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Making a list and checking it Twice…Santa Claus is Coming to Wyevale!

We were lucky enough to be invited to go to Wyevale Garden Centre at Bicester Avenue and have afternoon tea with Father Christmas and so we headed over there the other weekend.

When we arrived at Wyevale we felt very festive because they had a brilliant wintery display of polar bears in the entrance and lots of decorations around and about. We weren’t sure where we needed to go but within a couple of seconds of looking at the signs an elf came over and asked if he could help us and took us straight through to the right place. There were lots of other families having afternoon tea at the same time but it was a big room and it didn’t feel too full. The decorations made it seem very Christmassy and each child’s place had a ginger man with some treats to decorate it with and everyone had a Christmas cracker to pull.

Once we had pulled our Christmas crackers and explained to my little brother that he didn’t need to put the cracker on his head and actually the hat was inside it our food soon arrived.

We had requested our choices beforehand so these were all ready with hardly any waiting  but they were still nice and hot and freshly cooked. Lottie and our brother had both chosen sausages, chips and peas and I had chicken nuggets, chips and peas. Mine was really nice but I wished I had chosen the sausages because I had a piece of Lottie’s and it was LOVELY!

My Mum and Dad had the Afternoon Tea and that looked really nice. They had little sandwiches, lemon mousse, scones with jam and cream, macaroons and some yummy cakes- we helped them eat some of it as there was plenty to go round!

The reindeer had his eye on the scones!

 

The sausages were delicious!

 

Once we had eaten our meals there was some time to decorate our ginger men and the ‘Elves’ came round and chatted to us- they were really good as Lottie and Sam found them very funny when they were playing around and joking with us.

All the children then got up and sang some songs and did actions which my little brother absolutely loved, especially because there were bells to ring as well.

It was soon time for Santa to arrive and each family got to go up to the grotto in turn and chat to him. We were the last ones but it wasn’t too long a wait, my brother is two and he had only just started to get impatient when it was our turn so that can’t have been too bad- we think it helped there was colouring and plenty to look at in the room.

We had our chat with Santa and he was very jolly- Lottie is convinced he was the ‘real’ Santa because he looked so good and had proper glasses! We thought that my brother might be scared but he was very happy and asked ‘Father Christmas Nee Naw please’ which was very sweet.

After we had seen Father Christmas we were allowed to go and choose one of the toys to take home. The Elves told us they were testing some toys they were making at the North Pole and we could try one- Lottie loved that idea and she was very happy to choose a pony toy. Sam picked a racing car and he wanted me to have one of those too so we have one in blue and one in red! There was a great selection of toys to choose from.

We had a really nice time at the Wyevale Garden CentreTea with Santa, it was a good afternoon for all the family and we all enjoyed ourselves. We think this is one of the nicest ways to visit Santa and make a fun outing out of it- perfect if you have children of different ages as there was lots the younger ones enjoyed and nice treats for the older children too.

 

 

Disclaimer: We were invited for Afternoon Tea at Wyevale Bicester Avenue in exchange for our review- all thoughts and opinions are our own

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Presents Under a Palm Tree!

I love having Christmas at home, we buy our tree, visit a Santa, see lots of friends and eat lots of food but I have always wondered what it would be like having Christmas abroad and I do think I would like to try it one year, I bet it would be brilliant. Imagine it being hot enough to go on the beach on Christmas Day!

The people at Destination2 have asked what we think Christmas abroad might be like, we had lots of fun imagining what we might expect. I would love to go to Ras Al Khaimah which is one of the seven Emirates in the UAE. My Mum went there before I was born and she has always wanted to go back for a holiday with us.

We think that Christmas would be the perfect time to go, it would be much warmer than here but it wouldn’t be too hot that you couldn’t do lots of things. I think we would be able to buy all the presents we need easily- they have a huge shopping mall which would be a good place to start and then we could visit the souk and try out our bargaining techniques to get a good deal on the rest.

I have been reading about Ras Al Khaimah and I think that would make Christmas a great time to visit, it sounds like it would be a really nice atmosphere. You could visit one of the Churches if you wanted to or you could go to the tree lighting or carol services put on at many of the hotels.

If you go at the right time you could even pop across to Abu Dhabi for Winterfest and see all the excitement going on there- I think that might be a bit like going to Winter Wonderland with Ice Skating and shows and rides.

I wonder what it would be like with so much sand at Christmas? I can’t imagine going in the sea on Christmas Day but perhaps we could build a sandman instead of a snowman! We could use shells for the buttons and eyes and seaweed for his scarf!

Lottie and I think that Santa’s reindeer might not be used to the heat so perhaps they get a rest when he gets there and he lets the camels take over pulling the sleigh. I wonder if one can do it all on their own or if he would need a whole lot of them- my Mum went to a camel farm and she said it was a bit smelly but I suppose Santa might be used to that with his reindeer!

Father Christmas dashing over the palm trees with his red nose camel!

 

We would really like it if the Palm Trees were all decorated with tinsel, lights and baubles and if the presents were left underneath them!

I don’t know what food they would eat in Ras Al Khaimah for Christmas dinner, I know you can get all sorts of things like you do in the UK but I would love to imagine it was a huge feast with a long table full of delicious foods and that it would last a really long time with lots of yummy desserts.

I know exactly what present I would like if I visited Ras Al Khaimah for Christmas- I would LOVE to go on one of the desert safaris in an open top jeep, it looks amazing. My Mum said it was brilliant and terrifying at the same time. I would send her on a camel ride which she has done twice before and said ‘never again’ about!!

I think it would be great fun to go abroad for Christmas and would love to do that one year. We had lots of fun looking at the Destination2 website  and imaging where we would choose!

