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  • Here's How To Have a Stress-Free Christmas 2016

    Jan 1, 2016

    Christmas already seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? We’re all back to work and the days of eating loads, drinking before lunchtime, watching too much TV and then eating some more seem like a distant memory.

    Some people are even glad of the fact that Christmas is gone for another year (yes, really!), but we’re not, and we think that now is the perfect time to be planning for 2016. With that in mind, here’s why you should be buying your Christmas tree and decorations right now so you can have a stress-free Xmas 2016.

    Get some great Christmas tree deals & offers

    Let’s start with the obvious one - saving money. By buying a Christmas tree and your decorations early, you can take advantage of the great deals and offers in the January sales.

    Related: Real vs Artificial Xmas Trees - Which will save you the most money?

    Christmas is a strain on the purse strings for many of us, so it makes sense to make the most of sales when they crop up, regardless of how far away Christmas actually is. You can then sit back smugly, safe in the knowledge that come the following Christmas, you’ve got your Xmas tree sorted.

    Just take a look at how much you could save in our Christmas tree sale.

    Keep that festive spirit going

    If you’re feeling a little glum about Christmas being so far away, then simply refuse to let it go and cling onto every last drop of festive cheer you can. Buy browsing and buying Christmas decorations now, you can live firmly in denial before the next step of the grieving process kicks in. Just be prepared from odd looks from the postman when you’re dressed in full Xmas getup when your new tree is delivered.

    Take away the hassle & stress for next year

    The buildup to Christmas can be pretty stressful, so it’s best to plan well in advance so you can focus your attention on enjoying yourself and eating everything in sight. This is a pretty important point for big businesses and organisations, such as hotels, that require a substantial amount of planning and actual volume of decorations.

    Related: The Guide to Buying an Artificial Christmas Tree for a Small Space

    You’ll no doubt have plenty of other responsibilities and festivities to organise, so don’t get caught out and risk what you want being out of stock.

    Because you’ve noticed your current Christmas tree is a bit shabby

    If your current Christmas tree is looking a bit past its best then throw it away. No messing. Don’t hope and pray that it’ll be OK in 11 months’ time; just do the sensible thing and sling it out. Or rather, see if you can recycle your artificial Christmas tree by contacting the council to see if they have any collections, or you could try upcycling it by turning branches into wreaths or garlands.

    If your tree is looking a bit grim, then something like the Green Princess pre-lit fir tree (shown below) will fill that Xmas tree-shaped void in your life perfectly.

    If your tree is still looking fabulous, however, then don't just ram it in the loft or it won't be long before it does look past its best. Popping it in a Christmas tree storage bag will keep it look pristine until next year.

    Are you missing that Christmas feeling? Grab yourself a new Xmas tree and keep that festive feeling going just a little bit longer.

  • Our top tips for beating the January blues

    Jan 1, 2016

    After the final chocolate has been eaten and the last bottle of wine has popped its cork, there is nothing but a sense of deflation as the cold, dull month of January rolls around.

    When the Christmas tree and decorations have been taken down and packed away, we’re left with with merely an expanding waistline and a ravished bank account. It’s not surprising that the January blues hit us hard.

    Whilst you may be feeling seemingly underwhelmed and sluggish, the new year is actually a great incentive to turn over a new leaf, make some lifestyle changes and perhaps aim for a new goal.

    Here at Christmas Tree World we have a few ideas to help you to shake the January blues.

    Eat well, be well…

    After a good few weeks of indulging in alcohol and festive food, it’s no surprise that we feel a bit grim and lethargic...perhaps that trusty old belt is no longer needed?

    It all starts with a break from heavy food and drink but forget gruelling weight loss fads; instead be realistic by working on eating a more balanced diet with treats in moderation.

    Get up and move…

    If joining a gym is too expensive, just getting up and walking in the fresh air everyday for at least half an hour will do the trick. Any movement is good movement to help get you back into shape and feeling more energised throughout the day.

    Catching those ZZZs…

    After one too many late nights and your daily routine out of the window, an easy way to start to get back to normal and feel better is to get a good night's rest. Re-establish your sleeping pattern and you’ll immediately feel more awake and ready for the day.

    Save money…

    After treating yourself and your loved ones over the festive period, purse strings probably need to be tightened. Set yourself a realistic amount to save per week and as you see your bank balance rising, you’ll soon feel a little more cheery.

    For those bargain hunters out there, you can get ahead of the game and take the pressure off next Christmas by checking out the amazing discounts in our Christmas tree sale, with plenty of other discounts available across the site, too.

