Making New Christmas Traditions & Meeting a Tudor Father Christmas

This post was inspired by my blogger friend Kate, who wrote about the special Christmas ornaments her son has chosen over the years.  I just thought that it was a lovely tradition and I told her that this year, little T and I would start our own Christmas tradition of allowing T to choose a special ornament each year.

So last Saturday, we decided to go to Trerice, an Elizabethan National Trust manor house near Newquay. We are lucky to live in an area where there are lots of National Trust and English Heritage properties just a drive away.  So it’s really handy for us to be members of both organizations, especially since some of the places costs a lot to visit.  If you have a little one, being members of either the National Trust or English Heritage (like I mentioned already in other posts) is a must because these properties are great go-to-places to spend a lovely-family-day together, not to mention they always have fun activities planned for Christmas and other occasions as well.

Before going, we knew that they had a Tudor Father Christmas event going-on, but we weren’treally sure whether little T would want to see him again.  She’s seen him twice this year already.  But when we asked her, she seemed excited to see him once more.

Before the event, we had a chance to look around a bit.  The grand hall was lit-up with a fire, and a large grand dining table was all set Tudor style, while a woman dressed in a Tudor outfit was playing a hammered dulcimer.

And while waiting we also had the chance to dive into the National Trust gift shop and little T was able to choose her special Christmas ornament for this year.  I was actually saving this special chore when we go to Exeter’s Christmas market this week, but when I saw the little animal ornaments, I thought that T would actually want one and I was right.

In the photo above, she was actually choosing between a Christmas badger and a bunny. In the end, she chose the cutest little Christmas rabbit.  Then it was time to see Father Tudor Christmas.

It took awhile for it to start and the children were feeling a little bit impatient. And then we heard a loud knock, I thought T would be scared when the curtains opened and out came Father Tudor Christmas in his green robes as he greeted the kids with a Wassail!  (which means toasting to your good health in Old English).  He was really good actually.  He regaled the children with stories on what Christmas was like during the Tudor times.  Then it was time for the children to line-up for the presents.  I was really pleasantly surprised when little T went shyly on her own and even answered Father Tudor’s questions.

Can you see my daughter levitating?  Isn’t that photo weird?  My husband says it’s just the reflection on the floor or something?  Maybe it was Father Christmas’ magic working on my little T!  What do you think?

And when we came home, little T was excited to hang her Christmas ornament on our tree.  Yes, our tree is up already.  I’m doing a different post on that 🙂

Isn’t it the cutest Christmas bunny?  I wonder what next year’s ornament will be?  Thanks so much for the lovely idea Kate! 🙂

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s Whats the Story

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Hope everyone has a lovely week ahead of them! 🙂


  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Another great Father Christmas! And, oh my goodness, I love the little bunny!! I’m so glad that she had fun picking it out, and now it’s going to be so much fun to watch how she changes by the ornaments she picks out each year! I’m just so tickled that she had fun picking it out!

    • She certainly did! 🙂 Yes, it would be nice to see all her choices over the years like your Mr. T 🙂

  2. Charly Dove

    Oh my goodness how weird with the levitating! I can definitely see it. Sounds like you had such a great time. Great you have so many properties near you too. We have lots of NT places near us, love getting out to see them! T’s bunny is fabulous, she looks really pleased with him. Thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • I know! Isn’t that spooky? I posted it on FB and some friends were saying that she must have been jumping… but she wasn’t. Weird really. Yes, we love NT properties too 🙂

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    That looks like such a wonderful day, and what a great Santa 🙂 Love T’s choice of ornament, so sweet! The levitating photo is a little spooky! #WhatstheStory

  4. Life in the Wylde West

    the ornament is pretty awesome and T is always awesome and it did look like she was levitating (what a trip) and I you dress her the CUTEST. Her hat, her coat and of course I’m a huge, gigantic fan of the docs. We have a similar tradition, I figure when they all move on out, I will give them the box of their ornaments.

    • Thanks! 🙂 Oh that’s a good idea too Tracie, giving the kids the Christmas ornaments they’ve chosen themselves when they eventually move out.

  5. What an interesting Christmas experience, and good to hear your daughter loved it too! I really like the tradition of choosing a special ornament – that bunny is very cute.

    • Me too, I think choosing a special ornament is a lovely tradition 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

  6. littlemissmum

    My Little Miss chose the exact same decoration when we went shopping a couple of weeks ago! It’s so cute 🙂 Just love how excited they are getting. Every morning we get ‘Has Santa Claus been?’

  7. Jaime Oliver

    what a really lovely place to visit, we have been visiting today and started out own bauble buying tradition too 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  8. sarahhillwheelers

    What a super cute bunny and I love the idea of a Tudor Father Christmas (Father Yuletine), dropping in from #magicmoments.

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