. A great idea.

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  5. christmas is such a wonderful time of year, but also filled with so much sorrow as well as happiness. you know she would want you to happy and as excited as she was. so this christmas be happy be excited the time of year to remember your beloved mum x

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  6. such a beautiful post, it made me smile whilst feeling sad. Beautifully written.

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  7. I think your Mum would love the peacock and it's so lovely to have something special to include her within your celebrations.

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  8. I'm so glad your peacock is on your mantel all year and it's such a beautiful symbol of and for your mum. This is the first one without my beloved Nana so am thinking I must get something that represents her now, thank you.

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