9 Sleeps TO GO UNTIL CHRISTMAS 2019
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 16th December 2019
- PICTURE DHFC
Santa’s pride & joy Classic Car he only brings out once a year
- A CHRISTMAS LIST
The 10 best Christmas markets in The UK & Europe
Nowadays, most cities want to muscle in on the magic that Christmas markets can bring, but it takes more than a few fairy lights and overpriced trinkets to make one truly special. You want the right combination of fantastic food stalls, a few places to buy presents beyond the usual wooden toys on offer, and an atmosphere that will get even the grumpiest Grinches in a festive mood.
Here are 10 markets in the UK to give you all the festive feels.
- Bath- When: Thursday 28 November to Sunday 15 December
- Birmingham When: 7 November to 23 December
- Leeds When: 8 November to 21 December
- Edinburgh When: 16 November to 4 January
- Southbank Centre, London When: 8 November to 27 January
- Swansea When: 15 November to 22 December
- Belfast When: 16 November to 22 December
- Aberdeen Christmas Village When: 21 November to 22 December
- York When: 14 November to 22 December 2019
- Padstow When: 5 to 8 December (SORRY, YOU MISSED IT)
Here are 10 of the best options in Europe.
- Budapest, Hungary – When: 8 November to 1 January
- Zagreb, Croatia – When: 30 November to 7 January
- Lille, France – When: 22 November to 29 December
- Berlin, Germany- When: 25 November to 29 December
- Vienna, Austria – When: dates vary from 15 November to 6 January
- Bruges, Belgium – When: 22 November to 5 January
- Copenhagen, Denmark – When: 16 November to 5 January
- Basel, Switzerland – When: 28 November to 23 December
- Strasbourg, France – When: 22 November to 30 December
- Birmingham, UK – When: 7 November to 23 December
The season of Advent is traditionally celebrated by Christians in the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day. It begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27 and December 3 each year and symbolises the “coming” of Christ.
The Christian message has since evolved into a modern day tradition, when both children and adults count down the days to December 25 with their own Advent calendars.
This festive practice originates from Germany, and dates back to the early 19th Century, when German Protestants marked the days of Advent by burning a candle or drawing on walls with chalk.
The first handmade, wooden Advent calendar was created in 1851, and by the early 20th century, the first printed Advent calendars had been created.
Gerhard Lang later added small doors to the Advent calendars in the 1920s, while short Bible verses and traditional pictures were added behind the doors in the 1930s.
Advent calendars later disappeared for a short period, due to the rationing of cardboard and a calendar printing ban imposed by the Nazis, but made a return when Richard Sellmar of Stuttgart obtained a permit from the US to begin printing them again.
By the late 1950s, Chocolate Advent calendars were popular and nowadays, the cardboard Christmas countdowns contain a variety of treats, including beauty products, children’s toys, gin and even chees
- DHFC LYRIC
Get my feet on holy ground
So I sing for you
- NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER
76 2 million: The number of visitors expected to visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the largest and most famous of Germany’s traditional Christmas markets.
77 1434: Dresden is one of Germany’s oldest documented Christmas markets. Founded as a one-day market in 1434, it celebrated its 585th anniversary in 2019
78 In the UK we visit five relatives over the Christmas period clocking up 256,695,805miles nationwide
79 We travel 92 miles delivering gifts – 4,723,202, 812 miles nationwide
80 Travel 38 miles delivering Christmas cards – 1,950,888,118 miles nationwide
- CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
- 06 - Merry Xmas Everybody Slade 3:23
- A MERRY CHRISTMAS SHORT FILM OR VIDE
- CHRISTMAS COMPILATION ALBUM
9. HISTORY OF RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS
10. TV TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS
11. IT’S A CRACKER
What do you call a lobster who won’t share his Christmas presents? Shell-fish
12. CHRISTMAS CARD PICTURE OF THE DAY
BONUS BOOK REVIEW
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