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OLD FASHIONED EASY TO MAKE GAMES

HOW TO ORGANISE Your Home Room By Room

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Festive Gift Guide for the Whole Family

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WELCOME TO ISSUE 3 EDITOR’S LETTER Let’s face it, 2020 has thrown us all the

it’s a must for your own wellbeing. These

ultimate curveball. Many of us continue to

are unprecedented times, we don’t have a

feel the stresses and strains of the ongoing

crystal ball, but positivity is essential. Let’s

pandemic, worrying about keeping jobs or

take care of ourselves and our families now

finding new ones, altering financial plans,

in readiness for the brighter future waiting for

the extent of the economic downturn, stock

us just around the corner.

market fluctuations, trying to stay afloat, saving our businesses, how we are going to afford the fast-approaching festive season or continue to juggle the added pressures of work and home life. Not to mention getting the kids caught up with schoolwork that

they

missed

from

last year. And if that was not enough, with the new lockdown just announced it doesn’t look like it’s over yet. Can

We’ve got some really interesting articles for you in this, our festive edition. Check out our festive gift guide for the whole family, help your child play catch up at school, learn about Holiday Traditions from around the world, get fit for the slopes, enjoy some easy to make old fashioned games that you can play inside and out, enter our competitions to win an abacus from La Malle à Jouets in Valbonne and

you

believe

it’s

already November? The craziness of this year has completely affected my sense of time, thrown my routine out of the window, and made me wonder if I am prioritising the right things. In a world where there are so many things vying for our attention, we

a

modern

holiday

wreath kit from A Nos Racines in Vallauris, and so much more… If you haven’t done so already, join us on social media @enfantsdazur to stay updated with the very latest information for parents and families on the Côte d’Azur.

need to choose the things that line up with our priorities. No matter what those priorities are for you it’s ok to put yourself first, in fact,

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OLD FASHIONED EASY TO MAKE GAMES

HOW TO ORGANISE Your Home Room By Room

UNDER THE TREE Festive Gift Guide for the Whole Family

AROUND THE WORLD IN 9 HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Cover image: Abbi Kemp www.visualsbyabbi.com Stylist: Danni Wing danni@danniwingevents.com

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Little skiers–When is the “Right Time” for Children to Learn to Ski?

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Around the World in 9 Holiday Traditions

Founder & Director of www.enfantsdazur.com Editor in chief, Publisher, Art Director, Advert Sales, Partnership Development, Photography, Marketing all undertaken by: Holly Grattan holly@enfantsdazur.com

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Guilt Free Screen Time: 12 Educational Apps to Keep Kids Busy

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7 Kid-Friendly Virtual Visits to Enjoy from Home

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Old Fashioned Easy to Make Games - To Play Inside & Out

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Being a Child and Being Yourself

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Playing Catch Up – How to help your child catch up.

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Tutorial: How to make: A beautiful festive Christmas wreath with Stephanie Versace from À Nos Racines.

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10 Festive Family Activities to get you in the Christmas Spirit

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Under The Tree - Festive Gift Guide for the Whole Family

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How To Organise Your Home Room By Room

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Pre Ski Workout – How to get fit for the slopes

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Creating a Board Game in 5 Easy Steps

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A Traditional British Christmas Pudding

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Our Choice 5 Best Promenades For A Festive Stroll Alpes Maritimes (06)

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THINGS TO DO

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5 BEST PROMENADES FOR A FESTIVE STROLL ALPES MARITIMES (06) CANNES

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ST. RAPHAËL

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PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS

Parking, carousel, sandy beach, restaurants, cafes, food kiosks, toilets, kids play area, A Ferris Wheel, sailing school, Le Sentier du Littoral: A stunning red rock hiking trail along the sea

Toilets, kids play areas, restaurants, cafés, food kiosks, tourist train, chairs, benches, pebble beach, bike rental, cycle lane

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THINGS TO DO

GUILT FREE SCREEN TIME: 12 EDUCATIONAL APPS TO KEEP KIDS BUSY by Holly Grattan

During the first lockdown, for many of us, kids screen time guidelines went out the window. But with these educational apps, there’s no need to feel guilty about letting them learn online. With new restrictions and a second lockdown underway, many of us, working from home, will be faced with the difficulty

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of how to entertain the kids in the afternoon. If you still have that report to write for your 9 am zoom meeting or those sales calls to make, to ensure you meet your targets, then you will love these screen time options, featuring things that children can do alone with minimal supervision. During this time, we absolutely shouldn’t be feeling guilty about a few extra hours in front of a screen, especially if it allows you to get through this difficult time.

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I have handpicked just a few free resources with added educational value in English. (You will find our handpicked French resources in our French Magazine.)

FOR YOUNGER KIDS 1. Storyline Online Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills. This digital library contains more than 50 books and they come with activity guides for teachers and parents. You can stream the videos direct or via a free app. My daughter and I really like “If I ran for president” and “zombies don’t like veggies”. www.storylineonline.net

3. National Geographic Kids Find really fun and educational videos about animals, history and culture, science, how things work, ‘weird but true’ facts, ‘exploring different jobs and careers’, ‘when you grow up’ and lots of other great topics. They also have a games and quizzes section with loads to do. www. kids.nationalgeographic.com/ videos/

4. BBC Earth Kids YouTube channel. What an incredible find. This channel is made purely for kids. Learn about endangered animals, Deadly 60 with Steve Backshall’s, a series on how to draw different animals, learn facts about scary bugs and meet VIP personalities and their pedigree pets. www.youtube.com/c/ BBCEarthKids/

