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Day 13 only 12 sleeps to go




DAY 13



3.             Christmas Track:                                 Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley or Shakin Stevens

4.             Christmas Carol:                                 Ding Dong Merrily on High

5.             Christmas Film:                                   The Santa Clause

6.             Something to Prepare:                        Make Christmas decorations

7.             Children's Christmas Picture Book: Getting Ready For Christmas - Jesslyn DeBoer

8.             Children's Christmas Paprtback:      Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman

9.             Adult Christmas Book::                     The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry, 1905      

It’s Christmas Eve and the only decent way a broke Della can raise cash to buy her husband Jim a gift is to chop off and sell her L’Oreal-worthy locks. Freshly shorn, she splashes out on a fancy watch chain, only to find an equally cash-strapped Jim has flogged his timepiece to buy her a set of combs. The morals being; don’t sell a body part to buy a Christmas gift and always keep the receipt.

10.          Christmas Cracker Joke:                                                   

What did Adam say to his wife on the day before Christmas? It's Christmas, Eve!

11.          A Christmas Number:                        

120,000 Tonnes - The weight of potatoes that will be eaten over Christmas

12.          An Amazing Christmas Fact:            7/10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their owners

13.          Christmas Character:                         Gingerbread man

14.          Unusual Gifts:                                     

His Her Piggy Bank Great Gift Co. (Internet)Price: £10.00 Adorable double piggy bank - drop coins into "His Money" piggy on top and the money falls straight into "Her Money" , so even if he earns all the bacon, the money belongs to her. Cute and fun, the ceramic His/Her Piggy Bank measures approx H 19cm x W 14cm max x D 11cm max

15.          TV AD:                                                  Sainsburys 2015: Mog's Christmas Calamity

16.          EWAN'S ADVENT MESSAGE:    Such embarassment yesterday. We had this open sort of Christmas afternoon because it is Christmas. I did not realise and Mum caught me wearing my favourite ladybird dress at nursery.  

17.          GEORGE'S ADVENT MESSAGE:  Wow! I'm so excited, ecstatically excited. Mamma & Grandad came yesterday and said they are taking me to the pantomime on Sunday. So exciting. What's a pantomimr.

18.    18.      A Christmas List:


In Post war Britain and through to 1960 children hung up one of their socks they wore as their Christmas Stocking and received the following presents. The closer to the war years the fewer the gifts. Until the affluent sixties when parents gave much more than this list

                                1              An Apple

2              An orrange

3              Dates or figs

4              Sugar mice

5              Candy stick

6              Nuts

7              Chocolate money

8              Chocolate fondent filled cigars

9              Candy cigarettes

10           A pencil or box of coloured pencils

11           Colouring book

12           Bag of sweets

13           Small windup toy

14           Toy soldier

15           If you'd been naughty a lump of coal

16           An eraser

17           Towards late fifties a Cadbury or  Mars selection Box

18           A shiny penny or six pence or shilling

19           An Annual like Beano, Dandy or Rupert

20           One big present like a train set, bike or doll's pram

19.  19.        CHRISTMAS ALBUM:    

                                Diana Krall - Christmas Songs         

                                1. Jingle Bells

                                2. Let It Snow

                                3. The Christmas Song

                                4. Winter Wonderland

                                5. I'll Be Home For Christmas

                                6. Christmas Time Is Here

                                7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

                                 8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

                                 9. White Christmas

                                10. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve

                                11. Sleigh Ride

                                12. Count Your Blessings Instea     

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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