Friday, 2 January 2015

A busy Christmas season and family fun

Happy New Year!

I'm really excited about 2015 but before we get too far I'm taking the chance to look back over Christmas and the festivities leading up to it.  We had a great time and there was so much going on this year, a big difference from when we first arrived in 2009. I didn't have my 'blogging head' on this month so have fewer photos than previous years but I enjoyed it all in person without seeing it all through the camera.

The festivities started early this year with Leo's school fete in the park opposite his school which was the last weekend in November. It's the third time we've attended now and as ever was a really enjoyable afternoon.  Like previous years our highlight was the trip on the Red Bus with a present from Santa, but Leo also enjoyed the craft tables and the games which were set up all around the park.

There were also pony rides and a few small fairground rides but he wasn't interested in any of them! As it got dark everyone gathered for the switching of the Christmas tree lights. The tree was cleverly made from empty plastic bottles, and looked very effective with the changing colour lights woven through it.

Next up was the Agia Napa Christmas lights switch on, something we've been to every year that we've lived in Cyprus and usually the first sign that Christmas is coming. Every year the municipality puts on a great free show with music and dancing, free wine and traditional delicacies plus a visit from Santa in a horse drawn carriage.  We all went, Aaron and I with the boys and both my parents and had a lovely evening finished up with a meal in Pizza Hut.

The following week we made our annual trip to the British army base of Agios Nikolaos and their primary school fair.  It's always very busy as people travel quite a long way to go but its nice to have a bit of 'Britishness' every now and again.  The boys saw Santa, played games and ate far too many sweets and cakes but a nice time was had by all!

My favourite Christmas event happened the following weekend, Christmas Avenue which is held in our village. It's the 3rd year of the event this year, and while it seems to be declining each year as opposed to improving it was still a fun day.  Rides on the mini train, children's crafts, bouncy castle and plenty of free treats and drinks, as well as music, dancing and fashion shows meant we stayed there all day wandering up and down, meeting friends and getting into the Christmas Spirit (quite literally with the freebies on offer!)

Leo took part in his school play on the 9th December and played his part of a dancing Christmas tree very well.  It was the first time he had to speak by himself and despite being quite nervous beforehand he did really well.  It still amazes me to hear him speak so well and learn his lines so quickly in Greek.

With the opening of Tiny Acorns Creativity Centre there was plenty of Christmas activities to attend, and we attended their opening party as well as a afternoon dedicated to making decorations and of course the lovely Christmas Celebration with fun, games and a visit from Santa and one of his elves.

This year Paralimni municipality did very well with their Christmas events, with an ongoing programme for the whole of December called 'Christmas Wonder'. The boys and I went to the town square on the Sunday before Christmas to see what it was all about.  It was the first time I'd taken the boys on my own to something so busy, and without the buggy too but I was pleasantly surprised how enjoyable the afternoon was.

We had a ride on the red bus (yes, another one!) and saw a magic show plus lots of characters in a parade which they loved and they happily met them afterwards to give them high fives and cuddles, oh and get free chocolate cake from them which may have helped!  There was also real snow in the square, although not for very long!  The snow freaked both the boys out and we had to leave that area fairly quickly but that was fine by me as I realised it would have made them wet and cold at the start of the afternoon!

I can't believe how much we managed to pack into one month and I haven't even included Christmas Day!

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  1. I love the way Leo has a protective arm around Lukas when they meet Santa - I think it's giving Leo courage, LOL.

  2. Wow you really packed a lot of fun into your Christmas run up! I love the photo of your two boys meeting Santa.


  3. Wow you've been busy!


  4. A lovely Christmas! Thank you so much for joining in with our #HappyDaysLinky- any roundup post is welcome so if you do any others celebrating your week we would love to have you every week :-) xx

  5. I think you're probably right there ;)

  6. We did, I feel quite exhausted now looking back on it!

  7. I didn't realise at the time but looking back it seems we didn't stop all month! It was fun though :)

  8. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas exploring all the different activities that Cyprus has to offer, it's great that there's a lot to get you into the Christmas spirit over there compared to how it was when you first moved there. The kids look like they're all having a great time getting ready for Christmas. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  9. Wow, you really have had a busy month! I love all the photos as the children look so happy. It's lovely to write these posts to remember all of the lovely things you've done.

    Thanks for linking up with our #happydayslinky

    Hope to see you again next week.

    Jenna at


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