    Plan something fun for the coming weeks…

    By planning something interesting, you will have something to look forward to in the midst of the January blues. Whether it’s a day out with friends or family or a treat for yourself, plan something into your diary and start counting down those days.

    Take up a new hobby…

    If you’ve always wanted to give something a go, the new year is the perfect time to try it. Whether it’s joining a class or exploring a life long interest, you’re bound to meet like-minded people and feel part of something which has to make you feel a little bit better.

    The January blues certainly don’t last forever and you’ll soon have the spring back in your step...But until then remember that it's only 51 weeks until Christmas!

    How do you battle the January blues? Tweet us @Xmastreeworlduk

  • 12 Bizarre New Year Traditions Around The World

    Dec 12, 2015

    New Year’s Eve is a fairly standard affair in most places in the UK. We tend to get a little merry, watch Jools Holland’s Hootenanny because there’s nothing better on the TV and then maybe have a little sing song of Auld Lang Syne, but that’s usually about it.

    However, there are places around the world that have a whole host of crazy New Year traditions. Here are some of the most bizarre…

    Chile - Eat a spoonful of lentils for each month of the year

    We have absolutely no idea what lentils have to do with New Year, but in Chile they eat 12 spoonfuls of them at midnight for each month of the coming year for a year of work and money. 12! Hopefully they’re cooked and mixed with something and not just dry.

    Colombia - Walk around the block with an empty suitcase for a year of travel

    There’s a tradition of sorts here in the UK that you should walk out the back door and in the front door for some reason, but in Colombia they go a bit further and you need to take a trip right around the block with an empty suitcase if you want a travel-filled year.

    Related - Names For Santa Claus From Around The World

    El Salvador - Crack an egg into a bowl and leave it overnight

    It’s getting weirder! In El Salvador, it’s tradition to crack an egg into a bowl and leave it overnight. Whatever form the egg takes the following day apparently tells your fortune for the year. We imagine many people have 'circular' fortunes, whatever that means.

    Peru - fight your neighbours!

    Whilst this may happen in some parts of the UK at New Year anyway, fighting your neighbours is a tradition in certain parts of Peru at the annual Takanakuy Festival. The fighting (there’s dancing as well apparently) is to settle old differences and start the year with a clean slate.

    Spain - Eat a grape with each bell toll at midnight

    That’s 12 grapes in about 12 seconds. That sounds horrible and actually pretty difficult. If you’ve had a bit to drink then you might see those grapes again pretty soon afterwards.

    Related - The Ultimate Christmas Quiz: How Festive Are You?

    Romania - Talking to your cows

    Whether or not this is done under the influence of alcohol is unclear, but apparently if Romanians succeed in communicating with their cows, it’s a bad omen for the year. There are no doubt some very lucky people in Romania.

    Siberia - Jumping in a frozen lake with a tree

    In Siberia’s Lake Baikal, locals dive to the bottom of the chilly lake to ‘dance’ around a Christmas tree. Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof.

    Japan - Ring bells 108 times

    Whilst ringing bells to signal New Year isn’t that bizarre, the Japanese channel their Buddhist traditions by ringing them an oddly specific 108 times. This is said to bring cleanliness for the coming year.

    Related: Why Do We Decorate Our Christmas Tree? The History of the Bauble

    Finland - Melting metal

    Native Fins are said to melt down tin and pour it into cold water to solidify it again. In a similar way to the eggs in El Salvador, whatever shape the now-solid metal takes is said to symbolise fortunes for the coming year.

    America - Possum dropping

    This isn’t a US-wide tradition, but rather just for the town of Brasstown, North Carolina. Brasstown claims to be the possum capital of the world, and so they lower a possum in a see-through box over a noisy crowd. Why? We have no idea.

    Denmark - Smashing plates

    It may sound like something the Greeks might do, but Danes keep broken or unwanted crockery throughout the year before smashing it on New Year’s Eve. They don’t smash it on the floor, however, but against the front doors of their friends and neighbours.

    South Africa - Furniture throwing

    In the Hilsboro district of Johannesburg, South Africa, locals like to start the new year afresh by lobbing all their old and unwanted items out of the window onto the street. Not such a happy time for those who have to clean it up, however.

    Do you know of any other crazy New Year traditions? Let us know!

  • 20 of the Best Christmas Memes & Gifs on the Internet

    Dec 12, 2015

    You may think that some people have far too much time on their hands making gifs and memes, yet most of us still look at them anyway and have a good chuckle. We've compiled some of the best Christmas memes and gifs the internet has to offer so you can while away the time over the festive period if you're sick of what's on TV.

