Christmas has well and truly arrived in our house. All the decorations went up yesterday (and my god, have we gone overboard this year. I’m dreading my next electric bill!) and we have been to see Santa, or Siôn Corn as he is known in Wales, not once, but twice!
Last weekend we went to a Victorian Christmas market in Anglesey. We had really been looking forward to it, but it was a little bit of a disappointment. It was spread around a bit, with stalls all over the place. The roads were still all in use, which seemed a bit silly to us. The pavements are narrow as it is, but with stalls on them, they were almost impossible to walk on, especially with a pushchair. We spent most of the time dodging cars and not actually seeing a great deal. However, we did buy this beautiful wooden bunting decoration which says ‘Nadolig Llawen’ – Welsh for Merry Christmas. It looks lovely in our big front window.
The kids also had their first meeting of the year with Santa. It was a lovely little grotto, with mince pies and a little glass of sherry for us grown ups. Benjamin wasn’t sure at all and hid behind Graham’s legs. Harrison and Alex were not shy in the slightest!
On Sunday, we went to a Christmas fair (yes, we love them!) at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. We had been here the week before when we saw the beautiful mountains. We had a hot chocolate in the cafe and explored the old miner’s cottages whilst we waited for the big man in red to turn up. He didn’t disappoint, arriving on a miniature steam train.
It would have been a two-hour wait to have visited him in his grotto, so we headed to the lake, where we spent the time skimming stones, playing pooh sticks and finding interesting pieces of slate. We could see the big chunk missing in the mountainside where the slate was mined. It really fascinated the kids, so next year we will take them to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, where they can go right underground.