Holidays are coming, and we’ve been stepping into Christmas with festive activities around London since December 1st. Last Christmas, I was feeling a bit bah humbug with my lack of celebrations and this year, watching my husband return from yet another client work Christmas party (they seem to start earlier each year), I thought I’d try a little harder to have a wonderful Christmastime, and start a few new advent traditions – me and the girls.
So last Thursday, I took them to Kew Gardens for their magical after-dark Christmas lights trail. It’s a wonderful adventure for little ones. We set off at the 5pm slot (it’s a mile long and takes about 1.5 hours to walk round) – the little ones couldn’t believe how lucky they were to be out and about when the day usually starts to wind down.
We quickly found a quiet little spot to have a special moonlit picnic before venturing around the trail. Such a treat for the senses – lovely music, stunning Christmassy light displays, amazing smells and delicious festive fare (including my favorite – chestnuts roasting on an open fire).
Big D especially loved the traditional funfair and her hug with a giant illuminated Father Christmas (below). Little D was dazzled by the beautiful bright lights and wonderful Christmas music and was in a winter wonderland of her own as we wandered the illuminations. Little Saint Nick himself even put in a starring appearance in a panto at the end. We left with that glowing happy feeling you only get at the most wonderful time of the year.
I’m loving rediscovering the true magic of Christmas time through the eyes of the girls and it’s super cool to be a big kid again. If you want to feel that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, I’d really recommend a trip to Kew if you can. It was £16.00 well spent – children under 4 go free which is fab!
I hope you’re having lots of fun with your little ones in the countdown to Christmas.
Love Mummy B
PS. The names of some of my favorite Christmas songs are buried in this post – share if you can spot them all – or even if you didn’t (answers below).
- “Holidays are Coming” (ok, perhaps not quite a song, but the sountrack to that great Coca-cola advert!)
- “Last Christmas” – Wham!
- “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney
- “Christmas Lights” – Coldplay
- “Winter Wonderland” – Perry Como
- “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” – Nat King Cole
- “Little Saint Nick” – The Beach Boys
- “[It’s] the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Andy Williams
- “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Perry Como and the Fontana Sisters
- “Christmas Time” – The Darkness