It is no secret that my kids don’t like the cold weather! They would do anything to stay inside when it’s cold and raining, but this year I decided we need to get out more over the winter months and explore our favourite places.
On Sunday we decided to go for a roadtrip to the North Coast, the kids favourite place. We always make a point of visiting over the summer months as much as we can (along with the rest of Northern Ireland) so why not go on a cold day to get some fresh air and blow off the cobwebs. I always say on a good day the beaches in Portstewart and Portrush are as good as being in Spain but it’s just as pretty in the winter with the waves smashing off the rocks, you just need a few extra layers to keep warm and you (generally) have the added bonus of it not being just as busy.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to The Grand Opera House in Belfast to see a pantomine staring May McFettridge with her one liners and colourful outfits, this year was no exception. The Grand Opera House christmas pantomine is the biggest selling panto in Northern Ireland, they have already sold over 75,000 tickets for their Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime this year, so you need to get your tickets while you can.
A hard working , kindhearted shoemaker called Stan and his wife Bet have fallen on some hard times. Struggling to sell shoes means they don’t know if they will be able to make rent by christmas eve. Will they get to keep their shop which has been in their family for generations or will their landlord Mrs Perkins get what she wants and take back the shop? With a little bit of magic and the help of the pixies who come to visit at night they may just make it!
At this time of year it is easy to get wrapped up in the shopping and presents instead of spending time with the family and making memories. So every December we plan activites or places to visit with the kids. Our christmas activities usually start the last week of November when we put the Christmas decorations up at home, the kids usually watch a christmas film or two with Trevor while I do it. Then we have visits to see the big man himself and a pantomine or two thrown in. I thought I would share some of the things we do to help get the kids into the christmas spirit (not that they need it) and to stop me from going insane when I hear when is santa coming? or I want that for christmas! everytime a toy advert comes on the television.