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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas - huh?

We all know the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", or at least parts of it, but what are the roots of this festive tune and what actually are the twelve days of Christmas?

Although the song predates it, the earliest known printed version of it is in the 1780 book "Mirth without Mischief" which presented the song as a forfeit game whereby in each round an additional verse was added to the song. Whomever made an error in recalling the previous verses, had to pay a forfeit. Some make claim that the song is a actually a catechism song, written in England during a time when the Catholic faith was prohibited but no evidence has been shown to support this claim and furthermore there is evidence that there may well be French origins to the song.

The Twelve Days actually refers to the festive days beginning Christmas Day (25 December). This period is also known as Christmastide. The Twelfth Day of Christmas is 5 January, the day by which you should take down your Christmas decorations and tree. The twelve days of Christmas are followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January.

St. Stephen's Day is 26th December in the Western Church and 27th December in the Eastern Church. Boxing Day, the first weekday after Christmas, is observed as a legal holiday in the United Kingdom and parts of the Commonwealth. It was traditionally marked by the giving of Christmas boxes to service workers. The 28th December is Childermas or the Feast of the Innocents (a commemoration of The Massacre of the Innocents; an episode of infanticide by Herod the Great.

The comedy play “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare is believed to have been written specifically for the close of the festive season.

Monday, 29 November 2010

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Sunday, 28 November 2010

White Christmas

The song White Christmas is one of my personal favourites. Although it was originall written (by Irving Berlin) for the movie Holiday Inn, it is undoubtedly most famously associated with the movie named after it's title - White Christmas. The film White Christmas starred Bing Crosby together with Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen and is a Chrismas classic.

This isn't the best video out there of the song, but it's the only one I could find featuring the finale of the movie.

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,

just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten and children listen

to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,

just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten and children listen

to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,

with every christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright,

and may all your christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,

just like the ones I used to know

May your days be merry and bright,

and may all your christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white christmas,

with every christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright,

and may all your christmases be white

May your days be merry and bright,

and may all your christmases be white

Incidentally, if you are just desperate to watch the movie again after this, it is available to watch on youtube in 12 parts, well worth the effort!!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Fun Children's Christmas Story

This is an original short story by Animatastic about their cute little donkey character Dinky. Dinky is available on a range of both Christmas and non-Christmas themed products here, he's even available on a Christmas card with the full story printed on the inside.

