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Are you in a pickle trying to finish your Christmas shopping? Are you dreading another lap of your local shopping centre and still leaving empty handed? I’ve teamed up with intu Milton Keynes to help. Check out my top five stocking fillers that I would love to unwrap on Christmas morning and best of all they won’t break the bank as they are all under £20.
What marks the beginning of the Christmas period for you? Is it as soon as Halloween and Bonfire Night is over? Or perhaps on the first day of Advent? Everyone is different and to me there really isn’t a right or wrong, it’s about a feeling deep inside my tummy. You can’t fake a feeling, it just happens and for me that feeling always ignites when the town of Stony Stratford (near where I grew up) turn on their Christmas lights. It always falls on the last weekend of November and is always accompanied with the infamous Stony Stratford Lantern Parade.
I can’t believe I am writing this and I am 34 weeks pregnant. Of course I know I’m pregnant but it felt like only yesterday I was 20 weeks pregnant and looking to the ‘future’ of having another baby. It now feels like that future is here and reality now is that our second child could be joining us in only a matter of a few weeks.
This pregnancy has been hard on me, more so than my first, both emotionally and physically. Last week or so I’ve been extremely emotional and tearful. Maybe that’s because I have a toddler who takes up all my time and energy (I’m exhausted), maybe because I had a cesarean section with my first and it’s caused excruciating pains (adhesion of scar tissue that joined tissues that shouldn’t normally be connected) maybe it’s because of the pregnancy complications that are hanging over our heads once again or maybe it’s just the massive hormone surges that happen when you’re pregnant…
With November now in full swing, the impending arrival of Christmas and all it ensures is hard to ignore. This week I drove down Stony Stratford High Street to witness a big group of people erecting the Christmas lights high above the pavements of one of MK’s beloved market towns and it did give me a little buzz of excitement. What is prettier on a dark winters night than seeing your local high street alight with the colours from strings of lights and decorations? How about witnessing the official switch on? When hundreds upon thousands of local people flock out in the cold, with smiles from ear to ear to countdown a very traditional starting point for the festive season.
Here is my guide to the Christmas Light Switch On events in Milton Keynes for 2016:
It may only be the 11th November but now that I’m a parent, I’m older and just ardently more organised (or try to be), you might understand why I’m all for getting the Christmas show on the road asap.