Well, I don’t know where the first term of my second year has gone, but I seem to have completed it! In the first year, I remember the first term seemed to last an age. In fact, the whole year seemed long. This year, I just can’t quite believe that I’ll be starting my second term in a couple of weeks. In assignment terms, I’m one assignment down with five to go!! My next assignment is due on 9th January, so my Christmas break has not been as relaxing as I would have liked. Plus, both myself and my daughter have been ill, so that’s not aided a relaxing break either. That being said, we did start the Christmas festivities at the beginning of December, so I don’t feel too hard done by!
This year, my Christmas festivities started on 2nd December, with a family trip to Sleeping Beauty, at the Belgrade theatre. I haven’t been to the panto for years, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Also, I wasn’t sure if I was being a little too optimistic expecting my 2-year-old to sit through a 2-hour panto. However, it all went surprisingly well. The panto was good fun, my daughter enjoyed it (mostly) and it really got me in the Christmas spirit.
Next, was a trip to see Santa, at the Coventry Motor Museum. Now, for those of you around my age and from Coventry, you may well have done this trip as a child. I’ve got photos of me and my brothers, as children, visiting Santa (the sleigh ride was at the Coop then). It’s a family tradition, and one that my brothers and I have continued with our children. There are 11 of us now (6 adults and 5 kids), and to be fair, the adults get just as much enjoyment out of it as the kids!
I started my Christmas shopping nice and early this year, so a December trip to Resort World was all I needed to finish it off. The decorations there were lovely, and I thought the Christmas tree was fab!
Around mid-December, we had a family day out at the Sea Life centre, in Birmingham, which included a 4D showing of the Polar Express and another visit to see Santa! The Sea Life centre itself was a lot smaller than I had expected, but it kept my little one entertained for a few hours and I do love the tropical fish!
Due to the Coventry Rotary Clubs, Santa visits many areas of Coventry during December. It’s such a great idea, and we ventured out in the cold to see him ride past on his sleigh.
Elves Festive Fever, at the Children’s Play Village, was next on our agenda. For anyone with young kids, the Play Village in Warwick is lots of fun. My daughter had a great time running around and helping out the elves!
Finally, we were ready for a visit from the ‘big man’. Milk, a mince pie and a carrot were left out, awaiting Santa’s arrival. And, he didn’t disappoint. We had one very excited little girl on Christmas morning. There was present opening, 10 o’clock Mass, family visits, more present opening, a delicious Christmas dinner followed by Christmas movies. Then, it’s all over for another year!
I hope you all have had a lovely Christmas, and all the best for the New Year!!