    1. Sassy Christmas cat

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    What sass this little fellow has. Strutting around like it owns Christmas. Such confidence.

    2. A wreath of franklins

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    So Aretha Franklin might not traditionally be the most festive of singers but it's an excuse to post this excellent Christmas pun. For those with a Christmas pun malfunction, 'Aretha Franklin' = 'A wreath of Franklins' ;))

    3. Poor Batman

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    We all know the song:

    Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin flew away, the Batmobile lost its wheel on the motorway

    In fact, most kids probably know the Batman version better than the original, but did we ever stop to think how it might make Bruce Wayne and his vigilante alter ego feel?

    4. Haters Gonna Hate

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    Do Christmas like nobody's watching this festive season.

    5. A familiar Christmas Day

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    A sight that all parents have had to deal with at some point. You buy an all-singing-all-dancing piece of kit and then forget the batteries. Devastation.

    6. It wasn't me!

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    The abject look of horror in this poor dog's eyes. Something that many pet owners will be able to relate to over Christmas, we're sure.

    7. Christmas overload

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    For some, Christmas is a competition; a time to prove that you're more festive than anyone else, and we can't help but think that's what's happened with this house. Unless it's for charity; in which case, well done.

    8. Getting in the Christmas spirit

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    Sometimes Christmas can be a little on the stressful side and we need just a little helping hand to get through it all.

    9. Goodbye ornaments

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    Anyone who has a cat will know that there's no point in having baubles or any other low-hanging Christmas decorations as they'll soon end up on the floor and/or broken.

    10. Hello, Buddy the Elf, what's your favourite colour?

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    Elf has now become a Christmas staple in many households, and there's something in all of us that loves Buddy's innocent nature.

    11. Tree or Gaga?

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    Hopefully it's the former and you don't get the fright of your life when Lady Gaga suddenly comes to life in the corner of your living room.

    12. Have a grumpy Christmas

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    Everyone's favourite miserable moggy is predictably glum about the whole festive season and that's why we love her.

    13. Hipster Santa

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    Well Santa's beard and hat are already quite hipster but we imagine he'll also turn up on a fixie sleigh listening to Christmas songs that you won't have heard of.

    14. Santa's been watching

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    We all know someone this applies to, don't we? And if you don't know someone, then chances are you are that person.

    15. Christmas!!!!!!!!!

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    Dwight from the American version of The Office knows where it's at.

    16. Santa judges you

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    When you think about it, is Santa really all he's made out to be? Of course he is; he brings us presents!

    17. Over she goes

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    This poor little girl, although there is something funny about a Christmas tree falling over.

    18. Over she goes x100

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    The previous gif may be unfortunate, but it has nothing on this monster of a tree.

    19. Dreaming of a white Christmas

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    Best have a few bottles of each in the house just in case.

    20. Tree-Rex

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    Known for having comically small arms, the T-rex always misses out putting the star on top of the tree. Not this time.

    We hope you enjoyed this plethora of Christmas memes and gifs. Merry Christmas - and don't forget our fantastic range of artificial Christmas trees!

  • Names for Santa Claus from around the world

    Dec 12, 2015

    Ah Santa, the jolly old chap with a red suit and a white beard. He really is a wonder, managing to deliver millions of presents globally, all whilst finding time at every house to stop off for a cheeky mince pie and a glass of sherry.

    Here at Christmas Tree World, we don’t think he gets enough credit as all of his duties are perfectly executed within 24 hours. It takes us longer than that to decide how to tackle wrapping that awkwardly shaped present.

    Now, we know the gift bearer here in the United Kingdom as Santa Claus...Father Christmas if you will, but have you ever wondered what he (or his equivalent) is called around the world?

    Nope, us neither so we’ll have a look shall we?

    Japan - Hoteiosho

    The Japanese gift giver is Hoteiosho, a large bellied, Buddhist monk depicted as a kind old man carrying a large sack filled with presents. Hoteiosho also has eyes in the back of his head so that he can see how well children are behaving.

    Sweden - Jultomten

    Let’s kick off with Sweden where the jolly old fellow is called ‘Jultomten’ which translates as ‘Christmas Brownie.’  He’s described as being no taller than three feet with a white beard and fond of wearing a red knit cap.

    Russia - Ded Moroz

    In Russia, gifts are brought by ‘Ded Moroz’ which is translated in Russian as ‘Old Man Frost’ or 'Grandfather Frost'.  He wears a heel length coat, a fur hat and walks with a staff. Ded Moroz delivers gifts with his snow maiden, his granddaughter, Snegurochka.

