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.
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.
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…
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.
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
Have you been to any Christmas fairs this year?
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