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Our midweek musings on all things festive! We share all the latest Christmas ideas, information and inspiration with you.

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What do Christmas trees do in the summer? Scroll down for this and other festive intel!

Trio of Nutcrackers

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  1. Spent a magical couple of hours discovering what Christmas trees do in the summer at Tayside Forestry. So peaceful, so beautiful. And the smell … oh wow!  p.s. their gift/coffee shop – The Pine Cone – is divine too!
  2. Looking for a Starting School / Nursery gift for a little person? Little Hands Learning have the answer -another awesome sister duo with an utterly gorgeous monthly subscription inspired by a love of books!
  3. Polar Express Christmas train rides are filling up fast! Have you booked yours yet?  Check out our complete guide to all 11 routes here.

11 Polar Express Train Rides Across The U.K.

Check out our complet guide to the magical Polar Express Christmas train adventure and find your nearest station.

  1. Hot off the press … LEGO have just released their Christmas line-up for 2022. Four brand new advent calendar designs on sale from 1 September. But we’re in love with this gorgeous Polar Bear duo .. be still our hearts!!
  2. What an amazing idea from Dobbies garden centres! Their free interactive monthly demo for August will be a walk through of how to grow everything you need for Christmas dinner as they help customers get ready for the big day in a sustainable way! Head to your nearest Dobbies this Saturday morning to join in!
  3. Hannah’s been playing this board game with her kids over the summer and it’s been a huge hit! One for the Christmas gift list perhaps? Perfect for tweens and teens.
  4. Ah yey, super excited to see the artwork for the cover of the second instalment of Mel’s Christmas Carrolls! Coming this October!! (And if you haven’t read the first yet … check out our review and get your copy now!!)

A Jolly Festive Exclusive!

The Christmas Carrolls with Mel Taylor-Bessent

We caught up with Mel Taylor-Bessent, author of the fabulously festive tween sensation, The Christmas Carrolls.  Learn more about the inspiration for Mel’s writing right here.

  1. Seriously bling cast for this year’s Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler addition to the BBC Christmas TV schedule – The Smeds and the Smoos. We’re excited already!
  2. Calling all talented crafters – Kirstie is back and looking for applicants for her 2022 Handmade Christmas. More details here.
  3. Brand new year round Christmas shop just opened in St Andrews, Scotland! Beautiful store in the heart of the town. Our review and behind the scenes chat with owner Lawrence coming very soon!  Watch this space…

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