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  2. Sure will I might start my Halloween display this weekend we'll see
  3. You'll have to share some pictures Timothy
  4. Yep me too! Our house is always the favorite of our neighborhood, so they say, but we have had several homes turned over in the past two years so we shall see!
  5. I really love this sort of stuff. There is a really small village a few miles down the Dale from me and every home owner set up illuminations, including the Church and the bus shelter. I'll get some pictures this year
  6. Blackpool family's fantastic Condor Grove Christmas light display to return for 2021 Source - LancsLive By - Rebecca Lockwood Dare - 17-09-2021 A Blackpool family has announced the switch on date for its famous Christmas light display in aid of poorly children. The spectacular Christmas light display is set on the Condor Grove house with a large percentage of the lights being donated and then fixed up by the creator, Ashley Forward. The family has collected the light display over the last eight years. Ashley told LancsLive: "We've been given donations from kind people, even if they don't work, I'm quite good at changing the light and making them work again." Out of all of the lights, Ashley said his favourite is an old 'Merry Christmas' light that he said the family have kept for around 11 years that is still 'going strong'. A key feature of the display is a Santa Claus that sits on a swing. Ashley made it himself which he said took "ages". This year, visitors can enjoy a great photo opportunity on the self-made sleigh which visitors can sit in at the switch on. Every year, Ashley and the family raise money for Brian House Children's Hospice. Last year they donated £603.05 to the charity from the light switch on. Ashley said: "I always raise money for them because a family member we knew, she was young and she had cancer, she only found out this year that she was clear after fighting for her life with it" With the fantastic family news, Ashley believes this year's light switch on will be better than ever. He said: "I'm hoping to get more people coming down, we didn't have much people last year due to the Coronavirus, but it's the more the merrier for us." Ashley said he loved seeing "children's faces light up when they see them (the lights) being switched on" and told LancsLive that the fundraiser will be passed on to keep up the family tradition, Ashley said "I'm never going to give it up" "I've had people say last year that they had been miserable in the pandemic, but after seeing the lights they've gone out and above to put up their own decorations which they weren't going to do. " The light switch on takes place from 6pm until 9pm on November 15. The lights will remain switched on from 4pm until 10pm each night, for seven days a week until January 7 2022 where they are switched off until next November. The switch on event will host free tea, coffee and juice for everyone in attendance as well as £2 hotdogs. All money raised at the switch on will be donated to Brian House Children's Hospice, Blackpool. Ashley will continue to host livestreams on their Facebook page and YouTube channel twice a week "so the people who can't get down to see the lights can see them on their phones"
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  8. Santa Timothy SC

    A Boy Called Christmas | Official Trailer

    This looks fun ...
  9. Rob Thompson

    A Boy Called Christmas | Official Trailer

    Smiling, I think this is on CNet three times now, still love it
  10. A Boy Called Christmas | Official Trailer | Sky Cinema Sep 14, 2021
  11. Drosselmeyer

