Lapland Destination wedding photographerLapland, Christmas 2016 – A well deserved holiday, especially for Gems & Charlie.

Like most of you we are a hard working family, week in week out, consistently throughout the year. Being self employed has its benefits, I get to take and collect Charlie from school most days, which I love, but being in the wedding industry does mean we give up most of our weekends and pretty much all of our summer.  Last year we decided that we would aim for a end of year family treat, something we would never forget, something that Charlie would never forget… Christmas in Lapland!
On Saturday 17th December Charlie woke with his usual December excitement to find out what his mischievous little Elf Buster had been up to whilst he had been sleeping.  On this occasion Buster had not decorated the Christmas tree with toilet paper, nor had he turned the milk green or drawn moustaches on our face’s whilst we were sleeping, on this day he had brought a very special delivery for Charlie from the North Pole.  Inside the special delivery box was a letter from the official desk of the one and only Santa Claus, a letter that invited Charlie to spend Christmas in Lapland, Wow! Now you are probably thinking what was Charlie’s reaction did he squeal with excitement? Jump up and down?
Well we can tell you, it was none of the above, our sensitive little Charlie emerged with one question “How long are we going for?”  Gems reply “8 nights”, “So we are there for Christmas Day?” said Charlie, we replied “Yes”, then came the reaction neither of us were prepared for, Charlie burst into tears. Through his tears he managed to  sob  “But {sob} I’ll {sob} miss {sob} my {sob} family {sob}!!!”  On no! We hadn’t planned for this  😢 but our patenting instincts quickly leapt into action as we explained that the Elves and Santa had already spoken to Nan & Bamps about our trip to Lapland and they were happy for us to go, we explained that Nan & Bamps  would celebrate Christmas as soon as we returned! Phew, it seemed to work, and soon enough we had a very exited little boy on our hands!

The following morning Santa’s Airline awaited and after a busy flight of games and singing Christmas carols we were soon landing in the most magical place in the world. Everywhere we looked it was white, it was so beautiful.
We settled into our gorgeous little log cabin set in the forest in the village of Yllas.  It wasn’t long before we attempted to make our first snowman, a very hard job in Lapland (the snow is like dust!)  We had a magical day each and every day, sledding, playing in the snow, spotting reindeer, walking on frozen lakes, husky sledding, skiing, reindeer rides, meeting a lovely sami family, drinking hot berry juice around an open fire as the snow fell around us, it was like a dream come true! One of the highlights for us all was being lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights.  The spectacular show of lights lit up the sky and danced wildly as we looked up in awe,  a bucket list moment that we shared together. Lapland really spoilt us with not one night of the Northern Lights show but four nights, it was amazing so so amazing!  Visiting the real Santa in his secret home was also a highlight for the three of us, we spent a magical afternoon exploring Santa’s village, sledding with Elves, baking gingerbread with Mrs Claus, making Christmas decorations and cooking sausages and roasting marshmallows on an open fire. What can we tell you about the real Santa? Well, he is as magical as we had always believed, he is very friendly and in Charlie’s words “the beard was real, I gave it a little tug when he hugged me just to check!”

Christmas Day was wonderful, a relaxed morning in our cosy cabin opening a handful of presents left from Santa with our VERY happy Charlie boy. A fun afternoon sledding and then warming up in front of the log burner playing with Christmas toys before a fantastic evening Christmas dinner and a visit from Santa and his reindeer just topped it off perfectly, so much so Gems cried happy tears!
We made the most beautiful memories in Lapland with our little boy, we are so lucky.

A big Thank You to all the Inghmas staff for looking after us at Lapland Hotel Akashotelli.

A belated Merry Christmas, Love The Savages xXx

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