Christmas in a Coombe Mill Wonderland
The train’s bell rings
Are you listening?
Through the tunnel
Trees are glittering
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight
Riding through a Coombe Mill wonderland
Gone away, from our own tree
But in the lodge is a new tree
With tinsel and lights
Oh what a sight!
In a magical Coombe Mill wonderland
By the river we could build a snowman
And pretend that he is Farmer Nick
He’ll say “Want to ride on the tractor?”
“You could help me drive it if you’re quick!”
Our Christmas crafts, we’ll admire
Cuddled up round the fire
Making the most of our time
(with a glass of mulled wine)
It’s Christmas in a Coombe Mill wonderland
Just over a year ago I discovered Coombe Mill through Fiona’s CountryKids linky. I love following what has been going on on the farm and being inspired by Fiona’s craft hour for the children. It is somewhere that I would love us to visit as a family, and I think staying there over Christmas would be really special.
Time at Christmas is precious. It is a time when we can all be together as a family. It should be about making memories together. I have always loved Christmas time, but since having children I am seeing it again through their eyes – for them it is a magical time of the year full of promise and possibilities. It should be a time where we can enjoy make-believe – hunting for fairies and maybe even Christmas elves in the Fairy Garden, a ride through a glittering grotto on a train and perhaps even meeting Santa himself!
Christmas Eve is a particularly magical time – with the anticipation of a visit from Santa. Wifi is an absolute must for me as I love to be able track Santa using NORAD on my phone. It’s a good job that in Coombe Mill provide free Wifi for their guests as I know Rich would be most disappointed if he were to miss out on my regular “Guess where Santa is now?!” updates.
The most important thing about Christmas Eve is wearing out all those over-excited little people (and their mummy) so that they get a good night’s sleep and hopefully don’t wake us up too early – we’re talking pre-6am or I will end up waking them up with happy squeals that “Santa has been!!”. So the perfect Christmas eve would involve starting the day helping on the feed run, especially making sure that the deer are well fed in case they need to help Santa. We would continue on the animal-related theme by exploring the Wildlife Trail and finding a quiet part of the farm to sit down together with a picnic lunch. By this time, the girls will have probably spotted a puddle. Or some mud. And they would be off splashing and squelching their way along the Welly Walk or “cooking” us mud pies in the Mud Kitchen.
Returning to the cottage or lodge, we would then sit down to a family meal before snuggling down for the evening. Reading stories to the girls whilst they are cuddled up next to us both is a must, before finding a carrot to leave for the reindeer and a mince pie and a glass of hot chocolate/whiskey/mulled wine/gin and tonic for Santa.
I love cooking the Christmas meal for the family. As well as the food itself, the meal should also include crackers and paper hats and ideally something fizzy for me as a reward for all the hard work cooking. Then, the Christmas meal needs to be walked off in the fresh air possibly through the fairy garden and maybe rounded off with a bit of den building.
For some, it is inconceivable to spend Christmas anywhere but home, but to me Christmas is about being with the people you love most in the world. It is about seeing the look of wonder and delight reflected in their eyes. The laughter and smiles. It is the memories you make together that will last a lifetime, the shared moments that you will talk about and treasure at every future Christmas – “….that magical year when we spent Christmas in a Coombe Mill Wonderland…..”
This is my competition entry to win “Christmas at Coombe Mill” – I’m hoping that Santa makes my wish come true!