    Georgia  - Tovlis Papa

    In Georgia, gifts are brought by ‘Tovlis Papa’ which translates as ‘Grandfather Snow.’ He is known to wear all white clothing and a cloak made from sheep's wool. Children leave out a treat made of walnuts and grape juice for Tovlis Papa when he comes down from the mountains on New Year’s Eve to bring gifts.

    Finland - Joulupukki

    The Finnish Christmas figure is named ‘Joulupukki’ meaning ‘Christmas goat’ or ‘Yule goat.’ He wears red leather trousers and a fur trimmed, leather coat and drives a flying wagon drawn by goats. Instead of entering a house via the chimney, he knocks on the front door asking for any well-behaved children.

    China - Dun Che Lao Ren

    Both Dun Che Lao Ren or 'Christmas Old Man’ and the laughing Buddha bring the gifts at Christmas time in China. They both wear a red outfit and on Christmas Eve, the Christian children in China hang up stockings for Dun Che Lao Ren to fill with gifts from the wicker basket he carries.

    Iceland - Jolasveinarnir

    In Iceland, the gift bearer, or bearer(s) should we say, are thirteen Jolasveinarnir or ‘Christmas lads.’ These cheeky fellows show up on a number of days around Christmas and perform a prank or trick whilst delivering presents to the children.

    We’re sure that you will have learnt some interesting trivia to impress your friends and family with this Christmas.

    Which gift bearer is your favourite?

    Leave a comment below or tweet us: @christmastreeworlduk and of course, check out our huge range of artificial Christmas trees.

    Time for more? Become a wrap God...How to wrap presents perfectly | The history of the humble bauble | The ultimate Christmas quiz |

  • Become A Wrap God: How To Wrap Presents Perfectly

    Dec 12, 2015

    Ever found your hand covered in mangled sticky tape with scraps of haphazardly cut wrapping paper strewn across your carpet?

    The awkwardly shaped present you’re wrapping is sat waiting to be covered and you’d rather just give the experience up as a bad job.

    Why bother?..Because after all...

    Wrapping paper only gets ripped off and binned within a nanosecond anyway.

    But if you’re serious about wrapping your presents perfectly and nailing it this Christmas...Then look no further than our ultimate present wrapping guide.

    Firstly, set the mood by playing some classic Chrimbo songs. Those foot tapping tunes from Slade, Wizzard and Elton John to suggest a few. Your festive mood can be further optimised by positioning your present wrapping station next to, or nearby your Christmas tree. 

    Step one: Place the present in the middle of the paper

    This is to determine how much wrapping paper you’ll need to cover the gift...No matter what size...or shape.

    Step Two: Mark the cut lines with a ruler

    If cutting in straight lines is nigh-on impossible - be diligent about this and use a ruler (or anything with a straight edge) to cut how much wrapping paper you’ll need to wrap your gift effectively.  Put the rest of the roll aside.

    Now it’s going to get tricky...

    Step Three: Fold the paper around the gift

    With your present placed nicely in the middle of the paper.

    1. Take one side of the wrapping paper and fold it over the top half of your gift.  
    2. Then take the other side, folding it over the bottom.
    3. Put both sides on top of the other end and pull it tight and tape together neatly.

    Step Four: Time for some origami...

    1. Start with the left hand side of your package.
    2. Fold both corners into a triangle and tape to secure.
    3. Fold the straight end over your gift.
    4. Pull the paper over the top of your gift and tape.
    5. Repeat on the other side.

    You seem to be really getting this now…

    Why not add a ribbon tied into a bow to really show off your work?

    You could also include a gift tag if you’re feeling really professional. And then there's always the option of a gift bag to present your thoughtfully wrapped gift in...Just don't forget to cut off last years gift tag from your Mum.

    And Voila! 

    You have before you, a perfectly wrapped present and the honorary title of 'Wrap God.' 

    You'll be able to wrap pretty much anything now from a motorbike to a cat.


    You have before you, a
    perfectly wrapped present and the honorary title of 'Wrap God.' 

    You'll be able to wrap pretty much anything now

    We’re sure our guide has helped.

    Do you have any tips for wrapping a present perfectly? 

    Leave a comment below or tweet us: @xmastreeworlduk

    Time for more? Kim Wilde talks Christmas songs and her new album |  How to decorate your tree according to science | Your Christmas tree decoration colour guide

  • The Ultimate Christmas Quiz: How Festive Are You?

    Dec 12, 2015

    For many, Christmas is simply the best time of the year and everybody fully embrace everything the festive season has to offer. But just how Christmassy are you?

