In the run up to Christmas we have been enjoying some lovely festive days out together and getting the kids very excited for Santa coming so I thought I would share what we have been up to.
The first weekend in December we took the kids to our local Christmas continental market. We always love going to this year as they have so much to offer from food, handcrafted items and holiday treats such as mulled wine and festive coffees. It was beautifully lit up with fairy lights along the stalls and in the centre of the market was a huge Christmas tree.While we were visiting we decided to try some of the food. I chose the hog roast dinner and hubby chose paella with sweet potato chips as its our toddlers favourite. Food was amazing and there wasn’t a piece left in anyones box and no fighting from the kids as they happily scoffed the lot.
The second weekend in December we went to a church which was about 45 minutes drive from were we live as they were holding a special Christmas event called ‘The Wonder of Christmas experience’. It was the first year they had held it so we decided to go and check it out and we are glad that we did as it totally amazing and well thought out for the kids. The cost was only £5 in per family and an additional £2 per child to see Santa which was more than worth it as all the money raised was going to charity.They had a room set up with Christmas trees all around it and white back drops and standing at each backdrop was different children’s characters from batman,spiderman,paw patrol,mickey and mini mouse,disney princesses and the characters from frozen which is our daughters favourite. Our little man however was a little nervous around the characters and wasn’t keen on getting close enough for any photos but he was totally amused and loved giving them all high 5. In a large hall they had stalls set up selling handcrafted items such as soaps, jewellery and candles. Then in another hall there was various food stalls set up selling thing such as burgers, hotdogs and chips which brings me to the best part, the visit to see Santa Claus. To see Santa we were taken on a short little train ride over too were they had a private little shed were Santa was waiting inside. When it was our turn to go in and see Santa our daughter was so excited telling Santa what she wanted for Christmas but our little man was a bit frightened of Santa and wouldn’t even take the little present of him but then again most toddlers are probably a little freaked out going to see this big guy with a white beard in a big red suit. I managed to get one photo of Santa and our daughter but the little man was having none of it. The whole thing was definitely a enjoyable experience and i hope they do it again next year.
The third weekend in December which was the last before Christmas we went to see our daughter in two different nativity plays. The first was done by her school were she was dressed up as an angel and had a few lines to learn (which took us about week to get right) and on the day she did them amazingly and both myself and hubby were so proud of her. The other nativity she was in was at our local church we attend and this time she was dressed up as a cow which she wasn’t very impressed at but what can you do lol. They told the nativity story from the animals point of view which is why all the kids were dressed up as different animals but they were all so cute in there little outfits.
Going to all these different festive activities definitely made it feel like Christmas for us and am sure it got the kids excited for the build up to Santa.
Merry Christmas Everyone and a Happy New Year!