Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The meeting with the Man in the red suit

We really did have such a great time at the weekend at Centre Parcs. I have downloaded my photos and I plan to share a few posts amongst my Christmas Countdown.

Here we are at 2nd December with just 23 days to go until the Big Day.

Daisy and I had an appointment with the Man in the Red suit on Saturday afternoon. Centre Parcs do Christmas so well and the Village square gets transformed into Winter Wonderland complete with singing reindeer, real reindeers and Santa's appearing in his Woodland Workshop.

 Daisy and I wrote her letter and already you can see she started looking a little bit apprehensive...
We walked into a little waiting room with a festive scene of snow creatures which she really did love.
 She even allowed me to put her down and she sweetly touched all the little creatures including Olaf the snowman
 and a penguin

However when her turn came and the door open to reveal Santa, she leapt back into my arms and said "Door Nanna door".......and wanted to go straight out the way we had come in. No amount of gentle persuasion, even with a soft toy bunny Santa was giving her would make her stay.

We stood over near to Santa, had a quick photo and went out again. Bless her there was no way I was going to make her stay so we had a very brief hello. This photo really makes me chuckle, just look at the expression on Santa's face
 This was us about to head for the door. There was no way Daisy would even look at him yet alone sit on his lap!

 She did make us soon as we got away she was keen to find her little soft toy bunny and even told her Mummy and Daddy that Santa gave it to her. 
Here she is a the train stop clutching her bunny ;0) 
We took the train back to our villa and enjoyed a lovely meal out.
And to prove that she had a wonderful time, despite a few tears with Santa, here is a happy smiley photo of my little sweetheart. 

My card today just has to feature Father Christmas. This is actually for sale in my little Etsy shop here and if you live in the UK it will be delivered in time for Christmas and comes with a matching gift card.

Here is the set
and the gift card in close up

The image is by Nicecrane.
The dies are Spellbinders and the tag is Sizzix
I have hand stamped the sentiment and little stamp sentiments which are by Whimsy. The background of the card has been embossed and I found some snippets of ribbon to finish them off.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges and the tag if it's allowed!

Simon says stamps work it Wednesday 3/3 holiday/Christmas 
Pixie's snippets playground  2/3 #205 I have used all the snippets from my card for the tag!
Crafty card makers 'Twas the night before Christmas my line is "he was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot.
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 Tis the season
Crafty hazelnut use die cuts or punches
Christmas card challenges anything goes #52
Winter wonderland sparkle and bling
Papertake Weekly 1/5 anything goes
Words 2 scrap by 'Twas the night before Christmas.... my line is "he was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot.
Artistic Inspirations anything goes/Christmas

I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my vintage Advent calendar on my last post....I got a candle in number 1 window and bunny this morning. 

We're off to choose our tree today after's being delivered at the exciting.

Thanks for visiting and I will be back really soon continuing my Countdown to Christmas 2015.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous card Jane! Love that Santa image and the gold accents are so festive...just like my Mom's house!! Daisy was a little scared of the big guy eh? That's sort of sad and hilarious at the same time!! Looks like they set up a really nice gig there for the kids to visit, I hope she enjoyed most of it. Great photos. hugs :)

    1. Oops, almost forgot again...Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Tis the Season' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  2. This looks like your kind of place! Daisy is growing into a beautiful little lady. I can't help myself, I laughed at her distress at Santa. Maybe because I would've been the same at that age? Pretty card!

  3. Lovely post, Jane,

    Even dear Daisy and Santa did not click quite yet ;) there will be many Christmases to take pictures of them together (and this one you got with slightly ;) worried Santa is also precious, will bring many memories later!)! Lovely card&tag-set too again!

    Happy 2nd!


  4. Oh goodness me . . . fancy Daisy not liking Santa . . . she'll have to be extra good for the rest of the year now so that he doesn't take offence and put her on the wrong list!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. Ohhh Sweetheart Daisy, I'm glad to see some smiles at the end!! Happy you could all have a little getaway, Jane.
    Happy Christmas counting down and crafting.
    Anne and all xx

  6. Awww...Pooor Miss Daisy!!
    I think all of my children were scared of Santa at some point, a tradition in its own right I suppose ;)
    Lovely photos nonetheless and beautiful card my Friend!
    Thank You for sharing~

  7. Awe poor Daisy, I don't know who looked more worried her or Santa! If Santa gave me a bunny, I'd be delighted too! She'll soon get the hang of the whole Santa thing. :)
    I love your Santa card and tag, nothing like a good old fashioned Santa image. :)
    Enjoy the rest of your week my friend,
    V xxx

  8. Nice take on our Christmas Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. Thanks for sharing and loved all the photos.

  9. I so enjoyed going along with you and Daisy to see Santa.. poor little darling just was not sure about that big red suited guy with the huge beard.. hopefully next year she'll warm up to him. Or the next. LOL! Great card!

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Well, this is typical for a first Santa visit, Daisy I'm sure is so happy you were with her! Love the "door nanna door" from Daisy! But she sure is a cutie and loves her animals!!
    Lovely card and tag of Father Santa xoxoRobin

  11. so good to see your pics from center parcs - we're off on 21st -23rd dec. Never been for christmas but really looking forward to seeing what happens! Your card is beautiful! Big hugs rachel x

  12. Such a happy and wonderful post - loved the pictures!
    Sandy xx

  13. Oh what a darling post this is Jane. Poor little sausage, but it won't be long before she's really into the whole Santa thing :) Great photos - I feel as if I had a trip out today!

    Love your traditional Christmas card - and the matching tag as well. Can't beat good ole Santa - try telling Daisy that right now though, bless her little cotton socks!


    Di xx

  14. Beautiful card and that old fashioned Santa. Thanks for playing with us at Words 2 Scrap By. hugs, :)

  15. Oh dear... well, he is a slightly scary chap! Lovely card though... with all that gilded texture and the big smile, maybe even Daisy would cope!
    Alison xx

  16. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenge this week!
    Monica - CCC DT

  17. Beautiful card. Love the image. Nice photos too. Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  18. Oh my gosh, Jane... I came to get a close up view of your fab card set and ended up taking a magical trip to Santa's Winter Wonderland! How sweet. Thanks so much for sharing your story and these pics. And, thanks for joining us at Words 2 Scrap By. :)

  19. Thank you for joining us at CCM&M with you beautiful card.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  20. My boys are desperate to spend Christmas at CP, although I think it's because they imagine being in the swimming dome when the weather outside is cold would be fun. Oh Daisy, what a little sweetheart, it's funny how little ones can find Santa so scary, mine were the same when they were young too. Glad you had a lovely time away as a family. Bxx

  21. Your day out looks such fun. Those are the precious moments of childhood!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely card and tag combination with us, and thank you for pointing out which line of the poem it relates to, so many have not bothered!!

    Crafty Cardmakers and More


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