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Tangerine Days

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Tangerines –

always hang about after twelfth night

notice their smell –

generally piercing through the aroma of new years day dinner

everybody – enjoys one while they wait for the

roasted duck , pork or chicken to come out of the oven

in fact – the break from the chocolate will bring a smile

no one will bemoan you eating this festive fruit

everyone approves – its good for you!

 

 

 

The Garden Christmas Tree

All dressed up, and nowhere to go
a tall high fern sits gathering the snow
collecting white stuff from branch to root
as flakes cover all things that are under foot

He’s had a haircut since last year
when he gave children some Christmas cheer
Birds are away, having flown west
So up in the tree he’s having a guest

A squirrel up high – is sleeping round snow
and under the leaves – a mouse is a go
collecting some goodies before he’s asleep
in his winter house a few twigs depth deep

And lights around tree – do cheer and inspire
those wassailers visiting houses in Christmas choirs
but best thing of all – the thing all enjoy
is the smile for the tree from the young girls and boys

Its not this time of year until….

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

1. Festive lights on Trees outside every shopping centre in sight

Evidence for the defence….

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This is the Entrance of the Lowry outlet mall in Salford (Look it up guys, it’s my hometown. Situated next to Manchester – who like to get developers to subvert their name onto every other city / town in the Metropolitan Area)

 

2. Every large store has some sort of “Winter” Sale

This one is a biggie…as I write there’s five more days of NOVEMBER folks.  By the time we get to the week of Christmas itself – There’s going to be one hell of an Anti-climax.

3. Christmas Markets

I Actually like Christmas Markets…why we have to have them in November Heaven only knows, it still raised a smile seeing the Traditional stalls being set up in the streets (Haven’t opened yet – so there may be an image here later 🙂 )

4. There’s  Food you normally don’t buy in the rest of the year

As well as the usual Meat and Veg you see around this season, the nature of what is available is astounding.   Satsumas, Cranberries and all sorts of Flavourings – and that’s just for the stuffing.  You get all this in….and most of it (particularly those flavourings you sprinkle over the roasts to make them “especially crispy”) is still there two weeks after twelfth night.

One Good thing – Mince pies and Christmas Pudding…(though you can get plum pudding in the shops after Christmas day

5.  The Mad Rush

Today (Friday) was believe it or Not – Black Friday – where the world and his wife went bonkers looking for “Unbelievable” bargains.  I avoided Manchester city centre like a dose of the plague.  But I too, used to run around before 24th December in a mad rush to get the present everybody wanted…even if that meant I received three Christmas jumpers in return…This year – i’m pacing myself…running round causes too much stress…and we don’t need that now do we?

I’m just going to take it easy, pick out the stuff from my list of pressies i’m sending to santa and enjoy the rest of the holidays

The Christmas Market

10 December 2010

The Christmas Market

The beginning of the Christmas season, for me, always starts when the first frost hits the fallen leaves from Autumn, which are lying on the ground. This year, it coincided with the first of the festive celebrations at the northern branch of the Imperial War Museum, where I am involved as a volunteer.

Having carefully navigated the icy pathways leading to the museum, I climb the stairs to the Main Exhibition Space as familiar faces from the museum say hello. I’m then passed a cup of cheer in the form of a festive mulled wine, a welcoming sight for someone trying to take on Amundsen at his own game. It primarily relieves my hands from the cold snap outside, which was so cold it had left an ice sheet creeping beyond Ontario Basin. Indeed, it was cold.

As the cup warmed my fingers, the mulled wine’s aroma hit my nostrils. A wonderful mix of festive smells greeted me, travelling slowly up my nose and warming the back of the throat. First came the scent of the cinnamon. It was spicy and warming. Then, the smell of the nutmeg, and fruity flavours – it was Christmas in a cup…A perfect accompaniment for the Mince pie, which was both fruity and warm. Christmas had arrived.

We chatted and talked, as we finished our drinks, before leaving the museum and heading for the new home of BBC North – Media city UK, where our festive carriage awaited. I make sure I’m wrapped up warm before leaving the museum. The Cold still bites. Thankfully, no sooner as we get there does the tram arrive at the platform.

I watch from a window as our golden carriage travels down the line. We pass through the Quays and Manchester central. The Night air crisp, filled with stars and Christmas lights. People are out in the town, celebrating. Then, the tram stops at our destination. It brings back familiar memories. As we walk the short distance from the St Peters stop to the market, coloured festive lights lead the way.

I look above me at the Town Hall clock and spot Father Christmas sat happily on the town hall roof, where he brightly lights up the night sky. Familiar sights and smells greet me and my friends, various stalls selling almonds and roasted hazelnuts. Fudge and pancakes. The smell of Aromatic sausages mixes with Intoxicating Hot rum punch, full of fruit and spice. Once again the smells of Christmas fill the air and I can smell the scents of citrus and marzipan hanging around the stalls.

In a corner of the market is a Swiss clock maker, his cuckoo clocks chime so I check my watch, the clocks have chimed the quarter hour.

Amongst the shoppers I can hear the distant sound of an Oom-pah band playing by the Bavarian Beer house, but it’s being drowned out by the sound of that song by Noddy Holder. I pass the toy stall and reminisce about when I was younger….You know, I Had one of those as a kid.

We can hear the staff singing and chatting in a nearby bar – They’ve got the right idea, there’s a definite nip in the air. It’s time for a hot drink me thinks. Our small group like a band of brothers head for the warmth of a nearby coffee house. A Warm Cup of Minted Hot Chocolate is waiting. It is both satisfying and warming at the same time.

The tea is just as nice. I order a pot – it’s got one of those funny teabags in it. Ah well, I chuckle, it is Starbucks after all.

The cuppa puts the evening to bed. A very pleasant time has been had in the company of my chums in the volunteer squad but my bed awaits – I make a bee line for the Metro Stop. Christmas Dinner waits at the Museum come Sunrise.

Decorations

An Acrostic on Christmas Decorations

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Down from the loft stairs it comes, the family Christmas tree
Every year, the same routine never fails to disappoint
Children hang their favourite toy off the tree – with the aid of mum or dad
Old family baubles are joined by newer items
Round the Christmas tree they go – bringing colour and sparkle
Angel sits atop the tree (or sometimes a star)
Tinsel draped off every branch, finishes off the tree wonderfully
In the Well of the tree – is an ample space for Santa’s deliveries
On Christmas eve – the children leave a little something with their
Notes for father Christmas – and a carrot or two for the reindeer
Santa’s coming – and he’ll like our tree!