It’s that time of the year, as Andy Williams croons, – ‘The most wonderful time of the year!’
In this, the first of three special blogs I will be writing about all things ‘Christmas.’
Now what do you think The Twelve Days of Christmas is all about? We may all be familiar with partridges and milk maids, but did you know that this is actually a carol? According to the Catholic News Agency:
‘The song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church.’ For more see, www.catholicnewsagency.com › … › Advent › Customs and Traditions.
Well, if that is the case I hope that my twelve top tips aren’t too frivolous and that we will all remember that there is actually more to Christmas than parties and presents, as nice as they are.
First Day of Christmas – Socialising with work colleagues or friends.
Organising a get together for work colleagues or friends- at the time of going to press, there were still places available for a party which looks set to be a great night. Odessey Greek Band’s Greek Christmas is on Saturday the 5th of December 2015. Odessey seem to be a busy band, who play all year round, so check the website for more information on their Greek Christmas and other upcoming events at: www.OdesseyGreekBand.com.
Another great night out awaits you, in the form of the Pan Nation Winter Concert, on Saturday the 12th of December 2015. This is another event in Tottenham, and is a showcase for the talented Steel Band –Pan Nation. See pan-nation.co.uk, for more information and to check availability as tickets are selling fast.
If these two don’t get you in a party mood, then you need to check your pulse! If parties are really aren’t your thing, read this article from the Telegraph:
The Second Day of Christmas – spending time with family or friends.
Okay, so you are not convinced about parties. Well there are some great shows and concerts on in Enfield. Remember we are now in Panto “Oh no it isn’t!” Season at Millfield Theatre and shows such as the Christmas Tales children production, featuring the fantastic Chicken Shed theatre is at the Dugdale Centre. Next week will feature carol concerts in Enfield and Central London. For everything local worth seeing now, check out : http://www.enfield.gov.uk/millfield.
The Third Day of Christmas –thinking of those close to you.
Buying something to show your love for your work colleagues, friends or family –If you want to buy gifts but don’t want the hassle of travelling to the West End, why not shop local? The ever popular site www.loveyourdoorstep.com has such a wide range of businesses and products that you are bound to find something for everyone.
Fancy something personalised? Why not try K Creative Ltd, a local family run business that specialises in personalised embroidery. See http://www.kcreative.co.uk/ for more information.
The Fourth Day of Christmas – Festive Food with friends.
Food is for sharing – If you are not going to a Christmas party but want a meal with colleagues or friends, why not try one of the many local pubs, bars or restaurants in the area. Love Your Doorstep has listings of places to suit all tastes.
If you are looking for fresh produce, email firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out details about their Farmers Market in Winchmore Hill, which is usually at the Ridings on Sundays.
Please note that I cannot vouch for all the information held on websites, nor have I used all the services I have listed. As I always say, do your research, this is a only a guide.
Thanks for joining me for the first ‘four’ days of Christmas, see you next week for tmore ‘days.’