This year I am part of a massive #12daysofparenting linkup! I am so excited to bring you a host of giveaways and sponsored posts with over 60 other amazing bloggers which I urge you to check out. Day 1 is today and so following on from Mummy Fever today we are mostly talking about how to survive groups with young children over the festive period however with Evangeline being five and in school, we haven’t attended groups…well, we’ve never attended groups to be honest! So I am going to share with you some tips on how to survive a couple of family friendly events over the festive period.
Firstly, we attended our town’s Christmas light switch on which is one of the two times our town is full of people and community spirit (the second is the carnival in the Summer). We loved the switch on, it was busy, music was playing, food was cooking in the street and there was a fantastic fireworks display at the end.
I think this is a perfect way to start your holiday season as it’s a great time for community spirit and the children love it. My tip for town light switch ons? If you have young children that you don’t mind being out of bed a bit later but can’t stand around for long, find out when the actual light switch on is and go closer to the time. That way you can still be involved without staying out in the cold too long!
With Evangeline being at school there has been plenty for her to be excited about and the school have really embraced the Christmas spirit. We recently watched her Christmas Production where she was a beautiful little angel and sang along loud and proud to ‘Wriggly Nativity’. I have to admit I had a few tears here…So how do you survive your child’s first nativity or school production? You bring support and you bring tissues and you rock wearing waterproof mascara!
My partner and I also took a family trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park which was beautiful. There were rides and Christmas stalls galore which had some amazing decorations and gift ideas. I spent a lot of time sampling tea and smelling coffee and of course treating myself to a cup of hot cherry mulled wine. We also went on quite possibly the fastest, longest Waltzer ride of all time. It was great and a lovely way to spend the day with family and friends. Tips for Winter Wonderland? If you don’t like busy places then go early! It’s much quieter in the morning and everything is open, then you can leave when the crowd picks up.
So the next big event on our list is visiting Father Christmas in his grotto. We only ever go to one each year and we try and make sure it’s a good one, especially now Evangeline is right at the peak of believing in the true magic of Christmas. This year we are planning on visiting on 23rd December as a family and really excited. We are going to our local Farm Park for their Magical Christmas event which includes making gingerbread, a gift and meeting some reindeer as well as various other activities and a huge indoor play area too! Tips for finding a good grotto? Shop around and check your local farm parks and garden centres which often have some fantastic grottos and all those beautiful decorations and Christmas trees around.
So that’s my tips for surviving some major family friendly events this Christmas…to follow on take a look at Twin Mummy and Daddy’s post.