The Dafter loves Christmas and all things sparkly, so you can imagine how amazed and delighted she was to see the Nutcracker Christmas Shop in Callander. We first spied it on an evening exploration. Could it really be open in April, we wondered?
We returned the next day – twice in fact – and it was all a Christmas-lover could have hoped for, and more:
We have a family tradition of picking out a new ornament for the tree every year. Normally this happens in November or December, but we now have our ornament for 2013 – one that says “Callander” on it, to remind us of this fun trip. Look at the expression on the Dafter’s face!
The shop owner was very friendly, and allowed me to take photos of the shop. I’d never seen anything like these amazing carved wooden arches before:
She told us that not only does she have the shop in Callander – which was never short of customers during our two visits – but there are three others! Two more in Scotland and one in Stratford-upon-Avon.
We had such a fun time. It wasn’t too hard to feel Christmassy with the freezing cold weather and the occasional flake of snow, but we’ve been known to sing Christmas carols in July at our house, so perhaps we’re a bit extreme. You can find out more on the Nutracker Christmas Shop website here
Perhaps a visit to the Christmas Village in Crieff should be planned? For the summertime? Hmm…