The Excruciating Excitement Starts Here!

When I was little the Christmas countdown, excitement and excruciating “why are these pre-Christmas days taking so long when what we really want is to wake up on the 25th December” torture started around the 15th December for us.

Yes, we had advent calendars from 1st December. And they were good… and all part of the ritual.

But we didn’t have loads of money when I was little so we reused the same advent calendars from year to year (true!)

Each year, when we took the Christmas decorations down, the advent calendars had all of their doors re-closed and about 11 months later they would re-appear to work their magic.

It didn’t matter to us… that’s all we knew and so it was just as magical as if we’d received a new advent calendar each year.

In fact it was probably even better, in its own way, because our calendars were like familiar friends… part of the Christmas ritual.

After all I wouldn’t have much to say about them had we had new ones each year. Where’s the nostalgia in new?

And let’s face it… if we’d been given a new calendar each year the images behind the doors would have been very much variations on the same theme… star, robin, snowflake, snowman, 4 french hens…

…or are those turtle doves (it’s hard to see… the picture is quite small)

…or geese

…or swans – no not swans because they aren’t a’swimming

…calling birds – or is it colly birds… and if it’s colly birds what are they anyway?

… anyway I know it isn’t a partridge because there’s only one of them and the image is severely pear-tree deficient!

…etc etc.

FIVE GO-OLD RINGS!

(phew… back on safe ground… and don’t you dare sing “golden”… is nothing sacred?)

So if it wasn’t the advent calendar that really started the pre-Christmas excitement then what was it?

Well it wasn’t that other “about 4 weeks before Christmas” annual ritual either…

Which one?

The making of the Blue Peter Advent Crown…

Remember that?

Think 4 coat hangers, tinsel, baubles and fork ‘andles (my little tribute to the 2 Ronnies… geddit?) and you don’t need a load of imagination to know pretty accurately what this annual masterpiece looked like.

It was Valerie Singleton that was the chief maker when I was little I think… and then probably the honour passed to Lesley Judd (was less sure about her personally) and then, as the hosts changed with alarming speed, to more recent presenters who the BBC have wheeled in to make the program more hip and groovy! (ugh).

And not only have the presenters changed beyond belief but I’m sure that, last time I saw it, the advent crown has been made 2019 friendly and the candles (ooh fire hazard… they shouldn’t be on birthday cakes either, it’s a death-trap!) has gone. I forget what they were replaced with (I think I had my head in my hands at the time, ranting about “what is the World coming to?” interlaced with the occasional expletive… only mild ones though!!!)

Here’s a picture of that glorious Blue Peter crown that I found online.

source: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/399342691940526606/

And having seen that picture I take back a load of the things I just said because look at the angle of those candles (including the one that’s just about to be lit). Were they mad? Is that an accident waiting to happen… or what???

Plus they are being lit by John “the man with the reputation for being entertaining because he was a bit clumsy, slightly inept – it anything was going to go wrong with anything Blue Peter did he would invariably be the cause or heavily involved at least” Noakes.

You certainly wouldn’t trust him with matches.  And you certainly, certainly wouldn’t let him light a candle which is at a 45 degree angle (how precarious do they look???).

No… you’d get Peter “Mr Perfect” Purves to do it instead… wouldn’t you?

So what was it, that happened each year about now, that made us (well my sister Jane and me anyway) so excited back in the 70s?

I’ll tell you in my next post! (aren’t I a cheeky tease?)

I’ll tell you what, though. To make up for my teasing naughtiness, if you can guess what it might be then tell me in the comments below. If you get it right before I put my next post live at 11am next Tuesday (17th Dec 2019) then I’ll send you a fab wicker hamper of retro sweets in time for Christmas.

And if more than 1 person guesses then the first entry wins.

Please Spread The Word!
  • Alex says:

    Love this! Me and my brother used to start crafting for Xmas in November – we dreamt of makining the crown but never succedded – good times!

  • Tania says:

    Colly birds.. related to the flower? 😉

  • Diana says:

    Was it decorating the christmas tree and watching all the needles start to fall off before even the tinsel was draped on? it was for me!!