5. New Horizon – Sleep Stories and Guided Mediations for Kids If your kids find it hard to

2. SciShow Kids is a YouTube channel with Jesse and “Squeekz”, her little robot-mouse. Discover lots of facts about hundreds of scientific topics. www.youtube.com/user/scishowkids

get to sleep, these bedtime sleep stories, meditations, and breathing exercises are brilliant. Listen to guided meditations about unicorns, space-dinosaurs and nature. Find mindfulness meditations for teens and music guaranteed to send you off to the land of nod. Accessible on the app or YouTube. www.youtube. com/user/newhorizonholistic

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Crash Course Kids is an educational YouTube channel. Learn about Gravity, Volcanos, Weather Systems, Matter, Habitats, Food chains, Engineering, and Space. w w w.y o u t u b e . c o m / u s e r/ crashcoursekids

FOR BIG KIDS 7. Crash Course is the parent educational YouTube channel of CrashCourse kids. It is completely free and aimed at older children. It covers algebra, AI, thermodynamics, neural networks, philosophy, mechanical engineering, statistics and much more. It is aimed at secondary school and college level. I am so impressed by the level of accuracy/ depth of this channel, it is absolutely fantastic. www.youtube com/user/crashcourse

8. What Do We Do All Day? This YouTube channel is packed full of creative ideas for curious kids. Maths, art, easy science, DIY games, and snazzy arty play ideas. We loved the paper art videos and scientific experiments you can do in your own kitchen. www.youtube.com/c/whatdowedoallday

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9. Netflix documentary “Our Planet” is a British nature documentary series made for Netflix. Narrated by David Attenborough, who also created the famous BBC documentary series “Planet Earth”, it is suitable for children aged 7 and above. It takes a look at the impact humans have on the environment. how climate change impacts all living creatures and it features some really extraordinary animals. www.netflix. com/title/80049832

10. BBC Earth – is the official YouTube channel of Sir David Attenborough. On this channel there are hundreds of videos, each a few minutes long, detailing interesting facts and fascinating information about nature and animals. We liked: “Best Monkey Moments”; “Nature’s Oddest Looking Creatures”; “The Smallest Bones In Our Body” and; “The Spider Web Building Time Lapse” was mesmerising. www. youtube.com/user/BBCEarth

11. Bear Grylls has a YouTube channel. My kids loved his survival series which we have on DVD and although you cannot watch full episodes on the channel, you can see some of his survival tips and workouts which are great! w w w.yo u t u b e . c o m /c / b e a rg r y l l s / videos

12. TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. Short 5-minute animated videos teach about a vast array of subject matter such as the rise and fall of history’s first empire, the future of food, and human evolution. They also have a learn to read program with phonics. Suitable from primary school to University. https:// ed.ted.com In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have introduced TED-Ed@ Home. Subscribe to get free daily videobased lessons sent straight to your inbox https://ed.ted.com/daily_newsletter/

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ith another lockdown in place for the foreseeable future, most of us have to change our plans and find new ways to keep children busy, no easy task. Luckily for us, hundreds of museums, zoos and cultural establishments around the world have developed virtual visits

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by Gabrielle Labourier that people can experience from home. These visits vary in style, format and content but all have the same basic principle: learn about science, history, animals, art, and much more without having to leave your home.


Below we’ve compiled some of our favourite virtual visits that kids can watch, explore and enjoy while staying busy, allowing you to enjoy a breather.

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. Oceanographic Museum Monaco For a few months now, the Oceanographic Institute in Monaco has offered virtual tours of their museum, aquarium, turtle sanctuary and more which kids (and parents) can easily follow from their screens. You can pick which chapter to explore and thus spread the visit over a few days. https://musee.oceano.org/visitevirtuelle/

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. Paris Zoological Park

explore the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition without the crowds. www.

The Paris Zoo is offering a wide selection of resources to discover their park, ranging from videos, to workshops and activity worksheets, perfect to keep kids, big or small, interested and busy! www. parczoologiquedeparis.fr/fr/vie-du-zoo

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. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London is offering a fantastic virtual visit of their museum, with easy to follow audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Discover the history of the Blue Whale which famously hangs from their ceiling or

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. Science Museum

The London Science Museum have used Google Street View technology to bring us a virtual tour of the museum, floor by floor. Opt to wander around the exhibits freely or watch one of their videos to enjoy their galleries from your home. Street view content is easiest to explore through a touchscreen, so tablets and phones are ideal for this option, and don’t forget to look up as the Science Museum has exhibits hanging from the ceilings! www. sciencemuseum.org.uk/virtual-tour-sciencemuseum

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. Edinburgh Zoo

This has to be my favourite, although not quite a virtual visit in the proper sense. The Edinburgh Zoo has set up live cameras in some of their enclosures where you can watch the animals go about their day as it happens. You can observe koalas, tigers, lions, pandas and penguins all day and all night! Their penguin livestream is the most entertaining and will definitely keep kids busy and amused for a while, it certainly worked in my family! www.edinburghzoo. org.uk/webcams/

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. Guggenheim

The Guggenheim museums across the world have teamed up to give us fabulous online content specifically made for kids and families. They provide videos, activities, audio guides and more for kids of all ages as well as art kits that you can easily download and do at home! What better way to stay busy during a winter lockdown! www.guggenheim.org/at-large/ for-families

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. British Museum

The British Museum recently introduced their Museum of the World with the aim to connect people to history. Their amazing online tour lets you explore their museum in many ways, either by time, by category, by continent and many other options. Simply scroll through their interactive timeline and pick the topic you want to explore. It is highly intuitive and great for kids who love to read up on a variety of subjects and eras. https://britishmuseum. withgoogle.com/

This list is far from complete as we couldn’t possibly talk about the hundreds of virtual tours that are available these days but why not check out your favourite museums’ website and see if they offer any virtual visits or browse through the thousands of exhibits available below: https://artsandculture.google.com

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OLD FASHIONED EASY TO MAKE GAMES TO PLAY INSIDE & OUT - BY HOLLY GRATTAN Play and exploration is an important part of childhood. Indoor and outdoor play gives children the chance to strengthen fine & gross motor muscles, learn through the senses, exercise, socialize, develop logical thinking and spacial awareness, appreciate nature, and so much more!