    Steve Wariner - Feels Like Christmas Time

    Steve Wariner - Feels Like Christmas Time (Official Visualizer) Sep 15, 2021
  12. I use a line from that movie when my wife says what was that Noise? I say you couldn't hear a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin factory. That was the squirrel jumping from the tree scene
  13. This movie is still one of my favourite Christmas comedy's. Mind you, I'm guessing Mr Chase may be short of money
  14. Chevy Chase headed to Detroit for 'Christmas Vacation' screening Source - Detroit News By - A Graham Date - 15-09-2021 The comedy star will appear at a screening and Q&A session for his 1989 holiday classic at Detroit's Masonic Temple on Dec. 9th 13 hours ago Chevy Chase will be spending part of his Christmas vacation in Detroit. The comedy legend will appear at Detroit's Masonic Temple on Dec. 9 for a screening of his 1989 holiday classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," and will participate in a Q&A session following the film, promoters announced Tuesday. Tickets for the event go on sale at noon on Friday. Pre-sale tickets go on sale through Axs.com at noon on Wednesday. Proof of vaccination is required for the event. VIP tickets will also be available and may include a photo-op with Chase, although those details are COVID-dependent and are still being hammered out. "Depending on the state of the pandemic, CDC recommendations and in consideration of both artist and public health, this may be substituted with another exclusive benefit of equivalent value, to be determined," reads a message on the event's website. "Christmas Vacation" follows family man Clark Griswold's (Chase) attempts to have a great Christmas with his family, despite all of his attempts falling short. It hit theaters in December 1989 and grossed $73.5 million at the North American box office, and over the years — thanks in large part to repeated showings on cable TV — it has become a Christmas favorite for audiences. The Masonic Temple event is part of a touring series of "Christmas Vacation" special screenings with Chase; there are also events planned in Atlanta and outside Boston. Ticket prices for the Masonic event have not yet been announced, but tickets for the Atlanta event rage from $45-$75.
  15. I think what our Government are talking about is the unlikelihood of any lock-downs this Christmas. Unfortunately there are a lot of Christmas events which have been cancelled across the UK
  16. Well had a large event for December 4th just cancel due to Covid worries.
  17. Looks like its worth a watch, not sure how 'Christmassy' it will be but hey ho view when its released
  18. Hawkeye’s first trailer introduces the other Hawkeye and some Christmas hijinks Source - The Verbe By - Chaim Gartemburg Date - 13-09-2021 The first trailer for Disney Plus’ Hawkeye has arrived, giving a first look at the surprisingly whimsical Christmastime adventures of Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) — and his new successor, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), who also is running around New York City as a preternaturally skilled, purple-clad archer. Hawkeye picks up with the titular character after the events of Avengers: Endgame, which saw Renner’s character flip out into a gothic edgelord style as the murderous vigilante Ronin after his family was wiped from existence in Thanos’ snap. But with things back to normal (and his family restored), Clint just wants to enjoy Christmas with his family: visit New York City, see the new Captain America musical, and enjoy fine dining. All that seems to get thrown into a loop, though, when word of a vigilante wielding a bow and wearing what looks a lot like Barton’s old Ronin suit starts running around New York. It turns out to be Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, who proudly tells Hawkeye that she’s the “world’s greatest archer.” From there, it seems a whole bunch of Christmastime mayhem ensues. The trailer is particularly notable for its surprisingly light tone: Hawkeye has never been one of the Avengers’ more comedic characters, and his previous outing in particular (which again, saw him get a full sleeve tattoo, a tragic haircut, and an international revenge tour) was grim. The new series is expected to draw on the acclaimed Matt Fraction and David Aja comics run (the Tracksuit Mafia and Lucky the Pizza Dog both appear to be in the trailer), which is known for its lighter tone, more grounded stakes, and habit of routinely taking Clint Barton down a peg or two. Although with the Christmas spirit in the air, it also looks like Hawkeye will be taking some pointers from classics like Home Alone and Die Hard. Hawkeye is set to debut on Disney Plus for a six-episode season starting on Thursday 24 November
  19. Christmas WON'T be cancelled as Boris Johnson prepares to unveil winter Covid plan. Source - The Mirror By - Sam Truelove Date - 12-09-2021 Health Secretary Sajid Javid has insisted ministers are not expecting 'any more lockdowns' and promised Christmas will not be cancelled this year. No new restrictions are expected this year Asked on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show if Britons will 'get Christmas' this year, Mr Javid said: "Yes, of course we get Christmas and the New Year." Mr Javid told viewers he is 'not anticipating any more lockdowns' but added that governments could take 'anything off the table'. "I just don't see how we get to another lockdown," the Health Secretary said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will next week unveil the government's 'winter plan', and it's expected that he will say vaccines can be the main defence against Covid-19 if cases surge over the coming months. Health Secretary Sajid Javid has insisted ministers are not expecting 'any more lockdowns' and promised C hristmas will not be cancelled this year. Asked on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show if Britons will 'get Christmas' this year, Mr Javid said: Yes, of course we get Christmas and the New Year." Mr Javid told viewers he is 'not anticipating any more lockdowns' but added that governments could take 'anything off the table', reports Mail Online. "I just don't see how we get to another lockdown," the Health Secretary said. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said 'of course' there will be a Christmas this year In December last year, tough new restrictions were imposed on families across England after the emergence of the Kent variant, effectively cancelling Christmas for millions. It comes as Mr Javid announced plans to introduce vaccine passports in England for nightclubs and other crowded venues have been scrapped. Mr Javid confirmed the proposals “will not be going ahead” on Sunday, just days after ministers had defended the policy to sceptical MPs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will next week unveil the government's 'winter plan' The PM had previously announced that members of the public would be required to show proof they have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in order to gain entry to clubs and other large-scale events in England. But following a backlash from Tory MPs, the Health Secretary said the idea had been shelved. He told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I’ve never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers or something to do what is just an everyday activity, but we were right to properly look at it. “We’ve looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports.” Mr Javid also said he wanted to remove the need for PCR tests for travel “as soon as I possibly can”. But asked whether ministers were removing too many measures designed to keep the public safe, he said the Government should not be introducing coronavirus measures “just for the sake of it”. He told The Andrew Marr Show: “There’s a lot of defences, we’ve just gone through some of them, that we need to keep in place, because this virus hasn’t gone anywhere. “There’s still a pandemic so of course we need to remain cautious. But we just shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it or because others are doing, and we should look at every possible intervention properly.”
  20. I never needed such a device, I just told my daughter that the cupboard, (where her presents were hidden) Was were the boogie man lived. Worked a treat. I understand she is still receiving counselling
  21. Home Bargains stock a £1.99 snoop alarm to keep early Christmas presents a secret Source - Lifestyle By - Jessica North Date - 13-09-2021 Parents with inquisitive children may well have found a solution to keep their early festive buys a secret until Christmas morning. The snoop alarm item from Home Bargains costs customers £1.99. It is basically a motion-activated alarm that will make a loud noise when it senses little hands rifling through bags. It was shared in a Facebook group and now parents have jumped on the opportunity to grab the bargain buy.Other alarms on the market cost as much as £6, so this Home Bargains version really is a bargain. It's great for families who have upped their game and started to shop in September, especially following a warning last week from Latests Deals which said shoppers should start early this year. Over 1,000 people have reacted to the post online In a bargain Facebook group, a parent said: "Great if you have children like mine that love snooping at all their presents. Can’t wait for it to go off when they think they are having a sneaky look. £1.99 Home Bargains" The Snoop Alarm prevents children from getting close enough to look at their festive presents and emits a siren as loud as 90 decibels and a flashing red light. One shopper said: "You need this... like to stop you snooping" "Might get this for the snack cupboard to stop Teddie raiding it," joked another.
  22. There was a family who came to see me one year. The kids gave me a long list if things that they wanted. The Dad, looked at the list and said, "Baby Jesus only got three gifts..."
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    Call to keep daily worship to save Christmas carols

