We’re feeling very festive thanks to some beautifully Christmas events this week. It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of beautiful lights and that warm yuletide feeling. We’re very lucky that people put so much work in locally to make these things happen.
Firstly, the Christmas lights in Hungerford which were switched on a couple of weeks ago; plus the amazing Victorian Extravaganza held in the town last week.
Then a gorgeous Christingle service at St Mary’s Church in Shaw.
Then the Santa fun run – just hilarious to see hundreds of Father Christmases of all shapes and sizes dashing through Thatcham – not just through town but through the nature reserve too. They all looked a bit worse for wear afterwards!
Then it was the fabulous lantern parade through Newbury town centre
plus LO and I went to check out the stunning Christmas tree at Basildon Park – they really know how to do Christmas here! One of the volunteers kindly played the piano so that we could join her in singing Jingle Bells. Somehow, LO and I didn’t quite live up to the surroundings….
then the atmospheric carols around the tree at Greenham Business Park. As well as two real reindeer (Matty and Ingemar) which my little one claimed were ponies; there was music from Cold Ash Brass, a truly enormous tree and mince pies. If you were worried about the fate of some of the lanterns from last weekend’s parade, then fear not, because they had been made into a tree and the horse was here too!
LO spent the whole event running around between the trees, the reindeer and the lucky dip pot. At one point I could hear the band accompanied by the lovely singing voices interspersed with my LO shouting:
“I’VE WON SOME SMARTIES”
“All is calm, all is bright.”
“WHERE’S IAN? HAS HE GONE HOME?”
………… Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace… “IAN!”