I had all the good intentions. I would blog every day at Christmas. It would be great – everyone would love my posts about nativities and Christmas crafts and how generally wonderful I am at Christmas at just about everything…
…and then basically “the shit hit the fan” as my Father would say and I got so busy and everything was such chaos that I didn’t even have time to look at Facebook (the horror), let alone blog every day. I’ve only looked at Twitter twice in the past week – twice!
At one point, I was shaking with sheer horror at the fact I’d set off to a party (late) and realised I’d forgotten the secret Santa presents, which would mean 2 children would be present-less if I didn’t immediately turn back for them.
We eventually got there and had a glass of Prosecco and everything was ok again.
However, amidst chaos there has been wonderment and joy- hooray! I fairly packed it in, didn’t I, our Christmas activity timetable.
It’s Christmas Eve and I thought I’d have a quick run through of what we’ve been doing over the past week or so as I thought
it would be cathartic for myself it would be good to share.
The Winter Wonderland Experience
Last Saturday we took ourselves to Winter Wonderland at Event City at the Trafford Centre. The kids loved it- rides galore, sweet stalls, people dressed as elves and fairies dancing to Christmas tunes, a Frozen singalong session and a Sooty Show. It was very good actually- at the time we felt it was a bit pricey for basically an indoor fairground, but they did enjoy it lots.
The eating of Lobster Thermidor
We are very, very lucky to have kind friends who invite us round at Christmas time to eat Lobster Thermidor. It was my first time eating this dish and I have to say it was really amazing. I can still taste it now – lovely cheesy béchamel sauce on top of amazing fresh lobster.
Many, many Christmas nights out
I never go out! And then suddenly I’m out like about 3 times a week. I’ve enjoyed it but at times I admit I’ve been on the floor with tiredness, craving a green vegetable juice. Below you can find myself and the very festive Hodge Podge Days after a tipple or two.
Ace Lantern Magic event at Chester Zoo
This was by far the best family activity we’ve done this Christmas, if not ever – Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo. It was really well organised and magical for the children. They entered an ice tunnel made from a big white tunnel-like tent and were greeted by elves who gave them lanterns and asked them to choose a colour of fairy dust to sprinkle over it. The adults got a big giant lantern, too. Then proceeded a walk through the zoo at night, with the trees magically lit with fairy lights. We were given glasses which made the lights take on the appearance of different animals. There were displays of animals lit up amongst the woods, a flying owl puppet, a visit to Santa’s grotto, a hot chocolate mid-way through the walk and a really good quality supper at the end. This is something I’d definitely do again next year.
Many, many children’s christmas parties
It’s one big party for the girls at the moment! Even today we are going to the Cristingle service at our church which for them will be like a big party with all their friends. We’ve had nursery party, playgroup parties and friend’s parties. They’ve had the most wonderful (and hyper) time.
Today I’m busy preparing food so I can relax as much as possible tomorrow. Homemade cranberry sauce is done and I’m into parboiling potatoes. Merry Christmas everyone!