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Friday, 15 December 2017

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

When I was younger one of the most exciting events during Christmastime was Santa's tour of our local town.  In school on the day of the visit there would be excited cries of "Santa's coming round tonight!", "It's tonight!" and teachers would remind us to be good.  At home, my mum and dad would sing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and we'd regularly run outside and just listen to guess how close he was and if he was on his way yet.  Then finally, the music got louder, the lights brighter and Santa, real actual Santa, was there, riding past our house on a bright red, open sleigh.  Santa's helpers (members of Milford Haven Round Table) would pass out lollies and we would wave Santa on his way around the rest of the town.  The following day at school we would all happily chatter about Santa's visit.  We would talk about it in "news" and write a story and draw a picture of Santa visiting our town.  

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Nutcracker Trail, Milford Marina

On Saturday we  took part in the Nutcracker Christmas Trail down Milford Marina.  They always put on great Christmas events (although we're really missing the ice rink- please bring that back) which we like to support each year.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Santa's Confused...

Over the years we've had a couple of little misunderstandings about Santa and his "helpers".  One year Caitlyn felt sad when we went to see Santa in his Grotto as he had given her a different present to the one in the letter she had wrote to Santa, not realising that he would also bring her a present on Christmas day.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Another Year (Nearly) Over: Reflections on Getting Older (Gracefully?)

"So this is Christmas, and what have you done?  Another year over, and a new one just begun..." the immortal words of John Lennon feel even more poignant to me as the years go on.  I think the start of another "new year" makes me face getting older more than my actual birthday.  I don't worry about getting older, having lost my dad at a young age, I'll be grateful if I have that privilege, but like most people I wish I could slow down time and have longer on earth, more moments to do wonderful things and most importantly more seasons with my family.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Home: How to Decorate a Christmas tree

Our Christmas tree has arrived!  We are so excited to decorate it but have to wait until Friday as we have busy evenings until then.  There are many approaches to decorating a tree and every household does it their way.  When I think back to decorating our Christmas trees in childhood (we used to have one in the hall and one in the living room) it brings back such memories- sorting through the bright baubles and homemade ornaments each year and everybody helping to put the baubles on.  Lights were left to my mum and dad and I remember them patiently untangling them and testing each bulb when the lights had gone.  There was also lots of tinsel involved!  
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