I have been feeling really festive this year. The magic of Christmas is much more tangible with children who truly believe and it is so easy to get carried away with their imagination.
In a way I hope we haven’t peaked too early but the way December is speeding by I don’t think so..
So what has made us feel so festive!?
1. We went to Chatsworth House on 30 November, which did seem ridiculously early to be doing Christmassy stuff but it was the only day we could get tickets for their evening nativity that I had heard was brilliant as the kids take part and so do the animals. It was a really lovely night and it definitely set us all up for December! The next day we started getting out the decorations and bought a real Christmas tree!
2. Along with tinsel and tat we resurrected our Advent Calendar for the elves to fill up with treats to enjoy each morning in December. I usually put chocolate coins or Santas in it but the other day these were discovered in a drawer. Obviously I had to act ignorant and since have been putting Quality Street chocolates in as these were the sweet of choice from a Santa we met at the supermarket.
3. We have bought a real tree and trimmed it up in metallic silver, gold and blue. Purchasing the tree was accompanied with a lovely trip to the woods and the Stick Man trail at Sherwood Pines.
And also have a artificial tree that the boys decorated. It is very “Barbara Cartland” don’t you think!?
4. We have made a Gingerbread House. Well it was from a kit but you know what I mean! Noah really enjoyed this.
5. The kids have their Christmas outfits… and elf and a Santa!
6. Stockings are hung up on the fireplace..
7. We have Christmas bedding.. and Christmas mugs..
8. We have been to watch a Pantomime and have a couple more theatre trips planned..
9. We have been to see the Reindeer and of course met Santa.. actually this happened in November too!
10. We have been listening to Christmas music… I just have to hear the opening bars of John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War is Over) and I am reaching for the Baileys & ice and looking for the party food. Oh and Christmas films too. The only one we have watched so far is “The Polar Express” with friends at the Community centre which is raising funds to reopen the local 1020s cinema! I can’t wait for the boys to finish school so we can settle down to serious Christmas movie time.
11. We went to see the Christmas lights switch on in our town and the plan to head into Nottingham to see the lights and maybe partake in the ice skating in the market square.
12. Finally, the best smell ever to get you in the Christmas mood is that cinnamon rich aroma from a visit to the Christmas market, drink mulled wine, hot chocolate and soak up the Christmas atmosphere (this will happen on our trip into Nottingham too).
So, what makes you feel festive at Christmastime? Would love to hear!
I hope we can hold on a few more years of the magic before doubts set in their minds. Although saying that I don’t think they ever will as they have met the real Santa in Lapland, who he has an answer for everything (even I believed him)!
Center Parcs’s Winter Wonderland expert Nick Oot has put together some great tips on how they make Christmas special here. My favourite is number 2 – wrapping up and getting out and about to explore in the fresh air. We visited Center Parcs at Christmas two years ago and one of our best parts was the horse and carriage ride through the forest.
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 December challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood Forest.
Linking up with the Gallery where the theme is Feeling Festive.