We are in Abu Dhabi! We made it!!! Its been a really long month of some amazing travels, but as November came to a close, we made one final trip out of Heathrow, bound for the UAE.
We arrived in Abu Dhabi in the wee hours of the morning on December 1, a favourite day of the year for me. December 1 is egg nog day, a day for putting up and decorating the Christmas Tree, singing Christmas carols and just generally getting into the Christmas spirit. All while drinking egg nog of course. It is THE most wonderful time of the year.
As soon as I knew we would be travelling and arriving on December 1, I activated my brain for an idea of how I can possibly keep my tradition going and somehow manage to take Christmas with me, wherever we may happen to be.
And so before we departed from London I made a little "Compact Christmas", packed it in the bottom of my suitcase and forgot all about it for the entire month. But this afternoon after we finally awoke from our jet-lagged slumber, I whipped up a very rustic eggnog, put on a Christmas spottily playlist and welcomed Christmas into our lives for another year.
Included in "Compact Christmas" was:
- 1 large piece of dark green felt, cut out in the shape of a Christmas Tree;
- 1 packet of mini velcro spots
- About 20 coloured felt circles (baubles of course) AND
- 1 star, made from glitter tape stuck over a piece of felt
I put the little velcro spots on the tips of the branches of the tree, and stuck it to the window of our current apartment. I wish I had of videoed the moment, but I know I won't easily forget the smile that spread across her little face. When she saw the potentially unrecognisable green shape stuck to the window, she said with glee "A christmas tree. We need to put circles on it". Ok Maddie, lets do that!
I gave her the coloured baubles and just let her play. She had such a fun time putting the baubles all over the tree. Then would take them all off. And then put them all back up on again. The felt baubles stick to the felt tree on their own, there's no need for velcro or anything else. I hadn't anticipated quite how much fun she would actually have with the tree, but now it is my absolute favourite toy that I've packed this month.
We move on from this apartment on Friday, but it will easily be transported with us to the next place. And then to the next, until we have our real home. But to have a little bit of Christmas wherever we go makes me really happy.
If you're on the go over the festive season (particularly with children) but want a little way to still celebrate without taking up much space or weight, I think the felt Christmas Tree is the cutest activity that I could have imagined.
Wishing you all a wonderful festive season!