Dreaming of Lapland

Rudolf, by Ben

You must have seen the ads, they’re everywhere at this time of year, and if they catch you in a hyper-parenting mood you can find yourself thinking, if we don’t do it now it’ll be too late.
Then you look at the cost and think, perhaps next year.

Except we didn’t. We took the kids, Ben and Hannah, to meet Father Christmas – the real one, in Lapland, not one of the ersatz ones that stalk department stores, putting the grot into grotto.

To read the rest of this article, see Guardian Travel or Bad Mothers Club

About Beta Mum

Here you can find the ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC. Cathy "mine's a Kir Royale" Keir then spent thirteen years working in Jersey, Guernsey and Devon, before downgrading to what you see before you. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Stage and Television Today, Junior Magazine and both the BBC and Bad Mothers Club websites. She has two children who think women can’t be prime ministers. She blames herself.
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