We have a little tradition we started after we moved down to the South Coast.
It goes like this, Christmas day we have the presents when they wake up. We have a nice breakfast, we have our Christmas day lunch (lunch time) and this is followed by a lovely walk to work off our lunch.
See, where we used to live, the only place to really go for a 'getaway' walk was the Bracknell Forrest. Now, don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic place - we have walked around and had fun there many times. The problem is if its the only real place to go, where you don't have to drive for miles, then you can find it repetitive.
When we moved here, we found more options. For example, there are a number of different beach locations to jump down to and go for a walk (one of my favorites). There is a massive country park and, in the other direction, you have multiple small villages and walks in The New Forrest.
So, this year, as the weather was a little breezy, we decided to go out to the New Forrest for a walk. There are so many different places to visit there, that we have not seen. You can find somewhere different every time.
In fact, we did find a different place this time around. I took a road I normally don't drive down and found a lovely place to park which had a fantastic walking path that went on for miles.
We probably did about a mile of it, then turned around as it was getting later in the afternoon and a little darker.
The thing is, the kids love it. Little Mr. is in his element when we go and do something like this -and not so little Miss loves the climbing, exploring and all that kind of thing too. So, cost of petrol only, we get out, get fresh air, take in some scenery, and aren't just sitting around, watching the same Christmas Day TV.
I wanted to share a little of the experience with you all - so I have a few images, to show and to keep as memories of this Christmas day.
Recorded in images for all to see. We do love our walks.
I think, as a family, we love our new tradition of a Christmas Day walk. It gives us time to get out into he fresh air, time to walk off all those Christmas treats. We love getting out so much that we're doing it all again on New Years day. The thing is, I've bought some lovely wellies for that walk so I too can go through those puddles.
So, here's to a merry New Years day walk, yet to come. I do hope its less windy 🙂