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3   Christmas Track:                                           Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

4   Christmas Carol:                                            Away In A Manger

5   Christmas Film:                                              Snowman

6   Something to Prepare:                                   Christmas shopping for presents

7   Children's Christmas Picture Book To Read:- Noddy Meets Father Christmas by Enid Blyton

8   Children's Christmas Paperback:                   Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

9   Adult Christmas Book to Read:                      A Country Christmas by Miss Read

10  Christmas Cracker Joke:                            

      Why did Santa's helper see the doctor? Because he had a low "elf" esteem!

11  A Christmas Number: 

      10 Million - The number of Turkeys cooked in the UK every Christmas

12  An Amazing Christmas Fact:    

      The total number of gifts listed in "The 12 days of Christmas" is 364

13  Christmas Character:                                    The Little Donkey

14  Unusual Gifts:                                                Theatre or Cinema Voucher


So this is Christmas! I’ve not seen anything special about it yet. No wonder I can’t remember last year’s. They even tried to stop me practising my Christmas dancing at ‘Joe Jingles’. No chance, Baby. Nobody puts Ewan in a corner


I understand a Christmas tree will be erected in our lounge full of interesting things to play with. But the tree decorations will not be handed to me on a plate, if I do not get them myself no one else will. So, major pressure on me to crawl. I’ve started to work on it today.


17  A Christmas List:

MOST WATCHED TV PROGRAMME 21st CENTURY (m = Million viewers)


1998       Men Behaving Badly (BBC1)                                          13.9m

1998       EastEnders (BBC1)                                                             13.9m

1999       Coronatuin Str                                                                     14.7m

1999       Vicar of Dibley                                                                     12.4m

2000       Coronatuin Str                                                                     13.7m

2000       EastEnders (BBC1)                                                            12.1m

2001       Only Fools & Horses                                                           20.3m

2001       Eastenders                                                                            14.5m

2002       Only Fools & Horses                                                           16.3m

2002       Eastenders                                                                            16.0m

2003       Only Fools & Horses                                                           15.5m

2003       Eastenders                                                                            14.0m

2004       Eastenders                                                                            12.3m

2004       Vicar of Dibley                                                                     11.3m

2005       Eastenders                                                                            11.0m

2005       Dr Who                                                                                  9.8m

2006       Vicar of Dibley                                                                     11.4m

2006       Eastenders                                                                            10.7m

2007       Eastenders                                                                            13.9m

2007       DrWho                                                                                   13.8m

2008       Wallace & Gromit - A Matter of Loaf or Death                     14.4m

2008       Eastenders                                                                            12.6m

2009       Eastenders                                                                            10.9m

2009       Royle Family                                                                        10.2m

2010       Eastenders                                                                            11.7m

2010       Dr Who                                                                                  10.7m

2011       Downton Abbey (Incl watched later)                              11.59m     On the day 8.1m

2011       Eastenders (Incl watched later)                                        11.33m   On the day 9.9m

2012       Eastenders (Incl watched later)                                        11.31m   On the day 9.4m

2012       Downton Abbey (Incl watched later)                              10.28m   On the day live 7.3m

2013       Mrs Brown's Boys (Incl watched later)                           11.53m   On the day 9.4m

2013       Dr Who     (Incl. watched later)                                         11.14m On the day 8.3m

2014       The Queen   ( Incl Watched later)                                    8.04m  On the day 7.82

2014       Mrs Brown's Boys   ( Incl Watched later)                       9.6m  On the day 7.55m

2014       Call the Midwife  ( Incl Watched later)                           9.41m  On the day 5.53m

2015       The Queen   ( Incl Watched later)                                    7.76m On the day 7.2m

2015       Downton Abbey (Incl watched later)                              10.9m  On the day 6.6m

2015       Mrs Brown's Boys ( Incl Watched later)                         9.49m On the day 6.4m

2015       Call the Midwife  ( Incl Watched later)                           9.30m On the day 5.8m

2015       Stick Man  ( Incl Watched later)                                      9.27m On the day 6.4m    





                1   Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  -- By The Pointer Sisters 

                2   Winter Wonderland  -- By Eurythmics  

                3   Do You Hear What I Hear?  -- By Whitney Houston 

                4   Merry Christmas Baby  -- By Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band 

                5   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas  -- By The Pretenders 

                6   I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus  -- By John Cougar Mellencamp 

                7   Gabriel's Message  -- By Sting 

                8   Christmas In Hollis  -- By Run-D.M.C. 

                9   Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)  -- By U2 

                10  Santa Baby  -- By Madonna 

                11  The Little Drummer Boy  -- By Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 

                12  Run Rudolph Run  -- By Bryan Adams 

                13  I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas  -- By Jon Bon Jovi 

                14  The Coventry Carol  -- By Alison Moyet 

                15  Silent Night  -- By Stevie Nicks  

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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