3.   Christmas Track:                                                         Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea  (Click to hear)

4.   Christmas Carol:                                                           O Come All Ye Faithful

5.   Christmas Film:                                                             Home Alone II

6.   Something to Prepare:                                                  Bake Christmas Cakes

7.   Children’s Christmas Picture Book To Read:          Winnie-the-Pooh: Pooh’s Snowy Day  – Andrew    Grey

8.   Children’s Christmas Paperback:                                          Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen &  Tony Ross

Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen & Tony Ross
Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen & Tony Ross

9.   Adult Christmas Book to Read:                                                 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

10. Annual:

05 Cars Annual 2018
05 Cars Annual 2018


11.  Christmas Cracker Joke:

                What is the best Christmas present in the world? A broken drum, you just can’t beat it.

12.  A Christmas Number:

                8 Million – The number of natural Christmas trees consumed by the UK each year

13.  An Amazing Christmas Fact:

45% – of all greetings card sent every year that are Christmas related

14.          Christmas Radio Times Cover:


15.  Christmas Character:                                                                  Angel Gabriel

16.  Unusual Gifts:

Christmas Crowd Photo Booth Game Upgrade your group selfies this Christmas with this Christmas Crowd Photo Booth Game. Includes 22 disguises, props and 1 frame From Oliver Bonas £ 9.50

17.  TV AD:                                                                          John Lewis The Long Wait 2011

18.  Christmas Stamp

Christmas Stamps 2010
Christmas Stamps 2010

19.   EWAN’S ADVENT MESSAGE: On our ceiling in some rooms at our house we have what I have always thought were burglar lights. Red lights that come on when there is a burglar in the room. I’ve always thought they were faulty because they come on sometimes when only I am in the room. But Dad says when the red light is on it means Santa is watching.  On one hand it piles on the stresses in trying to remain good but on the other I question the legality of him infringing my privacy. It quite surprises me that my Mum allows it with her law degree and her leaning towards civil liberties law.

  1. GEORGE’S ADVENT MESSAGE: I’ve heard this song quite a bit of late:

You better watch out

You better not cry

Better not pout

I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list

And checking it twice;

Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice

Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!

You better not cry

Better not pout

I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming


So what’s that all about, then? Has this guy not heard that the spirit of giving is to give and expect nothing in return? Too much expected of me there. I think I might opt out of this one, too much pressure.


  1. A Christmas List :        2016 Christmas Day TV Ratings


Audiences for the UK’s most-watched Christmas Day TV shows hit record lows as Call The Midwife, Strictly and Mrs Brown’s Boys all fail to pull in 10 million viewers. These were the lowest figures since ratings recording system began in 1981. 2016 was the second year in which no programme topped 10 million viewers.


The overnight TV ratings refer only to live television viewing and do not include online or catch-up audiences.


Christmas Day Overnight Ratings


  1. The Queen at 3pm – BBC1 and ITV 7.7m
  2. Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – BBC1 7.2m
  3. The Great Christmas Bake Off – BBC1 6.3m
  4. Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special – BBC1 6.1m
  5. Call The Midwife – BBC1 6.1m
  6. EastEnders – BBC1 5.9m
  7. Coronation Street – ITV (not including ITV +1) 5.8m
  8. Doctor Who – BBC1 5.7m
  9. Frozen – BBC1                                 4.7m
  10. Emmerdale – ITV                                                 4.2m


Christmas Day Consolidated Ratings

  1. Call The Midwife, BBC1 9.20 m
  2. Mrs Brown’s Boys, BBC1 8.98m
  3. Strictly Come Dancing, BBC1 8.94m
  4. The Great Christmas Bake Off, BBC1 8.21m
  5. Coronation Street, ITV 8.12m
  6. Doctor Who, BBC1 7.83m
  7. EastEnders, BBC1 7.82m
  8. Queen’s Speech, BBC1/ITV 7.70m
  9. Emmerdale, ITV 6.21m
  10. Frozen, BBC1 5.25m




                by Matthew Greens Orchestral Rainbow

                Only available pre-loved in vinyl

A Christmas Carol, re-told, with 1970’s Pop / Rock versions of traditional carols, plus links provided by a Cockney child


Christmas now and then Matthew Greens Orchestral Rainbow
Christmas now and then Matthew Greens Orchestral Rainbow