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Christmas

L is for Light

As mentioned in earlier blogs the Christmas period is also known as the Festival of Light. As  winter deepens (in the Northern hemispheres) the days get shorter, more artificial light sources are needed to brighten up the day. For Christmas this means not only using candles but also the Christmas lights that are used to … Continue reading »

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J is for Jingle Bells and Juniper

Jingle bells or sleigh bells, were often found in large numbers on the harnesses of horse carriages during the winter season. City life before cars required something you could hear from afar, which the jingling noise the bells make as the horses move would make up for hooves being muffled by the snow. This helps … Continue reading »

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I is for Ivy and Ice

What I love about the change in weather is that you get all kinds of wonderful colours appearing in nature. One of the most stunning transformations can be the change of colour in ivy. Many houses, walls and trees are covered with this, not always to the benefits of the material underneath. Although the ivy … Continue reading »

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H is for Holly and Hanukkah

Holly is an evergeen with some nice red berries, which are slightly toxin for humans. During the winter months you will see holly appear in many Christmas decorations, mainly in wreaths. If you have a holly bush in your garden you might find many passerby’s trying to take a branch for their decorations. The great … Continue reading »

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G is for Green, Gold and Glitter

Green In winter everything gets gray and dark. Most trees will have shed their leaves and grass will be gone (or covered under a layer of snow or ice). One of the few groups of trees that still show some live and colour are evergreens. Most people will recognise these as the Christmas tree. I … Continue reading »

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F is for Frankincense, Fire and Family & Friends

Frankincense Frankincense has its origins in the Middle East and was one of the three gifts that baby Jezus received on its birthday. By that time it was already a popular product in Asia as a medicin and in North African and Middle Eastern religions as a perfumed cleansing product. The product has made quite … Continue reading »

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E is for Elves and Excitement

In modern children’s Christmas stories Santa Claus is relying on his little helpers to get ready for Christmas day. His helpers are elves, wearing green outfits and little pointy hats. They all live on the North Pole and help Santa with his presents. Whenever you go to a Santa’s Grotto during the weeks up to … Continue reading »

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D is for Dinner

Central to the Christmas celebrations is the large family dinner. Not everyone will have dinner at the same time or have the same food, but they will all try to have as many family members together as possible. Some people might go out for dinner as they don’t want to have the hassle of cooking … Continue reading »

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C is for Candle, Card and Cranberry

Of course C stands for Christmas, but as it is an ABC for Christmas and I have already covered Christmas in an earlier post, I will not repeat it here. There are many words with a C that can be linked with Christmas, but I have chosen for three that I think stand out. C … Continue reading »

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B is for Bauble

Christmas would not be complete without its ornaments, whether to decorate just the tree or the rest of the house, outside and inside. For Christmas there are really no limits and it’s down to personal choice and taste. Although many people will go for the traditional baubles, these days you can find all kinds of … Continue reading »

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