That dreaded C word...Of course I am talking about Christmas, and wait for it, there are only 100 days until the big man comes again!

Are you prepared yet? Please say no! I always aspire to be someone who is super organised and who bought everyone's gifts in the sales last year, but I am never that person. 
In fact, I haven't even really thought about it until now... I have no idea what I'm buying for anyone yet as I still have so many important birthdays to get through before Christmas comes.

How do you prep for the big day?
I really don't like seeing trees and flashing neon signs in November, but I think any time in December is perfect, we usually wait until about a week in before ours goes up. I'm actually really excited to decorate the house again this year, last year we bought a huge snow covered tree and some beautiful silver, pale pink and pale blue Christmas decorations, which looked amazing.

I want to do some more special things this year though... I've always wanted to take Elodie on the Polar Express train which runs from Stanhope Station in Durham and I have a bit of a bad feeling that this might be the last year where she truly believes in Santa, so really don't want to miss out on that magic! Lot's of my friends have been over the past few years and have all said it's a really great thing to do. Tickets are selling out very fast though, so if you want to go, be quick... I'm hoping to book ours on payday.

I'd also love to take her to watch a Christmas pantomime and there seem to be quite a lot of good shows on around the North East this year. Middlesbrough Theatre is showing Aladdin starring Andy Moss who used to be in Hollyoaks, as is The Playhouse in Whitley Bay who have Boyzone's Shane Lynch as Abanazar. Although a pantomime can be costly, there are usually deals on family tickets (you can team up with friends to take advantage of these offers too) and it's always such an enjoyable time for the children and the adults.

Christmas Cracker which I read about on Sam's blog last year held at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth sounds like a really fun day out for all of the family. With staff dressed as elves and the whole place decorated with tinsel you can make your way around activities at your own pace including decorating Christmas shortbread, feeding the animals, magic shows, writing Santa letters and riding around the farm in Santa's sleigh. Weather permitting, this could be a great way to spend one of your days in the Christmas holidays and get the youngsters even more excited for the big day.

Every year we make sure to visit Santa's grotto which can be found in most shopping centres. It's always eventful seeing if Elodie will be brave enough to speak and have her photograph taken!
We usually incorporate this with watching the Middlesbrough reindeer parade which is usually held in the last weekend of November (I will update with the exact date when I can source this info!)

What do you have planned for Christmas so far?
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