I love Christmas, I love the build up, the buzz and excitement with the children and preparing Coombe Mill for the festive season. Country Kids this month has seen us put up the Christmas lights, make reindeer from logs and wreaths from nature. This week we have been to the village to see Santa and out to buy the Coombe Mill Christmas Trees. I can’t believe by next week Christmas will be behind us and we will be racing towards the New Year!
Santa in St Breward
Santa always comes to the local villages. A chance for adults to sing carols in the street and drink Mulled wine all organised by the village shop while the children dash around and queue for their turn with Santa. A small gift and a few wise words and they are perfectly happy! Guy and Jed walked up with me, dashing in ahead and shining torches in their race to arrive; a magical hour of outdoor fun.
After visiting Santa, purchasing the Coombe Mill Christmas Trees is a signal to the kids that Christmas is very close. This year we made a full day of it at our local nursery Cedar Croft. First up Penny and Sarah served us a hearty breakfast in the delightful conservatory cafe.
We enjoyed a tour of the new show garden for December and a look round the lovely Christmas gifts. If you are staying with us at any time of the year I can thoroughly recommend popping up here for a treat breakfast and a look around. The children say it is the best hot chocolate ever and loved peering in the little show garden house.
Then it was full steam ahead into the Christmas tree field, with a few fun characters to distract the kids along the path.
It didn’t take us long to identify the trees we wanted, but as Mark who was on cutting duty was inundated with customers, the children marked their trees with items of clothing and proceeded to enjoy a game of hide and seek dashing around what they called “the Christmas tree maize”.
Alistair soon became inpatient and using his penknife cut the first tree down himself!
The children once rounded up marvelled at the tree cutting and wrapping. We loaded the trailer and headed back to Coombe Mill.
Guy, Jed and Theo took charge of our Christmas tree and made an excellent job of working together.
Meanwhile Alistair, Clio and I set up the trees in the other properties. Each had to be erected into a base, watered and lights placed around, whilst clearing up any spilt needles as we went. I was pleased everything was in place from our preparations a couple of weeks ago. It was very satisfying looking at our efforts afterwards and tweeting those who I know staying with photos of their trees; a magical run up to Christmas whilst fulfilling our holiday farm jobs.
Did you know that real trees use about ten times less materials and use five times less energy than artificial ones so they are the eco choice too? If are still to sort your family Christmas tree why not check out the forestry Commission sites around the UK selling trees and have a fun Country Kids day out there too.
Joining in with Country Kids
I hope in the Christmas rush you have managed some family outdoor time too. Whether it be crafting, learning, playing or discovering please come and share here on the linky. It may be chilly or wet, but fresh air is still good for mind and body. Please keep making the effort and inspiring each other with your posts here; just grab the badge and link up.
There will be a linky again next Saturday, so if you manage some outdoor fun amidst the Christmas indulgence remember to take a camera and come and share your fun.
Some of my favourites from last week:
My Gorgeous Boys taking advantage of Sherwood Pines Christmas fun with the forestry Commission
Mixed Bag of All sorts for a fun miniature train ride with a Christmas twist giving me ideas for the Coombe Mill railway
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
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