Remembering the fun of last weekend is helping soothe the disappointment of a cancelled operation for my son today.
As well as not one, not two, but three Christmas parties at various children’s groups the mini ones attend, they also accompanied us for an annual seasonal meal out with friends last Saturday.
Sitting still for any length of time isn’t their forte but gifts of Disney character toys, children’s activity packs from the restaurant based on We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, an ice cream desert and our own bear hunt exploration around the building after the meal helped stave off any significant displays of boredom.
The following day we headed to Wyndham Park in Grantham for its Christmas in the Park celebration where, for the mini ones, Christmas seemed to be marked in a similar way to at the Lincoln Christmas Market – this time with bouncy castle fun and a teacup fairground ride.
But Luke soon also benefited from another’s display of festive friendship when an older boy tried helping him up the bouncy slide he was having problems climbing. They were quite determined together which was so lovely of the other child (don’t you just love how children can make friends anywhere they go within seconds?) but ultimately it was still a little beyond my small four-year-old’s legs. Maybe he’ll be able to climb that mountain of bouncy, slippery steps next time Santa’s in town.
And it did mean Christmas does still include helping others as well as enjoying amusement rides.