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Tagged With: Christmas

U is for Unwrapping

The only thing that children want to do with Christmas is unwrapping their presents. For days they have been looking excitingly at the tree, waiting for presents to appear. Sleeping is out of the question, especially on Christmas Eve. They will wake up really early in the morning on Christmas Day to see what Santa … Continue reading »

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T is for Tulips

Tulips might not be the first flower that comes to mind when thinking about Christmas, but many bouquets will contain these famous Dutch flowers. Most commonly they will be red or white, but there are many other varieties and colours available. It is a bit rare to get tulips in the winter as they normally … Continue reading »

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S is for Snow

The best Christmas for me is waking up early in the morning, opening the curtains and see everything covered in a layer of snow. Not that I am such a snow fan, but it just adds that little bit of magic to the day. It also means you appreciate a warm house and good food … Continue reading »

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R is for Reindeer and Red

Next to camels, reindeer are the most important animals in relation to Christmas. The story goes that Santa’s sleigh is pulled by 8 flying reindeer called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen. The most famous reindeer is Rudolph, though he was not part of the original story. He is normally depicted as … Continue reading »

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Q is for Quaint

How can you realistically write an article about the letter Q in relation to Christmas? Let’s have some facts first. Q, the 17th letter in the English alphabet, is the second most rarely used letter, with a frequency of just 0.09% in words. It is more frequent than Z, however. So that does not really … Continue reading »

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N is for Nativity

It’s this time of the year again that many children will be asked to take part in the yearly school Nativity play. Many tears will be shed over the fact that they cannot play Joseph or Maria. Many proud parents will have to show up at school to watch their children act, with of course … Continue reading »

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M is for Market and Music

What I really enjoy on the run up to Christmas is visiting different local Christmas markets. Although far more popular in Germany, you can slowly see them appearing in the UK. Traditionally the markets start on the first week of advent and stay until Christmas. You can find the most amazing gifts and foods in … 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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