When I was C1’s age (8ish), I distinctly remember going into NYC with my Nan to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Centre and then to Macy’s where we would stand in line waiting to see Santa Claus. There wasn’t anything to entertain us while we stood on line (in the queue). It was part of the experience. You waited. And waited. Then, when it was your turn to sit on Santa’s lap – yes! Remember those days? Anyway, the wait was entirely forgotten and you walked away smiling from head to toe…
I suspect this may be the last year that C1 ‘believes’ so I’m probably overdoing all of the Christmas sights and experiences but at least I am having fun...C1 however, is not entirely convinced.
Anyway, we have an appointment and our tickets, but are still in a queue (line). There are video screens and decorations and some sort of theme but I am too distracted trying to figure out what these two do when Christmas is over. I can’t stop staring at them and C1 is asking a lot of questions. Seriously what on earth do they have to do with Christmas?
Inside the Grotto and I suppose things are a bit more traditional.
Although still a bit creepy in my opinion.
Never mind, the kids love it and we make a mad dash to get out of Harrod’s without any other shopping. Yes, it is possible!
The rest of the London sights have been such fun and we managed to have some fantastic days out before the windy wet weather arrived.
The one tradition I have not embraced is going to see Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree. In fact, in the 15 Christmas’ I have spent here, I have NEVER even been…so I suppose I should start with that one…next year.
This year we went to Covent Garden. CSr even had the day off so came along, although he was probably not as impressed with the giant rudolph as the kids were. The kids…of course.
C1 needed a bit of incentive before taking pictures of the Christmas tree so ShakeShack provided just what C1 needed to keep the Christmas cheer going. CSr on the other hand probably needed a shot of whiskey around this time but kept going anyway…probably under duress but I’ll never know.
I have never seen C1 defeated by a burger, but he could not finish his double cheeseburger with bacon.
CSr managed to help out and then C1 was very chatty about Christmas traditions, or more like curiosities. C1 wanted to know if Santa liked burgers. Hmmm…never heard that one before so maybe…just maybe, this isn’t his last year of ‘believing’ afterall. Perhaps there is still time for a trip to Lapland next year?!? YES! Daaad??????????????????
NOTHING creepy about that! Okay, back in London, let’s see the tree.
Back in our neighborhood and another beautiful tree is up, although I suppose Kate had something to do with this one. We are in Kensington Gardens and the Palace looks gorgeous.
I pop in to get an ornament for GrandmaB and just can’t resist the one that catches my eye. GrandmaB will love it. She is not a royalist, but who hasn’t been swept up by Prince William and Kate over the last couple of years. What’s not to love? And it’s Christmas!
C2 doesn’t understand why I’m buying a Prince George baby ornament. C2 then wants to know what Prince George will get from Father Christmas (Santa Claus). Now I am wondering myself what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tell their little Prince. Do Princes believe in Father Christmas?
C1 wants to know if Prince George likes burgers.
Merry Christmas Eve! May you and your families always believe in a little bit of magic this holiday season and may your children’s wonder inspire you.
To drink…what’s not to drink? It’s Christmas!