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How Ireland Really Went Bust by Matt Cooper gThe familyathering the food and the present Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit giving It s like you don t need to be celebrating the birth of Jesus to enjoy watching the Christmas Top of The Pops Show Christmas is also aboutathering together becoming unified and enjoying somethings togetherIn this modern age families perhaps no longer all come together on a Sunday for the whole eating together as a family some people will probably be working or be unable to make it every week Whereas at Christmas we seem to make that little bit effort or Christmas we seem to make that little bit effort or we are uilt tripped that little to ive in and agree to the large family If Looks Could Kill get together This book also informs the reader that Christmas cards only started as a tradition in the mid nineteenth century yet it is one the majority of people eagerly follow in the present day Then there s newer things like the Secret Santaift at work Everyone agrees a price limit say 5 or maybe 10 and all those participating have their names put into a hat and you draw someone and you buy the 5 or 10 Holacracy gift for that one person rather than your whole workplace I ve taken part in a few of these and they can be uite funny though it can be difficult if you draw someone you don t know very well to have to think of an appropriateift for within the price rangeI m sure I am not alone in dreading all the ift wrapping A lady called Julie Gubbay is uoted in the book as saying A lot of the skill of present wrapping is down to patience To be honest I have to do than one session of wrapping as I et so irritated and stuck up with the cellotape if I try to persevere and do them all in one session Some store offer ift wrapping usually at an extra charge Some even offer wrapping free Another thing covered in the book is the lets not offend anyone attitude So as not to offend non Christians we should refer to Christmas as Winterval Christmas anyone attitude So as not to offend non Christians we should refer to Christmas as Winterval Christmas should be called Winter Night Lights Mince Pies known as Winter delicacies and finally Christmas it self should just be called End of December I uess this could be controversial but I believe in the old traditional names and references so Christmas Christmas Lights Christmas Carols Mince Pies etc etc If you don t want to celebrate then fine don t but you shouldn t be allowed to dictate about a Christian Christmas simply because you or your religion doesn t recognise it I mean in these progressive days and multiple different religions we Christians can wish others Happy Diwali or Happy Hannukah can t we We all have to co exist in this world It just irritates me when people try to say someone else is wrong for celebrating Christmas I think people seem to forget Christmas is a religious festival for Christians I agree that over the years Christmas has become and commercialized and we seem to be encouraged to spend spend spend irregardless of whether we have the money or can afford to do so I have worked in a couple of retail organisations one was both a rental and "retail store called Choice Video Initially it was a place where you could rent a video yes video "store called Choice Video Initially it was a place where you could rent a video yes video then later a dvd or How to Manage a Maruess games such as playstation or nintendoames for anything from a couple of nights to a week The people that would come in on the 22nd or 23rd of December and couldn t understand why you couldn t order a specific Simply Insatiable House of Pleasure games console or even a certain dvd for them and have it by the 24th DecemberI also experienced similar when I worked for WHSmiths. ’s onreat form and no one chokes on a mince pie But on other occasions you’ll fall through a lass cabinet or set your cardigan on fireA Very British Christmas pays tribute to all the peculiar ways we choose to celebrate; it tells stories of our propen. REVIEWI always try to read a few Christmas themed books in NovemberDecember in an attempt to et into the Christmas sey mood so I was looking for an appropriate book to read and review when I found this one As I am British I was interested to see what Christmas rituals and traditions are thought of as British in origin I also thought it would be interesting to compare some of my families traditions to those featured in the bookThe cover is in a festive red colour and the book title is presented in way that makes it kind of represent a Christmas Tree At the very top of the A there is an ornament "Perhaps A Homemade Fairy Or "a homemade Fairy or There s the addition of a Santa s hat on top of the letter S Under the title and byline there s a rather disheveled looking family suashed onto a sofa in various states of Christmas Cheer There s also the somewhat regulatory scattering of Christmas wrap we all end "up with all over the floor It s a fantastic visual "with all over the floor It s a fantastic visual the typical British Christmas home at around 3pm or 4pm on Christmas Day The byline reads Twelve Days Of Discomfort And Joy which I think if we are being totally honest about the festive season we all have a few times during Christmas that we have a tad discomfort than the joy we were hoping for I think the cover is a fun one which represents the book well and it is a rather tongue in cheek look at some families Christmas traditions There are also uotes about the book from India Knight and Al Murray Though these types of uotes are my pet hate on book covers I Cradle Song guess the one from Al Murray made me a little eager to read the book as I do find some of his comedy uiteood I would just rather have the celeb or author uotes on the back cover or the would just rather have the celeb or author uotes on the back cover or the cover but I totally understand why they are used and placed on the front coversThe enre s I have seen listed for this book are Non Fiction and Entertainment hmm well the book is non fiction although you could imagine some of the stories being written for comedy sketches The entertainment label fits well as I did find reading the book entertaining I would also add humour to the enre listings as in parts the book has you laughingMy favourite parts of the book were the other peoples stories that they had shared with Rhodri Rhodri links into the individual stories and uotes really well I think the first thing I noticed that made me laugh was the contents listingand yes I did end up singing it out loud to the correct tune of The Twelve Days Of Christmas of courseThe contents listings included 12 Twelve My Sisters Voice gifts unwrapping 9 Nine journeys trekking 5 Five broken limbs In place of A partridge in a pear tree is And a nice fibre optic tree The whole contents list really made me laugh out loud Another statement I really identified with was However hard we might wish it Christmas doesn t automatically showerood times upon us I think everyone will recognise this aspect of Christmas We will all have had the oh so high expectations of how we wanted things to flow and planned for everything only to have it all o wrong on the actually dayOne of the most enjoyable bits of this book together was to talk about Christmas with people of other faiths such as those people who might observe Hanukkah Diwali or Mawlid yet they still do Christmas too Perhaps not in reverence to Jesus and his birth but because they like the other aspects that celebrating Christmas brings such as. Imagine if all your Christmases did actually “come at once”That idiom is supposed to evoke an image of delight happiness and nothing oing wrong but the British Christmas doesn’t always turn out that way Yes sometimes all the ifts are perfect everyone. ,
I could and would work on any department I was needed on We did late nights to allow those who worked could call by after work we would advertise that if it wasn t in stock we could order it There was even a little Christmas brochure to hand out that could be ordered from and still on Christmas Eve you could uarantee being asked by an annoyed indignant customer why you didn t have XY Z in stock Didn t we know it was Christmas I would finish work with steam literally coming out of my ears from being shouted at by irate customers Then there s the last minute shoppers who either want Something They Fleetingly Saw On they fleetingly saw on that would come in asking for Customer That book they advertised on This Morning yesterdayMe hmmm I was at work so have no idea can you ive "me details customer yes it had a blue "details Customer Yes it had a blue Or the very last minute iftbargain hunters clueless about what to buy Customer What can I The Second Time I Saw You Oxford Blue get my father in law Me A Book A CD A DVD Customer I don t know what would you buy him Me Inwardly screaming Or they d want the latest bestseller and want to know why you had no stock of it left at 5 minutes to closing time on Christmas Eve And no it wasn t appropriate for me to point out we had had this best selling book in stock since the last week of November and they d had a month to purchase itThe thing is I think most people can find something they love about Christmasthe music they used to listen to with their mum when they were kids the baking round atrandmothers or putting the Christmas Tree up together as a family I think one of the aims of this book was to make us all a little nostalgic and yep it worked I went from laughing at Christmas mess ups Children of A Better God gritting my teeth remembering working in retail at Christmas to remembering watching Morecambe Wise with myrandparents every year As well as Ruskin Bond's Book of Nature getting misty eyed and sighing at the memories of watching either The Wizard of Oz The Sound Of Music Mary Poppins or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with my Grandparents at Boxing Day tea eating salmon sandwiches pork pie and pickled onions This book sure made me wish we could wind back time to revisit those happier times againMy immediate thoughts upon finishing this book were that This book can make you laugh tear up and sigh whilst looking back at Christmas past with that nostalgic feeling you sure didn t feel at the timeSo whether you are looking for something toet you into the Christmas mood or are already irritated and feel like a little laugh at others disastrous Christmas efforts or feel like reading about British Christmas Traditions then this is the book for youOh and if you are stuck for a Lover at Last Part 1 Black Dagger Brotherhood gift for that one person who has everything you know the one I mean you could always buy them this book as aift Very funny Absolutely loved this book Great reading all the little bits about other people s Christmas experiences A fabulous book to read at Christmas time or indeed at anytime Listened to in audio formatAlthough I love sickly sweet christmas books towards the end of December I do suffer from Christmas fatigue A Very British Christmas was the perfect anti Christmas book to bring me back down to earthThis was an hilarious book about a typical British Christmas which definitely struck a cord with me I enjoyed the reminiscences from other people at the end of each chapterThis book would be perfect as a secret Santa present for any bah humbugs. Sity to behave badly our uselessness under pressure and our unuenchable joie de vivre Join us as we salute cultural icons dissect national customs and hear from people who’ve eaten all the turkey and lived to tell the taleTidings of discomfort tidings of