  • Stephen bielby says:

    Was it the Christmas TV listings / Radio Times?

  • Sam says:

    Isnt it putting the decs up? 12 days before Christmas? X

  • Sarah says:

    Perhaps the lighting of the 12 days of Christmas candle? or the baby Jesus from church that gets passed from house to house for each child to have a turn looking after him?
    While I’m here… I think you should put a picture of your cardboard boxes on your website. I love love love mine and it’s now the medicine box! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Louly belle says:

    We had the same advent calendars each year like you…. handmade by my mum! Great memory 👍🏻
    We’d write our wish list to Santa, and make Christmas cards

  • Peter says:

    According to QI, a Colly Bird is a blackbird.
    Perhaps a visit to see Father Christmas (never Santa Claus the American imposter).

  • HAZEL YOUNG says:

    We used to make paper chains to decorate at Christmas. My mum had a job at home making Christmas crackers that I loved to help with, love the little gadget that cinched each end.

  • Ann says:

    Putting the Xmas Tree up so my dad tells me. Always around mid December 🙂

  • Siwan Roberts says:

    Firstly I love your blog and secondly was it Hamleys window display, a visit to Father Christmas or the school nativity.

  • Gemma says:

    Was it the School Carol Service?

  • Gaynor Roddie says:

    Pantomimes starting.. He’s behind you! 😂
    School xmas holidays!

  • Barbara Griffiths says:

    The Christmas hamper full of stuff noone eats arrived…

    • Susan Bailey says:

      My mum always bought two packs of dates, as before I was born my dad told her he liked them. He did eat one on christmas day, the rest ended up in the bin after christmas, that went on for years. It meant love, my mum buying them for dad and he eating one just for mum.

  • Nick says:

    Switching lights on in Trafalgar Square

  • Elaine brown says:

    A trip to Father Christmas as it couldn’t have been excited for my birthday as I didn’t know you then😂🎉

  • Lady Anne Tilsley says:

    Schools broke up for Christmas holidays, well mine did anyway.

  • Steve says:

    Is it the BBC Sports Personality of the Year being on TV?
    That’s on the 15th December this year and has been going since you were little (or before)? 1954 to be exact.
    Nothing screamed Christmas quite like Harry Carpenter or Des Lynam joshing awkwardly with the great sporting stars of their day.

  • Rachel says:

    I think it’s the Christmas edition of the Radio Times being published

  • Andrew Coates says:

    Hi, has to be xmas decorations up doesnt it around this time in the past that all us kids got excited about? Not like now when they are up in November!

  • Cheryl says:

    Putting the tree up – always around the 12th for us!

  • Rosamund Goddard says:

    For me it was always a Christmas party at school with father Christmas handing out gifts ,the party was always the day before we brokeup

  • Mark Murphy says:

    Did Father Christmas come around on a float? I always found that a bit odd.

  • Chris says:

    Around the 15th? It must be the Christmas edition of the Radio Times!

  • Julian says:

    Went Christmas present hunting in mum and dad’s room..

    • Wendy says:

      Yes we’ve all done that and once found trying to guess as one of three girls, whose present was who’s. Happy days

    • Susan Bailey says:

      My sister spent months saving up for the toys her two young boys begged her for. I think it was a car and tank for their action men. She left her husband to baby sit his children, while he was watching football and the boys found the items. They played with them, then re-wrapped them and the next day started begging for a cowboy fort and a castle.
      they were 5 and 6.

      My sister did not give in to them, but their grannys did.

  • Nicola says:

    Hi,
    Not guessing – I haven’t got a clue, but I have enjoyed reading everyone else’s guesses.
    I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your latest e-mails.
    If one appears in my in-box I open it straight away ignoring all the other dross that is in there.
    A little light to brighten up a particularly grey December.
    Thanks loads

  • Leslie says:

    There’s a reason for singing “Five Golden Rings” Someone managed to copyright “Five Gold Rings” and so there’s a charge for singing it. Listen when it’s on TV shows and Adverts, pretty much never hear “Five gold anythings”

  • Roy says:

    Has to be breaking up for Christmas. Then we’d spend the time until Christmas putting decorations and tree up and buying and wrapping gifts. I remember as a kid walking down the road with my mum to go to town on the bus. Lights twinkling in people’s houses and smoke from their coal fires coming from the row of chimneys. If only I could go back. How I miss her.

    • Carol says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Roy. Even going around the market where the stalls were draped with normal light bulbs somehow seemed magical then. Your last two sentences brought a tear (or few) to my eyes.

    • Jill says:

      I understand totally Roy
      I miss my parents so much and even more at Christmas

  • Gill S says:

    Waiting for the Argos Christmas catalogue to come out and looking through at the toys choosing? Hours of fun!

  • Bill Middleton says:

    Putting up the decorations

  • Gary Richardson says:

    Thank you for your entertaining information

  • Karen says:

    We were in Germany when I was small and for me Christmas really started once the gifts from my grandparents in the UK arrived in Germany (always around the 22nd or 23rd) but I am sure they must have been in my dads office for a while before he brought them home. Always having a squaddie stay with us over Christmas as he was on duty over the Christmas period or he W didn’t have leave to go back to their family in the UK. Going to a Christmas party and Santa always wearing his army boots.

  • Sharon says:

    It wasn’t the dreaded school nativity play, was it? I played a shepherd in my one and only appearance on a stage. No lines, just ‘blacked up’ in my mum’s too dark foundation, wrapped in a sheet (candy striped, we didn’t have plain white) and for some reason, standing by a vase of pampas grass with a tea towel on my head and a snake belt to hold it on.

  • Sam McCormack says:

    Christmas Radio and seperate TV Times – pens at the ready!! The covers would always come off as well!

  • Max says:

    School nativity play – unlikely, perhaps.

  • Pauline Hunter says:

    Love these blogs. Just finished my gifts for the Christmas table
    The grandkids each have s jar of you sweets. I look forward to browsing the site but end up torn between all the choices. Err you Christmas to you and yours x.

  • Laraine says:

    As I read your blog, I was with you on fond memories of ‘proper’ Advent calendars, I still remember being really excited about opening the door to reveal a picture!! No chocolate back then. Next on my list has to be Argos. Circling my ‘likes’ and folding the corners, (I never did get a Mr Frosty) Dad would be hanging the foil ceiling decs and assembling the silver almost threadbare tree, adorning it with coloured lights and tinsel. Christmas was so special back then.

  • TINA JONES says:

    For me Christmas began with the making of the loo roll insert angel in school and coming home covered in glitter that went everywhere. Also my dads rugby socks being soaked for days after a game to get rid of the mud, as they were our stockings before miraculously morphing into pillow cases on Christmas morning. Also the Disney specials appearing a week or so before Christmas, now I’m really feeling my age.

  • Clare says:

    Going to see Santa in a department store grotto

  • Terry Baker says:

    Either making the decorations to put up or possibly getting them out of the loft. Or it could be thinking about going to see Father Christmas.

  • Maria Gavin says:

    It must be breaking up for school! Taking your paper chains home to be hung up. Aside from that, legend has it that Ronnie Corbett based the hardware shop in the four candles sketch on Harringtons in Broadstairs. He visited often on his hols (and it is STILL, joyously, open today!).

  • Diane Richardson says:

    I hate Christmas.

    Too much money spent on useless presents. Lots of paper costing lots of money being thrown away too caused a glut of rubbish. Much too much indulgence.

    Sweets, boxes of chocolates: Roses. Cadbury’s. Sherbet Fountains. Swizzel Lollies, Turkish Delight: You name it, i just have to eat it.

    I don’t drink but you mustn’t say No when Mum has spent hours in the Kitchen, cooking up a traditional lunch with Christmas Pud and lashings of cream to follow. Uummm …
    I should say it’s not that i hate Christmas it’s the dieting all January i really hate .. pass the chocolates please …

  • SusanKelly says:

    It must be the blue peter panto….or is my memory going

  • Tracy says:

    Visit Father Christmas

  • Louise says:

    You knew that Christmas had truly arrived when the Ronco “Buttoneer” advert made an appearance: The ideal Christmas gift, apparently (!) The famously low-budget (even for the 70s) advert was accompanied by the trademark crazily speeded up soundtrack of “Deck the Halls” which accompanied all the Ronco adverts (mostly pop and disco compilation LPs) at this time of year. If this isn’t the correct answer, it should be!

    • Jill Flatt says:

      Thank you for reminding me of the “Buttoneer”! How rubbish was that? Attaching buttons with a thread of plastic. And as a Christmas gift?! Probably acceptable if riddled on sherry!

  • Carol says:

    Putting up christmas tree and decorations that you made by hand those loop sicky things you linked together to make a chain for the ceiling !

  • John Waddingham says:

    Decorating the Christmas tree.

  • Peter Godliman says:

    We were always waiting for the Coca Cola advert – then Christmas had really arrived. Actually we still wait for that ad and laugh happily when we spot it.

    I hope this was your event too!

  • Tammy Stratford says:

    The making of the Blue Peter crown! Lovely.

  • Mike P says:

    My abiding memory is of my late parents being Father and Mother Christmas in the local community; from primary schools, cubs, brownies, the village Christmas festival, whenever Father Christmas was required, they’d be there. My Dad WAS Father Christmas to generations, and even roped me in to play the Elf. Christmas just isn’t the same now.

  • Johnny Pearson-Hall says:

    Surely the excitement was when the Christmas tree went up!
    I’ve just put mine up and was reminiscing about the rituals we had when I was a kid in the 70’s. Happy times!

  • Wendy says:

    Has to be the arrival of the Christmas food hamper that mom had paid weekly for all year. The whole family would gather round to look at the delights we would be tucking into over Christmas. Included Frey Bentos pie in a tin, rich Dundee cake that as kids we weren’t keen on but love now and those jelly lemon and orange half moon segments.

  • Lorna says:

    The nativity play at school, you know the normal one that didn’t involve octopuses and other weird stuff! Followed by breaking up for the holidays 😊

  • Donna says:

    Was is getting all the Christmas cards ready to post in the school Christmas post box or dishing them out and feeling excited how many you were going to receive?

  • Sue Fletcher says:

    Hearing a certain song on the radio? The one my son listens out for is “Fairytale of New York” – then we know Christmas has truly begun. Congrats on passing your test. Gold star for you!

  • Barbara Burn says:

    Making paper chains and hanging them up, my brother getting glue all over himself

  • Russell Potter says:

    I don’t have advent calendars and I don’t bother to put up decorations anymore. Sadly my…..(sad music and pathetic tale of loss of past joy in the hope that free sweetie hamper will be sent anyway, but don’t write that obviously) I have just received my Stingray DVDs ( remember Stingray)? As video tapes no longer can be used. Did you have pillow cases below the tree pretending to be little Santa sacks full of prezzies? The older you get the further you want to go back. (Violin music fades and hankies waved at the disappearing past). Actually better not wave the hankie about. I may have a cold coming on.

    • Susan Bailey says:

      I dont put decorations up now, I can no longer climb ladders or walk along the back of the sofa, Christmas trees are not good for me, as mine tended to lie down lower each day, especially when the cat decides to climb it, but I ddnt have to worry about her falling from the tree and getting hurt.

      I now put some christmas ornaments on the mantle shelf, most survive, unless the cat wants that place to sit. use plastic or wooden ones.

      Get a bit festive, watch the neighbours going out in the rain, sit in your armchair and watch TV in comfort while having a nice drink while eating, liquorish sticks and nuts in chocolate.

      Hope the cold gets better quickly

  • Rob says:

    Could be the Christmas tree going up?

  • Cjblue says:

    A visit to Father Christmas, to sit on his knee and tell him you’d been good. Probably to ask for an Evel Knieval or the Six Million Dollar Man

  • Claire says:

    Receiving and sending endless xmas cards to people , if at school you would get hundreds of them ! Now it’s all via email and phones , progress ?

  • Jo Robinson says:

    It would be about this time that mum would wrap me up and send me around the street with all the neighbour’s Christmas cards and I would always try to creep up to the doors and deliver them silently so I never got stopped and ‘chatted’ to.

  • Julie Hodge says:

    Writing out your present list for ‘Santa’ 😉

  • K bee says:

    Visiting all the relatives (there were so many aunties and uncles) to deliver Christmas cards and hoping to get some Cherry B (with lemonade of course!) Yum!!!

  • JEAN Foster says:

    Putting up the paper chains that had been licked to death by our poor little tongues. Always stayed up in those days,unlike now😐

  • Helen says:

    My guess is, Christmas dinner at school, with everyone wearing their hats from the cheap crackers.

  • Julie says:

    Going to see Santa ?

  • Jan says:

    Decorating the Christmas cake, Stirring the pud, making a wish and hoping to get that silver sixpence on Christmas Day! (well in my day!)

  • Bobboberts says:

    The TV and radio times fat as a pig loads of times to be confirmed plus the comic
    annuals but you’d get them in your pillow, sorry stocking, do you still put an apple and a satsuma in ?

  • Phil Gulliver says:

    Hi, Was it showing us how to make Christmas Decorations

  • Kelly Glen says:

    Was it the last day of school before the Christmas hoildays that made you excited.

  • Jayne says:

    The Christmas Number 1 in the charts

  • Deborah says:

    I think it was when your Sister and yourself started your Christmas holidays – no school for a couple of weeks! Always something to get excited about!

  • Christine says:

    I wonder, was it the school Christmas party? I was going to guess a visit to Father Christmas in a store such as Debenhams, or putting the tree up – but other people have already guessed that…or the school Carol service / nativity play / concert…

  • Peter says:

    Thinking about reusing your advent calendars, my Mum used to buy cheap Easter Eggs and put sweets or treats inside them. It was utterly magical to us as children and it made it much more special. Not much money but wonderful times that stay with you for a lifetime.

  • Sue Lahan says:

    I had forgotten about the advent calendar and closing the doors again for next year. I think it’s breaking up from school.

  • Sarah F says:

    Making a Christmas pudding and stirring a sixpence into it? My grandma would always let us help to mix hers.

  • James says:

    Christmas edition of the Radio Times… to plan what films and special editions to watch. This required careful planning before the arrival of video taping (now my kids just expect everything to be instantly available to download!)…

  • Linda Dancaster says:

    Loved your blog reminds me of my childhood not sure blue Peter is on these days but I remember trying to make the advent candle and many other items. Life was simpler then not the same these days still good but more expensive and harder to get family together

  • Eugenie Wroblewski says:

    Well, I don’t know what made you and your sister so excited…no clue but for me it was hearing my older brothers and sisters (9 of us all together) singing carols around the piano while we younger ones were tucked up in bed for the night. My mum wouldn’t let us sing carols until two weeks before Christmas and so we knew when the carols were played it was nearly time for Father Christmas.
    Today it all starts so early that somehow the magic of it all has disappeared and the carols!!! Some of them are truly horrible songs which have nothing to do with Jesus and His wonderful birth.

  • Roger says:

    Found out recently that ” Colly birds ” are blackbirds as folly is an old word for black. Sorry if this is boring !

  • Roger says:

    Slip of the finger. Should say COLLY not FOLLY !

  • Nancy Townsend says:

    In our house it would have been decorating the tree. It was a real one when I was little. I can’t remember when my parents bought one of those awful artificial trees, but that definitely took some of the sparkle out of Christmas when they did.

  • Ruth says:

    Was it the appearance of the Woolworths Christmas advert on TV? The one they got all the stars to be in, such as Windsor Davis and the like? 😊

  • Steve says:

    the local lights being turned on started me and my Sis off

  • Susan says:

    Making the paper chains and looping them to the ceiling. At the time they were great, A bit tat nowadays! Also waiting for the snow which happened quite a lot when I was young!

  • Debra says:

    Picking up the Christmas tree..if you had a real one…and/or decorated said tree Q

  • lou says:

    was it getting the sledge out to play in the snow or building a snowman or pelting one another with snowballs all the fun things associated with snow and there were many

  • Valerie Jones says:

    Black and white films on the 14 inch screen eating oranges or bananas. We had apples during normal un Christmas times, but bananas and oranges were special.

