A Christmas Fair

We set a date in the diary a couple of months ago to go to a Christmas fair this year. Because the children will just love it. They’re 2 years old and under, they’re just happy to be outdoors, so it was more for our pleasure.

I love all things Christmas and after our childless day out, previous to the fair, I was ready for a festive, family day out.

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The crucial part in family days out with small children, is to never have high expectations, ‘hope for the best, but expect the worst’, summarises how we start every outing. Yet, when it came to the Christmas fair I just expected a fairly grand day out.

It was quite a grand day. The toddler soaked in every Christmas filled detail, the band, the rides, the decorations and the huts. It was special seeing it all through his eyes and he was so well-behaved, I’m just gushing about his overall loveliness.

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The baby, did not give a shit whatsoever. She didn’t give a shit about the tree, she didn’t give a shit about the rides and she was less than impressed by the reindeer, you know Santa’s real reindeer that drive all night to deliver her presents? Didn’t give a…

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The only times she felt content was either whilst eating, or on the floor breaking free and making a run for it (until she realised I wasn’t holding her). She was held the majority of the day and would only allow me the privilege of this, otherwise we’d all be subjected to a heartbreaking cry. When we left she held her Grandads hand and was over the moon to be walking, it’s just a shame she was happy as we were leaving, because of her unhappiness.

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Other than the arm ache I received whilst holding her all day (and not really being able to visit many stalls) we did have a great day. Next year will be that little bit more special, with a trip to Santa’s grotto. The children can wait outside with his reindeer, while I sit on his lap and beg for a lie-in, a long one (or a full nights sleep will do) instead he will give me a toy plane.

The highlights for me were:

• Seeing how fascinated our toddler was whilst watching the band. The old songs they played and the Christmas tunes. Then started the discussion on what their instruments were ”Tuba, Cornet, Trumpet but wtf is that big one?”

• Seeing reindeer, they’re pretty cool aren’t they? The baby may not have thought so, and actually the toddler didn’t really care, but they were lovely

• Red Thai Cornish pasty, oh wow, this was amazing. It was so hot, but so tasty I couldn’t stop eating and ended up with a scolded tongue

• Impulsive Christmas decoration purchases. For the brief moment my arms were free and the baby was distracted, I bought some gorgeous mantlepiece decorations. Mr Firstooth is finally cracking too and getting into the Christmas spirit (he paid for them)

• Seeing pure joy in my toddlers face on the rides

• Tasting THE BEST sweet chilli sauce there is, so tasty we bought a bottle home

• The toddler thinking the small taster cup of cider, was juice. People did notice

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Have you been to any Christmas fairs this year?

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17 Comments

  1. December 9, 2015 / 7:20 am

    Lol this made me chuckle … They really don’t give a sh*t do they?! We went to winter wonderland and I think I was more excited than Arj! He’s 17 months now so a lot more engaged but he was pretty over it quite quick! Bext year should be more fun! #bestandworst x

  2. December 9, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Ahhh haha, poor you!! We took our toddler to a Christmas market last year and it was a stupid idea, I ended up carrying an Olaf balloon the size of my son around…..this year we left them behind, ha! Glad you managed to enjoy it to a degree though! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst 🙂 x

  3. December 9, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Ahh bless, how could they not be impressed by reindeer! We went to Winchester christmas market where they have an ice-skating rink, but only for kids 4+ so my daughter couldn’t go on, she was a little bit miffed about that (though I was secretly pleased one more year I escape falling on arse!) #bestandworst

  4. December 10, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Lol! Kids don’t always seem to understand why we get excited by reindeer and things, yet a battery powered Christmas ornament can be watched for hours… My toddler doesn’t care so much about Xmas markets, although he loved the dog walking past at the last one. My four year old is getting more interested though! Glad you enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t quite what you were expecting!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  5. December 11, 2015 / 3:24 am

    oh the sore arm I remember that and I must admit there is a lot I miss now that my youngest is 6, but I don’t miss the endless carrying him around. And why is it always us mums who they only want? I guess coz we are pretty awesome. Great post! #happydiaries

  6. December 11, 2015 / 7:28 am

    I always get all misty eyed seeing the kids experience Christmas. I always remember when the big one was two we went to see the lights and their was a salvation army band playing christmas songs. He was mesmerised. I was in bits! #TheList

  7. December 11, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    I love Christmas fairs, and this tends to be how my two at any event too! #fridayfrolics

  8. December 11, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    At least one of them was impressed! Hehe, loved this – my daughter’s 11 months and she has been completely disgusted by everything so far. Except the chocolate advent calendar, which was great until she realised she couldn’t get the chocolate out of it herself and had a screaming fit at the indignity… #fridayfrolics

  9. December 12, 2015 / 6:50 am

    Only CHristnas fair I’ve been to this year was my daughter’s school fair yesterday. As I had the toddler with me as well, your adage about “hope for the best but expect the worst” proved correct. It was….demanding. At least your’s was outside! #COuntryKids

  10. December 12, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Your little boy looks the perfect age to soak up Christmas, he was clearly mesmerized by the Christmas fair, I do envy you the Christmas ahead, it will be so magical, even if your daughter is at the age where the cardboard box and wrapping paper are the best bits! You are creating some lovely christmas traditions and memories here, thank you somuch for popping over and linking up on #CountryKids

  11. December 13, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    hahaha that sounds so much like Evie. I have to hold her all day long and she’s only ever happy when we’re leaving somewhere and we’re normally always leaving because of her. The pasty sounds delicious and other than baby meltdowns, it sounds like the perfect festive outing! Plus you have some snaps or you and your other half! Gosh they’re so rare in this house it’s unreal. I think we have two photos in existence of us two together and in both of them we’re drinking.Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

  12. December 16, 2015 / 8:09 am

    Ha ha yes I can relate to this when Monkey was younger we had a simile reaction. Now he’s a bit older I am sure he would love it – although this year we haven’t got round to visiting one! doh! On a positive you got some lovely photos! X #Whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      December 18, 2015 / 11:17 am

      Thank you! We did get some golden pics which I’m chuffed with, along with the goodies we picked up. I’m hoping next year will be a little smoother, she’s such a pickle!! That’s a shame you couldn’t make it to one this year but there’s still time! X

  13. December 17, 2015 / 5:58 am

    These babys spoiling all the fun! her face on th pictures reaching out to you, the toddler looks mesmerised. Its totally enchanting isn’t it?

  14. The Anxious Dragon
    December 20, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    I love it, babies do have a habit of putting a certain spin on christmas, not giving a shit.
    It sounds like the fair was wonderful, especially the reindeer.
    Thank you for sharing, Tracey #happydiaries

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