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SERVE UP A SUCCULENT CHRISTMAS FEAST EVERYONE knows how stressful Christmas can be. The house full of relatives who don't get on, over-excited and tired children throwing tantrums and petulant teenagers wishing they were anywhere rather than with their family. The Christmas Day lunch is another potential recipe for disaster, with the worry for the cook of over done turkey and soggy sprouts. However, with a bit of planning the day can go smoothly and without hassle. It’s always a good idea to start preparing for Christmas Day lunch on Christmas Eve, by making some stock from the giblets, boiled up with some carrots, onion, celery and bayleaf, to use for the gravy. You can also prepare your vegetables, sprouts and parsnips, and your pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon)

and assemble your trifle. Later on in the day you can start to prepare the chestnut stuffing, using sausage meat as the main ingredient to keep the turkey moist. On Christmas Day itself, everything revolves around what time you want to sit down to eat and the size of your bird. But it is always a good idea to get the turkey and stuffing out of the fridge to allow them to get to room temperature so they will start cooking as soon as they go into the oven. You’ll need to put the pigs in blankets in later in the morning. While it is cooking, you can peel the potatoes and put them in cold water ready to parboil before roasting them, and make the bread sauce. You’ll also need to put the steamer on for the Christmas pudding, if you are having one, and make the brandy sauce.

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TAKE IN THE TRUE FESTIVE MEANING THE true meaning of Christmas is often lost in the rush to open presents on December 25, but it marks a festival that has been celebrated for thousands of years. Everyone knows Christmas is the time of year when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The word itself comes from the Old English term Cristes maesse, meaning ‘Christ’s mass’, which was the name for the festival service of worship held on December 25 to mark the birth of Jesus. While we know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a few miles south of Jerusalem, we do not know exactly when he was born, or even the year. One reason for this is that the stories of his birth, recorded in the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke, were written many years after they happened and no one actually wrote down any dates. Many experts think Jesus was actually born in the spring, but date of Christmas moved to December so that the new Christian religion would have something to celebrate to compete with ancient pagan festivals that occurred at about the same time. The Eastern Orthodox and the Eastern Rite churches within the Roman Catholic church chose January 6. The day was named Epiphany, meaning ‘appearance’ – the day the infant Jesus was first seen by the Magi, the Three Wise Men. However, the Western church, based in Rome, chose December 25 and Christmas was first celebrated on that day around the year 336. Everywhere Christmas is celebrated, the day is marked by special activities that make it totally different from any other day of the year. Other customs have to do with decorating evergreen trees with lights as well as wreaths, and holly. The modern Christmas tree originated in Germany during the Middle Ages. A play about Adam and Eve around that time used a fir tree hung with apples, called the ‘Paradise tree’, to represent the Garden of Eden. German families set up a Paradise tree in their homes on December 24, the feast day of Adam and Eve. As the Christmas holiday was the next day, candles representing Christ as the light of the world Celebration: There is more to Christmas than opening presents left under a pretty Christmas tree. (S) were often added to the tree.

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WHEN it comes to beds, George Crofts and David Taylor know just about all there is to know — they have been manufacturing and retailing them for many years and pride themselves on the quality and variety of their bed ranges and related products. Their aim is to offer customers the latest in bed technology and styles, and in their factory/showroom at 44 Bank Street, Mexborough, you will find an extensive range to suit all needs and budgets. Buying a bed is a very personal thing and they insist upon customers taking their time to choose. Their wealth of experience allows them to offer good advice on the various mattresses and bases to ensure you get the perfect combination. The collection includes the Maxi Store Ottoman bed, whose mattress can be raised effortlessly to reveal a large storage space beneath and the innovative three-in-one bed. This design features a base containing storage space plus a handy hideaway slatted base and mattress, which glides into the base and can easily be pulled out to form a single bed. This is also available in a single version with a spare base and mattress which can be used as an extra single or can form a double bed. In addition there are electrically operated bed lifters which raise the mattress vertically and also at the head and foot, which are beneficial to those in a caring role who have to do a lot of lifting. Edwardian Bedding also sells memory mattresses which were invented by NASA for astronauts. These mould to the body while you sleep and return slowly to their original shape during the day. The whole mattress is ‘slow return’ and as such can be turned, unlike combinations which feature the function on one side only. Cool-Max mattresses have been specially designed for those who prefer to feel cool during the night. They are covered in a fabric containing thousands of tiny perforations which, rather than retaining body moisture, which makes the mattress warm, allows it to evaporate and keeps you cool. Slow return mattresses are also available with Cool-Max fabric. And now the best of both worlds, Edwardian Bedding have designed and produced recovery and spring marriage, which gives a double luxury sensational sleep. You must come and try it to experience “Heaven on Earth’, and in addition to this it has the advantage of being a ‘no turn’ mattress. The company also sells a wide range of bedsteads and headboards including faux leather and suede, Victorian-style and contemporary metal, and a variety of wooden designs. And if you want to co-ordinate your soft furnishings, headboards can be covered in your own fabric. Edwardian Bedding goes that extra step to provide first class customer service which includes the option of taking away your old bed or mattress. The factory/showroom is just ten minutes’ drive away from Cortonwood shopping complex along the Dearne Valley Parkway.

