Tuesday 3 November 2015

Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

A lot of people say that the minute Halloween is over, it's then officially okay to mention the C word. NO not that one! I mean... CHRISTMAS...
Children just make Christmas don't they. Seeing Aaron's face light up on Christmas day means everything to me

And, as if I didn't need reminding, I just saw on Twitter that Coca Cola has announced their tour dates and locations for the Coca-Cola truck, so definitely, the countdown has indeed begun. Whether you believe the holidays are coming, or Santa is, is immaterial. Whatever it is, it is the season to be jolly.

Last year Christmas was hectic. I spent a day at the German Christmas market. We saw about 7 Santas! I spent 15 hours writing a Family Christmas Gift Guide (something I am YET to even start this year).

Clearly being 28 weeks pregnant now, I am taking this much much more slowly this year.... pacing myself....

In the blogging world, Christmas starts even earlier than in the real world, so I've already ordered a Christmas tree, but for school not for home. I'm never that organised at home ha ha!

Last year we had a school Christmas Bizarre and our school tree was pitiful, so I resolved to do something about it this year and the blog coverage that made an impression on me last year, was from Pines and Needles, so they were my first port of call. Very kindly, they agreed to supply our school with a tree. So we're going to do Christmas in style  this year.

But dear reader you benefit too:
I don't need to convince myself as to why Pines and Needles is the right choice, as I read all of their raving blogger reviews last year.

But here's a summary of why Pines and Needles is great:
I already have an advent calendar for Aaron, as I got one at the Talk to Mums event. It's Star Wars and he loves it. He's counting down the days till 1st December already and was thrilled when October finished as it's that wee bit closer now.

With a baby on the way in January, I actually want time to slow right down, as I have so much left to do, but I am thinking about getting the Elf out soon. I put everything away BEAUTIFULLY last year. All of his Christmas books and pre-Christmas stuff are all in a separate organised box.

We've even already booked to see Snowman - we're seeing the Press Show, but you can book to see it between 25th November and 3rd January. 

It's on at:

The Peacock

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT

Ticket office:

020 7863 8222

Created by The Birmingham Repertory Theatre 22 years ago, The Snowman has been delighting young and old alike for 18 years at the Peacock Theatre with its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic.

Based on Raymond Briggs' book The Snowman and featuring Howard Blake’s much-loved score, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production has become an essential part of London’s Christmas calendar” (Time Out), and has been seen by over half a million people since it first came to the Peacock Theatre in 1998.

The enchanting show tells the story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes miraculously to life on Christmas Eve. Featuring a dazzling array of colourful characters including dancing penguins, magical reindeer, a beautiful snow princess, her wicked beau Jack Frost and of course, Father Christmas himself, The Snowman is a Christmas treat for all the family.

The Snowman first appeared as a beautifully illustrated picture book by Raymond Briggs in 1978. It has since inspired the classic Oscar Nominated, BAFTA Award winning animated film, directed by Diane Jackson and produced by John Coates, and was first transmitted by Channel 4 on Christmas Eve, 1982.

The magical stage production features Howard Blake’s timeless musical score played by a live orchestra, and includes the signature song Walking in the Air' which reached number 3 in the UK charts when sung by choirboy Aled Jones in 1985. 

Suitable for all ages, The Snowman is the perfect introduction to dance for the very young.

‘One of those shows that gets me through the winter. Magical flight to a winter wonderland.’ The Daily Telegraph
Being that I am a big kid and SUCH a lover of Christmas I am VERY interested to see how I am going to prep for a newborn AND prep for Christmas all whilst looking after myself. It's going to be, how shall we say?.... interesting! To say the least. I have developed a new found ability to *rest* - having chronic fatigue for the past couple of years has insured I am good at that, but I still need to prioritise better, juggle better and get good at writing to-do lists.

Wish me luck, I am going to need it.

Oh and on that note, I am off to get my beauty sleep, as the school run and a 3 mile round trip aint funny when tired and 28 weeks' pregnant. Nigh night my lovely readers. Promise I will try to blog more often.

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