TIC TAC TOE Tic Tac Toe is a brilliant game for all ages. We found an old tree stump in the garden which gave us the idea for this project. We sanded and varnished it. We went hunting for pebbles in Cagnes Sur Mer and used art pens to colour 5 pebbles like ladybirds and 5 like Bees. This is such a fun family DIY project! Watch our video to see how we did it. https://youtu.be/EQ8xQZrsIVM

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APOTHECARY SHOP

FAIRY GARDEN

Apothecary Shop is a game I learned from my grandmother. We spent hours in the garden collecting different leaves, twigs, petals, buds, and making little piles on a large tray. We then sold our items, using play money, in little paper bags to friends and family who used to pop round for a cup of tea. Through this game, I learnt to calculate how much change to give.

Create your very own enchanted miniature fairy garden. A fairy garden is a magical activity to play indoors and out. Children can have hours of fun, expanding their imaginations playing with different characters and decorating the garden with pebbles, twigs, leaves, moss, trinkets & toys. Don’t forget to sprinkle on a little bit of fairy dust and make a wish!

TIN CAN ALLEY

RING TOSS

With some empty tins and some creativity you can make your own Tin Can Alley. Stack the tins, stand back, and see how many you can knock over with a ball or bean bag.

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Take some old bottles, number & paint them. Find or make some hoops. Throw the hoops and try to get them over the bottles. Add up the numbers. The player with the most points wins.

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BOTTLE BOWLING

BEANBAG TOSS

Traditional skittles is easy to recreate at home with a few plastic bottles from your recycling bin and a ball. Decorate them or paint them if you like. Set them up and see how many you can knock down. Brilliant for developing hand-eye coordination skills.

You don’t need anything elaborate to play this game a bucket or some baskets and a few beanbags are enough. Make it more difficult by standing further back. Introduce challenges and prizes to make it more exciting.

MUD PIE KITCHEN

MARBLE RACE

Making mud pies is a brilliant sensory play activity. Children will have hours of fun pretending to bake cakes, developing magical potions, and stirring up sticky, gloopy items they find in the garden or in your pantry. Although messy play, this is achievable indoors with a groundsheet to protect floors.

In Italy, beach marble rallies are a hugely popular tradition. Make your own track using dirt or sand. If playing indoors use a large tray. Add obstacles to make it more challenging or competitive. You can either make an incline to roll the marbles or children can flick them along to see whose marble wins.

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EDUCATION AND CARE

BEING A CHILD AND BEING YOURSELF By Marion Llopis

What if adults considered children to be people in their own right? People who seek to discover themselves, question themselves, feel emotions that they don’t always understand, searching blindly to conform to the world around them while keeping their own identity.

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Some children have told me that they prefer the world of dreams, because there they can really be themselves, without fear of judgment or ridicule or doing something wrong. Would it be conceivable to consider that the child develops through contact with us, other children, and nature but that he also develops though contact with himself? In order to contribute to the wellbeing of a child we must accompany them in the discovery and development of their potential on their journey to become themselves. But what does learning to be yourself really mean? It means getting to know

yourself emotionally, physically, and socially. We must allow them, without judgment, to address all the questions they ask themselves, even at 4 years old, about life, death, beauty, feelings, and their place in society. Learning to be oneself is to open your mind and the heart to several points of view. We must offer them the opportunity to express their own answers, glimpse all other possibilities and then allow them to settle on those that relate to them the most. We must reinforce the fact that nothing is is cast in stone: thoughts, emotions, the body itself change. An idea acquired one day may be questioned tomorrow without altering the person they are. Being oneself is accepting that you can integrate past experiences to refine, modify, revise one’s perceptions and change your mind.

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We should allow children to identify their needs and express them in a kind way, while considering others as friends. We must allow them to express anger and share their doubts and fears. We must be understanding whilst we listen to them releasing these emotions so that they know that they will be supported. We ought give them the responsibility to be themselves while conforming to the norm. They need to trust in themselves, in others and in their relationship with the world. A child who learns

to be himself also learns that he is not in competition with others but at the same time complementary to others. Then a door opens where everyone can cooperate. As elders, we can step back, observe and accept them as a mentors to ourselves. What better mentor than a child to bring us innocence and a carefree look at life? How do you accompany a child to be themselves? By allowing them to observe and mimic us learning to be ourselves, to welcome joys and sorrows, successes and “failures”. Finally, to look at life like a game.

Author: Marion Llopis (from Ô Phil du Coeur et de l’Êtreium) accompanies people between the age of 4 and 99 individually and collectively to explore who they are, to reveal and refine their potential by addressing several aspects of their being.

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PLAYING CATCH UP by Dr Hannah Snow Baud

Worried Your Child Is Falling Behind? You’re Not Alone. How to help your child catch up s our children return to school, this topic is often at the forefront of parents’ minds. The message from schools and educational psychologists is that we are all in the same boat. We should take our time and listen to our children. Pace our expectations as we encourage them. Try to be mindful of the vocabulary we use. Instead of using phrases such as ‘lost work’ and ‘learning gaps,’ we should try to refocus our thoughts on ‘back to school’ and ‘progress.’