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Oh yes, it is! The wish-granting Genie from Aladdin and Cinderella’s aesthetically challenged sisters.

ROYAL MAIL HONOURS PANTO TRADITION FOR many of us, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the panto. It’s where we laugh at dreadful jokes, join in with terrible songs and wait in eager anticipation to boo and hiss and shout out the well-known catchphrases. Royal Mail is honouring the time-honoured tradition by choosing a cast from among the most popular goodies and baddies who have entranced us over the years to star on its 2008 Christmas stamps. Appearing, as if by magic, on first-class stamps is Aladdin’s

Genie, and he’s joined on the second-class stamps by the Ugly Sisters from Cinderella. On 50p and 81p stamps, Captain Hook from Peter Pan and the Wicked Queen from Snow White are presented in typically evil poses. Julietta Edgar, who is head of special stamps at Royal Mail, said: “Every year customers look forward to our Christmas stamps, which have been brightening up the festive season for more than 40 years. “Pantomime is a genre unique to the UK with a tradition

stretching back hundreds of years. “It certainly provided me with my first experience of live theatre and is always one of the highlights of Christmas.” Pantomimes were first performed in England in the 17th century, gradually evolving from a light, popular comedy into the slapstick extravaganza we know and love today. For customers who prefer their stamps to feature a religious image, the popular first-class Madonna of Humility and second-class Madonna and Child stamps, introduced last year, will also be available.

People plan to spend less, says survey same as usual on Christmas 2008, 58 per cent said they could do so because they had saved up for the festive season all year round. Seventeen per cent put money away from the summer time onwards, while 19 per cent said they started saving three months beforehand. Six per cent put money by for Christmas a month before the festivities begin. Of those who said they did not save up specifically for Christmas, 22 per cent

said they would use their credit card to cover the cost, while 13 per cent admitted they would have to use their overdraft facility. But the majority (47 per cent) said they would dip into existing savings. As for how much people are planning to spend this year, 38 per cent of those polled said they were expecting to spend up to £500, while 36 per cent anticipated their Christmas costing between £500 and £1,000.

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WAYS TO RECYCLE FESTIVE RUBBISH BY TRACEY SMITH YOU’LL blink and it’ll be all over for another 12 months — presents open, tummies full to bursting and ‘Turkey Surprise’ on the menu through to New Year. Perhaps this is a perfect time to look at the rubbish you’re about to create over the Christmas week and better still, for you to include some serious rubbish reduction plans in your resolutions for 2009. Tracey Smith, the author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas, which is full of ways to help you minimise your impact on landfill, says: “There’s something about the sheer abundance of Christmas that makes all the excesses feel quite overwhelming. “We invariably eat too much, we over-cater for too many people and we definitely spend too much money. The net result of this uberconsuming can leave us feeling quite vacuous after the event. “By giving a positive embrace to living with less you’ll start the New Year in a great frame of mind and your bin men will have considerably less backache carting your rubbish away.” Here are some of her top tips to get you on the right, green track with your festive trash. Wrapping paper:Harvest it to rewrap gifts and customise your own by buying a roll of cheap brown paper, decorating it with a hand-printed potato stamp in a Christmas design and fastening it with raffia or string. Add nonreusable paper — minus the sticky tape — to your recycling bundle or your compost heap. Cards: Have a Blue Peter moment and cut all the spangly bits off of the cards you receive, pop them in a shoebox and make your

