Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Father Christmas at Snape

On Sunday morning, Jon's mum* and I went for a lovely run around the heath, through the marsh, and along the river Alde.  The plan was - as it usually is when we go that route - to meet Jon and his father at Snape Maltings, where there's a little café, for a cup of tea before all driving home together.  When we rounded the corner of the concert hall on the grounds, though, we were surprised by how crowded it was!  There are always walkers around there and we expected the house and garden shop to be busy with a last-minute Christmas rush, but the masses of families with young children milling around were a bit of a puzzle.

Finally, we figured out what everyone was waiting for: Father Christmas!

You read that right, dear readers.  Santa came to Snape Maltings, Suffolk.  As he has every Christmas since Jon was a toddler, Santa sailed up the Alde in a century-old barge (his arrival dictated by the tide, of course, because that's what happens when you don't have your reindeer with you) to wave to everyone, booming "Ho ho ho" across the water.  I clutched my decadent hot chocolate in one hand and Jon's arm in the other, and we joined the the madness at the water's edge.  The parents around us seemed more excited than the children, to be honest, but eventually everyone got into the spirit of things; I heard one little girl, perched on her father's shoulders, ask "Is Father Christmas bringing me a present today, Daddy?"

Santa was welcomed by a brass band and disembarked at the quay so that he could hold court in his grotto at the Maltings and meet every child individually.  We made our escape before things got too chaotic, but it was such a fun surprise!

*I know that sounds totally pretentious and I'm sorry, but Jon's mother is his mum.  She just is.  My mother is my mom and his mother is his mum.  That's the way it is.


  1. I don't think calling Jon's mother his Mum is pretentious- if he's like Peter's Mum, that's what everyone calls her! I couldn't think of her as or call her by another name, to be honest.

  2. This is probably the cutest thing ever. And yes, I do realize that it sounds like I'm exaggerating. But it truly is!

  3. That is so much fun! I love weird and unexpected things like this when they happen!

  4. How fun! The thought of my mother-in-law running is an odd one ...


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