Keeping Christmas Traditions Alive

My husband and I are a couple of sentimental fools. We like routine, though admittedly we also like to break the usual by doing something different every now and then.  But mostly, we love tradition, especially the kind we’ve created as a little family.

In my last post, I wrote about going to a Christmas tree farm where we’ve been going to for the past four years or so.  It might be actually my most favourite Christmas tradition – because for me, there’s something magical about walking through pine trees and picking the perfect tree for us.

And then of course, there’s also watching a Christmas show.  We only started this last year when we went to London to watch The Snow Man.  It was an amazing show and T was enthralled by the whole experience, watching it on stage and seeing the snow man and little boy fly through the air, right in front of her very eyes, was as T would say – awesome!

This year though, we’ve decided to see one nearer to home. We chose to watch little T’s favourite  story, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, about an hours drive from where we live.  We’re lucky we have close friends who live in the city and it was a great excuse to spend the night and catch up with them.

A Mini- Review

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the show.  There were only a few actors who played more than one role and they were just fabulous!  They played each role really well.  I was especially impressed with the actress Katherine Senior who played Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs. Fezziwig/Fanny and Belle, for each role she portrayed, she played it like a star.  And of course, Derek Frood, the actor who played Scrooge was also superb.

While all the actors were good, sadly the set was a bit flat, especially since our good friend B (who has lived in Exeter for a long time and has seen different productions in the Northcott) said that compared to what she’s seen in the past, with lovely and impressive sets, “A Christmas Carol” was just a tad bit disappointing.  She wondered if there was any truth to the rumour that the theatre is having trouble staying afloat.  I really do hope that it’s not the case, since in spite of the setback, the play was really, really jolly good!

When asked what her favourite part was in the play, T said that she enjoyed the bit where the phantom appeared.  She wasn’t scared at all, even in the scene where Scrooge realises that it’s actually his name written on the grave.

After the show, T had a blast playing in the University grounds.

Especially when our good friend E, picked her up so she could slide down the bars like Riley in the movie Inside Out.

Loved walking in the University grounds, since it is located on a hill, overlooking Exeter, it’s a perfect way to see the city lights.  Would love to visit during the day and just walk around the campus and enjoy the school grounds.

Loved their Christmas decorations dotted all over the place.

And as you can see on little T’s face, I wasn’t the only one who was loving every single minute of it.

If you live in the area or will be somewhere near Exeter during the holidays, come and watch “A Christmas Carol” over at Northcott Theatre, it will be running till the 29th of December.  Definitely worth a watch!  On the website, you might notice that there is a minimum age of 7, ignore it.  T is 5 and no one in the theatre asked about her age.  To be fair though, we didn’t even know about the age restriction, only noticed it on their website after watching the show when I was checking on what other shows were next on the list. I guess it’s because some children may find some of the scenes scary. Had she not been familiar with the story, I have no doubt she might have been frightened with the phantom and other scenes.

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas story?


  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I love Christmas traditions! There is extra magic hidden in them!

  2. snoozing on the sofa

    Little T and I have something in common. A Christmas Carol is my favorite too.

  3. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    It’s great that you’e found a new tradition to do as a family, A Christmas Carol’s a great play to see so it’s a shame it wasn’t up to standards. I’ve explored Exeter Uni recently with my eldest and it is a lovely campus, so it’s great that you found time to explore with your friends, I’m sure it was magical lit up with Christmas Lights. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids this week and supporting it throughout the year. Merry Christmas!

    • In spite of the lack of effects though, the musical was still worth a watch especially like I mentioned, the actors were really fab!

  4. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Love the look on T’s face seeing all the Christmas lights and sliding down the railing looks like a lot of fun! Glad that you enjoyed seeing A Christmas Carol and that the acting was so good even if the set wasn’t quite as good as it could have been. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

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