Monday, 16 December 2013

A holly jolly christmas Sunday

Yesterday morning huggable towers all woke early(well everyone but the huggable one!) and got ourselves ready for what was to be our festive day out. The smallest lady in our clan went to spend the day with her marmar and daddad and uncle dimon as it was very cold and manchester at Christmas time equals not to much fun for babies and new mamas!! So the day was extra special for Hope as she got mama and daddy to herself. 
Off we toddled to the train station nice and early only to find the times had changed and we just missed one so we hoped on a bus and made our merry way in. The day was planned to start with a visit to Father Christmas but this soon was a disappointment as apparently he was "to busy" to see my girl in the words of the elf who we spoke to!! Que tears!!
To be honest I was a little annoyed myself as we have booked every year for past three years but for some reason the website kept freezing ( which I explained to the elf) and we have always been really pleased with the service.  We decided we would sort something out for another Santa visit as our week is now super busy but little did we know the markets held a little surprise for us. 
I love christmas it's hands down my favourite time of year and I get right into the swing if thing much to the mr's embarrassment including singing along to brass bands and cheering for buskers!! By the way when did people stop wishing each other merry christmas?! I say it to everyone like sales assistants etc but all I got back was blank states! Bar-humbug indeed!!!
The girlie and I snuggled up and feasted in mini pancakes and chocolate!! Mmmm

Hope has become obsessed with nut wackers (lol) so loved the windmill ontop of the pancake house. 

We made our way through the town and its many buskers and entertainment

Like this guy singing a bit of swing and another dude being a one man band who did a nice jack Johnson!

We saw singing trees....

And even the police horses were feeling festive. 

On to Albert square we went stopping for mulled wine and hot chocolate with baileys
Even the bars were decked out

We explored stalls filled with tasty treats and special wears including nut wackers

Somewhere nestled in amongst them was a stall selling trinkets of the Celtic variety and beautiful Irish sheepskins (hello Xmas wish list) where a lovely eccentric good willed jolly fellow stood. I had a chat with him and could have listened to his calming Irish lilt all day. I explained about old father c being busy and this chap decided to tell huggable that he himself was Father Christmas and he was hiding in the market watching who was naughty and nice. He told my girlshe was most defiantly on his nice list and ssssh don't tell people where he was!! Hope was so full of Christmas cheer and excitement after that and has told everyone she saw father missmas!!!
You may notice he's actually a Viking but hey to an almost three year old he's the real deal!!

So happy cheered and laden with sweet treats and gifts we headed home to our teeny lady whom I had missed. 

We had started the day dressed in seasonal style...

But it ended as a little pirate haha xx

Aaarrrggh a merry christmas to ye!!

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