Tag Archives: Christmas 2014

Pantomime Problems

It’s the height of the pantomime season, but a fairy godmother can stop time, so she’s kindly found the time to respond to some legal problems submitted by her friends… I found this cool old lamp in a cave – can I keep it? Aladdin Ooh, treasure! That’s now defined by the Treasure Act 1996… Read More »

Dear Santa

Santa, Father Christmas, St Nicholas, whatever the name, the popularity of this figure from our Christmas traditions remains steadfast, but where does Santa live and how did the letter writing tradition begin? When I was a girl, I sat down to write a letter to Father Christmas every year, and then the letter would be… Read More »

Buon natale !

As a girl I was lucky enough to enjoy Christmas celebrations in Italy, on visits from Australia to spend time with my nonna and aunties. It was such a contrast to my experience of the sun and sand and heat of the Aussie Christmas!  It just seems right to celebrate Christmas with crisp, cold, wintry days, all rugged up and… Read More »

Śubh Krisamus!

That’s Merry Christmas in Hindi, one of over 300 languages and dialects spoken in India. The principal religions amongst the population are Hinduism and Islam, but India is also home to around 25 million Christians, who celebrate Jesus’ birth with a blend of both Western and traditional regional customs. Many Catholics attend Midnight Mass in… Read More »

A traditional Sussex Christmas

“On Christmas night all Christians sing To hear the news the angels bring” The Sussex Carol? The jaunty Sussex Carol is a favourite at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.  A popular folk song all over the British Isles, dating back several hundred years, it is now known as the Sussex Carol simply because Ralph Vaughan… Read More »

Mistletoe mayhem

What’s more traditional than the sound of dodgy Christmas tunes, the clink of glasses and the whirr of a photocopier. Yes it’s the Christmas office party.  A time when colleagues come together to pull a cracker, have a glass of wine and reflect on the year gone by.  A time for the company to thank… Read More »

A family Christmas?

Christmas is generally considered to be a time for families to be together. A lot of Christmas traditions focus on children, particularly when it comes to receiving gifts. In Thailand this tradition is reversed, as children have to give gifts to their elders instead, which some parents in the UK might appreciate! It is also… Read More »