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Sugar plums | 7 Christmas traditions

Sugar plums | 7 Christmas traditions

Christmas is a time of tradition and ritual, such as singing “We wish you a merry Christmas” to the Christmas pudding as it emerges, alight, into the dining room… (OK, so that’s a personal tradition, but I have only just found this out. I thought everyone did this up until last year!)

Crackers | 7 Christmas traditions

Crackers | 7 Christmas traditions

Christmas is a time of tradition and ritual, such as singing “We wish you a merry Christmas” to the Christmas pudding as it emerges, alight, into the dining room… (OK, so that’s a personal tradition, but I have only just found this out. I thought everyone did this up until last year!)

Pantomimes | 7 Christmas traditions

Pantomimes | 7 Christmas traditions

Christmas is a time of tradition and ritual, such as singing “We wish you a merry Christmas” to the Christmas pudding as it emerges, alight, into the dining room… (OK, so that’s a personal tradition, but I have only just found this out. I thought everyone did this up until last year!)

Poinsettias | 7 Christmas traditions

Poinsettias | 7 Christmas traditions

Christmas is a time of tradition and ritual, such as singing “We wish you a merry Christmas” to the Christmas pudding as it emerges, alight, into the dining room… (OK, so that’s a personal tradition, but I have only just found this out. I thought everyone did this up until last year!)

5 quintessentially Christmassy foods

5 quintessentially Christmassy foods

Christmas is obviously a time for great tradition; rolling out your “happy face” when you discover someone’s got you a new pair of socks, re-gifting a soap set from last year, and sacking off work early on Christmas Eve. But there are some longer standing traditions, too, of the food sort, many of which originate from Germany! Mmmm, köstliche deutsche Nahrung!

Unusual voting systems from around the world

Unusual voting systems from around the world

Just in case you didn’t already know (I mean, it’s not as if anyone’s mentioned it at all…), millions of Americans will today be voting for the guy they want to be their president for the next four years – the guy who’s already been doing it for the last four years, or the guy who hasn’t. So, not being immune to all this election fever, we decided to investigate unusual voting systems from around the world.

5 amazing naturally occurring lights

5 amazing naturally occurring lights

Now we are in dreary November, it’s more than likely you have said (or heard) this expression of an early evening: “Eurgh, I can’t believe I’m putting the lights on already!” Well, that’s not what the lanternfish says when he lights up, and I’m pretty sure you won’t hear anyone complaining about glowing mushrooms either, because nature’s lights can be pretty spectacular…

5 truly bizarre festivals from around the world

5 truly bizarre festivals from around the world

When you think of festivals, what comes to mind? What comes to my mind is mud, drunks and unfortunate smells. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Throughout the world, there are some really strange (non-musical) festivals and celebrations… Spain, I’m looking at you! I could have written a whole, separate post about their festivals, but then I wouldn’t have got to share these with you!

The world's oddest statues and sculptures

The world's oddest statues and sculptures

The Statue of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer, Michelangelo’s David – they’ve got nothing on these! After extensive research (a bit of Googling), I’ve found what I regard to be some of the world’s oddest statues and sculptures… You’ll be surprised by how many obscene statues there are out there, too. But I’m afraid you’ll have to look them up in your own time…