own cards next year. Decorations: If they’ve seen better days, cut them up and add them to the crafty shoebox, or remove the staples, stick them through a hand-shredder and use them to pack out gifts like jams and preserves in a homemade hamper, or use them to protect items you put in the post. Tree:Make sure real ones find their way to the green waste bin at your local civic amenity site. Many sites also recycle old plastic trees too. Unwanted presents: Don’t clutter up your life, recycle unwanted gifts. Wrap them up and pass them on to a more suitable recipient, or ‘freecycle’ them — via the worldwide network of groups devoted to seeing that unwanted but reusable items go free to a good home rather than ending up in landfill. Visit www.Freecycle.org.uk for more information. Leftovers: Don’t bin them, recook with them. Invest in a few cook books and learn how to use them to make quiches, pies and soups. Check out Tracey’s video at www.BookOfRubbishIdeas.co.uk with her super-easy recipe for making Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads. And don’t forget to put all your organic waste into a composter or wormery, which turns your cooked and uncooked food waste into a fantastic worm compost which you can plant in or just dig into the garden, and a nutritious liquid plant feed which you can use to feed your plants, indoors and out, flowers, vegetable patch or lawn. You can find out more information at www.OriginalOrganics.co.uk. For more rubbish ideas visit www.BookOfRubbishIdeas.co.uk.

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PAWS FOR THOUGHT FOR YOUR PETS AT CHRISTMAS

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RESEARCH shows that animal lovers enjoy treating their pets – 70 per cent of dog owners and 56 per cent of cat owners buy gifts for their four-legged friends. And Christmas is a great time to treat small furries, like rabbits, ferrets and guinea-pigs, with a gift that is good for them as well as fun. The new Animal Welfare Act aims to encourage pet owners to keep their pets happily active and the right to exercise is considered by the RSPCA to be one of the five basic welfare needs. Therapeutic toys will provide a more stimulating environment for your pet and prevent boredom, encouraging them to undertake lots of natural behaviour as well as enjoy a little extra exercise. Ideal Christmas presents for small furries include dumbbells, exercise balls and Rip and Run Burrows, which can be used for playing hide and seek, and also encourage your pet to chew, which is a great way of keeping their teeth healthy. Natural wood log panels can be easily bent into arches or rolls, ideal for chewing, playing with and hiding behind. These are simple stocking fillers for your rabbit or guinea-pig and will keep your pets entertained as well as exercised for months to come. A new grooming comb and brush is also a great present.

Gently brushing or combing your pets’ fur or coat provides a good opportunity to check their skin, hair, eyes, paws and claws to make sure everything is in good order. And while everyone eats lots of rich food at Christmas, it is important to watch what you feed your pets or they could end up being sick. Giblets, stuffing, puddings, chocolate and cream can all make cats and dogs ill. Dogs enjoy chewing on a juicy bone, but make sure it is a big marrow bone so there is no danger of the dog swallowing it. Never give a dog or cat turkey bones – they splinter easily and could cause an animal to choke to death – not to mention what damage they can do to their stomach and intestines. And if you are going to feed your pets turkey meat, make sure it is white, not dark, as that is too fatty for them. Lots of supermarkets stock Christmas food for pets – pet puddings, packets of tasty treats and chews, and even turkey-flavoured food. Make sure you pick up some animal crackers too - full of bits and pieces which your canine and feline friends will find fun.

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CRAFTY TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE CARDS THE tradition of sending Christmas cards dates back to 1846, when the founder of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Henry Cole, commissioned artist John Horsley to do an illustration of a happy family. He had 1000 cards engraved and hand coloured, and sent half to his friends and sold the rest for a shilling apiece – quite a sum of money in those days for most families. The idea caught on fast and Christmas cards remain as popular as ever as the preferred Christmas festive greeting, beating off strong competition from newfangled formats like text and email, according to research by Royal Mail. Holly, ivy and robins and piglets were popular Christmas card designs with the Victorians but these days, anything goes, from traditional Nativity scenes to mild or bawdy humour. For a more individual greeting, it's very rewarding to make your own – and they’re certain to be deeply appreciated by the recipient. Here, handmade stationery designer Louise Cunningham shares her ideas on trends and inspirations. “It’s a good idea to begin by making a 'mood board', containing a collage of ideas and inspirations, cut out from cards and magazines, for example, with colours and images that have caught your eye. Keep your eyes open everywhere you go and look out for things from everyday liv-

ing which inspire you. It might be wallpaper in a magazine with a pattern that you like or a Christmas decoration. “Craft shops are a wonderful source for embellishments and attachments.” Louise has picked out three distinctive trends for this Christmas to help budding designers choose a theme. ‘Winter wonderland’ use a frosted palette of ice blues, white, cream and silver, with hints of dusky pink, teal or slate blue for contrast. For the design, choose from twinkle ribbons, diamante, beads, sequins, lace and feathers, with layered hearts, snowflake patterns and stylised lettering. ‘Burnished glow’ is a bold, metallic look, with gold, bronze, copper and amber tones dotted with hints of black and pale pink. For embellishment, try butterflies, ribbons, jewels and bows, with kaleidoscope patterning or bold, botanical imagery. The traditional look is always popular, with a palette of rich tones like berry red, plum and cranberry and burnt, earthy tones like orange, chocolate, cinnamon, fern green and olive, with hints of gold, cream and ivory. Use oversized bows, velvet ribbons, lace and beading to decorate. Louise, who lives in Barnsley and runs a wedding stationery business called Mimosa Designs, was previously a handmade Christmas card designer for Hallmark, creating ranges for major retailers like Asda, Tesco and Next.

