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  2. 3.    Christmas Track:                                                         Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals

4.    Christmas Carol:                                                          What Child Is This

5.    Christmas Film:                                                            A Charlie Brown Christmas

6.    Something to Prepare:                                 Kiss someone/everyone under the mistletoe

7.    Children's Christmas Picture Book:                          Robin Finds Christmas - Molly Brett

8.    Children's Christmas Paprtback:                               Miracle On 34th Street by Valentine Davies

9.    Adult Christmas Book::                                             

The Ecco Book Of Christmas Stories by Alberto Manguel - Like a literary version of Now That's What I Call Music!, this book comprises 23 Christmas stories by a random selection of acclaimed authors.

10.   Christmas Cracker Joke:                                          

How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was 7lb 6oz when he was born? They had a weigh in a manger

11.   A Christmas Number:                                                0 number of other countries that eat Christmas pudding

12    An Amazing Christmas Fact:                  

6.8 million – The number of iOS and Android devices that will be activated on Christmas day

13.   Christmas Character:                                 Good King Wencelas

14.   Unusual Gifts:            

CHOCOLATE SPROUTS Sprouts: love them or hate them, there is no avoiding the bowl of sprouts on the dinner table at least one day a year! But if you were to surprise your friends and family with this box of chocolate sprouts there may well be more cheers than boos. Looking incredibly life like, these bright green, handmade 'sprouts' are made from solid Belgium chocolate. Presented in an attractive gift box, they will make a great fun gift for sprout lovers or haters. Handmade Belgium chocolate sprouts  Box contains 8 chocolates. Shelf-life: 1 year Contains natural carmine colouring     £9.99

15.   TV AD:                                        

A Christmas advert for a Polish auction website has hit seven million YouTube views in 10 days, with almost a million more views on the site's Facebook page.Allegro's mini-movie, What are you looking for at Christmas? English for beginners, is a tale of a Polish grandfather learning to speak English ahead of a holiday trip to London and has resonated with its online audience.

16.    EWAN'S ADVENT MESSAGE:             



                                NEIL DIAMOND ACCOUSTIC CHRISTMAS           

                                1 Oh Holy Night    

                                2 Do You Hear What I Hear    

                                3 Christmas Prayers    

                                4 Hark The Herald Angels Sing    

                                5 Mary's Old Boy    

                                6 Silent Night    

                                7 Go Tell It On The Mountain    

                                8 Children Go Where I Send Thee    

                                9 Christmas In Killarney    

                                10 Christmas Medley: Almost Day / Make A Happy Song / We Wish You A Merry Christmas    

                                11 We Three Kings (Bonus Track)   

                                12 #1 Record For Christmas (Bonus Track) 

19.    A CHRISTMAS LIST:            

WHITE CHRISTMASES: If we take London as our reference point and define a white Christmas as one where there is snow lying on the ground (as opposed to the usual bookies' definition of a flake of snow falling on Christmas Day, whether or not it lies) then there were only four during the 20th century: 1927, 1938, 1970, and 1981 (a year which the bookies wouldn’t have counted because it didn't actually snow on 25th Dec - but there was snow on the ground).               

                In London:  White Christmases since 1900  

                20th Century: under some definitions these years were considered White Christmases      














*1981 is included in this table because, although not strictly speaking a White Christmas going by the standard definition, there was a covering of snow on the ground resulting from falls on previous days.   

                White Christmasses 21st Century   





There happened to be snow every Christmas of the first eight years of Charles Dickens' life, 1812 - 1819which probably explains why white Christmases are a consistent feature of his stories. His snowy childhood has its origins in the colder climate of the period 1550-1850 when Britain was in the grip of a 'Little Ice Age'. Winters were particularly persistent and severe - 1813-14 was the last winter that a 'frost fair' was held on the frozen River Thames in London. Before the change of calendar in 1752, which effectively brought Christmas day back by 12 days, snow was even more likely as Christmas comes at the beginning of the season for snow. Wintry weather is more likely in January.               

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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