Our Christmas is beginning to form a few traditions we look forward to, combined with new adventures that keep the festive season fresh and fun. We are lucky enough not only to have family join us but our Christmas holiday guests too and we open up our farm and our home to make it a magical holiday for all. With Christmas our regular routine is turned upside down and I thought a printed itinerary of what, when and where would help everyone plan their family activities around the Coombe Mill events.
In preparation for everyone arriving Guy helped Farmer Nick build our reindeer family. All the kids were most tickled by Daddy deer’s aptly placed branch stump!
All my children helped with setting up the Christmas lights and Christmas trees in the week leading up to our Christmas opening as well as cleaning out the play areas and making a Santa Grotto in the train tunnel and of course creating the new Den Building Zone. These preparations are all part of the fun of Christmas for us and I love to see the children arrive at Coombe Mill and enjoy all that we have created.
Activity hour moved to Monday and focused on a farm explore for holly and ivy to make potato table decorations. Coming indoors we expanded this further with all kinds of Christmas decorations the guests could take back to embellish their Christmas Trees and some reindeer food for the children to take as a special treat for our very own Rudolph.
The Santa Train is a real highlight, with Christmas music and a festive tunnel all week the excitement really builds for Christmas Eve when Santa and his elf wait in the tunnel for Driver Guy and his passengers to arrive. Listening to the children and their questions to Santa is always a giggle and watching their faces as presents are handed out.
The fun continues for all who choose to join the village Christingle Service where Santa miraculously travels from Coombe Mill to St Tudy for more presents in the Street with mince pies and mulled wine for the adults.
Arriving back at Coombe Mill everyone joins us in our home for a relaxed supper and drinks leaving as the children start to wilt in time to set up stockings and kiss sleepy children goodnight.
Christmas Day and it’s all aboard the Tractor at a delayed time of 10am to allow for early morning present opening. That Santa really does get about as here he is in the form of Farmer Nick; we think he had only just returned Rudolph to his field here!
If you fancy joining the fun next Christmas we are already taking bookings and have properties to sleep up to 10 people. We offer 10 days for the price of 7 too so if you are interested please ask.
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“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.