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Sparkler Christmas Tree_reuters.com

Christmas tree_Istanbul_daylife.com

Dots gift bag_$5.00_elumdesigns.com

Drift Wood gift bag_$5.00_elumdesigns.com

Doodle Art gift paper_$3.75/sheet_elumdesigns.com

Rococo - Black gift paper_$3.75/sheet_elumdesigns.com

Holiday Rococo gift paper_$3.75/sheet_Elum

*Hallelujah Chorus*

*O Come, O Come Emmanuel*

Mallet of Luck paper model_by craft pocket

Chinese Dragon paper model_by craft pocket

Carousel paper model_by craft pocket_Canon Creative Park

*Paper Modelz*

Alfie Kat_22.99 pnds_fully jointed_Raggy Dolls

*Carol of the Bells*

Lithographed tin spinning top_by Ohio Art_$20.00_Ruby Lane

*Old Toy Trains*

*Toy Trains*

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*O Holy Night*

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*Panoramaist: Cavalcade of Lights*

City Hall front door by nantel_Montreal_flickr.com

Scrooooge! front door_istockphoto.com

Exploding Wreath_fotosearch.com

Dried Wreath_drdelphinium.com

Christmas Wreaths_lotusartstudio.com

Playmobil Nativity Set_toysrus.com

Their names were Caspar, Balthazar and, erm.

One child in ten does not know the Nativity story, a survey has found. Do you? We took to the streets in London, Liverpool and Glasgow to ask Britons about the Virgin Birth, King Herod and the three wise men

Baron Phillip, 40, Risk management consultant, southeast London

Right, there's Mary, immaculate conception and all that. She and her husband Joseph were travelling to Bethlehem. No idea why. There's a donkey in there somewhere. They have the baby in a barn and lay him in a manger. The three wise men use the star in the sky as a signpost to find them. Possibly some shepherds in there as well? There's always a lamb involved. That's it as far as I can remember. It all ends with the birth for me. I'm trying to think of all the carols. Was there a king beheading young boys? That's probably what Mary and Joseph were trying to get away from in the first place. They were on the run.

*Their Names...*

Abraham and Three Angels_click to enlarge_christusrex.org

Angels in America poster_images.google.com

Demon bursting angel-blown bubbles_Angels and Demons

*Ten Bible Passages About Christmas*

Black and Silver Christmas Wreath_handmade Christmas cards_Lotus Art Studio

*Fave Holiday Drinks*

Saks Fifth Avenue window by tixgirl_flickr.com

Saks Fifth Avenue window by tixgirl_flickr.com

*The Twelve Days of Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley*

Fortnum & Mason window_dailymail.co.uk

Cartier_New York_images.google.com

*Grown-Up Christmas List*

St. Bridget's Church by mudpig_flickr.com

Spilling over... by Trapac_flickr.com


  • 4 sheets butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 200g mincemeat
  • 5 tbs icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Defrost the pastry and cut into shapes using a Christmas cutter (we used a 10cm star cutter). Lay the pastry shapes on a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Prick with a fork, brush with egg and place 1 1/2 tsp mincemeat in the centre of each. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden, then set on a rack to cool.
  3. Mix the icing sugar and lemon juice together to make a very soft icing (add a few drops of water if necessary). Drizzle the icing over the pastries in a zig-zag pattern. (To do this is, put the icing in a small plastic bag and snip a corner off.)

Notes & tips

  • Everyone loves mincemeat tarts, but for something different, try these. They're great for Christmas morning breakfast. Easy Mincemeat Danish

Rock Center Xmas Tree by Kacy Knight_flickr.com

*Paris Window Display*

*London Christmas Window*

*Christmas Shopping London*

Modern gingerbread house_ohdeedoh.com

*Swarovski Christmas Tree*


Regally Balanced ornament_$55

Jewelled Guard ornament_$55_Christopher Radko

*Little Altar Boy*

*Christmas Time is Here*

*Happy Xmas (War is Over)*

Tokyo store window_japandesign.ne.jp

*This Christmas*

Candy Cane shot glasses_$4.99 for 2_wishingfish.com

*Someday at Christmas*

Charlie Brown Christmas tree_plastic + wood_$23.99 @ Target

*One Little Christmas Tree*

Last Match menorah_Walteria Living_$240_aplusrstore.com

*Ave Maria*

Tea light tree_blomus_design-milk.com

*What Child is This (Greensleeves)*

*Christmas in NY*