Step Into Christmas: Festive days out with Susie and her family
Now we’ve hit the grand old age of three with our eldest, Christmas finally, actually means something! Last year it meant Mummy eating a roast dinner over a carrier bag in bed (I was pregnant with Rex and sick as a dog), the year before that it meant Operation Don’t Let The Toddler Touch The Baubles and the year before that… well, we were juggling a newborn with a cold and the festive season just happened around us.
So, this year, we’re trying to immerse ourselves in as much as possible; focusing on making memories in the lead up to the big day as opposed to spending lots of cash on presents Milo would rather lob to one side while he plays with the more exciting part; the boxes.
At the weekend, we visited Legoland for a family Christmas day out and it was so much fun! I’d never been before and nor had Greg, so we had absolutely no idea what to expect or even if it was somewhere suitable for Milo’s age group. Turns out, it absolutely is! And he stormed on to each and every ride with gusto (little ones can be accompanied by an adult providing they’re 0.9 metres), while being genuinely amazed by the endless Lego models. We’re big fans of those colourful little blocks in our house so combining it with Christmas was a dream day.
We took Milo to meet the big man himself; you were guided through a Christmas tree maze by one of his elves (who, by the way, were wonderfully in character. They set the scene brilliantly and should get at least three pay rises) and he himself was a delight. I think there’s always a worry when you’re forking out for your little one to meet Faux Father Christmas that you could end up with someone who doesn’t quite conjure up the magic but we couldn’t have been happier.
Mrs. Christmas’ workshop was a place where you could make Lego snowflakes, the miniature kingdom was lit up with teeny tiny fairy lights & fake snow laced the paths like icing on a cake. From the minute we got in the park we were greeted by a sleigh, reindeers and Father Christmas made entirely of Lego and it was so much fun to feel equally as excited as a three-year-old. There’s just something about both Christmas AND Lego which can do that to an adult. I actually think we’ll try to keep a festive trip to Legoland as a bit of a family tradition from now on seeing as we all really enjoyed it and it’s suitable from little ones all the way up to grandparents. It was wonderfully low key and almost relaxing (lots of old-fashioned Christmas melodies and rides which don’t test your pelvic floor).
We’ve of course been participating in Elf On The Shelf (mainly y’know, for the bribery it provides each day) and been to our local garden centre to sample some of the festive fun on offer there (a singing reindeer dontcha know?) So far we haven’t had all that many requests for presents (I’ll give it a year) but there’s been lots of interest in making decorations for the tree, a stain glass window using card and tissue paper hello Wilko’s craft department) and GLITTER. EVERYWHERE. AND. ON. EVERYTHING.
We’ve visited a couple of local Christmas markets where he’s tried mince pies for the first time, sat in a fire engine (a festive fire engine of course, it had some tinsel dangling on the side) & he’s into hot chocolates in a BIG way nowadays. Turns out, if you hand a three-year-old a gingerbread snowman and a drink involving chocolate, it’s almost as fun as December 25th itself… there’s very little major effort which needs to be made if you don’t fancy it/can’t really afford to.
If there’s one thing which last year’s bed-ridden Christmas taught me (other than sprouts coming back up are DREADFUL) it’s that presents are quickly forgotten and actually quite unimportant. Come January, I wasn’t desperate to finally rip open the gifts I was too weak to pay attention to on the day, I was just really sad I’d missed out on trips to go see light displays, wreath making evenings with friends and enjoying Christmas through Milo. If we spot anything remotely naff, cheerful & festive right now, we’re there, getting covered in glitter.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful tinsel-y time too. And Merry Christmas!