What is it about snow and Christmas that just belong together so perfectly? For as long as I can remember, as a nation, we have collectively been bursting for it to snow on Christmas Day. I don’t remember if it has ever happened in my lifetime (other than the odd solitary flake that apparently still counts but is in no way as exciting as a blanket of pure white), in fact it generally doesn’t snow a lot where we live on the south coast. But I still have that dream of experiencing a snowy Christmas, and it is one that Jasmine appears to have inherited. For the last couple of years, she has been asking if we can visit Norway for her birthday (which, incidentally, is today), to be snowed in and hopefully catch a glimpse of those elusive Northern Lights. One day, I hope to make that dream of hers come true.
Another way to get that festive flurry fix would be to book a ski holiday. Mark Warner Christmas ski holidays look particularly magical and are definitely an experience I would love to have with my family (I hear the hot chocolates are to die for!). My children are both very sporty (and Jasmine especially is a total daredevil) so I can imagine they would get on well on the slopes and pick up the skill pretty quickly. Personally, it is the whole ski chalet, twinkling lights, cosy fires and après ski that appeal to me more than the actual skiing!
My final snowy dream holiday is a trip to Lapland, complete with visiting Father Christmas, meeting reindeer, marvelling at all the fairy lights and generally being an oversized child about it all. I would dearly have loved to have already done this with the children and worry that, at 8 and 10, they may now be too old to fully appreciate the wonder and excitement that a trip to Lapland would bring. However, I will try my best to accomplish it with them next year. Maybe it’s just like Disneyland and you’re never too old to find it magical? Or is that just me?
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Or do you hate the cold and are desperate for some winter sun instead? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments.