Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Oh Christmas tree

This Sunday, the 12th of December, is traditionally the day that most people will put their Christmas tree up. With just 12 days to go it might also be the point at which you realise how many gifts you still need to buy to put underneath said tree. But don’t panic if you’re ordering anything from our catalogue or online you have until the 19th of December for all UK orders. We also have a special service for orders placed before 2.30pm on Wednesday the 22nd December which will be delivered overnight. So whether you’re digging the tree out of the attic/loft/garage or heading out to buy a real one we hope you enjoy taking the time to decorate it. So do you go traditional or modern? Minimal or for full on tinseltastic? Are you a household that puts up a Vegas style display of Christmas lights or is subtlety key when it comes to celebrating this festive time of year?

The tradition of bringing a coniferous tree indoors at Christmastime has religious roots that have been somewhat blurred over the years, yet the tree remains one of the strongest symbols of the festive season. The placing of a star at the top of a tree symbolises the star of Bethlehem that led Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem or an angel that represents the angels of the nativity. Over the years, candles were replaced with fairy lights and decorations have become more elaborate but the tradition dates back many years and the decorating of a Christmas tree continues to be a key part of the festive season. The reason for taking down the Christmas tree and decorations by the 6th of January is still due to superstition and the fear of bad luck if they are left up. Although, we think that most people are probably Christmassed out by early January. Especially with the increasingly long and drawn out build up to the holiday season, so much so, that many people will take down the decorations and any reminisce of Christmas before this twelfth night.

So how ever you decide to decorate your tree and your home this Christmas, why not get in the mood with Christmas songs, warm mince pies and a drop of mulled wine. And we mean ‘drop’ as too much mulled wine and you could find yourself with some wonky looking decorations!

Snow Go

Last week the UK was brought to a stand still due to sub-zero temperatures and persistent snow. Even though blizzards were predicted the sheer volume of snow and the fact that it just kept coming left even the weather forecasters stumped. Many people were forced to abandon cars across the country as snow quickly turned into ice making driving dangerous and driving up hill near impossible. Others experienced cancelled flights with many of the big airports forced to close and major delays on trains and other forms of public transport. The North East, Yorkshire, Humber, Scotland and Wales have been the worst hit but that doesn’t mean the rest of the country has got off lightly as the snow continues to push further south. Even London, where snow rarely settles, has had a good few inches. Temperatures in the Scottish Highlands were reported to have fallen to a little as -18.6C. That’s cold! The bad news is this weather shows no sign of going anywhere any time soon and so has sparked the need for a review of how we cope and in particular how the transport system copes in such wintry conditions. Safety is paramount when the weather is this treacherous so if you don’t need to make a journey the advice is to stay indoors. If you do however need to venture out it has been advised to wear plenty of warm layers and to take some food and a drink with you just in case your journey is delayed.

Our advice if you have been snowed in is to make the most of it. If you have children, no doubt they’ll have been frolicking in it already so why not join them? Besides we adults can enjoy the snow angels, snowmen and snowball fights too! Then you can look forward to warming up with a hot bath, a hot choc and snuggle up in some cosy lounge wear and night wear for the rest of the day. Surely that’s got to be better than a day in the office?!

Let it snow, just not too much…

As we see the first snow fall of the festive season we should be enjoying every flake and making the most of the novelty

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

of having snow at Christmas time. Instead though, we listen to severe weather warnings and the threat of ‘heavy snow fall’.  If we Brits call it heavy snow fall, then what on earth do the Canadians call it? Our heavy snow fall would barely make people from other such countries bat an eyelid. Surely we could learn a thing or two from our counter-parts in colder climates if they can cope with -40 degrees and snow blizzards?! When snow hits their towns and cities, things still work. Taxis still run, trains keep going and people just carry on as normal. So why is it that when it snows in England, we grind to a halt?  The favourite excuse is that we’re just not used to snow.  However, one thing we know for sure, when we do get heavy snow, the kids love it!

So are we hoping for a white Christmas? Yes, we just hope it doesn’t snow too much!

Make the most of Christmas …

This time of year is about spending time with those you love whether you have a special someone or not.  However, they say Christmas is actually the best time of year to be single!  Think about it, you can eat whatever you want, you can go to whatever parties you want to go to, you don’t have to buy an overly expensive present and if you accidently kiss someone you shouldn’t have under the mistletoe its only yourself you have to answer to!

So if you are single, make the most of having your friends and family around. Plus there’s a whole 7 weeks until Valentine’s day, that’s plenty of time!  So whether you’re single, married or dating make sure you don’t forget the most important thing about Christmas, having a ball with the people you love!