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We should try not to get overly anxious about what our children have missed. Of course, this is easier said than done, but as parents we need to think about the long game. Schools are confident that the impact of time away from school during the pandemic has been overestimated, compared to a child’s whole school career. We have to trust our children’s school. The onus is not on the parent to catch up; it is the school’s responsibility.

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So, allow them time to settle into school first. The school routine can be comforting for our children and give them a sense of stability & normality. Then the school should help us identify areas where extra support is required. Taking a holistic approach to education and considering their wellbeing will help them feel more motivated. Try to establish a constructive routine together.

creation of a timetable together with room for enjoyable activities too. The average concentration profile peaks at around 45 minutes and wanes at an hour. Encourage your children to be active learners, involving more movement. Drinking more encourages more breaks. If our children have to take time off school, then it can be helpful to encourage them

As parents, it can be hard to stay present and try to offer sensible, confident support to our children and listen to them but this will encourage and build their confidence in learning. Equip them to develop a growthmindset and how to cope when things don’t go well. Be positive. Ask them what a good day looks like. Focus on what they can do and what they’ve learnt. Talk to them with helpful feedback about their attitude & effort, rather than focusing on outcomes and achievements.

to study in the morning to allow for an activity during the afternoon slump. For the best chance of our children getting back to their best at school, our job is to try to build their learning confidence. By coaching our children to be positive we can keep our children curious. Don’t rush them along as a response to missing some work. The majority of students will catch up over time. We’re all in this together.

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Author: Dr Hannah Snow Baud is an experienced private tutor and coach for children aged up to 18. She specialises in English Language, English Literature, the humanities and building confidence in learning. She is a mum to 5 children aged 12-19.

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WHEN IS THE “RIGHT TIME” FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN TO SKI? BY CHARLOTTE VANTREEN This is such a common question among parents there must be a definitive answer surely? It is a question I’m asked regularly, and the answer remains that  every child is unique developing, and learning at a different rate. This is not to say it is impossible to answer, there are some indicators you can look out for in your own children. So, put yourself in your child’s shoes and think about these three questions:

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QUESTION 1 Can I cope with large amounts of information? There are many new things for children to absorb when learning to ski,. It’s not just the sliding itself but the trip to the lesson perhaps in a lift, have they even seen snow before, are they comfortable learning with strangers, can they follow instructions. Usually, children who have attended school or creche are more open to this.

QUESTION 3 Have I physically developed enough in strength and coordination to stand, manage balance, and move unsupported? The

QUESTION 2

Am I interested in snow and learning to ski? Children often like to mimic their parents so seeing mum or dad out skiing or talking with them about it could spark their interest. If they are keen to learn they are more likely to take on the challenge of skiing.

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more balance and strength the better as skiing is not just about bending your knees.

TOP TIP: If you walk to the slopes, put children in a comfortable pair of snow boots and change into the ski boots just before they ski. For a lot of smaller children, walking in ski boots is sufficient to wear them out before they have even clipped in their skis.

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So, your children are raring to go, they are kitted out, but this can also  take  some getting used too, from  big clumpy boots to wearing gloves all the time.  Decent quality mittens are essential  – it’s amazing how much time their little hands spend in the snow. The lesson has finished and you’re so keen to see what they have learned and encourage them which is fantastic but now you worry should they have progressed more, what is a realistic expectation? The answer is a lot like our first question, every child is different. You may not remember learning to ski. Maybe you had lessons as a child or were taught by a relative ? If you can, try to think about those first few runs of a ski trip when everything feels a bit unnatural maybe even scary not to mention how tired you are. 

The most important thing is that your child enjoys their first time on snow. Especially if you want them to keep on doing it, stay motivated, and get better. It is important to be patient at this age and ensure they learn to just love skiing! Author: Charlotte Vantreen is co-owner of Montagne Magique Ski School in Nendaz part of the 4 Swiss Valleys linked to Verbier. She has been an instructor for 10 years working with children of all ages and levels. The school provides a fully tailored experience. ENFANTS D’AZUR MAGAZINE

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THE LENVAL FOUNDATION How You Can Help. Paediatric University Hospital

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mergency rooms deal with serious and life-threatening medical emergencies on a daily basis. Being treated quickly in urgent care situations is of the utmost importance for both the experience and the clinical outcomes of patients. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the emergency department of the Lenval Paediatric University Hospital sees on average 160 young patients and their parents each day. Consultations continue to rise and in 2019 they saw 61,698 patients.

What is the Lenval Foundation? Founded in 1888 the Lenval Foundation is a not for profit, private children’s hospital whose mission is “to receive all children, without condition of resources and without distinction of religion or nationality”. Their main focus is the quality of care, supervision and comfort for their patients and on paediatric research. The hospital is spread over 18 sites, from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Menton, and has nearly 1,200 employees. It manages the 1st paediatric university hospital in the PACA region, a 9000 square foot emergency room caring for 61,698 patients every year, child psychiatry units, a social nursery and sites specialising in multiple disabilities, dysphasia, and autism.

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The work will also increase the number of examination rooms; improve family and medical team collaboration; identify a centre dedicated to child psychiatric emergencies; continue to improve the care of vulnerable people; integrate new technologies and promote education (through simulation and clinical research).