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Poinsettias are simply the best this Christmas

ADD FESTIVE FOLIAGE TO YOUR HOME THERE are so many ways to decorate your home for Christmas with delightful displays of festive foliage. Here are two easy-to-follow ideas to whet your appetite. For a lovely Christmas wreath in green and white, use a mixture of wintry blooms like hyacinth, freesia, longiflorum lily and star of Bethlehem with brunia and snowy spruce, offset with natural shells and sparkling Christmas lights. Light from a round candle in the centre will cast a glow off the pretty pearl beads. Crimson begonia are perfect for Christmas. You can weave them into a ready-made

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woven wooden wreath, available from florists and garden centres, for a gorgeous traditional red and green arrangement. Just take eight red mini begonia, and tape four cocktail sticks to the base of their pots, so that the sticks protrude like legs. Use the legs to slot the begonia pots into position on the wreath frame. Cover the remaining space with evergreen foliage by simply weaving individual branches into the frame. Finally, take lengths of ivy and wrap them around the wreath. Four candles placed in the middle give a warm, Christmassy glow.

COLOURFUL poinsettias bring an exotic edge to the cold season and even have a day dedicated to them - December 12, the date of the death of Joel Poinsett, the US diplomat and plant lover who first bought the plant from Mexico to the new world. Here?s how to create the- fes tive arrangement pictured left ● Take a cone-shaped piece of moist florists’ foam and pin moss all over, leaving a gap at the top. ● Pierce crab apples with cocktail sticks, and push into the foam. ● Add pieces of spruce and some berries. ● Glue sticks to pine cones and add to the design. ● Add your Poinsettia ‘star’ — cut the stem from a plant and seal the end by passing through a candle flame. Voila – your very own homemade Christmas tree! Poinsettias also come in white, Berry bright: A classic red poinsettia clad in cones, berries and foliage. cream, peach, pink and patterned Picture: Flowers & Plants Association — www.flowers.org.uk. varieties.

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Warm colours: Begonia with ivy. Picture: Flowers & Plants Association – www.flowers.org.uk.

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IF it’s a new fitted kitchen or bedroom you require, then look no further than Design Interiors Barnsley. Situated on the Mitchells Enterprise Centre, Bradbury Balk Lane, Wombwell, directly behind Billingtons Steel Works, slightly off the beaten track but certainly worth checking out. Now in its sixth year, Design Interiors is a family business dedicated to service and quality. With a large well fitted showroom to view, most tastes and budgets can be catered for. With oak Shaker and modern gloss finishes still proving popular. Design Interiors can project manage your new kitchen from start to finish including any building work, plastering, tiling and flooring. A large percentage of their work is based on recommendation, emphasising their commitment to service and quality. Design Interiors is now entering its third year as agent for

German branded kitchens “Nolte”, and the product goes from strength to strength with the introduction of the “Matrix 150” system for 2009. This allows for easier planning and the trend for open living by integrating the kitchen and living area as one and creating one social area. Bedrooms are still proving popular for Design Interiors and, with the new factory now open, flexibility and quality are even better. As they manufacture the units themselves all

the furniture can be custom made for most requirements, including dormer bedrooms. For all the DIY buffs, supply only isn’t a problem, with all kitchen units being fully assembled and delivered free of charge. They can even do the planning and check survey to avoid any costly mistakes. Design Interiors is currently in the process of re-vamping the showroom to make way for some of the new designs for 2009 so a few ex-display items are up for grabs and there is still time to have your new kitchen and bedroom in time for Christmas. So give Design Interiors a call or visit the website: www.design interiors barnsley.co.uk

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GIVE CHRISTMAS THE PERSONAL TOUCH If you’re feeling crafty this Christmas, why not have a go at making some of your own decorations? It's a wonderful, fun way to get the children involved and to create a more personal touch. Here are some simple step-by-step guides to embellishing plain old baubles and making your own wreaths to fuel your imagination. ribbon. Step Three: Apply dots of glue along the ribbon to decorate it, adding sequins and gems for extra embellishment. Make small dots of glue above and below the ribbon decoration for a more glittery bauble. Materials required: I Plain baubles I Selection of ribbons and braids I A glue gun and glitter sticks I Sequins I Small glittery gems

