CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ADVENT BLOG Thursday 10th December 2020
12 RAMBLINGS OF CHRISTMAS
ONLY 15 SLEEPS TO CHRISTMAS
- A CHRISTMAS QUOTE
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- CHRISTMAS FEATURE – Best Mince Pies & How Do We Know Santa Is A Man?
GOOD HOSEKEEPING INSTITUTE TELL US WHICH ARE THE BEST 2020 MINCE PIES
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Before I start this item , my apologies to all male readers everywhere. But I’m male and sometimes you just have to grow up take it on the chin and accept who we are!
I admit that’s how we are and proud of it!
…And SOME CURRENT INTERESTIN NON-CHRISTMAS NEWS ITEMS
Ikea to scrap famous catalogue
Ikea is phasing out its iconic annual catalogue after 70 years. The Swedish retailer said in a statement that it has “taken the emotional but rational decision to respectfully end the successful career” of the print and digital versions of the catalogue. Coming just four months after Argos announced it was scrapping its catalogue, the plan follows an increasing shift to online browsing and shopping.
Bob Dylan sells copyright to his back catalogue
Bob Dylan has sold the copyright for his entire back catalogue of music to a global media conglomerate. Although financial terms weren’t revealed for the “landmark agreement” with Universal Music Publishing Group, The New York Times says the deal is estimated to be worth more than $300m (£224.7m). Last week, former Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks sold her catalogue in a $100m (£74.9m) deal.
3. CHRISTMAS MOVIE
4. CHRISTMAS SONG
- All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey 4:02
5. CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK
The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman) by Allan Ahlberg (Author), Janet Ahlberg (Author)
Hardcover : 52 pages
Publisher : Puffin;
Reading level : 3 – 5 years
It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to everyone’s favourite fairy-tale characters.
He has a card for Baby Bear, a game for Red Riding Hood, a get-well jigsaw for poor Humpty Dumpty and lots more packages to deliver!
The Jolly Postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale. . . and into everybody’s hearts.
6. CHRISTMAS CAROL
7. IT’S A CRACKER (CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE)
Why is Parliament like ancient Bethlehem? It takes a miracle to find three wise men there
8. EVERY CHRISTMAS TV TIMES COVER
9. A FAMOUS SCROOGE
10. SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT – A TOP TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM THE PAST
Bottom – Holy
UK/Series 2/2001Aired on BBC
Directed by Ed Bye. With Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Charlie Biddle, Tina Foley. It’s Christmas day and Richie is cooking the dinner to which Dave Hedgehog and Spudgun are invited. Dinner is not up to Michelin standard, but Richie’s day improves when he finds out he is the son of God. Holy is the fifth episode of the second series of the sitcom Bottom, Its 3:30am on Christmas morning and the episode starts with Richie playing Deck the Halls on a radio, before coming into the room dressed as Santa Claus pretending to deliver presents…
11. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER (Sorry, these are interesting Christmas facts without Numbers – Who needs Numbers?)
91 Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ classic novella A Christmas Carol was almost named “Little Fred.”
92 Since Christmas 1969, a 14-day double-sized issue has been published each December containing schedules for two weeks of programmes – originally this covering Christmas and New Year (also included bank holidays) in some years those appeared for separate editions with the two-week period ending just before the New Year.
93 ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
94 A law in Britain to this day forbids you from not visiting church on Christmas day. And you cannot visit the church on a vehicle. However, this law is just sitting on a piece of paper and is not followed actually.
95 The ‘X’ in X-Mas, as we all use today, comes from the Greek meaning of ‘X’ i.e. Christ.
96 The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the busiest shopping days and not the Black Friday.
97 A Christmas tale from old wives believes that if you bake bread on Christmas Eve, the bread will stay fresh forever. However, there is no evidence to prove that this tale is true as nobody has tried keeping the bread up that long.
98 Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head and mustard.
99 Santa has a real postal zip code – H0H 0H0. Every year millions of letters are addressed to Santa from kids all over the world. The postal workers at the Canadian Post Office also started answering some of these letters.
100 Jesus was probably born in a cave and not a wooden stable, say Biblical scholars.
12. CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT