Naughty or Nice?…

Do you do Christmas Eve boxes? It’s a tradition I started a few years ago in our house.

We use them as a ‘farewell’ present from the elves and if they get a box…they know they have been put on father Christmas’ nice list.

I used to put a Christmas movie in them but now with all the festive films you could wish to see readily available on Netflix, amazon and now tv (to name a few) I haven’t put one in.

This years boxes are made up of a new pair of pyjamas, a selection box, a few festive themed colouring books and pencils, a small present and a cuddly toy! My children are 7 and 1 and this works for both of their ages only with a small few changes like the baby has crayons instead of pencils.

I then wrapped everything individually in brown paper, drew a reindeer face on the front and then stuck on Pom poms for noses. A simple yet very effective decorating technique.

Once all the presents are in the box it looks like they have a lot, so it’s more exciting for them…but in reality everything in the box (apart from the pyjamas) was relatively inexpensive.

The colouring & activity books were from Poundland, the pencils & crayons were 50p each packet from wilko’s, the selection packs were 75p each from wilko’s, the cuddly toys were around £8/£9 each from tk max, the polly pocket was around £3.50 (in the Sainsbury’s sale) and the little bus was £1 from Poundland. Both pairs of pj’s were from gap.

If you do boxes – let me know what you put in yours. I can’t wait to see their faces when they open these, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, especially when you have children x

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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