I can think of no better way to see in the festive season than being in the woods surrounded by children, their parents, grandparents and all the playgroup staff, sharing and celebrating this magical time of year.
Two woodland nativities took place again this year, with the 2 to 3 year old Woodland Adventures joining the older forest school children at the forest school site.
It certainly was a memorable experience for all, with temperatures milder than in Jerusalem on Wednesday and the path up to the site a real mud bath! But this did not deter from the usual merriment and laughter of forest school!
Highlights included making willow crowns and star wands, the woodland nativity with angels and shepherds and on Wednesday a three week old baby as baby Jesus, toasting marshmallows on the fire, sharing hot drinks and mince pies, a visit from Mrs Christmas seated on the woodland throne, where she handed out beautiful felt mice and candles to the children.
More magic was created this year as two other special guests jingled their way up to the forest school site, playing the ukulele and singing Christmas carols. By the end of the sessions, children and adults were singing and even dancing happily away to many festive tunes, making it difficult to leave at the end as we were all having such fun!