Meeting Santa – Blogmas Day 1

I thought I would set myself the Blogmas challenge this year and write a post every day until Christmas. Today’s entry is definitely a festive one as we went to Avon Valley Railway on Sunday for the Santa Special.


Heath LOVES trains (I really can’t emphasise this enough, ha ha), so when I saw the chance to not only take him on a train ride,  have a mince and to meet Santa too, I knew it was an opportunity that was too good to miss.


Our friends’ also have a little boy who is equally enthusiastic about  trains and so we spent the afternoon together, chatting to Santa watching the countryside go by and seeing the naughty signs that had been cheekily vandalised.

santa3The staff were brilliant throughout. One particular gentleman made sure we were happy with the presents from Father Christmas and asked if we wanted to change it. We found out that there was a bracelet making set which we knew was perfect for Annabelle so he happily exchanged it with the dog lotto game she had originally received.

santa2The children were thrilled to meet Santa and I luckily caught their expression when he walked in (see pic below). They were mesmerised and on their bestest behaviour. Annabelle promised to be good and was excited to see him again on Christmas Eve. In comparison, we met Santa in his grotto last year but to be honest, that wasn’t as good an experience because Annabelle was a bit scared and upset. Santa at Avon Valley was very cheery and the perfect level of ho ho ho 🙂 (or ha ha ha – sorry bad joke!).


The only thing I would have changed about the experience was the length of time we had on the platform to take pictures with Santa and at the front of the train. I would have loved to take a family photo and to take a picture with Heath like the one below.


If Heath is still as excited about trains next year, I will definitely like to take him to Avon Valley Railway for the Santa Special. See you tomorrow for Blogmas Day 2. Bx

Santa’s Voicemail

I’m really sorry but I’m going to have to mention the C word… Christmas. It’s been spoken about a lot in our house recently as Annabelle is obsessed. Every morning she asks if it’s Christmas today or if we can put up the tree.


It makes quite a change to the 15 month old girl in this picture who really was quite unsure about the white beard and red suit! We even called Santa today and tried to speak to him. Unfortunately, he was busy sorting out Christmas presents so we had to leave him a voicemail 😉


It makes me really excited for Christmas time this year. Normally, it is just a lovely time to spend with loved ones but there is something about the joy and happiness that children feel that is infectious. I am looking forward to decorating the tree and listening to All I Want For Christmas by the fire. A glass of Rioja and some chocolate would also make it perfect.

Are you excited for Christmas? If not, let me know your favourite time of year. Bx