How Does The Lenval Foundation work? The Lenval Foundation’s funds come from donations from individuals, corporations, and other organizations. Each year at the Lenval Foundation, more than 100,000 medical and specialized consultations, 60,000 emergency room visits (4th nationally), 5,700 surgical operations, 50,000 child psychiatry treatments take place, and about sixty very young children (0 to 6 years old) are placed under protection. Every euro counts especially during this unprecedented pandemic when many fundraising events have had to be cancelled. Please help children and families at The Lenval Foundation by making a donation and showing your support this Festive Season. Your donation to The Lenval Foundation can make a huge difference helping to fund this work and achieving these objectives as quickly as possible. www.lenval.org/dons

How Can You Donate? Visit The Lenval Foundations donations page www.lenval.org/dons

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Soutenez la fondation Lenval

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AROUND THE IN 9 HOLIDAY TRADITIONS By Gabi Labourier

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t might not seem like it just yet, but the holidays are just around the corner! December and January are some of the most holiday-filled months in the year for most people! It would be impossible to go through all the holiday traditions that exist, but we’ll still take you on a journey of the imagination and share some of the wonderful holiday traditions that occur around the world in this merry season! Can you guess where Santa wears sandals? You probably know of some Christmas traditions from where you live but there are so many variants around the world, and many don’t celebrate Christmas but have other beautiful traditions and stories.

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ICELAND Just like certain countries celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, Iceland celebrates 13. During the 13 nights leading up to Christmas, Icelandic kids are traditionally visited by the 13 Yule Lads who come by once the kids have gone to sleep and left their shoes by the window. The Yule Lads will then leave candy if the children have been good all year or they leave socks filled with potatoes if they’ve been naughty!

CZECH REPUBLIC During the evening of the 5th of December in Czech Republic, children are very excited and wait for St Nicholas to arrive. 3 adults dress up as Nicholas, an Angel, and the Devil. St Nicholas checks if the children have been good and asks them to sing a song or recite a poem. He gives them presents or sweets but if they’ve been naughty, the devil gives them a lump of coal or some potatoes. ENFANTS D’AZUR MAGAZINE

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NETHERLANDS Similar to the Czech Republic, the most important day during December for Dutch children is the 5th of December when St. Nicholas brings them presents! In the Netherlands, the major celebrations are held on the 5th December, on St. Nicholas’ Eve, and not on St Nicholas Day. Children are told that their behaviour is logged in a big book and that they get presents if they’re good but that if they misbehave, they get sent to “Spain”! People also enjoy traditional holiday cookies called pepernoten which are made with cinnamon and spices. To help you get in the holiday spirit we’ve even included a tried and tested Pepernoten recipe on page 59.

NEW ZEALAND New Zealand also celebrates Christmas but differently as it falls in the middle of summer for them! Families will usually have barbecues or go camping and gather for a big meal with seafood, meat, and vegetables, all barbecued! They sometimes replace the western Christmas tree with a Pohutukawa, a local tree that blossoms during Christmas time and they decorate either tree with lights, baubles, and more! Many towns have Santa parades with floats decorated by local businesses and Santa usually wears sandals. Christmas carols like in many other countries are very popular and carollers can be found across the country.


UNITED KINGDOM In the UK, Christmas is a time to be with family, everyone usually helps to decorate the tree and to hang mistletoe and holly. Most towns will hang up Christmas lights and often have a big “switch on” event in November that people will attend to mark the start of the holiday season. Many towns will also have Christmas markets inspired by German traditions. Children will often have nativity plays and carols at school in December. Kids write their letter to Father Christmas with the presents they’d like, and he traditionally leaves them in stockings hung on the chimney. A big Christmas meal is eaten and ends with Christmas pudding which you either love or hate! Check out out Christmas pudding recipe on page 60.

ARGENTINA Christmas happens during summer in Argentina, so the weather is warm, and traditions are different than in the northern hemisphere. Advent is also celebrated so festivities will often begin early in December. Houses are decorated with lights and wreaths of different colours and garlands are hung on front doors. Christmas trees are also present in Argentinian tradition and are decorated on or by the 8th of December, the Immaculate Conception celebration. A nativity scene will be found by the Christmas tree and is an

important decoration in religious families. Celebrations take place on Christmas eve and include mass, a big family dinner, and then fireworks at midnight!

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ISRAEL Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated differently in many parts of the world but originated in Jerusalem hundreds of years ago.   The eight-day festival has some variations around the world but has the same foundation everywhere and the dates vary from late November to late December. A big family dinner is eaten on the first night and after dinner the whole family lights a menorah, lighting a new candle each night until the 8 are lit. the lighting ceremony also includes songs and blessings and the children open gifts and play with traditional toys like the dreidels and get chocolate coins called gelt.

USA Many American Christmas traditions originated in Europe but now have slight variations. You find many similarities with Europe such as carolling services, turkey dinner, and decorating a Christmas tree but they also have some original traditions. For example, making and decorating gingerbread houses is a family-friendly activity

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kids always love, and adults will often drink eggnog. Some even decorate their trees with popcorn threaded on a string, one of their unique traditions! Many suburban neighbourhoods will have heavily decorated houses with hundreds of Christmas lights which families go around to see at night.

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CHINA One of the most important holidays in China is the New Year also called the Spring Festival, which occurs between late January and early February and marks the end of winter. Traditions will differ across the country but will often include a big, annual, family dinner, usually at or near the home of the oldest family member. Families will do a thorough clean of their house to get rid of any ill-luck and to make the space open for good fortune. Decorations will also be hung on doors and windows, and firecrackers are often lit. Older people will give younger, unmarried family or friends a red envelope with money they will then keep under their pillow for seven nights to symbolise luck.

