Advent Calendars for Grown-Ups!
Nov20

Advent Calendars for Grown-Ups!

Well we can’t let the kids have all the fun. We are all over the Advent Calendars for Grown-Ups. It’s a horrible dark winter morning, you’re out of bed at way-too-early o’clock; what better way to cheer yourself up before you head out into the cold and wet than to open a little door full of joy – that is ALL FOR YOU? I mean, some self-indulgence now and again never goes amiss (‘self-care’ I believe we call it these days)....

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Traditional Advent Calendars We Love
Nov18

Traditional Advent Calendars We Love

Is it just me? When I grew up everyone had ‘Traditional Advent Calendars’ – you opened the door and saw a picture. And you loved it, right? Or maybe it had pockets and there was a small chocolate or tiny toy on each day? Often re-using the same one each year. Over the last few years, more and more Advent Calenders have been cropping up – from beauty to alcohol, from toys such as Lego to film-themed such as Star...

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Our Top Advent Calendars for Teenagers
Nov17

Our Top Advent Calendars for Teenagers

Teenagers. Occasionally a tricky beast to please. Obviously they want an advent calendar just like everyone else in the house (we all know that teens are 50% 30yr olds, 50% 6yr olds, right?). So we’ve been looking for Advent Calendars for Teenagers – they’re too old for the more traditional ‘open the door to find the cute picture or chocolate’ option (although the 50% 6yr old part secretly yearns for such...

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The REAL Polar Express Bell.
Nov14

The REAL Polar Express Bell.

Remember the First Gift of Christmas? The Polar Express Bell? Well, we know you do, because we’re getting LOADS of people searching for one for themselves. We first featured the official Polar Express Bell ten years ago – and every year we get a rash of people searching for one. Because there is just ONE official Polar Express bell, which is genuinely a bee-yoo-tiful Sleigh Bell. JUST like the ‘First Gift of...

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‘Our top 5 family card games for Christmas’
Nov13

‘Our top 5 family card games for Christmas’

Don’t know about you, but our Christmas is filled with silly games in the evenings; no TV for us, we spend hours playing parlour games, family card games, Pictionary (our own version; no board, a hat full of Christmas-themed paper slips, and yes, we might even have our own flip chart & stand…) and the like. Every year we add a couple of new ones, but every year some of the old faithfuls come out again –...

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The Best Cheese Board – yes, of course you (don’t) need one.
Nov12

The Best Cheese Board – yes, of course you (don’t) need one.

I’m a sucker for a perfect cheese board. Of course we don’t get it out every week. But everyone loves sitting around at the end of a meal, nibbling on the cheese and accompaniments as you ‘fill up the corners’, finish up the wine and relax in the glow of a few hours spent in lovely company.And of course at Christmas, nothing beats it – and not just for when you’re entertaining. In the odd quietness...

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