I know, I know, I can hear you groaning all the way from my side of the monitor! But it’s true! We’re already half way through October and Christmas is fast approaching. I think the fact that we live in the tropics and have never really had a proper traditional christmas with snow and fairy lights makes me want it even more – especially for the kids. Maya is obsessed with Christmas! I’m not sure where she gets it from but she just loves Christmas trees and snow and santa. Of course she’s never even seen snow
Every year I say we’re going to go back to the UK for Christmas but it’s expensive for all of us to go with 4 long-haul plane tickets plus visas. Still it would be totally worth it to see Maya’s face when she sees all the Christmas lights and trees and Fenwicks window (Fenwicks is a big department store in Newcastle and they always make a big Christmas display every year with animatronic characters).
Anyway my little dream has now expanded to Christmas in the UK with a weekend in Lapland! – How amazing would it be for the kids to actually travel to “the north pole”, meet santa, play in the snow, stay in a log cabin etc? I think that would honestly be better than Disneyland for Maya. I’ve just been looking at these Lapland holidays on the Cosmos website and they look seriously amazing!
You get to meet santa, visit the elf workshop ride in a sleigh with reindeer or husky dogs, go tobogganing and stay in a beautiful cozy log cabin resort (with private sauna!) surrounded by snow. Hey forget the kids, I’ll just go on my own! haha. No joke though, I just showed Maya the pictures and her eyes lit up (although she did say she might be a bit shy to meet santa and she didn’t want to fly in the sky with the reindeer because it was too high and scary :p)
They even have the option to go over Christmas itself with a reindeer sleigh ride, arctic circle ceremony, visit to santa’s post office, elf school, cookie decorating and carols on Christmas eve and a Christmas feast on Christmas day with a visit from Santa, carrying a sack of presents. Wow, imagine what a memory that would make for the kids.
There are also optional excursions like a snow mobile safari and trip to a snow village with ice sculptures and snow shoe walking with an opportunity to see the Northern lights (that’s one of the things on my bucket list!)
So now I’m thinking I will have to add a bit extra onto our “going home for xmas” fund so we can squeeze in a trip to Lapland I totally have my heart set on this for next year so I’m going to start saving!