Christmas Planning Pays Dividends

Posted on December 17th, 2016

Christmas is such a wonderful family time but it can be stressful too. Sometime in late November and early December I look at the diary and worry how it will all come together in the coming weeks. With 6 children of my own to think about and so much to prepare for our Christmas holiday guests I go into overdrive. I am naturally an organised person and early Christmas planning is essential for my sanity. By this weekend I like to have presents bought and wrapped, decorations up and everything in order to be able to make the most of this special time of year.


Christmas planning with the log store all lit up ahead of the Coombe Mill guests arriving


With many of our Christmas guests arriving this weekend and taking advantage of our 10 days for the price of 7 Christmas offer, I am forced into making this my decorations deadline. From trees in each property to outside lights and a Santa Grotto inside the train, this is the deadline weekend for me. I’m pleased to say I can now sit back and enjoy Christmas knowing my Christmas planning has paid off.

 There is something rather exciting about turning on the lights for the first time and in high spirits Clio came out to watch them with me and even agreed to me taking a few photos. Trust me at 12 years old this is a big thing. As a rule of thumb selfies by Clio are awesome, photos by Mum are not! So my thanks to my daughter for agreeing to a little festive photo shoot.


Clio standing under the Coombe Mill Lantern on the entrance to the log store above.

Clio standing under the Coombe Mill lantern at Christmas


A wistful expression, we actually had the giggles making this one tricky! No editing here, just a blue glow from the icicle lights outside.

Clio in the log store with the first night of the Christmas lights at Coombe Mill


Possibly my favourite, all colour stripped out, then red drawn back in, just enough to be obviously Christmas.

Clio on a log in the log store at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays


I hope your Christmas planning is coming together.