    We've put together what we think is the ultimate Christmas quiz to truly test whether you're full of festive fun or are a bit of a grinch. We've got questions that just about cover every aspect of Christmas, including the Nativity, Christmas songs & films, Christmas trees (obviously), and much more.

    It's all just for fun, of course, so take it away and test your knowledge with our Christmas quiz...

    How did you get on? Share your results with your family and friends and see whether they're as Christmassy as you!

  • How To Decorate Your Christmas Tree According To Science

    Dec 12, 2015

    So you’ve bought your Christmas tree (or got it down from the loft) and now comes the best part - the decorating.

    Now you could just sling all the decorations on in some kind of haphazard fashion, and there’s plenty of fun to be had doing that, but we thought we’d try and come up with some kind of scientific way of decorating your tree to ensure it looks as good as it possibly can.

    Note: We’re going to use a 7ft Woodland Pine Tree (shown below) as the basis for everything as that’s one of our best sellers so is obviously quite popular.

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    Where to position your Christmas tree

    Where you position your tree is incredibly important. You can’t just put it anywhere; careful thought has to go into its exact position. Here are a few things to consider…

    • Heat - if you have a real tree then you’ll want to avoid direct sources of heat as the tree can dry out. With any kind of tree you’ll want to keep it away from radiators so the tree doesn’t stop the heat warming the house.
    • Light - Similarly, you won’t want your tree blocking light sources, whether lamps or windows.
    • View - Obviously you don’t want your Christmas tree hidden away so position it somewhere easily viewable from as many angles and doorways as possible.

    Time for a little feng shui. Whether it’s a real science depends on who you talk to, but, according to feng shui experts, where you place your tree can have a real difference on the ‘energy’ in your house. Apparently Xmas trees belong in the Wood feng shui element and therefore should be placed in one of the following places:

    • East (health & family)
    • Southeast (money & abundance)
    • South (fame & reputation)

    Make of that what you will.

    Where you put your Christmas tree can even have an impact on your Wi-Fi signal, according to British regulator Ofcom. WI-Fi routers receive data through the phone line before emitting the signal out through radio waves and can be affected by other devices that emit radio waves, including the fairy lights many put on the their tree.

    Ofcom recommend that the router be placed at least three metres away from such devices to reduce the chance of interference.

    Decoration density

    There’s a fine line between under- and over-decorating your Christmas tree. One way it looks like you couldn’t be bothered and the other way looks like you like Christmas just a little too much.

    Related: Check out our great range of Christmas decorations

    So what is the right amount of Christmas decorations for your tree? We’re going to do our best to come up with a way to work it out using GCSE maths.

    Using the formula πrl (where ‘r’ is the radius of the base and ‘l’ is the length of the slanted side of the tree) we can find the surface area of the decoratable part of our 7ft tree, which works out as roughly 46 square feet, give or take a little.

    To give you a good mix of decoration, tinsel, lights and greenery from the tree, we’d estimate that you should have 2 decorations for every square foot of tree, which would work out as a total of 92 decorations for this particular tree. Obviously this would change for the dimensions of each tree, but our formula to work it all out would be:

    2(πrl)

    Obviously you’ll need to weight the number of ornaments towards the lower section of the tree so they don’t look squashed at the top.

    When it comes to lights, we’d say that you shouldn’t skimp on them, and we’d agree with experts who say you should have a strand of 100 lights for every vertical foot of tree, so we’d need 700 lights in total for our tree. If you have a real tree then the heat from the lights can make the tree’s pine smell come out stronger.

    Related: See our full range of Christmas lights

    Not everyone likes tinsel but if you want to put some on your tree then we’d look at how long your lights are and half it.

    Colour schemes

    Choosing the right colour scheme for your tree is another important consideration. Obviously red and green are most closely associated with Christmas, and the reason these two colours work so well together is because they’re complementary. They appear on opposite sides of the colour wheel and appear bright when placed together.

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    The same can be said for yellow and purple, and it’s not uncommon to see decorations and ribbons in coloured with gold and dark purples.

    The reason silver is often used is that, as it’s technically a shade of grey, it’s a neutral colour and therefore goes with pretty much anything.

    It might not have been the most scientific, but we hope we've given you some good tips. Of course it’s all up to personal preference at the end of the day. The most important thing is to have fun!

  • 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?!

    While you're hear, don't forget to check out our amazing range of Christmas trees, Christmas tree lights, and decorations.

  • 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?

    While you're here, don't forget to check out our amazing range of Christmas trees, Christmas tree lights and decorations.

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