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Must-have Stocking Fillers

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Must-have Stocking Fillers

Legend has it that Saint Nicholas threw gold into the window of a poor man in order to provide for his children at Christmas. The gold is thought to have landed in a stocking that was hanging up to dry… From that day forward children hung their stockings in the hope that Christmas gold would be bestowed upon them also. What fills your stockings each Christmas? The golden age of Christmas stockings comprising of satsumas, chocolate coins, trinkets and novelty gifts, mini puzzles and pencils is behind us. Today Christmas stockings are as popular with adults as much as children...

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International Christmas

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International Christmas

What colourful and wonderful traditions we host around the world! Beyond our shores, there’s a diverse range of Christmas and Christmas-like festivities through December and the New Year.  Although our home-grown merriment is much coveted our not so distant neighbours sometimes do it better! Beware: Adopting some of these may spark a longing for exotic lands… Sweden celebrates the feast of St Lucia, their patron saint of light, on December 13th. A public procession and service is carried out on this day, with culinary delights featuring Lussekatt, a saffron flavoured bun with raisins. On Christmas Eve, the gnome Jultomten and...

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THE JOY OF GIVING

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THE JOY OF GIVING

CHRISTMAS:  THE JOY OF GIVING    Ah, who doesn’t love Christmas? Presents under the tree, all the family home, school and work no longer in session, and all the Christmas specials are finally on TV! However, Christmas is more than only enjoying and receiving. Ellis Parker Butler couldn’t have put it any better in her short poem”    The Rich Boy’s Christmas    And now behold this sulking boy,  His costly presents bring no joy;  Harsh tears of anger fill his eye  Tho’ he has all that wealth can buy.  What profits it that he employs  His many gifts to...

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5 FAMILY GAMES EVEN DAD WILL LOVE

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5 FAMILY GAMES EVEN DAD WILL LOVE

A TIME TO BE MERRY, GRATEFUL – AND UTTERLY CHILDISH   "This Be the Worst" by Adrian Mitchell They tuck you up, your mum and dad, They read you Peter Rabbit, too. They give you all the treats they hadAnd add some extra, just for you. They were tucked up when they were small, (Pink perfume, blue tobacco-smoke), By those whose kiss healed any fall, Whose laughter doubled any joke. Man hands on happiness to man, It deepens like a coastal shelf. So love your parents all you canAnd have some cheerful kids yourself.                               ...

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