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10 festive family activities to get you in the Christmas spirit By Sue Stokes

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hristmas is such a lovely time of the year both for children and adults. Here are 10 activities you can do with your children to enjoy this winter festival to the maximum.

1. Design and make your own Christmas cards. Get the children to help. Don’t miss the last post. Your local post office will have a list of the last dates you can post to various countries.

2. Get the children to send a handwritten letter (no stamp needed!) to Santa AKA Père Noël in France. Address your letter to: L’Atelier du Père Noël, Le Pôle Nord. You may even get a reply. Some towns have special Santa post boxes for this purpose but if not, then just pop in your nearest “boîte postale“.

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3. Get in the Christmas spirit with a Christmas story (or two!). Reading is a wonderful activity for families to spend some quality time together.

4. Decorate a Christmas tree and put some lights up outside to get you and your neighbours in the festive mood. Why not have a go at making a modern holiday wreath. Kits are available from our partner À Nos Racines and are priced at just 29 Euros. Check out the video and tutorial for more details. We also have a kit to give away in this issue, so see page 37 and enter for your chance to win.

5. Listen to some Christmas Carols. It fills the house with the joy of Christmas and gets everyone in the festive spirit.

6. Contact a local charity and ask what’s on their wish list for the holidays. This year Enfants d’Azur magazine is supporting The Lenval Foundation, Paediatric hospital in Nice. Learn more in our article on page 26. How Can You Donate? Visit The Lenval Foundations donations page www.lenval.org/dons

8. Make some Christmas crackers. You will be surprised how easy they are to make using empty toilet rolls and festive wrapping paper! Kids can write jokes on bits of paper and craft crowns to go inside.

9. Once the restrictions are lifted, take the children to see Père Noël. He can often be found at a ‘Christmas Market’ but this year I wouldn’t be surprised if he were bookable as a zoom call.

10. Finally, on Christmas Eve it is traditional to put some food out on the fireplace for Santa and the reindeer. In our family, we put a small glass of sherry and a mince pie for him and a small bowl of reindeer food made up of rolled oats, sugar, edible glitter, and cake sprinkles.

We hope you like our ideas, if you have some fun ideas of your own or personal family traditions for Christmas, please do not hesitate to share them on our Facebook group @cotedazurmumsanddads06

7. Have a baking day. Make your Christmas cake, mince pies, and “figgy pudding”. One of my favorite activities is to bake and decorate special cookies to hang on the tree.

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HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR HOME ROOM BY ROOM According to Psychology Today, “mess causes stress”. We all have some junk in our lives but some may have more than others. Clutter can zap our energy often causing us to waste time looking for things we can’t find. After spending so much time at home recently, some may agree, our homes could benefit from a bit of decluttering and organising and so can we. 46

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The first step is to set your goals, which rooms are you going to tackle, and in which order? Focus on one room or area at a time. If you feel overwhelmed by clutter or have a limited amount of time, start small and choose just one cupboard or even one drawer at a time. Setting and accomplishing smaller tasks within set deadlines can be very motivating. Use a sorting system to help you categorise items as you tackle each area. My go-to system is 3 large laundry bins lined with bin bags that I label “Dustbin”, “Donate” and “Put Away”. A yellow bag is on hand for any items which can be recycled. Obvious rubbish can go straight into the dustbin. After that, you are left with things

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you like but do not use and precious items you want to keep. It can be hard to decide what to do with the things you don’t use. They may have special meaning or evoke memories or emotions. Marie Kondo, a world-renowned organization consultant, suggests only keeping items “…that spark joy”. Clothes that no longer fit, can be donated to a charity shop. Seasonal wear can be stored in a suitcase under the bed, ready for that up and coming holiday or ski trip. When you are satisfied you are only keeping the best items, put them away again. Rolling clothes can save space, make things easier to find, and leave fewer creases.

Stick to your plan and move from room to room. Bathroom: Start with your medicine cabinet. Take everything out check for outdated medications, which can be taken to a pharmacy for safe disposal. Wash and clean the cabinet before repacking. TOP TIPS: Keep a pack of Dettol wipes handy and wipe down the toilet each time you use it.

Keep bathrooms sparkling, spray with bleach and rinse the shower tray or bath each time you use it to keep mold at bay. Wipe the sink and taps down with the soap you use to wash your hands. It’s quick easy and, with these tips, you’ll never need to do those deep cleans ever again.

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Bedroom: By making your bed you create a useful sorting and folding area. Clear bedside tables. Try to leave as few items out on display as possible and have “…a place for everything and everything in its place.” Each time you use an item make the effort to put it back in its place so you can find it the next time you need it. Throw away any makeup or products that you have had for more than a year as you can get some nasty eye infections from old mascaras and eye shadows. On to your drawers and wardrobe. Empty everything out on to the bed. Dust and wipe clean, and start to put things back, sorting into your labeled bins as you go.

TOP TIP: you can use with clothing & books. Over the year, when you use or wear an item put it back facing the opposite direction to the others. This allows you to see what you’ve used and what you haven’t. If you haven’t used or worn something in a year, get rid of it.

Kitchen: Think about what you do most often. For me, a kitchen is a practical space and it should work for you. Consider the best location for items to make it easier when you are using the space. Try to keep countertops clutter-free with bread makers, blenders & juicers stored away, unless in use. Once clean, restack cupboards, keeping like items together, and checking use-by dates placing, items to be used up first, at the front. 48

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Top Tip: before going to the supermarket each week, take everything out of the fridge, throw away spoiled food, and wipe down each shelf from top to bottom. It is so satisfying to refill a sparkling clean fridge.