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    EBOOK/PDF A Very British Christmas Rhodri Marsden Ê 0 characters Read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Rhodri Marsden Listened to in audio formatAlthough I love sickly sweet christmas books towards the end of December I do suffer from Christmas fatigue A Very British Christmas was the perfect anti Christmas book to bring me back down to earthThis was an hilarious book about a typical British Christmas which definitely struck a cord with me I enjoyed the reminiscences from other people at the end of each chapterThis book wou

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    EBOOK/PDF A Very British Christmas A wry witty and poignant exploration of the small oddities which make a British Christmas taking in both the national stuff that baffles other countries nobody else understands crackers and really why would they? and the idiosyncratic family traditions that even baffle the neighbours It really captures the way that Christmas is always poised between expectation and nostalgia and almost entirely without a now I've got a weird Chr

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    EBOOK/PDF A Very British Christmas Rhodri Marsden Ê 0 characters Disclaimed I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewAnyone who knows me will know that I absolutely adore Christmas and this book epitomises all of the weird and wonderful things that I love about the season From the Christmas music to food to the commercialisation to the uirky things that have become family traditions Rhodri Marsden has managed to capture the nostalgia of Christmas whilst providing enough fac

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    Read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Rhodri Marsden EBOOK/PDF A Very British Christmas Absolutely loved this book Great reading all the little bits about other people’s Christmas experiences A fabulous book to read at Christmas time or indeed at anytime

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    EBOOK/PDF A Very British Christmas Rhodri Marsden Ê 0 characters Read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Rhodri Marsden Thank you to Netgalley the author and the Publishers for this review copy given in exchange for an honest reviewThis is a book detailing all the little things we do to celebrate Christmas It’s jam packed full of stories and anecdotes from Santa visiting to the traditional Christmas feast The anecdotes and stories are dotted in between little bits of history around Christmas and why we do what we do at this time of year For me I

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    Read A Very British Christmas Read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ê Rhodri Marsden Rhodri Marsden Ê 0 characters A light hearted look at how we British celebrate Christmas interspersed with anecdotes from different people some of which are funny and some heartbreakingly sadWell worth the read in the run up to the festive season

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