It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! | Modern Mummy

Monday, 2 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We've had such a wonderful, festive week - what a way to kick start Christmas!

Last Monday was the BritMums Xmas Do, hosted by Susanna and Jen in partnership with Morrisons. I had a smashing morning catching up with my blogging friends Alice from An Essex Wife and Ruth from RocknRoller Baby and making new ones (hello Carolynne from Mummy Endeavours, Essex Kate and Model Mum!) 

Morrisons put on an incredible spread and the Executive Chef of Product Development at the M Kitchen, Neil Nugent, also gave some excellent Christmas cooking tips. I tucked into my first mince pie of the season and drank a glass of wine before midday (Shhhhhhhh!) Great fun had by all!

Later in the week we headed over to The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith for the press viewing of Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas. I'm still raving about it to anyone that will listen, three days later. I honestly can't stress how essential it is that you see this production! It was wonderful.

On Saturday, Himself and I took the kids to Oxenford Farm in Elstead, Surrey, to choose our Christmas Tree. If any of you are from around here I really do recommend you pay them a visit, even if you've already got a tree. The farm was originally a Ley farm for Waverley Abbey in the 12th Century and has been a traditional working farm ever since. It's set on a huge carp pond which you have to cross over to get to the main buildings, some of which were designed and built by Augustus Pugin (of gothic revival architecture fame). 

In December, they put twinkly lights everywhere and it's honestly so beautiful! The trees are sold in a little courtyard where there are reindeer, donkeys, sheep, goats and a big bull to say hello to and they also have a gorgeous shop that sells hand made Christmas decorations. It was a lovely experience, very nearly as brilliant as chopping down our own tree with the National Trust last year (we were very sad that they didn't do it again this year!).

We then went home, had a roast dinner, got the girls in the bath and into PJs and set about decorating the tree! I must confess I was (quite rightly) a bit concerned about having a tree with a one year old running around. Said tree's bottom half is currently everso slightly devoid of decorations and I'm trying to come up with a plan to keep them on that doesn't involve penning it off (not enough room) or chopping it's bottom off and standing it on a table......... It looks lovely from outside though!

Yesterday was the Haslemere Christmas Fair and lights switch on (although we didn't last that long unfortunately!). I know I'm biased but Haslemere really does do THE BEST Crimbo fair. Heaps of foodie stalls and others selling hand made and unusual gifts, fairground rides, Father Christmas and lots of opportunities to buy a cup of mulled wine! This year it was even nicer as we've lived here for a year now and saw lots of people we knew. Daisy's highlight was getting her face painted (she chose to be an angel - and took some lovely selfies of herself using my phone!) and my highlight was her telling everyone we stopped to chat to that Father Christmas was deaf after he kept calling her 'Sophie' and Evie 'Stevie'!

We've got lots more festivities planned for this week, including some super press events, Daisy's nursery Christmas party and we will be making our own Christmas cards too. If you need a little dose of Crimbo craftiness before then, why not take a look at these posts from last year:

Make your own Christmas jumper
Simple Christmas decorations to make with kids
Make your own Christmas cards with the kids
A lazy mo fo Mince Pie recipe

(The mince pie recipe really is awesome - and perfect for busy mums that are after a few cheats!) xoxo

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