Christmas was one of Dinky the Donkey's favourite times of year. He of course loved summertime too, when he would give children rides on his back along the sandy beach close to where he lived. But Christmas was his favourite time of all with the snow on the ground, sparkling Christmas lights and decorations, and most of all, a visit from Santa Claus. Dinky loved Santa Claus, he thought him to be a jolly fellow who made all of the children happy by bringing them gifts. And every year Santa would bring Dinky a present too; a large bag of fresh juicy carrots and a piece of peppermint candy. Because Dinky himself loved to make children happy, it had always been his dream to lead Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. He dreamed about it each night in the days and weeks before Christmas and every year he tried very hard to stay awake until Santa came to his stable. But every year he fell asleep and by the time that he awoke, Santa had already visited and left Dinky his gifts.
On this Christmas Eve however, Dinky was determined to stay awake. He left his stable door open to let in the cold night air. He sat in the most uncomfortable corner of his stall. And he sang his favourite Christmas Carol, "Little Donkey". When it got very late, very dark and very cold, and when Dinky was very tired, he suddenly heard a noise outside. First he heard a "WHOOSH" and then he heard "CRUNCH" on the snow. Dinky began to get very excited as he made his way to the stable door. Outside, to his surprise and joy, he saw Santa Claus complete with his sleigh and all of the reindeer! Dinky rushed outside, slipped on the snow and went skidding across the yard, only coming to a stop when he stood directly in front of Santa's sleigh.
"Oh boy, I did it!" exclaimed Dinky. "I stayed awake to see Santa!"
"Ho, Ho, Ho!" said Santa in reply. "Hello there Dinky, it's very good to see you again."
"Again?" questioned Dinky.
"Yes Dinky, again. Every Christmas Eve I come here and find you sleeping snugly in your stable." explained Santa.
"But this year I stayed awake!" exclaimed Dinky with a beaming smile.
"Yes you did Dinky." said Santa, "And that may be a very good thing. You see, I have misplaced my list of all the boys and girls and I don't know who has been naughty and who has been nice. Since you work with the children here all summer long, I thought that you may be able to help me decide which children deserve gifts."
Dinky gasped. And then he blinked. And then he smiled the biggest smile he had ever smiled. "Oh yes Santa! I would love nothing better than to help you."
And so Santa helped Dinky into a harness at the very front of all of the reindeer so that Dinky may lead the sleigh.
"But Santa, I can't fly. I'm just a simple donkey, not a reindeer.
"Don't worry Dinky" Santa told him, reaching into his pocket and pulling out a bag filled with Elf Dust. He sprinkled some of the magical dust on Dinky's head and said "There, we are ready to go. Lead the way Dinky and remember that we only give gifts to the good boys and girls!"
And with that, Dinky led the way. He ran across the snow and before he even knew how he did it, they were all up in the air, flying. "Oh Santa, I can fly!" he exclaimed.
"Yes Dinky, you can. My magic Elf Dust can make any creature fly."
They flew from house to house, rooftop to rooftop, and Santa left gifts at every house they visited. Dinky had a wonderful time. He decided that he liked flying very much. Swooshing through the air, soaring in the sky. He didn't think that he had ever had so much fun. Finally, after they had visited all of the houses in town, Dinky, Santa and all of the reindeer landed back on the ground outside of Dinky's stable.
"My, my Dinky. That was a lot of houses!" said Santa.
"Yes Santa" smiled Dinky in reply, "all of the children here are good boys and girls!"
"Thank you Dinky, for all of your help" said Santa as he unhitched Dinky from the sleigh and led him back to his stable. Dinky yawned and blinked sleepy eyes as Santa bid him "Goodnight".
"Santa, I had so much fun tonight" again Dinky yawned. "Do you think that I could help you deliver presents again next Christmas Eve?" But before he heard Santa's reply, Dinky was fast asleep.
When he awoke in the morning, Dinky saw his carrots and candy hanging from the stable door and above them a note that read "Dinky, you shall see me next year. Merry Christmas, with love from Santa."

Copyright Animatastic 2010, all rights reserved. Reproduced here by the Author for promotional purposes.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Let's get ready to Party! Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Let's start getting into the Christmas Party mood with this modern 'classic' from Mel Smith and Kim Wilde, never fails to bring a smile and get those toes-a-tapping!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

An alternative to expensive Christmas Gift Boxes.

Instead of spending a fortune on store bought Christmas gift boxes this festive season, why not try this inexpensive alternative? It will definately take you more time when wrapping presents, but the personal touch can make the end result worth it.

In the run up to Christmas, save any old shoe boxes you have, or any other boxes that have a base and a seperate lid part to them. Choose some good quality gift wrap that suits your budget and co-ordinating gift ribbon.

I usually cut a rectangle of paper to cover the inside base of the box and one for the lid to make sure the inside of the box looks as good as the outside. Cut extra large pieces wrapping paper and wrap the lid and base of your box seperately, making sure the paper covers the full depth of the box on the inside.

Add your gift and tie the box with your co-ordinating ribbon, perhaps using one of the tutorials below to make an extra special bow or ornament to decorate.

Shoe boxes are much sturdier than gift boxes so they can hold heavier gifts, or be used for multiple smaller gifts. And if you tie you box with ribbon instead of taping the lid on, it has the added bonus that the recipient can reuse the box next christmas.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas Morning

This is a great recipe, very simple and wonderfully tasty!!


1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
2/3 cups (130g) brown sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup (70g) sifted powdered (icing) sugar
1 tablespoon milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Roll the dough into an oblong/rectangle shape and brush with the melted butter.
2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over the entire ssurface of the dough. 3. Starting with the long end, roll the dough up into a sausage shape - moisten the edges with a little water or milk to help seal the end.
4. Cut the roll into slices. Place the slices into a lightly buttered cake pan, leaving a space between each one and set aside at room temperature.
5. Allow to rise for approximately 1 hour (the dough will have doubled in size).
6. Bake at 350F (180C, Gas Mark 4) for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
7. Remove the rolls from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
8. Mix the sugar, milk and vanilla and drizzle over the rolls whilst still warm.

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