Telly time – it’s the season for Christmas movies

It’s almost El and Jae’s favourite time of year – ChristBirthdaymas. Jae’s birthday is two weeks before Christmas and El’s birthday is just after it, so the celebrations just keep coming.

And we have started our celebrating early thanks to a new TV we are reviewing. It’s a Bush 24 inch TV/DVD Combination  from the LEDTV range at Argos.

We’ve given it as an early Christmas present to El’s little brother Eye. Because we love him. And because El already has one in her room.

It comes in 3 colour christmas-tv-reviewchoices – black, white or pink (Eye was not tempted by the pink) – and includes an integral DVD player and all the Freeview channels.

We had to plug in a portable aerial because we didn’t have an outside one, but it was very easy to set up and the picture looks great. The 24 inch screen makes it a good bedroom or kitchen TV.

So now, let the Christmas movies commence! These are our top Christmas films we plan to watch on the new TV:

  • Arthur Christmas
    El and Eye watched this when they got the telly and it really put them in a Christmassy mood. A lovely film to watch in the Christmas season and great for kids. We especially enjoy Steve Christmas’s little xmas tree shaped beard.  
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
    We all LOVE this movie and we watch it at Christmas Eve. Christmas + Muppets = Fabulousnous (that’s not a word).
  • A Christmas Carol
    The musical version of this story makes Jae laugh as Kelsey Grammer plays Scrooge and for some reason he BOOMS all his songs. Seriously, he makes Tom Baker sound like a whisperer. Be warned, you may need ear protectors to watch this.
  • The Polar Express
    El remembers going to see this in the cinema when she was little and it brings back lovely memories. It’s such a sweet film. 
  • The Holiday
    This always seems to be on on Christmas Eve, when Jae is up late ‘testing’ the sherry. It’s about two women who swap houses and find lurve in the process. Then all the couples do a dance at the end. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy but if you can’t be cheesy at Christmas then when can you?
  • Rise of the Guardians
    Father Christmas has lots of tattoos in this one. That’s…er…different. But El really likes this movie and it works well for ALL OF THE SEASONS! 

Do you like our choices? What movies will you be watching on TV this Christmas?

This post is in collaboration with Argos

November 29, 2013. Tags: , , . Reviews, Stuff we love. 1 comment.

Stir it up, it’s Christmas cake time

Today is known as Stir Up Sunday, a time when people traditionally make their Christmas pudding. Have you been making a Christmas Pudding? We have been making a Christmas cake.

This is part of Jae’s secret plan to offload stuff like this on to El. One day Jae’s hands will turn into claws because of too much typing, so she needs to have a spare pair of hands all trained up and ready.

In our house the Christmas cake making is a bit more involved because we make two cakes so that we can give the extra one away.

We never know exactly who to give the extra cake to, but somebody who deserves it always pops up. Last year we cut the extra cake into four and gave away 4 mini cakes. Turns out there were a lot of good people around last year.

So who will get the extra cake this year? Whoever it is, it’s OK if they have a nut allergy cos we forgot to put the almonds in!

And if you’ve never made a Christmas cake, it’s very very easy – we use Mary Berry’s recipe and it always works.

El and Eye don’t really like Christmas cake because it is tastes of fruit and alcohol, (though this is exactly why Jae and Eldad like it). The icing is nice though.


El and Jae
Don’t mention the almonds

November 25, 2012. Tags: , , . Stuff we love. Leave a comment.

Season’s greetings!

The Christmas season is our favourite time of year. Jae’s birthday is on 10th December, then it’s Christmas Day when we go down to Brighton beach to eat chocolate oranges. And then on the 27th it’s El’s birthday!

The only trouble with Christmas is that once it’s over you have to wait a whole year for it to come around again.

Or do you?

Last week we went to a bunch of Christmas previews, where companies show off all their Christmas treats. It was kind of a weird thing to do on a Summer day but good fun.

First of all we went to Sainsburys. There were lots of food bits, little hampers of cheeses and stuff like that but we sniffed the air and pounced on the CHOCOLATE!

Daintily naturally. We had a reputation to upheld.
El particularly liked the chocolate covered pretzels which were situated near some sweet apple and cinnamon popcorn (also scrummy). There was cake in the shape of a snowman, called Snowie, salted caramel cream, mistletoe shaped sprinkles, macaroon making kits, and even one of those make your own gingerbread house kits. But it wasn’t all about the food.

We had a nosey round the gift section and spotted a Lego Darth Vader alarm clock, some Lego bag tags (not a great gift in El’s opinion, what child has ever asked Santa for a Lego bag tag?!), some Pacman themed stuff (Jae was surprised that El knew what pacman was), a new Kung Fu Panda game called Po’s Winter Wonderland (prompting giggles from El as a po is also a kind of chamber pot), a Master Moves Mickey Mouse (with over 15 moves in his repertoire), really the list goes on and on.

Then we went to Thorntons. There were three rooms full of as much chocolate as you could eat, plus a giant chocolate Christmas tree. And an elf with a rubber chicken. No, we have no idea either.

We met Keith, the Thorntons Master Chocolatier, whose job it is to think up new flavours of chocolate. His job also involves eating a lot of chocolate, about a kilo a day! (We don’t quite belive that he eats that much as he is a slim man.) What a dream job.

He let us interview him and Jae asked him serious questions. El asked him if he prefered white, milk or dark chocolate. Milk apparently.

Keith says that chocolate changes like fashion – nowadays they have chocolate with salt in which people in the past would’ve thought was bonkers. But we tried some and it was actually quite nice.

We sampled lots of the new Thorntons range and the one we really liked is the Family Night In, where you have to spin a wheel to decide which choccie you get. Let fate decide!

Then we went to Argos, where there were lots of new toys such as Monopoly and Game of Life that you can use with an iPad, and a funny little yellow robotty thing called My Keepon which El was totally hypnotised by.

And of course the newly relaunched Furby, which has eyes that can see into your soul.

Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls was launching her new range of clothes for little kids. They were all really cute and not all pinky.

So that was our fun day of Christmas in July. Only trouble is, now we are impatient to see Father Christmas again!


Merry Eljaemas!

El and Jae
Making a list, checking it twice

July 28, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Reviews, Stuff we love. 2 comments.

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