Christmas, unlike any other time of year, brings out the family foibles, timeless traditions, never ending nonsense and Christmas quirks. Nobody questions why we laugh at awful jokes whilst wearing paper hats, sing along to songs we've heard a thousand times before or buy trolleys full of food for a 12 hour closed shop period. We just do!! (more…)
For many people, Christmas shopping involves a mouse, keyboard and a debit card. For some of us though, there's nothing better than wandering round a Christmas market sipping mulled wine and browsing stalls. Here's our compilation of the top 5 Christmas markets in the UK. (more…)
We've seen a list of the most extravagant Christmas gifts, now let's look at 10 crazy Christmas gifts. You won't find pants and socks on this list, but what you will find is some very, VERY odd stuff: A penis bone of a racoon- Why, just why???? Several cavity riddled teeth A 'Where's Osama Bin Laden' book A necklace made out of dead bugs Snail secretion face mask A sock warmer An egg frying mould shaped like a gun DIY back shaver Gold edible spray paint Life sized cutout of Morrissey We think we'd be happier with a satsuma and a handful of walnuts ...
We've looked at Christmas around the world now let's look at one of the focal points of that day- dinner. Here in the UK it's customary for the dinner table to offer a fat roast turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing, pigs in blankets and every veg you can think of- not forgetting the Brussel sprouts! But have you ever wondered how they do things differently in other parts of the world? (more…)
Christmas around the World isn't always celebrated the way that we here in Britain are familiar with. In some instances it's due to the climate- (in Australia people have their Christmas dinner on the beach!) and also due to religions. Luckily there's lots of Countries that do celebrate and here are a few: (more…)
It seems that every year the Christmas cracker jokes get sillier and the Christmas Decorations go up earlier and earlier, but where did the tradition come from? The revelation that tinsel was made in Germany in 1910 and was once made in real silver, would lead us to believe that decorations were a rich man's extravagance. This couldn't be further from the truth! (more…)
Amongst the Christmas food gorging, we find the average Brit eats 27 mince pies over the festive period. Incredibly there are over 370 million mince pies sold in the UK over this time with a jaw dropping 20% thrown out. (more…)
This tradition began in France in the 12th Century when Nuns used to leave out stockings full of fruit, tangerines and nuts for the poor people. They would put an apple in the toe for good health and the tangerine at the heel would represent good luck as they were very rare and expensive. (more…)
We've seen the Top 10 Christmas songs, now let's look at the Top 10 Christmas Films. In reverse order: 10:- Charles Dickins- A Christmas carol- The 1951 adaptation comes in at this spot, although the musical version Scrooge is always worth a watch too (more…)
Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be quite tasty, with the Pine needles being a good source of Vitamin C. Of course we don't mean pull them off the tree, chop them up in your salad and start chewing, but use them in one of the following ways: (more…)
In this technological world, the tradition of sending Christmas cards is all but dying. It's now customary to send an 'Elf yourself' or a 'singing Grinch' as a greeting. Gone are the days of pegging up the cards on a length of string and taking bets on when the first one arrives. There was something quite wonderful and warm about receiving a card through the post, but where did the tradition start? (more…)
Who doesn't love a Christmas Joke so here are some to make you smile- Share the love everyone :) Why did they ask the turkey to join the band? He had the drum sticks. What’s a skunks favourite Christmas carol?- Jingle smells What kind of music do Elves listen to?- Wrap What do they sing at a snowman's birthday party? Freeze a jolly good fellow What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve! What happened to the man who stole an Advent Calendar? He got 25 days!