CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ADVENT BLOG Monday 7th December 2020
12 RAMBLINGS OF CHRISTMAS
ONLY 18 SLEEPS TO CHRISTMAS
- A CHRISTMAS QUOTE
It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. – Caroline Kennedy
- CHRISTMAS FEATURE – A 2 METRE SOCIALLY DISTANCED CRAKER IT’S CRACKERS
The two-metre Christmas crackers for a socially-distanced day
It’s safe to say Christmas 2020 will be a slightly unusual affair thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
For those having family and friends over for the festive period, anti-bacterial soap might be as much of a must-have as turkey and brussels sprouts this year, while hugs may be kept to a minimum.
But even if you are taking advantage of the Christmas bubble relaxation of social distancing, perhaps you want to go a step further and still stay two metres away.
In that case, one online seller has a gimmick that might help – two-metre long Christmas crackers.
At £48.50 for a pack of ten two metre crackers you’d expect at least a novelty gift and a bad joke to be included – but they’re not. Instead, you have to make and fill them yourself.
A spokesperson for the retailer Where The Trade Buys says: ‘Customers would have to add their own gifts inside the cracker first then assemble it – it comes in “flat-pack” form.’
The advantage here is that you could carefully select gifts that people would want.
The capacity of the 2m wide cracker is quite generous measuring 28cm in width, 26cm in depth and 83cm in height, so you could fit quite a few small gifts and naff jokes inside.
However, adding your own gifts would push up the price of the cracker up even further.
CHRISTMAS CRACKER COSTS COMPARED
RETAILER PRICE (£) NUMBER IN PACK
Sainsbury’s Luxury Crackers Moorlands Foliage £10 for 6
Selfridges £185 for 6
Tesco Red Cube Crackers £3 for 12
Waitrose Gold Snowflake Crackers £5 for 12
Asda £3 for 12
Morrisons 12 Red Christmas Crackers £4 for 12
This is Money conducted a flash random comparison of Christmas Cracker prices at various major retailers. Prices correct as at 19 November, 2020
How to make your own crackers including a 2m one
Amanda White founder of Gift Frippery, a gift wrapping workshop, says it’s possible to make your own crackers – and even a two-metre size cracker- at a fraction of the cost.
Smaller crackers can use toilet roll tube and wrapping paper, with gifts placed inside, while larger crackers need bigger tubes – finding something to make them go bang may also prove tricky.
She says: ‘To make it ask the fabric shops for the tubes that they have left over from materials.
‘They always have loads lying around and will happily give them away for free generally.
‘You could also use the tubes from wrapping paper.
‘Then you would need wrapping paper to wrap around your two-metre tube and need a bit at each end plus ribbon. A three-metre roll of paper would be less than £5.
‘With a three metre roll you would be able to wrap three crackers doing it length wise.’
She adds: ‘If you are on a budget you could fill it up with chocolate and shredded paper that you get with your Amazon deliveries.
‘If you want to pay more, you can put things like miniature gins in them. You can buy paper hats very cheaply and get family to write jokes which I’m sure will be better.
‘When it comes to the gifts inside you can make it as much or as little as you want to. It depends on your circumstances.’
If you’re not keen on an over-sized cracker, there’s plenty of Christmas cracker kits sold online which would set you back less than £10 for a pack of eight to 10 crackers.
THE COST OF MAKING YOUR OWN 2M CRACKER
ITEM *PRICE SOURCE
Material roll Free Fashion/craft shops
Christmas wrapping paper £3 (4m roll) Amazon
Christmas tissue party hats £2.62 Amazon
Chocolate coins £5 (5x 100g bags) Superdrug
With a little creativity you can make your own 2m Christmas cracker for around a tenner.
Or a cardboard cut-out family member.
Where The Trade Buys also offers a wider set of seasonal products with ‘sit-ees’ – full size cut-outs that can join your family at the Christmas table, costing £30.60, along with £3 delivery.
The life-sized cut out version may be harder to replicate but there are plenty of competitor print companies offering cut outs at a cheaper price.
With celebritycutouts.co.uk, for instance, you could have a cardboard version of Boris Johnson for between £12.97–£39.97 depending on whether you want the mini version of him or not.
That is, provided, he’s welcome at the Christmas dinner table.
Published by Daily Mail
- CHRISTMAS MOVIE
4. CHRISTMAS SONG
- 05 Greg Lake - I Beleive In Father Christmas
5. CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK
Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig (Author), Chris Mould (Illustrator)
Paperback : 304 pages
Reading level : 7 – 9 years
Publisher : Canongate Books; Main edition
Let the battle for Christmas begin . . .
Amelia lives in the magical town of Elfhelm, newly adopted by Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. When the very jealous Easter Bunny launches an attack to ruin Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her family and the elves to fight off the forces of evil.
But can they keep Christmas alive?
6. CHRISTMAS CAROL
7. IT’S A CRACKER (CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE)
Kim Jong Un will play Santa this year in the South’s annual pantomime. He said he fancied a Korea change.
8. EVERY CHRISTMAS TV TIMES COVER
9. A FAMOUS SCROOGE
10. SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT – A TOP TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM THE PAST
Peep Show – Seasonal Beatings
UK/Season 7/2010Aired on C4
Seasonal Beatings is the fifth episode of the seventh series of the British sitcom Peep Show and the forty-first episode overall. It first aired on 24th December 2010. It was written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. It was directed by Becky Martin.
11. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER
61 3.5million copies – In Britain, the best-selling festive single is Band Aid’s 1984 track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which sold 3.5million copies.
62 1.4 million – Wham! is next in the same year with Last Christmas, selling 1.4million.
63 £300,000 – Royalties from Last Christmas are estimated at around £300,000 per year. The first year’s royalties were given to Band Aid, and since 2012, George Michael had donated ALL his royalties from the song to charity.
64 3 Christmas No.1s for Cliff Richard 1960, 1988 and 1990
65 3 Christmas No.1s for The Spice Girls 1996, 1997 and 1998
66 1938 – Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938.
67 13% of families in the UK always attend church on Christmas Day.
68 No.1 Voted No.1 Favourite Christmas Film of All Time on Yahoo: Home Alone
69 No.1 Voted No.2 Favourite Christmas Film of All Time on Yahoo: The Muppets Christmas Carol
70 No.3 Voted No.3 Favourite Christmas Film of All Time on Yahoo; it’s A Wonderful Life
12. CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT