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Christmas FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Christmas FAQ (Frequently Asked...

Frequently asked questions about Christmas - FAQ Page Welcome to our Christmas FAQ. If you can't find the answer to your question below please post it in the comments and one of our panel of Christmas experts will research it for you and post the...

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Reusable Advent Calendar

Reusable Advent...

Reusable wooden advent calendar I spotted this in the gift shop at Wimpole Hall (National Trust) this weekend and thought what a great idea. So many of the advent calendars we see are a mix of cardboard and single use plastic and hard to recycle....

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52 Aperture Moments Photo Frame by inkifi

52 Aperture Moments Photo Frame by...

52 Aperture Photo Frame When I saw the inkifi 52 aperture picture frame I immediatley thought what a great Christmas present it would make for Grandparents, other family members who are usually so difficult to buy for. It would also make a talking...

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Costa Coffee Christmas 2021 Design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2021...

This years Costa Coffee cup Christmas cup design featured a ginger bread character with some snow drops falling. It's a nice simple design but perhaps not so Christmasy as previous year designs. Here are the designs from previous years....

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Is December 31st a Bank Holiday

Is December 31st a Bank...

Is New Years Eve a Bank Holiday? December 31st is known as New Years Eve. It is not a Bank Holiday and is therefore treated as a working day when it falls on a weekday. Many businesses however close for the days between December 25th and the first...

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Is Christmas Eve a Bank Holiday?

Is Christmas Eve a Bank...

Lots of people are asking if Christmas Eve is a Bank Holiday. The answer is no, it isn't. In the UK many companies let their staff finish early on Christmas Eve. Shops, pubs and restaurants of course stay open as long as they can for last minute...

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Is Boxing Day a Bank Holiday?

Is Boxing Day a Bank...

We've seen lots of people asking if Boxing Day is a Bank Holiday this year. Well yes it always is a Bank Holiday in the UK. When December 26th falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the Boxing Day holiday shifts to the following Monday. What is Boxing...

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Tunis Cake A Great British Christmas Tradition

Tunis Cake A Great British Christmas...

Update December 21st 2021 I had to pop into Tesco today and spotted they had their own Tunis Cake this year. I couldn't resist buying one, so thought I'd post some pictures here. Tesco Christmas 2021 Tunis Cake Tunis cake purchased from Tesco -...

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What ever happened to Tunis cake?

What ever happened to Tunis...

When I was a child we always had a Tunis Cake at Christmas.  I remember they always came in sturdy bright coloured boxes.   They were a perfect alternative to rich fruit Christmas cake for those who like something a little lighter.  A Tunis Cake is...

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Stanley Tucci: Taste, My Life Through Food

Stanley Tucci: Taste, My Life Through...

I don't often get a chance to watch Saturday Kitchen, but as I had my Covid booster jab yesterday I didn't feel like doing much else. The guest today was Stanley Tucci who was talking about food, and dipping into several sections and recipes from...

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Boots Christmas Catalogue 2021

Boots Christmas Catalogue...

If you have been following my blog you will know that I have been collecting the cover of Boots (and a few others) Christmas Catalogues for several years. It is therefore great to see a traditional paper based catalogue from Boots again this year,...

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Organic Skincare Review using Samantha Lily

Organic Skincare Review using Samantha...

Samantha Lily is a small business dedicated to bringing you organic skincare from Essex!  This small business has been created by Samantha West following the birth of her daughter, Lily, hence the name. Samantha has made her own beauty...

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Christmas at Kew 2021

Christmas at Kew...

Explore a botanical world filled with seasonal cheer at Kew Gardens this winter Wednesday 17 November 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022 4pm – 10pm (advance booking only) New installations feature innovative video design and scenescapes inspired by Kew...

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Oggs vegan mince pies review

Oggs vegan mince pies...

Many of us are turning to a vegan diet or at least reducing our intake of annimal based products. I was therefore very interested to receive some Oggs Vegan mince pies to review. When I opened the box my children were really excited to see the...

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Best Eye Cream Review 2020 UK

Best Eye Cream Review 2020...

I find even the best eye creams to be under whelming in their effectiveness. This might be the pragmatist in me with a hint of age related cynicism. I naturally assume that anyone who raves about anything to do with the best eye cream is selling...

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End of May, getting ready for Christmas in July

End of May, getting ready for Christmas in...

