Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Countdown to Christmas - where we’ve been! Part 1

The run up to Christmas is one of our favourite times of year - there are lights twinkling everywhere, lots of comfort food, and there is that wonderful sense of excitement in the air.
We love planning things that will really get us into the spirit so this is the first in a couple of posts about where we have been, and what has made us feel festive!

Our first Christmassy trip was to the Mac in Birmingham, a fantastic arts centre on the edge of Cannon Hill Park. They regularly offer theatre productions for children, so as theatre lovers ourselves, we decided to take Oskar  along to his first show.
‘Me’ was an adaption by the Little Angel Theatre company of the much loved Emma Dodd book, about a baby penguin finding his way in the big world, and realising how powerful the love of his mother is. Although in a small room, with a simple set and three puppets, the production held the attention of both 17 month Oskar and the three year old we had with us for the entire story. They gasped, called out, and of course Oskar danced to along to any music! The production was so well executed, the movements of the puppets so sweeping that the man behind them seemed to become invisible! We loved it, and would highly recommend it. 




Our next festive outing was to Lichfield's Christmas light switch on. We decided this would be the day to break out Oskar’s Christmas wardrobe! We love dressing him in seasonal outfits, although we have to admit missing all his tiny Christmas sleepsuits from this time last year when he was 6 months old!




One thing we hadn’t banked on was the light switch on being so busy this year! We were a group of 5 adults and 2 children and ended up being a bit sandwiched into the crowd! However it was fun to walk around the lights, and afterwards Lauren’s parents cooked everyone a gorgeous meal which definitely warmed us up and was a lovely end to the evening.


The Magic Lantern Festival was something we planned to visit last year at Birmingham’s Botanical gardens, where we spent our 3rd wedding anniversary. However with a 6 month old baby we never got around to it, so planned to go this year,  conveniently in a park nearby to where we live. 
A trail of beautiful lanterns including a gingerbread house and recreation of the Birmingham sky line, it made for a really fun evening with our family. The children in our group were fascinated but we think the adults enjoyed it even more! We struggled to agree on a favourite between the phoenix, rose pagoda, polar bears and giant castle. It was strange walking around a park we visit almost daily, but it being transformed to somewhere almost unrecognisable! It was a great evening, and the hot chocolate and marshmallows half way round were very welcome! We would highly recommend the Magic Lantern festival if it’s near you.







We left the Magic Lantern festival full of festive cheer, and it definitely got us in the mood for Christmas!

We have already been on a few more Christmassy days out which we will write about next time (and maybe a little video too). As we have had decorators in our living room this week we haven't been able to put our Chrismas tree up, so our festive activities have been a substitute to help us feel like Christmas is on its way - but this weekend, we can finally decorate our tree and add a fairy light or 500 to our house! However, yesterday definitely felt like Christmas, as we had some snow...



We hope you have been enjoying the festive season so far, let us know if you have any recommendations for days out that have made you feel merry and bright!


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