10 SLEEPS TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

10 SLEEPS TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday  15th December 2019

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PICTURE

 Snoopy hits the road for Christmas

  1. A CHRISTMAS LIST

TOY OF THE YEAR

WHAT WE WERE BUYING CHRISTMAS’ PAST

1              1968       Sindy (Pedigree Toys)

2              1969       Hot Wheels

3              1970       Sindy

4              1971       Katie Kopykat writing doll

5              1972       Plasticraft modelling kits

6              1973       Mastermind board game

7              1974       Lego Family set

8              1975       Lego Basic set

9              1976       Peter Powell (kite)

10           1977       Playmobil Playpeople

11           1978       Combine Harvester (Britains Limited)

12           1979       Legoland Space kits

13           1980       Rubik’s Cube

14           1981       Rubik’s Cube

15           1982       Star Wars toys

16           1983       Star Wars toys

17           1984       Masters of the Universe

18           1985       Transformers (Optimus Prime)

19           1986       Transformers (Optimus Prime)

20           1987       Sylvanian Families

21           1988       Sylvanian Families

22           1989       Sylvanian Families

23           1990       Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

24           1991       Nintendo Game Boy

25           1992       WWF Wrestlers

26           1993       Thunderbirds Tracy Island

27           1994       Power Rangers

28           1995       Pogs

29           1996       Barbie

30           1997       Teletubbies

31           1998       Furby

32           1999       Furby Babies

33           2000       Teksta

34           2001       Bionicles (Lego)

35           2002       Beyblades

36           2003       Beyblades

37           2004       RoboSapien

38           2005       Tamagotchi Connexion

39           2006       Doctor Who Cyberman Mask

40           2007       In the Night Garden Blanket Time Iggle Piggle

41           2008       Ben 10 Action Figures 10” and 15”

42           2009       Go Go Hamsters

43           2010       Jet Pack Buzz Lightyear

44           2011       LeapPad Explorer

45           2012       Furby

46           2013       Teksta

47           2014       Disney’s Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll

48           2015       Pie Face

49           2016       Hatchimals

50           2017       L.O.L. Surprise

51           2018       L.O.L., MGA Entertainment

 

  1. CHRISTMAS WORDS

In 1843, a man called Sir Henry Cole was behind the first printed Christmas card, like the ones we buy in shops and send to each other today.

He asked someone called John Callcott Horsley to design it.

It had the words A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year To You printed on it.

About 1,000 cards were made and it cost a shilling, which was actually a lot of money at the time (5p in today’s money). – (During the eighteenth century wages could be as low as two or three pounds per year for a domestic servant, plus food, lodging and clothing. A beggar would normally hope to be given between a farthing and two pence in alms, while a parish pauper could hope for a weekly pension of between a few pence and a few shillings. For a young boy chopping wood the going rate was 1 ½ pence per hour, while a porter could expect a penny for shifting a bushel of coal. A waterman would expect six pence to take you from Westminster to London Bridge, while a barber asked the same to dress your wig and give you a shave.)

  1. A LINE OR TWO FROM THE SONG “I’M DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Oh, I got red lights all around

I’m driving home for Christmas, yea

  1. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

71           Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – 29%

72           Doctor Who – 26%

73           Queens Speech – 25%

74           $848,600: The cost (100 million yen) of a Japanese Christmas cake — a 35-centimeter (14-inch) chocolate cake — decorated with 100 diamonds.

75           200: The number of mince pies eaten by Gus the camel after he broke out of his pen at an Irish riding school’s Christmas party. The camel also drank several cans of Guinness — which he opened with his teeth.  

  1. CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
  1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Crystals 3:28
  1. A MERRY CHRISTMAS SHORT FILM OR VIDEO

 This is a TV ad for a gmall private business that cost £100 to make

  1. CHRISTMAS COMPILATION ALBUM

Christmas Voices 2 – Featuring Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins, Pavarotti & Many More

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Alfie Boe – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  2. Katherine Jenkins – O Holy Night
  3. Luciano Pavarotti – Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
  4. Vienna Boys’ Choir – Still, Still, Still
  5. Kiri Te Kanawa – Mary’s Boy Child
  6. Friar Alessandro – Joy To The World
  7. Eastman – Rochester “Pops” Orchestra
  8. The Choirboys – Away In A Manger
  9. The Bach Choir – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  10. Anthony Way – Do You Hear What I Hear?
  11. Aled Jones – O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  12. Choir Of St. John’s College Cambridge – Good King Wenceslas
  13. Dame Joan Sutherland – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  14. Military Wives – In The Bleak Midwinter
  15. Hayley Westenra – Little Drummer Boy
  16. Philip Jones Brass Ensemble – Jingle Bells
  17. Katherine Jenkins – Silent Night
  18. Kiri Te Kanawa – Winter Wonderland
  19. Chicago Symphony Chorus – For Unto Us A Child Is Born [Messiah / Part 1]
  20. Dame Joan Sutherland – The Twelve Days Of Christmas

 

 

  1. HISTORY OF TV TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS
  1. IT’S A CRACKER

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? A Holly Davidson

  1. CHRISTMAS CARD OF THE DAY

 

BONUS CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW

The Christmas Clock by Lucille Ann Hamilton

 

 

2019 Phil M Robinson