Welcome to the Midsmas Blog ✨🎄

Selfie of the Pendlebury Family in an illuminated light tunnel at the National Memorial Arboretum, 2021.
The Pendlebury Family at the 'Illuminated Arboretum', National Memorial Arboretum, 2021.

Meet Your Festive Guides to Christmas in the Midlands 🎅🤶

We're the Pendlebury family, and it's our absolute pleasure to be your Christmas guides on this festive journey of discovery. Allow us to introduce ourselves.

I'm Joe, but you might know me better as 'Mr Claus', and by my side is my partner in all things Christmas, Alex, fondly known as 'Mrs Claus'. We're based in the picturesque county of Derbyshire, and we're parents to three precious little elves - Max (8), Mia (6), and our tiniest jingle bell, Holly (2).

The Midsmas Journey 🌱

Our family's shared love for the magic of Christmas sparked the creation of a Facebook group called Midsmas - a cosy corner for fellow Christmas enthusiasts from across the Midlands and further afield. In just under two years, we've grown into a vibrant community of over 20,000 festive fanatics across the East and West Midlands - and even further afield!

More than Just a Facebook Group 📢

But Midsmas has always been more than a Facebook group. It's a glittering treasure trove of the best Christmas experiences the Midlands has to offer, from Santa's Grottos and bustling markets to unique gift ideas and home decor tips. It's your Advent calendar, unwrapping daily surprises to add that extra dash of magic to your Christmas.

Championing a Claus for All 💪❤️

The uniqueness of our family has shaped the Midsmas community's ethos. Our oldest elf, Max, lives with Autism and ADHD, while our dear Mia is non-verbal, severely Autistic, and has other hidden disabilities. Our personal journey has transformed us into advocates for families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We actively collaborate with festive event organisers to ensure that Christmas in the Midlands is a magical experience for all, regardless of their needs.

Join the Festive Fun! 🍫

As the scent of autumn fades, Midsmas blossoms into a festive wonderland, lighting up with the joy and magic of Christmas in the Midlands. So, why not become part of our story? Settle down with a mug of hot cocoa, and let the Midsmas magic transport you on a Christmas adventure!

And for those who can't get enough of Midsmas, we'd be delighted to welcome you into our Facebook community. The more, the merrier!

Support Our Work ✨

Dedicated to spreading festive joy, we invest our hearts and hours into researching and delivering the very best of the Midlands' festive happenings right to your doorstep. Often, we're the first to jingle the news about ticket releases for those hot-ticket Christmas events and experiences – even before the organisers get the chance to unwrap the news on their own social channels!

Your belief in the magic we're creating means the world to us. If you're keen to help keep the Christmas lights shining and the festive spirit bubbling across the Midlands, consider supporting us with a festive drink through our Buy Me A Coffee Page. Every contribution, no matter the size, is a gift that helps us continue our mission and adds an extra twinkle to our Christmas star!

A Heartfelt Thank You ❤️

Thank you for being a part of our journey and for helping us spread the joy of Christmas across the Midlands. Your support is truly the best Christmas gift we could ask for!

Here's to making Christmas in the Midlands the most inclusive, heart-warming, and magical celebration it can be!

Handwritten signatures showcasing unique styles of Midsmas Founders, 'Mr Claus' (Joe Pendlebury) and 'Mrs Claus' (Alex Evans).
The signatures of Team Midsmas - "Mr Claus" (Joe Pendlebury) and "Mrs Claus" (Alex Evans).