One day, when I scrape enough pennies together, probably from turning the heating off and going without chocolate I’ll be able to take the kids to Butlins on something other than a blog related trip. This might be nice as it would save me from wandering around wondering if I need to smile at random strangers in case they are the people that I talk to on a daily basis in this virtual world.
The Tots 100 Party provided plenty of chances to give strange half smiles to lots of people, as Butlins at Christmas is RAMMED full. On the three or four occasions we have been I have never seen it so busy. I was surprised at how many people were keen to freeze their bottoms off in Bognor for a bit of Butlins Christmas magic.
|Tree Decorating Team A: Copyright S.Whittle|
Christmas magic is what the Tots 100 party was all about, evil overlord Sally did her best to make sure that everyone would mix, would join in and would feel festive. Heck, she even got me, the worlds most unsociable and stand offish person decorating a Christmas Tree with a bunch of strangers. From this I learnt that I am a quiet person and most new bloggers have no idea about the existence of this blog. I also learnt that if she does this sort of event next year, it’s worthwhile to wear a top which features large pockets, as the decorations used were exceptionally nice and I quite regret my honesty failure to half inch a few for our tree. Oh yes, and white Christmas trees are not something to buy for home, unless you happen to have trained as a window dresser….
Anyway, for me, that was the end of my Tots 100 Party experience as I was charged with looking after the kids and having a nice sleep whilst the hubby went off for a swanky dinner with a large group of ladies. I didn’t mind though, as we were staying in the Ocean Hotel. This is Butlins newest hotel and the one we visited when it first opened. The rooms are as fresh and clean as the day it opened. The en suite in the room is a thing of joy with very cool lighting and the kids have their own den complete with TV. This is brilliant as they were happy enough to stay in there and leave me to watch Strictly and The XFactor. No roughing it here. Perfect for our last trip away as a family of four.
A Christmas weekend break at Butlins seems to be a thing of surprising popularity. Actually, it’s probably just a secret which I haven’t been allowed to know until now. There are three ways for the kids to interact with Santa; a traditional meet and greet, a trip to the Enchanted Forest or avoid all of these and go direct to the pressie. I’ll let you guess what my kids chose! There are Christmas related shows on the main stage, a pantomime and it has snowed at Bognor. The Christmas songs are on an endless loop, there simply is no escape from the festive season. Even I began to feel a bit festive. Certainly after stuffing myself at breakfast (the buffet is vast in the hotel) I had that tired, full up feeling you get on Christmas day.
I’m well known for my Christmas misery, I genuinely don’t really enjoy Christmas as it upsets the status quo which I am happy with. I have got a bit better since having kids and this year I remind myself of this quote from one of my favourite Dickens books and think that our trip to Butlins at Christmas will not be forgotten in a long time:
“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.” – A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens