The Weirdest Time of the Year

December 13, 2013

Good Afternoon! Hope everyone’s had a wonderful week and are properly getting into the festive spirit like I am! This weekend I’m going to put my Christmas tree up, it’s finally time.

However, have you ever stopped to think about how odd it is to put a tree up in your house every year? And more to the point, where does it come from? There was no Evergreen with fairy lights at the birth of Christ.

In fact, the Christmas Tree isn’t a Christian symbol at all. It dates back to pre-Christian times.


When you stop to think about it, Christmas is actually a pretty weird holiday. It’s a mismatch of different traditions that have merged together to create a family occasion of good food and presents. We can thank Coca Cola for styling the main guy of the day, Santa Claus, and let’s not get started about where he comes into the story.

The original connotations of Christmas have been somewhat muted in favour of this jumble of traditions which have moulded themselves over the years to be the commercial Christmas we all know and love.

Did you hear the radio?

December 13, 2013

This morning at 7.50 am our MD Nigel Rowlson was on BBC Radio Nottingham reviewing their Christmas film. Take a look here or have a listen here –  and tell us what you think!

What a Cracker

December 6, 2013

Good afternoon! Happy first Friday of December, we’re six days into our advent calendar and can’t help but notice that Christmas is just round the corner, (whether you’re excitedly festive or dreading Christmas shopping, it’s coming for you).

But in these long December days (even if 70% of that day is dark) we’ve been comparing that ever so slightly forced laughter-fest known as Christmas cracker jokes.


To get you in the festive spirit, we’ve compiled a list of the most heinous punch lines we’ve ever pulled from a Christmas cracker (along with a mini pack of cards way too small to actually play with).

  Who delivers presents to cats?

 Santa Paws

What do you get when you cross Santa with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker

 What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?

The Elf-abet

Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?


They always drop their needles

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?


What did one snowman say to the other?

Can you smell carrots?


Some definite knee-slappers there! Think you’ve heard better? (or worse!) please share your own Christmas cracker jokes and we’ll see just how many corkers we can get!

Do Tune in

November 11, 2013

How are you fixed for Christmas spirit? I know it’s a bit early, but no one seems to have told television that, everywhere you flick to there’s Christmas movies and the annual department store festive ads. 

As it happens, our MD Nigel Rowlson will be appearing on BBC Radio Nottingham tomorrow (12th November 2013) between 7.40 and 8.00 am to discuss these high budget annual Christmas adverts from our favorite department stores and supermarkets. Please do tune in!


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