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Living Room: Your living room should be a place to kick back and relax, a private space to enjoy family life but this is the hardest room to keep tidy because it gets the most traffic and lots of people mean lots of clutter. Ideally, this room needs a quick daily tidy round to keep on top of it. I like to keep a little basket on the stairs, one for each member of the family. Kids can then help with ‘tidy up time’ as part of their bedtime routine placing items and toys into the baskets before carrying them up to their bedrooms and putting them away. I also recommend investing in a Roomba to suck up all those crumbs and dust and leaving you more time to enjoy your clutter-free living room. Home Office: probably the most important space for many families at the moment is the home-based workspace. We spend so much of our time at work and working from home has introduced a definite blurring of the lines between personal life and work life. When toys and clutter spill over into the workspace it can be difficult to concentrate and is likely to cause stress. Making time to tidy up and create a clear

and clutter-free desk, at the end of each day or first thing each morning can make a huge difference to productivity and overall wellbeing. Author: Holly Grattan

Maintaining your new organized home and keeping it free from clutter can be as simple as a 10-minute tidy round each evening and a deeper clean once a week and if that is a task shared by the whole family it shouldn’t take you very long at all.

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HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

A Pre-Ski Workout How to get fit for the slopes

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he ski season is fast approaching and for those that enjoy a day out on the slopes, some preseason conditioning is worth

considering. If you’re physically prepared, not only will you enjoy your day more, but your recovery time will also improve.

Set 1 

20 seconds of Squat Jumps

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10 seconds rest

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10 seconds rest

20 seconds of Push Ups Repeat again 4 times

Skiing is an aerobically challenging sport so adding either of these exercises to your weekly program would be a great start.

Set 2

For those more experienced, high intensity

10m Shuttle sprints. Sprint back and forth between two

interval training will give you more bang for your buck. A popular method of HiiT called

markers

Tabata has a working set of 20secs and

20 seconds work

a rest period of 10 secs repeated 8 times

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for a 4 minute set. This method has been

Repeat 8 x

10 seconds rest

scientifically proven to effectively improve aerobic capacity FAST.

Set 3 

Here are some good working sets which I commonly use in my Boot Camp:

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20 seconds of Burpees (any variation suited to you level)

10 seconds rest

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20 seconds of high knees on

10 seconds rest

Repeat 4 times

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Squats is the king of all exercises and the movement is very specific to skiing. The squat utilises all of the major lower body muscle groups such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calf muscles.

Skiing is a full body exercise, so the upper body should also be targeted, but our primary focus will be on the legs and the glutes. For those that like charging down black runs or skiing in deep powder, this is your go to exercise. The Norwegian ski team famously do wall sits whilst eating their breakfast each morning. Try and hold the wall sit for as long as possible, using a stopwatch to monitor your progression.

Other exercises which help strengthen the glutes, thighs and lateral muscles include:

Squat

The other great leg conditioning exercise for skiing is the Wall Sit.

Wall Sit

Reverse Lunges

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Side Lunges

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Hip Raises

Hip Abduction

For those new to a strength and conditioning program, do the above exercises in a circuit by performing each

Strength Circuit

exercise 10 times and repeating the set 3 to 4 times with adequate recovery. As you get stronger, add more repetitions or start to introduce weights (dumbbells/ kettlebells) for additional intensity. Try and do this circuit at least 3 times a week for a period of 6 to 8 weeks for best results. With any great exercise program, finish your session with at least 10mins of stretching. Absolutely essential for injury prevention and recovery.

10 Squats

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10 Reverse Lunges

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10 Hip Raises

60 second Wall sit

Author: Damian Fisher is the head trainer and

Rest 2mins

Repeat 3 to 4 times

owner of Boost Monaco. An outdoor training company based in Monaco specialising in Boot Camps and Personal Training. www.boostmonaco.com

10 Side Lunges 10 Hip Adductions 10 Hip Abductions

See you on the slopes.

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FUN, GAMES RECIPES

With winter

Creating a Board

Game in 5

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approaching, we all need to find indoor activities that we can play as a family or that kids can play on their own. A great way to have fun and stay busy for a while is to play board games but this can get repetitive and most people don’t have hundreds of board games to keep kids interested (I know I don’t). We’re here to help with that today by giving you a step by step guide to making your own board game. The added bonus is that creating the game will take some time and will therefore keep the kids entertained for a few more hours than if they were simply to grab one off the shelf. Making the game yourself means you can make up all the crazy rules you can think of and you can make it tailored to your kid’s ages and abilities as well as making it more personal. .

not make it your own with more personal questions, things you’ve done as a family or with your friends. It’s really simple to put this concept into practice, all you’ll need is a board, some supplies to decorate and a little imagination. It’s easier than you think!

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Let’s get right to it:

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Pick your game style

Have a think about the kind of game you want. Decide if you want a Monopoly style game, elements of Pictionary, a Trivial Pursuit concept or a logic-based game like Risk. You can mix and match some of your favourite games that your kids can never decide between, it makes a great compromise.

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Decide on the rules

Create your rules and write them out so no one is tempted to cheat. This is the time to be creative, make crazy rules to add a bit of fun (for example, skip a turn if you say a certain word, switch places with your neighbour when you roll a double) or anything you want!

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Make a Sketch

Before you start to make the board, you’ll want to draw it out first so you can figure out where each space goes and maybe see if there are any issues with your concept which you can then fix before making anything permanent. This doesn’t need to be an elaborate sketch, as long as you have a good idea of what you want and where everything goes.