With the country still in the Covid-19 lockdown this is very unusual May Bank Holiday weekend. Normally we would be at the seaside or enjoying a visit to a National Trust property but this weekend we'll be enjoying a barbecue in the garden, walking...

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Happy Christmas 2019!

Happy Christmas...

Just a quick post to wish you all a very happy Christmas whoever you are and wherever you are. Do try and stay calm and remember it's not the presents or the food, but the people that make the day. Smile, Breath and Go Slowly

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Christmas: Beware ‘lethal’ button batteries in toys

Christmas: Beware ‘lethal’ button...

If you are giving children gifts this Christmas which contain small watch style batteries this is an important warning to read. To a 4 or 5-year-old these batteries can look very much like sweets especially this time of year when they have...

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December 1st 2019, What were the best selling toys last week?

December 1st 2019, What were the best selling...

These are the unofficial top 20 best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Saturday 30th November 2019. Not many surprises but Elf on the Shelf has made the top ten I think for the first time since it was introduced a few years ago....

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Joules up to 50% off this Black Friday Week!

Joules up to 50% off this Black Friday...

Joules are having their Biggest Ever Black Friday Event this week with Up to 50% off. Joules are pleased to announce the start of their Biggest Ever Black Friday Event. Discover Up to 50% off clothing for Women, Men, Boys, Girls and Baby. You will...

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New #Strictly Gifts Page Launched in time for #Christmas

New #Strictly Gifts Page Launched in time for...

Just a quick post to let you know that we now have a new Gift Ideas for Fans of Strictly Come Dancing page. We'll be updating this whenever there is a new Book, DVD, CD or other related product that we think would make a great gift idea. So if you...

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Special offers for our readers for week commencing November 18th 2019

Special offers for our readers for week...

Magazine subscriptions make a perfect Christmas gift for almost everyone. The following offers were valid at the time of publication (17/11/2019), please check out the vendors websites for any detailed terms & conditions. Red Letter Days Treat...

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What were the bestselling toys in the UK last week? (16th November 2019)

What were the bestselling toys in the UK last...

These are the unofficial top 20 best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Saturday 16th November 2019. Isn't it great to see Monopoly update itself and stay in the top 20 as we head into Christmas 2019.    Picture Name Price* 1 LEGO...

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Emergency Chocolate – a great gift idea.

Emergency Chocolate – a great gift...

This year Shelter has come up with a brilliant idea to raise money for the homeless at Christmas with their Emergency Chocolate bars. They are available in £5 for the 100g bar and £10 for the 200g versions. They have a pop-up store at 72 Neal...

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This weeks online deals – November 12th 2019

This weeks online deals – November 12th...

We would like to bring the following online deals to your attention. They are all current at the time of publication but may be withdrawn at anytime. Please check the individual sellers sites for any detailed terms and conditions. Red Letter Days...

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What were the top 20 best-selling Toys in the UK last week (Friday 8th November 2019)

What were the top 20 best-selling Toys in the UK...

These are the unofficial top 20 best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Friday 8th November 2019.   Picture Name Price* 1 LEGO 75245 Star Wars Advent Calendar 2019 Christmas Countdown Building Set with 24 Buildable Mini Sets plus...

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Friends of the Earth’s guide to the best Christmas trees that aren’t Christmas trees

Friends of the Earth’s guide to the best...

Tree species such as spruce and pine are the typical options, being the centre of Christmas decorations since the Victorian times, but by breaking from this tradition you can make a unique Christmas display that does the planet good.  All of the...

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What were the UK’s top selling? Toys last week? ( Saturday 2nd November 2019)

What were the UK’s top selling? Toys last...

These are the unofficial top 20 best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Saturday 2nd November 2019. Picture Name Price* 1 Nerf E0011EU5 N-Strike Surgefire, Multi-Colour Only suitable for 8 years and over. Click here for more...

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What were the bestselling toys & Games last week? (Friday 25th October 2019)

What were the bestselling toys & Games last...

These are the unofficial top 20 best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Friday 25th October 2019.   Picture Name Price* 1 LEGO 75964 Harry Potter Advent Calendar 2019 with 7 Minifigures, Micro Hogwarts Express Train and Hedwig...

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Lego Christmas Bauble stocking filler

Lego Christmas Bauble stocking...

You can find this online at Amazon by clicking here. This is a great little gift for fans of Lego both young and old. Build the Father Christmas and Ball Hange. The set includes the red ribbon to hang the bauble on your Christmas tree. After...

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