Our Christmas Story with LaplandUK

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited to LaplandUK to see how spectacular it is for ourselves.

Now I really could go on and on about all the wonderful elements there are to LaplandUK and how much fun we all had there but instead I thought I’d write it in the style of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’.

I have also turned this poem into our very own book so that every year we can read our very own Christmas Story.

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the house
Every creature had stirred, even my spouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Father Christmas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug on the couch,
While a truly magical letter was delivered by an elf;
And mamma in her dressing-gown, and they all equipped,
Read to them excitedly of their fast approaching trip,

When out of their mouths arose such a squeal
I sprang into action to pack a quick meal,
Away to the car we flew like a flash,
Tore open the doors and made a quick dash.

The sun twinkling on the new-fallen snow
Lured us in to the new elf-world below,
When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But elves, and a sleigh and a few resting reindeer,

With a driver in red, so wonderfully delightful,
The children squealed loudly, he was so insightful.
More gentle than snow, his reindeers they lay
The children excited to see Santa and his sleigh.

“Now, DASHER! Now, DANCER! Now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
Oh, COMET! Oh CUPID! Oh, DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the houses, you’ll soon have to be!
Filling the children all full of glee”

Cold ice lay before us with wild penguins who glide,
Who happily help small children to slide.
So past the tall tree the children did skate
For hours and hours – they thought it was great.

And then, in a twinkling, we heard from inside
Little elves, making toys, sshhh it’s all classified.
We went in to help them to reach their toy quota
Where elves said they stuck to a very tight rota.

Stuffing the teddies and soft toys to be placed,
The children all busy made them with haste.
A bundle of toys now stacked up so high
The elves gave thanks and waved us goodbye.

Their eyes – how they twinkled! Their dimples how marry!
As they embarked on gingerbread decorating – on goes the cherry!
Their droll little mouths were drawn up like a bow,
As they peered out the window at all of the snow.

Then on to the final stop of the day,
The most magical stop most would likely say.
He had a broad face and a rather round belly,
Mrs Clause said he’d had just a few pies to many.

She told us to tell him he’s not allowed to eat anymore,
Else the sleigh on Christmas Eve might stay on the floor.
A wink of his eye and a flick through his book,
The children told on Christmas morning where to look.

For after the visit he gave them a gift to keep,
A clever old husky who’ll tell Santa when they’re asleep.
Once fast asleep, Father Christmas can come,
Leaving the presents and sipping some rum.

He’ll spring to his sleigh, and give the reindeer a nod,
And away they will fly, to the chimney he’ll plod.
We’ll hear him exclaim as he drives out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

We really did have an amazing time at Lapland and it certainly made me the children excited for the big day. There was so much to do and see including icing gingerbread with Mother Christmas, stuffing polar bears in the toy workshop, ice-skating and mooching round the most beautiful village. I’ve heard some negative comments about there not being a lot to do at the village but we had a lovely time. We bought some delicious hot dogs and took in all the scenery before tying out the ice for ourselves. It was the children’s first time ice-skating and they loved every second. The only way we managed to drag them away was by luring them away with our Father Christmas visit.

The main attraction of course is seeing the big man himself and I have to say, out of all the Father Chritmas’s we’ve ever seen, he was by far the best. I was so impressed with Father Christmas and so were the children. They now 100% believe they have seen the real Father Christmas, so much so that we’ve had to explain that all other Santa’s the children see are just Father Chritmas’s helpers. They are happy with this as they know he needs help in the run up to Christmas.

Was it worth the money? If you have the spare money, I would say absolutely YES! It’s a truly magical day and one the children will treasure for a lifetime. If you don’t mind going slightly earlier, you can get cheaper tickets and it’s just as enjoyable an experience.

It is a lot of money though and I would say Isabella at 5 was the perfect age; everything was magical for her and she fully immersed herself in the experience. A lovely additional touch of using gorgeous paper to write to Father Christmas in the post office too! Benjamin at 2 and a half was slightly  too young. Although he had a great day, I do feel some of the magic was lost on him a little.

We would suggest you take some snacks depending on the time you are booked in as we left around 10am for an 11:30 start but that meant the children were very hungry by the time they could eat lunch in the village. We fed them snacks to keep them going otherwise we would have had full blown hangry meltdowns.

The children are still talking about their experience at LaplandUK and will be delighted to get their own Christmas Story reminding them of their day. I’ll add pictures of our story as soon as it arrives!

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