Promoting the Gateway to the Dales. Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Published December 13th 2012
Bring the wonderland to your living room this winter
In the north end of England with no snow appearing to fall from the bleak Yorkshire sky, the excitement of a Christmas in a winter wonderland is taken away.
While this affects all of the family, it is the children who are usually the most let down. Just about every Christmas film shown on TV having at least one shot of snow falling and a magnificent winter wonderland manipulates the young ones into believing Christmas and winter mean snow.
Of course when all that winter brings is rain, wind and cold, rather than the 'fun stuff', disappointment comes with it. Then there's the frustration of having the kids indoors, all of the Christmas holidays, complaining they're bored, complaining they're bored, complaining they're bored.
All you want to do as a parent is take away their boredom and satisfy for just a couple more days, so here's how.
In basic, bring the winter wonderland indoors.
It may feel like it's going to take a great deal of enthusiasm and creativity but with a few helpful hints, your living room will soon look like the inside of an igloo at Christmas time.
Fake snow, this is your first job, cans of fake snow are available across the market, although you could make your own, old white bed sheets are a great way to create the mirage of a snow covered landscape. Simply spread them over the sofas, the carpets and any other furniture in your living room and you're step one into creating a winter wonderland.
If you want to push the imagination-factor by making it appear that it is falling, yet can't quite afford a fake snow making machine, how about making paper snowflakes? Hang them from the ceiling with invisible string or stick them to the walls. Remember though, not one snowflake is the same.
The most exciting part of real snow for the children is the snow ball fights, and don't worry, you don't have to starve your kids of this enjoyment. Create your own fake snowballs out of paper. Newspaper is suggested as it is softer than writing paper and it is also recyclable. Just because the atmosphere has taken the snow away from our cold British winters doesn't mean we shouldn't look after it.
How about wearing big winter coats and keeping yourself warm while switching the heating off for the day? It's eco-friendly and adds to the Eskimo, winter wonderland feeling.
Perhaps you feel that the thing missing from your winter wonderland is a wood land. If you're a family that has more than one Christmas tree how about placing them all together in one corner and creating a make-shift, miniature wood? How about hiding sweets in here and making a treasure hunt out of the woodland? Even if you just own one tree just hide the treasure amongst the branches
Also, keep it looking like Lapland with the animals, decorate the living room with teddy bears, teddy reindeers and even teddy snowman.
When the fun and games finally comes to an end finish off the day with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Make fun out of the day and have the kids go to bed peacefully tired out for once these Christmas holidays.