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The True Magic Of Christmas

13 Dec

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This enchanting, charming, beautiful house is located at 25A Hayes Lane Bromley Kent. The family who live here have been showcasing their ever growing collection of Christmas lights for some 25 years now?

Why?

Well, its all done in the name of charity. The festive home owners have helped a number of charities by putting on a spectacular Christmas light display in the hope of raising funds for those less fortunate, national and local charities and even children with special educational needs.

I first saw the house earlier in the week when I was asked to collect my son from school due to illness. Of course it was the middle of the afternoon so the lights were not yet switched on. With that I decided to take the children back tonight for a closer look and let’s just say we wasn’t disappointed!

The house is absolutely smothered in twinkling fairy lights.You will find an assortment of Santa’s displayed on the roof top, as well as a range of giant snow globes and a Santa loaded hot air balloon.

If that’s not exciting enough, the front garden has been totally transformed into something of a magical winter wonderland that leaves children bedazzled.

The first thing that catches your eye as you approach the house is a beautifully lite mini Ferris wheel with a host of festive faces upon it (Santa and a Snowman included)!

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Nutcrackers and toy Soldiers line the pond area while further along the grass the scene of a nativity really blows you away with festive cheer.

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Everywhere you turn, every inch and every corner, you will find something to amaze you. A beautiful wishing well and a life size moving Santa. Colourful wooden trains, talking elves and more.

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As you walk about exploring your surroundings, traditional Christmas tunes can be heard playing through mini speakers. They even have a special red post box just for posting letters to Santa.

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Here’s a little video I made to try and capture just how lovely the light display really was.

As I stood looking at the amazing display that has brought families from a far to see it, I realised just what a truly amazing thing the family living inside are doing for others. The surrounding communities get the privilege of visiting with their children while many charities are indeed lucky enough to benefit from such a place.

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I noted the television flashing in the window and realised that the family were probably sat indoors doing what you or would be doing… only just outside their window, their home was now something of a tourist attraction. But here they are for their 25th year… Seriously how amazing is that? That means these guys were putting smiles on the faces of children while raising essential funds for charity since I was 5 years old.

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I dunno about you guys but I think whoever is living behind door number 25 must be a pretty amazing family.

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As a mum to a child who benefits from such kindness (as you know little man has Aspergers and special educational needs) I just wanted to spread the festive cheer and if possible get those who are able to visit the house to do so.

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Children will not be disappointed. We drove 3 miles to see the lights and would of driven further if needed.

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Sadly, this is in fact the last year that the family will be transforming their home into a beautiful Christmas winter wonderland. So… Wouldn’t it be amazing to finish this lovely tradition on a high? I would love the family to make a lovely large sum of money in donations for this years chosen charities. I plan to go along again before the end of this jolly festive season, so I can give a little more! I haven’t got much but I know every penny counts.

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So, are you local to Hayes Lane, Bromley? Have you seen the magical wonderland? If yes, I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you haven’t yet visited and are within traveling distance why not pop along and help make this a beautiful end to a magical tradition.

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The Christmas Survival Guide

19 Dec

Getting into the seasons spirit of good will, I thought I would do my bit by sharing some Christmas DOS & DON’TS

This is the Parental Christmas Survival Guide.

DO… be prepared for your little darling to hand back that present he considers RUBBISH.

DON’T… invite anyone around your house who you’ve gossiped or nagged about in the past. All children have a mind like a sponge, but our little Aspies have a mind like a safe! Your child telling that Aunt or cousin, “Mummy thinks your a pain in the backside once drunk” isn’t a great situation to land yourself in!

DO…. visit Santa with caution! If you haven’t done so yet be prepeared if your child like Little man is a non believer… Anything could happen! Little man has called the man with the White beard a FAKE, laughed at his fat belly, asked him if he has a real job with meaning, and made him a list of the things he knows he will never get.
Oh and warn Santa that your child may want an indepth conversation surrounding their “special interest”

DON’T… Expect to have control of the TV remote control this Christmas.

DO… Make sure all children have the SAME number of gifts. If they have a present that was more expensive, be sure to make up the numbers with little things. Nothing worse then a Christmas morning meltdown.

DON’T… Run out of gift wrap to find the only thing you have left in the house is left over pink birthday wrapping paper. Believe me it’s so not worth the migraine.

DO… Stock up on essentials! Alcohol & strong painkillers spring to mind. A glass of White to take the edge of the stress and Painkillers for the end of the day when your dragging your arse to bed!!!

DON’T… Be shocked if your little Aspies ask everyone who gives them a gift how much it cost! Little man just can’t help himself.

DO… Not expect a quite Christmas. This one goes for anybody with Children… Full Stop!

DON’T… Even dare take your child on the spectrum out shopping with you. This is the busiest time of year… You wanna get through it alive don’t you!

DO… Make sure when that lady in Argos asks, “Do you want batteries with that” you say, “YES” When you tell a child with Aspergers you forgot to buy the batteries… You can expect a response that isn’t a great one!

DON’T… Try to force your child to like all the latest toys, because the thought of buying them… Batteries, Pad locks, and 20 cans of Dr pepper make you wanna cry. I used to buy Little man toys that he had no interest in because I convinced myself that he will play with them soon enough… Because that’s what children do! Isn’t it? Now if he wants a battery charger or a food processor… That’s what he gets!

DO… Be prepared to watch that DVD you got them… Over & Over again.

DON’T… Pull crackers without due notice.

DO… Expect ignorance! No not from your child, but from others! If your having people over… Choosing those who know and understand your child is always best.

DON’T… Ask your child if your Christmas party dress looks Ok! Unless very Honest opinions are being sought!

DO… Let them wear themselves out. If like Little Man your child has a poor sleep pattern at night, You will be grateful when they do sleep! For us it’s normally Christmas, after a long day out, Birthday parties… Ect…Ect.

DON’T… Make big plans for Christmas at a hotel, holiday park, or aboard! This maybe Ok for some families… However your child will be most comfortable at home where he can escape the mayhem of Christmas day to retreat to his sanctuary of loveliness… The Bedroom! This also goes for parents needing that five minute hideaway!

DO… Make sure your day is well planned out. Just like any other day, your child will want order and routine to their day. They will want to know what time dinner is and who’s visiting and when (of course this has a lot to do with the gifts people will bring as opposed to the person bringing them!)

DON’T… Get drunk and make a complete tit of yourself! Your child will never let you live it down… Telling everybody what you did for weeks, even months after!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

15 Dec

Just want to wish everyone a very merry christmas.

Thanks to all of you that have visited my blog. Im really enjoying putting the blog together and raising awareness for austim. Im really looking forward to this christmas. Having a nice relaxed one with family. Giovanni and his sister Alice are really looking forward to it. Giovanni keeps telling Alice there’s no santa. She is only 5yr old. So i took her to see santa at a shopping mail and now she knows his the real deal.

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