    This is so true. collective worship has always been part of education curricular and to remove it, in my opinion is not a very good idea. Thee are so many children who really dont know the origins of Christmas, in essence, Christmas being nothing more than a time to receive gifts etc. Whilst I appreciate, social norms have changed radically since I was a child and religious denominations/ faiths and beliefs are many and diverse now,(Certainly in the UK), but to remove religious teachings in school, is somewhat lacking and thoughtless to say the least. Sorry!
  25. Call to keep daily worship to save Christmas carols Source - Tes By - Amy Gibbons Ex-education secretary says pupils only learn Christmas carols and harvest hymns by singing them at school Keep daily school collective worship to save Christmas carols, says former education secretary Most pupils only know Christmas carols and harvest hymns from singing them at school, according to a former education secretary. Baroness Morris of Yardley told peers she would not want a society where young people do not know such songs, adding that it gives them a chance to understand the origins of key events. She made the remarks as peers considered the Education (Assemblies) Bill, which aims to repeal the requirement for daily acts of collective worship in non-faith schools. The news comes as survey findings released today by Humanists UK reveal that a majority of parents (65 per cent) are not aware that the collective worship law exists. The YouGov poll also shows that, once they were informed of the rule, 60 per cent of parents opposed it being enforced. Former education secretary defends collective worship in schools Just 24 per cent thought it should be imposed, while a further 12 per cent said they weren't sure. Lady Morris, who served as education secretary in Tony Blair's Labour government between 2001 and 2002, said today that she supports religious education but finds collective worship “bizarre” and the “most difficult to justify” of the links between church and state over education. She told the House of Lords: “But I do think there are advantages and I do think there are disadvantages, and I think we would lose if we abolished it and that’s why I don’t support [the bill].” Lady Morris questioned whether schools would assemble children together on a regular basis if the requirement was removed, adding: “I think that cultural heritage, the ceremonies which pepper our lives, are important. “And although many of us don’t have a faith, most of us choose to go to a ceremony at key points. “I don’t know the figures, but in terms of baptism and marriage, funerals or whatever, we turn to faith institutions. “And if we’d never had any experience of worship, of service, of ceremony based on faith, I don’t know how we would cope with turning to those institutions at key points in our life and in the decisions that we make. “And I think we’ve got cultural experiences and occasions that are also in common. “Most children would not know about Christmas carols if they didn’t sing them at school. “And as harvest approaches, one of the reasons we probably all know the hymns of harvest is because we sung them at school. “I wouldn’t want a society where children didn’t know about Christmas carols because, although Christmas is often not celebrated as a faith occasion in many homes, that is its origin and that is what it means and that’s what it stands for – and children need to learn and understand that so they can make their own decisions.”
  26. I dont know about any of you, but it does seem a bit excessive. But hey, each to their own I suppose! I cant help but think of families who are not in a position to buy anything for their children at Christmas, and believe me, there are a lot of families in that position over here as I imagine the same the world over. The pressure at Christmas for families in need is overwhelming. Each year I volunteer with local charities delivering gifts to families in need and whilst the charities do their best, there remains a deficit at this time of year.
  27. WHAT THE (JINGLE) HELL? Family savaged for Christmas present reveal video which shows so many gifts there’s no room to move Source - The Sun By - Anna Roberts Date - 11-09-2021 A WOMAN has stunned people with her Christmas reveal video - because of how many pressies she has. She shared the video in August, explaining it was her 'POV' - point of view - on Christmas morning. She hash-tagged it 'spoilt' - and it certainly divided opinion (with many people merely asking why she was sharing a video of Christmas in August). After she was trolled she issued an explanation: 'This is for 15-16 of us,' she said, adding they donated a lot of the presents after use. 'My mom always buys discounts and sales. Also there are bigger items in the back.' 'It's beginning to look like pure greed in your living room,' said one person. 'Do you have 100 family members?' questioned another, while someone else asked: 'I'll be lucky if I get one present under the tree this year.' Another wrote: 'I get one present every year.' 'People need to think about themselves - if this is how you do Christmas, good for you.' 'Why not spoil your kids?' And some people were just desperate to join her family. 'You need a sister? A dog?' joked one woman.
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