I’m writing this post quickly tonight, in part because I’m still on a high from how beautiful yesterday was but also because when I looked last night there were a very few amount of tickets left, so if any of our friends or family wanted to get on board (pun intended) this then there is still a chance. ( http://www.tram.co.uk/events/category/the-polar-express-tram-ride/6 )
Yesterday I took just me and my biggest of littles to the polar express (aka Seaton Tramway), where we traveled all the way to the North pole! I’d heard good things but what we got surpassed anything I’ve done before. The entire experience was completely magical, I can’t actually put it into words. I think unless you’ve experienced the magic you just can’t fully ‘get’ it, but I’l share a few dozen photos anyway, just in case 😉 I really can’t recommend this enough, it is worth every single penny and more. A true gem. This will be a staple in our family christmases from now on and I’m genuinely sad to have to wait a whole year to let James’ and Etty in on the magic. Anyway, here’s what we got up to:
The tram ride takes you through the story of the Polar Express with actors playing the cast, singing, dancing, and never once breaking character. They were phenomenal, friendly, funny and portrayed their role in such a hypnotizing way. It really did transport you right into the film in a way I can’t hugely explain. The whole ensamble was so moving, and I know I’m a bit of a wet drip but I know so many others who felt the same way when they first experienced the magic. Aboard the polar express you enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and plenty of festive and fun entertainment all in keeping with the film and super engaging for the kids even as young as Elin and younger.This moment was so sweet for me, as Elin held her golden ticket up to the window, copying a scene from the film. She really understood the context of it as well as it being a fun train journey which made it even more great.Elin is still going strong with her request to Santa of a nice green apple for her, and purple grapes for Etty. She has however changed her mind and would now like a purple scooter, not pink. Recon our elf on the shelf can perform that sort of magic over night? I loved how they didn’t rush us through and really took time with Elin and responded so delicately to her nerves. In fact all the characters were amazing at bringing out her confidence and she lapped that up, really turning on the charm throughout the trip.
Her face when Santa then comes onto the platform! Pure. Joy.Just me and my biggest girl.
As much as I adore her little sister (which really doesn’t ever need to be said) it was so special just spending time with just her. We spent two years just the two of us, learning together and exploring this journey of motherhood, and childhood with each other for company. She makes me proud every day with the love she has for Etty and is always the most inclusive sister that there ever could be, but at the same time shes gone through some of the biggest changes and shifts this last year. She handles it kindly and sweetly with a pout and a moan, but with a heart of gold.
Spending some quality time just the two of us was beyond special. I got to see just how much she has grown and developed and was reminded what great company she is too. Its easy to overlook when you’re juggling babies and balancing life but I really am in love with the little human. She is wonderful. She was also so excited to get back to Etty (and present her with a bell especially for Etty that Elin had asked Santa for; ‘one for Etty too please!’) and was telling her animatedly in the bath all about it. Next year we will all go as a family as Etty will be so much more into it, but it definitely made this year so special just Elin and me. I need to include more dates with her and me into our lives as I know it benefited both our souls. The journey home we all sang carols and Christmas songs together. It was lovely and it was then I will admit I got a bit tearful. It really was just a beautiful experience all around. While we are die hard Otter fans (previous post https://littlelathey.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/a-visit-to-santa/ ) this tops it for me. It was just so creative and expertly done. A true piece of magic found in Seaton, of all places. If you’d seen my face when we arrived home again you’d know just how special this is. If you only do one Santa experience this is the one to do. Hands down.
I hope everyone is enjoying the run up to christmas as much as we are in this household. Elin is totally buzzing right now and I genuinely think her head could explode come the 25th! Have a good week everyone!