Baubles Step One:Cut a length of ribbon long enough to fit around the bauble adding a little extra to overlap the ends. Glue it around the bauble. Cut two lengths of braid and glue them along both edges of the ribbon on the bauble. Step Two:Work in small sections at a time so that the glue does not dry before the ribbon has been pressed onto it. Alternatively, glue one strip of braid along the middle of the

Above: Gluing the braid onto baubles and right, the finished product.

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a little depth. Step Three: Using glitter glue sticks, apply small dabs of the glitter glue onto the pine cones to give them a gentle shimmer. Tie two large bows and glue them together to form a double bow. Glue this to the top of the wreath using the glue gun. Materials required: I Wreath base – use a plastic wreath base or try twiggy wreath bases available from flower shops and garden centres. I Glue gun and glitter sticks I Pine cones I Ribbon I Wired ribbon for the bow.

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the wreath base at this stage if needed to hang the wreath to the door when it is finished. Step Two:Continue to glue pine cones onto the wreath, covering the entire surface so that it cannot be seen. Select smaller cones and glue them on top of this first layer to create

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BRING ALL THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS INTO YOUR HOME THERE’S nothing like a in shape, fragrance, colour real tree to bring the and texture. magic of Christmas The main types currently into your home. available are the Norway They look lovely, smell Spruce, which is the origi-

Nordmann Fir: Britain's most popular tree type with The Norway Spruce: The original traditional UK tree, beautiful and, farmed nal deep-green Christmas responsibly, they’re also tree, the Nordmann Fir, soft, fresh-smelling foliage, good symmetry and needle shapely and fragrant but liable to needle loss. good for the environment, currently the most popular retention. absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere while they are growing, and recyclable after use. The Christmas tree farm in Billingley is busy preparing for the coming season, creating a beautiful indoor, floodlit forest in the grain store, where customers can walk around and choose their perfect real tree from the various available species. Prepare to be charmed by the farm’s family of reindeer, with mum and dad, Comet and Cupid, originally from Lapland, and the new baby boy, which was born here. He hasn’t been named yet so the farm is on the look out for suggestions. These days there’s many Blue Spruce: A very striking tree with a strong blue tinge Serbian Spruce: The Eastern European favourite, soft different types of tree to to the sharp needles. foliage with a striking silvery underside. choose from, each varying

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in Britain, the Blue Spruce and the Serbian Spruce, all pictured. A relative newcomer is the slim, silver-green Fraser Fir, which is the most popular Christmas tree in the USA, now grown locally and available from Billingley. Billingley Christmas Trees was established in 2001 at Primrose Hill Farm

as a means of diversification during the foot-andmouth crisis which affected the livestock industry. Since then the farm has made a name for itself as a quality producer, supplying trees to many household-names, including supermarkets for their festive commercials and the BBC for last year’s Christmas episode of Dr Who. Its latest move was to open up an internet side to the business, The Christmas Tree Farm, allowing people across the country to order its trees online.

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Christmas Shopping at William & Julia Shaw is better than ever Established in 1988, this family run, independent jewellers, has been trading in Dodworth for 10 years. Specialising in bespoke wedding and engagement rings and diamond-set jewellery, there is also an extensive range of coloured stones, including many unusual gems, such as Tzavorite Garnet, Fire Opal and Tourmaline. Choose from specially selected ranges of gold and silver jewellery, featuring many unique and exclusive pieces, and also the hottest brands: • The ever-popular Nomination charm bracelets • International best seller Pandora bead bracelets • Bang on trend with Thomas Sabo designer jewellery and charm club ranges • Not forgetting Hot Diamonds – a range which has been stocked since it was first launched.

The family are excited by the opening of a new store extension, which provides a modern, light and airy showroom for customers to browse stunning new Christmas collections. Featured is a designated Nomination area, with counters and displays devoted to the brand – which William & Julia Shaw has promoted since its UK launch 5 years ago. They can also offer a designated private consultation room, for when time is needed to discuss the creation of that extra special piece of jewellery. On a personal note, the family would like to thank all their valued customers for their support over the last 10 years. William, Julia, Heather and their team of dedicated and friendly staff are looking forward to helping with Christmas purchases.

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Barnsley Independent Countdown to Christmas Supplement  

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