It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
My last ‘Point Shoot’ post was about our trip to Little Street at the end of 2017. This one is a bumper Christmas-New Year edition from the recent break.
This Christmas felt particularly magical as it was the first one the girls really understood. At 7 their big bro is also still fully signed up to feeling the festive Father Christmas love. So Christmas Eve was one of my favourite days with the anticipation and excitement tangible.
We went swimming in the morning (where I happened to see an ex-student who was working at the pool. She gave me a big hug and was very kind to the children) and then went to the donkey procession in Blackheath in the afternoon.
The procession ends up with hundreds of people gathering round the church on the heath singing carols. I loved singing – it’s so good for the soul – especially ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ – and it was great that this was the first year that our boy could really read all the words by torchlight and sang along with me. Twin 2 stroked the donkey but twin 1 was more excited about stroking a doggy!
We then had an extra special treat – as it was so mild – of sitting outside the local pub and eating cheese and pickle sandwiches made by our eldest’s fair hands! Our lot would eat cheese and pickle sarnies everyday if they could. The hubby and I were able to enjoy a mulled cider too. We then all trotted off home and the children were very excited about leaving out refreshments for Santa and Rudolph. They decided on the healthier option of milk for Santa this year (after chatting to the Elves at the grotto) and a biscuit with a carrot and sparkly reindeer food for Rudolph.
Getting into the Christmas Spirit
As just mentioned we visited a Santa’s Grotto on in the run-up to Chrimbo. Twin 2 and the eldest LOVED chatting with the Elves and helping them with their jobs before seeing the ‘Big Man’ himself. The elves were AMAZING at being so cheerful and engaging with the little ones. I also observed how much our son has grown in confidence over the last few weeks and months as he chatted comfortably with Father Christmas. I enjoyed cuddles with Twin 1 as she was a little wary of the strange people! However, she really enjoyed walking round the animals (the grotto was on a little nature trail with animals) afterwards and seeing Benny the pot-bellied pig!
Watching the Children Playing
Whether it was watching them indoors or outdoors, just the 3 of them, or with friends or extended family, there were lots of happy, playful moments:
- Kite-flying with the Grandparents
- Playing Hungry Hippos with one set of cousins
- Playing Junior Monopoly with another cousin
- Running around playing hide-and-seek anywhere and everywhere – it’s one of their favourite games at the moment!
- The twins playing role-play games with their imaginary friends ‘Bissy’ and ‘Gokka’ (!) including Bethlehem and Jesus in their pretend-play as they started to pick up on the Christmas story.
- The twins doing their first ‘big children’ lego set with their Daddy on Christmas Day.
- Twin 1 enjoying taking her new Paddington Bear with her to the pub to show her friends on Christmas Day.
- Our eldest relishing the task of helping his little sisters around the softplay centre and also making a new friend for the first time while there.
- The boys getting to grips with the science kit which Santa had brought our son as a gift.
Trips to Greenwich
We ended up just down the road from us, in Greenwich, a fair few times this holiday. Once for a lovely lunch with friends. There were 16 of us in total and the waitress was very patient with us and the kids were super at the table (phew!). It was lovely to catch up with people we hadn’t seen for a while and we also got the chance to get to the park and to the ‘silent disco’ at the Winter Wonderland! Twin 2 was in her element as was her Mummy!
We also went for a walk to Greenwich Park to blow away the cobwebs on Boxing Day and ended up there again having a wander round the Cutty Sark and watching Paddington 2 at the cinema later in the week too. It was the first family cinema trip as a 5 and worked out really well. Big bro and twin 2 LOVED the film. Twin 2 was enraptured by it and I spent some time watching their two faces as they were watching the screen. Twin 1 had a lovely snuggle on me and fell asleep so was a lovely, cuddly hot water bottle :-).
These certainly were the highlights. We’re still trying to forget about the poo smearing incident all over the twins’ bedroom on New Years’ Eve ;-).
Back to normality now but it’s great to have these memories!
What were your favourite moments of this Christmas and New Year?
I’d love to hear about them.