Thanks for all your advice which really helped, we had a few problems which were beyond our control like the electrician drilling through a water pipe and all of us running around like mad things trying to find the stopcock to turn off the water which was creating a lovely water wall feature from the bedroom through the ceiling cascading down into the kitchen!
Two days later a taxi picked us up at 4.15am to take us to Gatwick as we were off to Lapland. Bad timing I know but I booked the trip over a year ago and couldn't disappoint the children. I wouldn't really recommend going on holiday two days after you move house. I couldn't even find the stuff I needed to pack but anyway off we went and it was magical.
We went to Lapland the first time for my daughter's third birthday but, bless her, she really couldn't remember it. This time she was six and that is such a perfect age for the trip, it was wonderful.
This time we went to Rovaniemi and temperatures reached minus 27C! I'll never complain about our weather again. Thank goodness for the thermal suits that they provide! They are so warm and cosy and we had such a fantastic time with husky rides, reindeers rides, snow mobiles and, of course, finding the great man himself.
I hope to go back one day maybe with my grandchildren, that would be a dream come true.