Father Christmas Fail & The Flu. 

Sorry I have been absent from blogmas since the 10th, unfortunately I got struck down with the flu. I haven’t felt so poorly in a long long time. I was going to bed when Archie went to bed at 7.30pm and sleeping right through till morning. It completely wiped it out of me.

We decided to take Archie to visit Father Christmas at the beginning of December this year as we are hoping to send his dummy’s to Father Christmas this year in exchange for a present. We thought that if we went at the start of December then he would associate who he was sending his dummy’s to and then we would have a while to get him used to no dummy’s before we went away at Christmas time to visit Callum’s parents.

The place we take Archie to visit Father Christmas is actually at a local garden centre. Its the best venue we have found. They decorate a large area before you actually get to meet Father Christmas. Its all kitted out with fairy lights, moving polar bears, penguins and deers, fake snow, and Christmas music. When you get to the end of winter wonderland you can knock on Father Christmas’s house where you get to step inside and meet him and some of his elves. It’s absolutely magical so it was a no brainier to take Archie back this year.

During your time in Father Christmas’s house you get to have a quick chat with him and tell him everything you want for Christmas. Get a professional photo taken and get given a gift.

When you exit the house there is a stand where you can view the photos that have just been taken and a chance to purchase them. You then walk down a little path with fake snow on and leads hung up for the reindeers and you get to see real life reindeers. This is by far my favourite part of the experience. It makes everything feel so real and gets you in the Christmas spirit.

This year it was truely magical. Archie is now at an age where he is beging to understand what is going on and the true meaning of Christmas. He absolutely hated meeting Father Christmas but loved his elves and seeing his reindeer.

We explained to him that he is going to bringing him some presents if he is a good boy all year and that Father Christmas is going to be taking his dummy’s to give them to new little baby boys and baby girls who need them because he is now a big boy.

I cant wait to see his little face on Christmas Day when Father Christmas has been. Knowing he now understands where they have come from.

This year Archie decided that he absolutely hated Father Christmas. He was petrified. We couldn’t even get him in the room let alone close enough for a photograph. He loved the grotto leading up to meet him but the actual meeting was an absolute disaster.

Being out of action for a few days and not making any content, I realised that I would rather put quality posts up than quantity and decided that I wasn’t going to continue with blogmas. However much fun it is and I absolute love to read everyone else’s. It was near impossible with a toddler and being poorly.

I have however got a few more posts that I would like to share so I’ll pop them up during the rest of December. Just things that I would like to be able to look back on in years to come and to remember the memories.

Sorry for the absolute fail.

Love Tilly & Archie xx



Letter To Father Christmas.

Growing up I used to absolutely love it when I got a letter from Father Christmas in the post. I used to think I was so special that he had taken the time to reply back to my letter.

Last year was Archie’s first Christmas and we started this tradition with him too. This year he is old enough to help do his own letter so we sat down together and wrote one.

I asked Archie what he would like for Christmas and as he is a little bit too young to understand, I named things to him that I thought he would like and the things he said yes to, I listed. I then wrote it out for him and he coloured on it and stuck on some of his Christmas stickers.

We sent our letter to Father Christmas using the Royal Mail service. This is a lovely service where you post your letters to their given address by the 9th of December and Father Christmas will send you a personalised response. This is a free service and only costs the price of the stamp on the envelope.

The address in which you send your letters to is: Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ. Dont forget to put your child’s full name and address on the back of the letter so Father Christmas knows where to write back to.

I hope you all get your letters off in time and receive everything you wished for on Christmas.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

Christmas Bucket List.

Christmas is my favourite holiday and one of the things I love the most is the build up. This year Archie is going to be nearly 22 Months old so he will properly experience the magic of Christmas. I have decided to write a bucket list, just like my fall bucket list, of all the things I want to do either as a family or just with Archie on the lead up to Christmas.

If you have Instagram or Twitter please feel free to tag me if you would like to follow this bucket list too so I can see you all enjoying the Christmas festivities as much as we are.

  • Visit Santa
  • See Reindeer
  • Decorate a tree
  • Make Christmas decorations
  • Have a Christmas family photo
  • Send a letter to Santa
  • Watch Elf
  • Decorate a ginger bread house
  • Go sledging
  • Drink hot chocolate
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Read Christmas stories
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • Visit loved ones
  • Make a wreath
  • Go on a carousel
  • Give a secret Santa
  • Kiss under mistletoe
  • Elf on the shelf

I can’t wait to see all your Christmas Bucket lists and the things you get up to this Christmas and hope this festive season is full of fun for you all.

Love Tilly & Archie xx