Happy Twixmas! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying these funny in-between days. We are enjoying having some down time all together after such a hectic December. Kids are playing with new toys, lots of films are being watched, I’m trying to get organised and plan for 2017 and a lot of chocolate is being eaten. The sunshine is being kind to us here in London though it’s been pretty foggy (and cold!) too.
I wanted to pop up a little Christmas round-up post and share some photos.
We kicked off the school holidays with a fun visit from an elf (via Little London Ballet) to check whether the girls were definitely still on the Nice List! We had a fun 15-20 minute visit and fortunately they showed they were worthy of the Nice List.
The next day we went into London for panto! We saw Red Riding Hood at Hoxton Hall – a shortish (100 minutes) panto without too much innuendo that is a great panto introduction for little ones. I was really quite nervous about whether Imogen (who doesn’t sit still) would make the experience stressful but when the lights went down and the actors came on stage she was interested enough to mostly sit still – phew. And she joined in with the boos and “he’s behind you”s although half a minute after everyone else which was cute. Seren and I loved it. The show has been put together by the team behind Edmonton’s Millfield Theatre pantomimes and it will be coming to Enfield’s The Dugdale Centre at Easter time!
After collecting sticks in Hoxton Square we jumped in a black cab to take us to daddy’s office then to Pizza Express for a late lunch. I’m guessing that this city branch doesn’t usually see many kids (and the city was packed with them that day!) as they had run out of crayons, kids drinks, sorbets etc. But we had a nice meal nonetheless and the staff were apologetic. Seren and I loved their table decorations of jars filled with fairy lights and little baubles!
On Christmas Eve we mixed seeing family the other side of north London, popping into to see local friends and running around trying to finish off all the Christmas magic before the big day! In the evening we bathed the girls, got them into Christmas PJs, put out milk and a mince pie for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph.
Then we settled them down in front of Zootropolis and one by one they fell asleep and we took them to bed. Then for the final push – last minute wrapping, decoration hanging, table laying, breakfast and Christmas lunch prep – fuelled by Prosecco naturally. I was determined to be in bed by midnight and just made it!
We had a leisurely start to Christmas Day as the girls didn’t wake until after 8am! They climbed into our bed to open their stockings then downstairs for more presents. Father Christmas brought them the Sylvanian Families and My Little Ponies they wanted and Imogen also got a Little People Disney Princess castle (second hand). The lightsabers were a big hit too (with the girls and Andy).
Andy’s parents came for lunch and all in all we had a relaxing day.
On Boxing Day we blew away the cobwebs with a walk around Forty Hall . Then back to Andy’s folks for lunch and more family and presents.
Since then we’ve had theatre trips and embraced the Twixmas lull – off out now for a frosty walk!