Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Christmas Tree World celebrates the best festive markets and experiences in the UK

    Nov 11, 2015

    Are you looking to discover a day out filled with the finest mulled wine and delicious festive treats? Or perhaps you’re on the hunt to find a unique, hand crafted gift for somebody special? If the answer is yes to the above then you have come to the right place.

    Here at Christmas Tree World we have scoured the towns and cities across the UK for the very best Christmas experiences, whether it's a Dickensian or Bavarian themed market or an exhilarating ice rink, our guide will help you to find a festive experience for everyone to enjoy.

    Click the image below to view the guide:

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    Our guide to 2015’s best Christmas events will provide you with a handy map, market address and opening times to ensure that you have everything you need to discover one of our handpicked Christmas markets.

    Help others to join in on the festive fun by sharing the guide through your social media platforms and celebrate the truly fantastic Christmas markets and experiences that the UK has to offer.

    Which location hosts your favourite Christmas Market?

    Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @xmastreeworld and of course, don't forget to check out our huge range of Christmas trees, Christmas tree lights, and decorations.

  • Why The Japanese Made Eating KFC a Christmas Tradition

    Nov 11, 2015

    People in the UK celebrate Christmas (generally) by eating turkey. Whilst elsewhere carp is eaten by Austrians, ham in Finland, fried eel in Southern Italy, codfish in Portugal, and those in Sicily devour a selection of 12 different fish during their festivities.

    Perhaps not all of these are surprising (apart from maybe the eel), but Japan has just outdone the majority of the world with their odd Christmas dinner quirk.

    Rather than enjoying a slap-up Sunday-style dinner full of vegetables, warm potatoes and eaten with a knife and fork, those who celebrate Christmas in Japan treat themselves to a full Christmas dinner of... KFC.

    The origins of the KFC Christmas story is one worth telling to anyone who will listen - in 1974 KFC were just finding their feet selling their western fried chicken to the lighter-eating Asian market and had a few KFCs dotted about Japan's hot spots. Many people didn't look to KFC during Christmas time and, although KFC marketers would love you to believe it was their incredible brains which created this new Japanese tradition, it was in fact started by a few passionate chicken lovers who began something called the "Christmas Chicken" campaign, which would see Christmas tradition changed forever more...

    Discouraged by the fact that it was Christmas and there was nowhere in Japan to find decent turkey on the big day (Christmas isn't generally celebrated in Japan as only 5% of the population are Christian), they decided to start their own campaign which would see chicken thrust to the forefront of the nation's mouths.

    KFC of course saw this as absolute gold during one of their quieter months in one of their less profitable countries, and decided to go ahead with the followers' campaign and make it a big thing for every Christmas following.

    Nowadays, KFC offer Japanese patrons a full Christmas dinner complete with wine, champagne, cake and of course, chicken. Chicken Fever has definitely caught on since and every year there are lines out the door with people reserving tables and pre-ordering their Christmas fare from the Kentucky chain.

    When you think about it, it really isn't that strange... after all, Santa Claus was originally green but when Coca-Cola launched a massive Christmas campaign in 1931 which saw Santa changed to red, it just stuck! Now our present-day Santa is red - and would we have it any other way?!

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  • The Best Festive Food & Drink On The High Street

    Nov 11, 2015

    We love good festive food and drink, whether this be fanciful spiced fruit, or just plain old turkey wrapped in more turkey stuffed with cranberry sauce – whatever the dish we are more than happy to oblige.

    So where can you find the best festive fare in your town? Check out our list of some of the best places to grab those delectable treats you waited all year for…

    Costa Caramel Fudge Hot Chocolate

    Yep this does taste as indulgent as it sounds… smooth and buttery like a gooey brownie and just plain glorious to savour…

    Gregg’s Festive Bakes

    As synonymous with Christmas as the Coca-Cola Christmas truck, Gregg’s festive bakes have always been a winner with every busy-bee with a penchant for gloriously speedy pasties and the like.

    Gregg’s Christmas Muffins

    But whilst their festive bakes may take front of stage, Gregg’s Christmas Muffins are not to be scoffed at, just scoffed… A spiced mincemeat muffin with custard filling and topped with Christmassy icing – yum!

    Cadbury’s Festive Flake Cakes

    Ever since they stopped selling Dream Bars, we’ve been particularly silent on the Cadbury front. That is until these festive flake cakes came to the fore… we are officially once again true believers.

    Aldi’s Mature blue Stilton with Port glaze and fruit topping

    Never underestimate the discount store…  especially when it comes to festive grub

    Thornton’s Snow Dog Chocolate Model

    Bite its ears and feel not an ounce of remorse. No Thornton’s Snow Dog is safe this Christmas…

    Pret A Manger’s Crimble Crumble

    Sweet mincemeat topped with sugary crumble and dusted with ‘sugar snow’, you’ll love this with a milky coffee or simple cup of tea. Not a dunker, but still an amazingly festive accompaniment…

    Pret Manger's Christmas Lunch sandwich

    The king of all sandwiches and your ‘grab on the go’ December 25th imitator. Because Christmas Lunch is way too good to wait for…

    Starbucks Christmas In a Cup Latte

    Apparently this is on the ‘secret menu’ at Starbucks, meaning you have to ask specifically for this special concoction. This festive drinks uses a latte as its foundation, with a shop of cinnamon, white mocha syrup, peppermint syrup and whipped cream. Licking your lips yet?

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  • The Best Christmas Recipe Ever: Sticky Fig Pudding

    Nov 11, 2015

    Okay it may not even be December yet, but the days are getting darker, the clouds are getting greyer, and against the miserable backdrop there is that extraordinary feeling of festivity in the air.

    You might have thought of knocking together a few recipes come Christmas Eve, but everyone knows that’s just asking for a whole host of unnecessary stress come the Big Day.

    So save yourself the hassle and try out this delicious Fig Pudding recipe, straight from the “star bakers” here in our office (yes we are still into the Great British Bake Off like it’s still Summer).

    This clever take on a traditional Christmas Pudding uses no butter and more lovely sticky fruits than any shop-bought variety – give it a go this Christmas.

    Ingredients

    • 200g figs, chopped
    • 200g dates, chopped
    • 100g prunes or apricots, chopped
    • 100ml brandy
    • 100g dark muscovado sugar
    • 50g self-raising wholemeal flour
    • 200g breadcrumbs (the crunchy kind)
    • 2 free range eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 orange, zested and juiced

    Method

    1. Line a large pudding bowl with parchment paper and boil up some water in preparation.
    2. In a saucepan, mix the dried fruits with the brandy and leave to soak over a low heat for around 10 minutes so that the alcohol infuses into the fruit.
    3. In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients – so that’s the flour, sugar, breadcrumbs, spice, orange zest and cinnamon.
    4. Then add in the wet ingredients – the beaten eggs and orange juice – whipping well so that the flour is combined evenly.
    5. Mix everything together and pour the complete mixture into the prepared pudding bowl, careful not to fill too close to the brim, and cover with tight foil.
    6. In a separate saucepan, add the boiling water and plonk the pudding bowl in so that it covers at least two thirds of it. If you’re worried about how to get it out without burning yourself, opt for a smaller saucepan of boiling water that allows the pudding bowl to rest within it
    7. Bring to the boil, then allow to simmer for 4 hours. This may seem like a long time, but all you have to do in the meantime is top up the water every hour or so.
    8. Remove from the pan when cooked, turn out, leave to cool, and serve immediately.

    Merry Christmas!

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  • Stay Safe This Christmas with an Artificial Christmas Tree

    Nov 11, 2015

    Whilst real, live Christmas trees are great for bringing true tradition into your home, artificial trees have sky-rocketed in popularity over the years – and it’s no wonder why.

    They’re less messy, can be used for years and years and, perhaps most importantly, are much safer than their real counterpart.

    Artificial trees on the Christmas Tree World site are all designed to be fully fire-retardant, whereas real trees have a high propensity to catch fire if surrounded by hot electricals such as radiators, lights, etc. However, artificial trees still need to be cared for wisely, so keeping it away from open heat sources like fireplaces or candles is still highly recommended.

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    It’s also important to remember that artificial Christmas trees are made by different manufacturers, so the quality of your tree can differ greatly. Because of this, you need to ensure the artificial tree you choose is high quality from a valued retailer and comes with a long warranty (10 years warranty is usually the maximum you’ll find). The trees should also be labelled, certified and identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant in order for you to have a completely safe Christmas. It’s also worthwhile to check that the lights you decorate your tree with have an independent testing label, as well as being fully functional with no broken or loose cords which could cause damages.

    For more on quality Christmas trees, check out www.christmastreeworld.co.uk

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