New year and plenty of Christmas memories made!

I have neglected my blog for a few weeks. There just haven’t been enough hours in the day. 
Christmas holidays and kids off school for half-term made for a busy household. Nothing new there! 

On the run up to Christmas I find it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. While everyone is itching to put their Christmas trees up as soon as December arrives, I on the other hand tend to wait until the last minute. I’m not sure what it is, whether it is the clutter of the decorations around the house, or my reluctance to just run with the excitement! However once in the mood for Christmas there’s no stopping me! 
When the children were born I decided we would have some Christmas traditions we would do each year. From the elves bringing the kids their new pyjamas in time for Santa arriving, to eating out with family on Christmas Eve to making Christmas cookies to give out to family and friends. Then there are the Christmas movies!! 
Everyone loves Christmas movies, don’t they? I’m one of those 30 something females who gets rather excited by the appearance of the Christmas channels on the sky planner!  There’s nothing quite like watching a Christmas movie to get you in the Christmas spirit.  There are many great Christmas movies out there from the Home Alone movies to Miracle on 34th Street. And let’s face it there is nothing nicer than sitting with the kids, snuggled in front of the fire under cosy blankets and eating popcorn, watching a movie!

This Christmas we had the pleasure of being invited to see a showing of the Polar Express in the wonderful surroundings of The Ulster Transport and Folk Museum. The Polar Express is a family favourite so we jumped at the chance!   It was arranged by the Pop up cinema club, a company that specialises in  cinema experiences in a variety of unique locations throughout the year. 

So off we went, on a dark December evening, dressed in our Christmas jumpers to the Transport Museum. The excitement levels were high, even for my eldest son who at 11 is a non-believer, but is more than happy to go along with the story of Santa for the benefit of his younger siblings. (Much to my relief.)
We parked the car up and made our way toward the museum. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly museum staff who issued our special tickets for the showing. 

As we made our way towards the train gallery we had our tickets punched in true Polar Express fashion! A conductor, complete with uniform and playing the part to the amazement of the children! 

The surroundings of the museum did not disappoint. 

Before the start of the movie the kids had the opportunity to play and explore some of the restored Trains that are housed at the museum. 

We had Hot Chocolate, Popcorn and Cookies during the showing. 

After the movie as the credits started to roll, a bell started to ring and the appearance of a certain man, dressed in his red suit appeared at the back of the hall! The children were ecstatic and ran to greet him. Santa with the help of the conductor greeted each child and gave them a little bell as a small memento of the evening. Santa was very good with all the children and happily posed for photos! 

We had a fantastic evening and an experience neither the kids or I will forget. Adding to our Christmas memories. 

To book tickets for special showings throughout the year & for further information go to Pop Up Cinema Club.

Claire 

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