Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Maggie Meets Father Christmas

I'm trying to get back into blogging again!  Ever since I got into instagram I've kind of neglected this little space.  I have a lot to catch up on but thought I would start with a sweet little outing we had last weekend to see Santa Father Christmas.

I had a hard time trying to locate a Santa near us to get a photo taken with Maggie.  Apparently, he goes by Father Christmas here, and he comes to visit kids in his Grotto.  That sounded a little creepy to me!  I had never heard of Father Christmas' Grotto before.  I'm still not exactly sure what that is.  Well, we figured we'd give it a go. (Look at me using British lingo!)  There is this really cute town near by called Hatton that has an adorable shopping village and adventure world for kids.  I found out that Father Christmas would be there so we booked our tickets and headed out.
That day ended up being the coldest weather we've had so far this season.  I think it was a high of 40 degrees.

Despite the look on her face, she insisted on stopping here first before heading to the Grotto.

Once we peeled her off the cow we were able to distract her with some real live reindeer.

She was just a little scared of them.  I mean it was the first time she's ever met one.  ;)

Just from that experience I should have known how meeting Father Christmas would go...

Luckily, we got there early enough that there wasn't too much of a line.  Everything was really dark inside so that the Christmas lights would show up, which made it hard to get good pictures.  Maggie seemed to enjoy all the decorations while waiting in line.

Waiting in line with a toddler who has little to no patience can be a challenge, but we made it out alive.

When it was our turn we walked into a really dark room (so creepy!) to meet Father Christmas.  This was definitely something I've never experienced before!  We were in charge of taking our own pictures which was fine with me so I didn't have to pay a crazy amount of money for one photo.  But it was a challenge to get a good photo with it being pretty much pitch black.  Maggie started off a little hesitant in mommy's arms.

So we tried to the "rip the bandaid off" approach and chucked her into Father Christmas' arms.  That didn't go over so well...  Hopefully next year she will understand what's going on a little better, and I can prepare her ahead of time.  ;)

He was super sweet and kept saying "oh bless her" (another British saying).  This "Santa" gave out golden keys for her to go pick out a special toy from his workshop.  I thought that was pretty clever and the shop actually had quite a few toys to pick from.  Maggie ultimately decided on a baby doll (of course) that you can bathe in it's own tub.

Afterwards, we decided to check out the rest of Hatton's Adventure World and meet some more animals.

Over all it was a great experience.  It did go over a little better last year though.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing Maggie meet Santa again next year when she's a little older, and she will have her baby sister with her.  :)

This was Maggie's picture from last year.


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