Lottie wanted me to draw her a palm tree to decorate!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post written for Destination2

 

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Toddler Christmas Wishlist- Gift Ideas for Two and Three Year Olds

Now we have written our recommendations for Christmas ideas for children our own age we started thinking about things we thought my little brother might like from Father Christmas (and that we wouldn’t mind helping him play with!)

Teach and Tag Movi – This toy gets toddlers moving and following instructions and as our little brother loves to dance and play games then we think he would love this.

Lightning McQueen Remote Control Cars – I think this looks quite good and would be happy to teach my brother to play with it!

 

Sea Patroller– We have a huge Paw Patrol fan in our house and think this would go well with the Paw Patroller he already has.

My First Drone– Another toy that I think looks quite cool and I wouldn’t mind teaching my brother how to use! He might be a little bit young for this but I am sure he would learn quickly.

My First Scalextric– My brother loves watching my BTCC Scalextric and really wants to be allowed to join in so I think he would love playing this!

Waffle Blocks– We have an old set of these that were my Mum’s when she was small and my brother loves those so we think he would enjoy the new version with the Steam Train set.

Playmobil– we have got lots of Playmobil already as we have all enjoyed it but everytime an advert comes on the television for any of the sets my brother says ‘Please, Please, me!’ so we are sure he would like almost anything from the range. While he is only little we think the vehicles are better for him rather than the sets with lots of little pieces, he really likes playing with our police car and fire engine at the moment as he likes anything which has sirens and flashing lights.

Toddlebike2- Sam has been testing one of these out and loves it- he is currently whizzing around our dinner room on it! We will be doing a review on it soon (and maybe even a competition to win one!) but we would already recommend this for anyone looking for a toddler gift. If you were looking to order one in time for Christmas you could use code BLOG17 to enjoy 10% discount at http://www.toddlebike.co.uk/shop/

We hope that’s given you some great ideas for 2 and 3 year olds, if you are stuck for ideas for older children then make sure you check out my suggestions for 9 year olds and Lottie’s for 6 year olds. Keep an eye out as we will soon be sharing our stocking filler recommendations!

 

 

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Lottie’s Christmas Recommendations- Gift ideas for 6 year olds!

Luke and I have been writing down ideas of things we think children our age will love. These are my ideas for 6 year olds, I think they all look brilliant and I hope Father Christmas might bring me one of them!

Sylvannian Families Starry Point Lighthouse– This looks like so much fun. I like that it lights up and projects on your bedroom ceiling.

Jakks toys Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker– I think this looks yummy!

Aquabeads Disney Princess Set– I love my Aquabeads sets and think other 6 year olds will too

Vtech Secret Safe Diary– This looks really good, I like the idea of a secret password

 

Hatchimals Surprise– I think Hatchimals are really cute!

 

Lottie Dolls – I love my Muddy Puddles Lottie doll and would love another one, She has a great name! I REALLY like the idea of the tent too!

LEGO Friends Snow Ski Resort Ice Rink – I like playing with LEGO and like trying to build it when Luke doesn’t try and do it all for me!

Luvabella Doll– Luke says she is creepy but I like the Luvabella doll, I like that she talks to you and I really like the idea of scaring my brother with her!

Silver Cross Pioneer 5 in 1 Dolls Pram– This looks beautiful, I would love to push my babies around in one of these. I think they would be lovely and cosy!

 

Rainbow Heart Care Bear- I love these! My Mummy always wanted a Care Bear when she was little so she could always share it with me!

I hope that gives you lots of ideas! Luke has a list for bigger children and we are doing one for our little brother too so you can look at those if you want some more ideas.

Lottie x

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Luke’s Christmas Recommendations- Gift Ideas for 9 year olds

Like most children at this time of year I am starting to get excited about Christmas (and my birthday!) and I have been looking at the toys to see what I would love to get this year. I have seen tons of great things and decided I would make a list of the my top toy recommendations for 9 year olds this Christmas. I would love to receive one of these things from this list- they all look awesome!

BTCC Touring Car Battle Scalextric– I am actually lucky enough to already have this set and it is amazing, I am going to be reviewing it in full soon but I can definitely say it is a top present for any BTCC fan old or young this Christmas!

 

LEGO Ninjago Lightning Jet– This looks awesome, it comes with 6 mini figures as well which is loads and means you can set up a really good game even if you don’t have lots of other Ninjago LEGO

BB-8 The Last Jedi Set  -I think this would be brilliant to build and would love to add it to my collection.

 

Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike – This would definitely give me a headstart in any every shot counts battle!

Sky Viper Stunt Drone I haven’t flown a drone before but think this looks excellent!

 

BB-9E App Controlled Droid– This is really expensive but I think it would be great for any huge Star Wars fan, it looks awesome. It is controlled by smart technology and I think you could have loads of fun with it.

LEGO Boost Coding Robot- I have started going to coding club and I really like it and I love LEGO so this is a brilliant toy to combine both, I think this would be a great present for children my age, it gives them something to learn and something to play with.

 

Base Ace- I love my Base Ace 3D play platform and have been slowly adding expansion kits and other accessories. It can be played with either way round depending on what you want to use the platform for. It is compatible with LEGO mini figures and bricks and I have often had LEGO Star Wars battles with my friends with it, I would definitely recommend this as a more unusual present for kids who love LEGO.

Battleships Game– I taught my Mum to play Battleships when we were on holiday the other week, I couldn’t believe she had never played it before! I would really like my own game of this so I will be putting it on my Christmas list!

 

Nintendo Switch- My friend has one of these and I really like playing on it. They are very expensive but I can still hope!

l hope that’s given you some good ideas for gifts for children around my age. My sister and brother will be doing a list of recommendations for younger children and we will also have another post with ideas for smaller presents and stocking fillers so if you are struggling to know what to buy then make sure you watch out for those!

 

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