The wonderful Harrods grotto 2017…

We were lucky enough to get tickets to see Father Christmas at Harrods grotto this year. I have been a few times before and always found it a lovely experience – but this year was even better. We arrived a little bit earlier than our allotted time slot and were allowed straight through (this could be because we went on a quiet day) where we were greeted by Ginger the elf and his friends who pointed us in the direction of the comfy bean bags and sofas ready for the show to begin. The elves put on a funny little skit for the children with magic, silliness and really fully engaged all the children. I have a six year old and an eight month old who were both laughing their heads off. While seated I noticed all the children’s names where written on the blackboard (they had let through three families into the ‘waiting area’) and referred to the them by name which they loved! Once the show was finished they handed all the children a big gold coin and told us parents/carers that we could take pictures while we waited – which we did in front of their gorgeous tree. 

Then after only a few minutes wait, one by one the families were called in to meet Santa and he did not disappoint! As soon as the door opened my daughters eyes widened with excitement. Santa was wonderful, he called her by her name without having to ask it first and also knew that she had started gymnastics this year (they ask for your children’s names, ages and something memorable that’s happened this year when you book online) he was brilliant, so patient and engaging with the children but also had a laugh with the parents aswell. We weren’t hurried at all. His lovely elf managed to get the baby’s attention long enough for us to get some great pictures that we’ll treasure forever and I was blown away by the presents they both received! They were handed a red Harrods bag with a gorgeous brown teddy bear inside, with Harrods embroided on the foot and a Harrods ribbon bow tie!  

From memory I think the grotto had only cost £10 for all of us to go and them to both receive a gift which was more than worth it – you do have to be a Harrods reward card holder to be able to get tickets and have spent money instore in the last 12 months though. All in all we had a fabulous day and if you’re travelling with a buggy like us there are ample lifts to go from floor to floor and huge bathrooms with lots of baby changing space and a buggy park so you don’t have to take it in the grotto with you. I think I loved it more than the children and ‘santa’ certainly restored a bit of my Christmas spirit. If you can get tickets – it’s so worth it. I hope we manage to get some for next year…merry Christmas everyone. X 

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Life works in mysterious ways…

So picture this – it was three weeks ago in Menorca, I had shockingly poor wifi connection – I know…scandalous right? I mean it’s 2015 after all 😉 I had to stay stuck to one particular point otherwise I’d be disconnected from the world but I had a 4 year old who didn’t care about the latest Facebook gossip that mummy wanted to catch up on – when I received a whatsapp message from my best friend. 

We managed to get a few lines of conversation in when she said ‘I’ve got something to tell you.’ I knew what she was going to say before she even said it…she was pregnant! I was ecstatic for her and so excited at the prospect of having a new born to hold in the not to distant future (if you haven’t worked it out by now…I’m baby mad lol). Now this next part…I thought were only made up stories in the back of ‘take a break’ magazine and never actually happened to real life people but apparently they do…I asked how far along are you expecting like 8 weeks or something like that. No…no she was 6 and a half months gone already! She’d only found out two days before she told me 😮 ‘oh and by the way…it’s a girl!’ Now you don’t know my friend but she is the most organised person I know. If she’s going on holiday in three months…her bag would already be packed (yep…she is a bit crazy but she’s friends with me, what do you expect?) So this bombshell totally knocked her for six! By the time I got back from holiday a week later and met up for a catch up she’d already planned the nursery, got the pram, brought some clothes and named the baby! The most I’d accomplished that week was a tan lol! 

So as I sit here staring out the window at the torrential downpour wondering why I’ve never been married, why I still haven’t met Mr Right or why I don’t have a ‘conventional’ idealistic life…it just goes to show that you can make as many plans as you want but in the end whatever will be, will be and your whole world can change in the blink of an eye. If things aren’t how you want them to be at the moment, that’s not to say they won’t be so don’t worry…life works in mysterious ways. x