  • nick says:

    Carol singers at your house.

  • Jan says:

    Going out with mum and dad to the farm to choose and then dig up your Christmas tree, we did that with our children and after the Big day planted it in the garden.

  • Jenny G says:

    It has to be getting a tangerine at a party!!!! Woohoo. I always enjoyed it. Maybe even wrapped in wax paper.

  • Jenny G says:

    I must also say, we’ll. Done on passing your driving test. Bet there won’t be a shortage of “car” sweets in you motor! 🙂

  • David says:

    The Christmas theme coming on the BBC TV before the programmes started. They have snowmen throwing snowballs this year but back in the 1970s it was much more basic like the world going around a Christmas pudding.

  • Andrea says:

    It could be so many things, but probably breaking up from school, following the nativity where I was always a bloody shepherd or farmyard animal and going carol singing or being taken to a huge department store to see their scary Santa. Oh and whilst you’re reading, will you be getting chocolate bananas back in stock as I’ve been holding out on ordering? 😀

  • Matt says:

    Would it be BBC Sports Personality of the Year by any chance?

  • Paula Pinder says:

    Was it the “Blue Peter” annual?

  • Joy says:

    Was it sending a letter to Father Christmas? Ours used to be written and put in the grate to go up the chimney.

    Satsumas in paper wrappings! They were always a treat at Christmas and pillow cases left at the end of our beds for the presents from Father Christmas. We only ever had turkey at Christmas as well and brussel sprouts – we are spoilt now as you can have them any time.

    Thank you for your emails. They never fail to make me smile or laugh out loud and they bring back so many happy memories. The quizzes have been great fun (until the last one with the eyes which was very frustrating 🙂) and I have really enjoyed reading all the comments as well.

  • Lynne Gibbs says:

    Christmas Eve

  • Kathy says:

    For me it was wrapping up my presents for family members. I come from a large family so the presents had to be inexpensive – a single bath cube, a comb or a bar of Five Boys chocolate – that kind of thing. There would be home-made Christmas cards to go with them. Camels and donkeys are the only animals I can now draw!

  • Jan says:

    The arrival of the legendary double issue of the Radio Times. Still gets me every year.

  • Jo Older says:

    I think it would be putting the christmas tree up and decorating it… no not dressing or trimming…. In 60s and 70s usually a real tree. We had a little one in a pot that got brought in from the garden each year till it got too big. Then it got planted and we started again with a new one. I loved the smell, itchy tinsel and battle with my brother to be allowed to put the fairy on top. So exciting.

  • Jen says:

    The Christmas Radio Times 😀

  • Alison Reynolds says:

    Rotary Club – Father Christmas on his sleigh visiting all the streets and collecting for the Rotary Club. I enjoy all your posts, I think you have a brilliant way of putting things. I take pleasure in reading them.

  • Graham Charnock says:

    The good old days of the simple advent calendar😊 Could you and your sister be eagerly awaiting the release of the Christmas Radio Times? The anticipation of the Christmas films!

  • Cheryl says:

    The Christmas TV books came out? Checking out what we would be allowed to watch.

  • Freyasdad says:

    The Christmas tv guides… You could sit for hours reading them and planning what to watch, and if it would finish in time for the next one you wanted to watch on the “other side”.

  • Jill Flatt says:

    It must be putting up the Christmas tree. There were always the lights that failed just as you put the last decoration in place, the memories attached to each bauble, laughing at the items made at primary school from toilet roll innards, some cotton wool and glitter. And the best bit, the Cadburys chocolate “novelties” wrapped in different coloured foil. The 3D ones were the best, of a bell or a Christmas tree. With the greatest of care the foil could be carefully unwrapped from underneath and the chocolate stolen while still leaving the foil shape intact.( What do you mean it was only me who did that?! ) And don’t forget the fairy. Ours was a cheap plastic big busted dolly in an increasingly jaded white net tutu. But we loved her and high up on the tree at a jaunty angle with some carefully positioned tinsel most of her shortcomings were hidden. Besides anything goes at Christmas!

  • Jacq F says:

    I’d love to go back to the 1970s great times

  • Hannah says:

    The Christmas tree going up! Always such an exciting time as a kid.

  • Jacq F says:

    My guess would be making the Blue Peter gift for mum and Dad and asking them to leave the room whilst the presenters showed you on tv ?

  • Ross Grant says:

    Was it the arrival of the Christmas Radio Times, it always said Christmas was here to me?

  • Jac says:

    Looking through the argos catalogue and picking out the toys…I always wanted a Mr Frosty and a Sindy House. Didn’t get either!

  • Tubbyhubby says:

    Have to agree with several of the comments below – the arrival of the Christmas Radio Times.
    Searching through to find out when Disney time started, hoping there wouldn’t be too many “proper animal” film clips alongside what we all really wanted to see – King of the Swingers, We are Siamese, When I see an elephant fly etc.

  • Chris says:

    Christmas Radio Times

  • Melanie C says:

    with a family of 6 children, our parents would get each of us the same for Christmas to avoid the ole ‘hers is bigger than mine’ arguments. Our sacks of presents would be plonked on the floor and we’d all sit in a circle. I stopped opening mine on christmas day, as i’d just watch the other open theirs, knowing that i had the same item. I think I enjoyed that overall. Obviously the others never clicked on about all of us getting the same. I always loved an old colouring book, not these paint by numbers you get nowadays. i’m sounding old but i’m still in my 30’s……well I am for the next few days at least.

  • Melanie C says:

    i’d say spending time with family and over indulging – i try to make memories with people over gifting them presents, so a trip to a pantomime or a day out is my gift to others. Christmas I over indulged from sweets/chocolates to the finger food – you will always see me tucking into something…ha ha

  • melanie c says:

    has to be never knowing what item is behind the door on the advent calendar or all the sweet tubs you’d receive. yum yum

  • Cath says:

    Santa’s grotto

  • Harvey says:

    The last week of school before breaking up. The start of the pantomime season and getting to go with the family, Christmas movies on the TV or baking and eating mince pies. All great memories. Merry Christmas Everyone.

  • Tracy says:

    Your blog is a joy! And so are all the lovely comments. I still associate Christmas with Advocaat, and the shopping before Christmas with all the bottles and treats that we didn’t usually get. Probably not the things a child should get really excited about though…

    • Michael says:

      Thank you Tracy… you’re so kind. Isn’t Advocaat the one with egg in? Ewwwww.

      Did you ever do the thing with lemonade (or any fizzy drink) and a sultana? All you do is drop the sultana (it probably works with a raisin too I’d have thought) in the drink and watch what happens. Used to keep us amused for hours (or until the drink was flat!)

      Happy Christmas everyone… and thank you all for your lovely comments! I wish I could reply to them all…

  • Paul Middleton says:

    I know, you and your sister were taken excitedly to see the big man Santa Clas!

  • Andrea says:

    The Christmas editions of TV Times and Radio Times?

  • Richard says:

    Mum having Babysham

  • Teresa Dench says:

    Could be the Woolworths Christmas advert, it was like a variety show.

  • Teresa Dench says:

    Could be the Woolworths Christmas advert, like a little variety show. Or last day at school.

  • Rita says:

    I thought of the Christmas Radio Times then I thought it could be the Blue Peter Christmas Appeal? Hope everyone has a very happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Please spare a thought for all our wonderful emergency service teams working hard over the festive period to care for and protect us.

  • Nicky says:

    I remember in the 70’s waiting with eagerness for the Christmas No.1 to be announced! Come to think of it though, that was the same in the 60’s.

  • George says:

    I’d say looking forward to The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show. Compulsive viewing of the best kind.

  • Susan Bailey says:

    Going to see father christmas at the largest store near you.
    We had Gamages.
    We would join a long queue and walk round the back of the store, up stairs to the offices and wind our way back down to the toy department, where one year you got into a space rocket with your mum and 4 other people and with flashing lights and a puff of air you would fly to Santa’s grotto at the North Pole and he personnally gave you a present, then you walked out the back door as the next rocket arrived, into the toy department.
    Have a very merry Christmas

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