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Make Cards

If your game has cards like Monopoly or Payday, you can make your own with names and actions that you pick. You can use street names that you’ve lived on, schools you’ve been to or your cousins/grandparents/aunts house to keep the kids interested. Use stations and shops that you go to regularly or your favourite restaurants. Use paper or cardboard to make your cards. Extra points if you can laminate them, they’ll last longer! You can also print and cut them out for a more perfected look.

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Find Pieces

Pick playing pieces to use. If you need any, have the kids use a small toy that fits on the board or find small objects around the house that can be used or create your pieces from scratch, draw little figurines or decorate small blocks. Get a dice (or 4 if that’s your rule) and you’re ready to play! Have a few trial games where you can fix any logistical issues and figure out what is realistic in terms of time.


If you don’t have the time to make a whole board game why not just personalise one you already have. Add your own rules to your favourite game or customize one. Get your Jenga out, get some markers and give a classic game a twist by writing dares or challenges on the pieces so that each time someone pulls out a piece they have to do something silly. Let the kids come up with their own ones and help them write them out! Most importantly,

HAVE FUN!!

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PEPERNOTEN Enjoy this traditional dutch holiday cookie that is guaranteed to please the whole family! You can even learn about the dutch Sinterklaas traditions as you eat them. By Gabi Labourier

METHOD INGREDIENTS

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line

250g self-raising flour 01

125g sugar

two baking sheets with baking paper.

3 tsp speculaas spice 1 pinch of salt

In a large bowl combine the flour,

100g cold butter, cubed 60ml milk

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speculaas spice, salt, sugar and butter.

Add in the milk and knead thoroughly 03

for a few minutes.

PREP TIME

Roll into small balls and place evenly

Prep | 15 m Cook | 15 m

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on a lined baking tray.

Ready in | 30 m

Bake at 200°C for 15 minutes until 05

nicely golden. Leave to cool on the tray and store in an airtight box for a week.

If you can't find Speculaas Spice you can easily make it at home. Simply combine the following ingredients and use the specified quantity: 30g cinnamon, 10g nutmeg, 10g cloves, 5g aniseed, 5g coriander (all ground)

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TRADITIONAL BRITISH CHRISTMAS PUDDING Oh, bring us some figgy pudding/Oh, bring us some figgy pudding/ Oh, bring us some figgy pudding/And a cup of good cheer!”

By Sue Stokes

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he British Christmas pudding recipe is hundreds of years old. It’s sometimes called figgy pudding and over the years many traditions have been established such as the way it is mixed and adding secret ingredients. One of the loveliest traditions is that everyone in the family should take their turn mixing in the raw ingredients whilst making a wish, 60

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especially children of all ages! Tradition says you should make your pudding on ‘Stir-up Sunday’ (the last Sunday before Advent) and leave it to mature for an improved flavour. This year, Sunday, 22 November 2020 is ‘Stir-up Sunday’, so put on your apron and gather family or friends together and get stirring.

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Puddings usually contain a mixture of dried fruit, candied peel, mixed spice, flour, suet, eggs, breadcrumbs and brown sugar. Many families have a favourite recipe or follow one handed down over the generations. Sometimes coins or charms are added to the mixture; anyone who finds one when eating the pudding is said to receive health, wealth and happiness in the coming year. If you want to add coins into your pudding, make sure they are properly sterilized or wrapped in foil. It’s important to tell your guests if there is a coin in the pudding so that they can look out for it! Suet is hard to find in France so you can substitute the same weight in vegetable fat (freeze and grate before adding to the other ingredients just before cooking) Mary Berry uses butter but other chefs say

that it doesn’t work quite as well. Those of you who cannot tolerate gluten can use gluten-free (GF) flours available in the biosection of your supermarket.

You will need to add baking powder to GF flours. You can use GF bread to make your breadcrumbs and replace the beer with the same amount of sherry. If you want to omit the alcohol, Jamie Oliver suggests replacing it with cold Earl Grey Tea. My recipe is based on one by Delia Smith that I alter each year according to the ingredients I have. It makes one family size pudding in a 1.2 litre bowl.

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INGREDIENTS: •

110g Suet or grated vegetable fat

1 tsp mixed spice -1/4 tsp grated nutmeg -1/2 tsp cinnamon

25g chopped candied peel

25g chopped whole almonds

1 small apple cored and chopped (sometimes I also grate a carrot into the mix)

225g soft dark brown sugar or sucre vergeoise in France

Grated zests of 1 orange and I lemon

500g mixed dried fruit of your choice (soaked in 2 tblsp brandy overnight)

50g Self raising flour or farine de gateaux in France

(I like to use sultanas, raisins, dried figs, prunes and cranberries.)

110g White or brown breadcrumbs (use Gluten free bread if you wish)

150mls Brown ale or bière amère in France.

2 large eggs beaten

Put all the ingredients except the flour into a large mixing bowl and begin to stir, employing all your family to help. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. The next day add the flour, stir and pack into a greased bowl, cover with foil and tie with string. Place into a steamer over a saucepan of boiling water and steam for 8 hours. Check periodically that the water is not boiling away. Once you’ve made your pudding store it in a cool place. Add a splash of your chosen alcohol/earl grey tea every week to keep it moist. On the big day don’t forget to flambé the pudding for a dramatic effect. Taking great care put some brandy in a metal ladle. Heat it over a tealight or candle until the surface of the alcohol catches fire. Pour the flaming liquid over the pudding, stand back and await the applause. Serve with custard, cream or brandy butter and enjoy! Author: Sue Stokes is a British grandmother living on the Côte d’Azur for over 25 years, Sue has 2 grown-up children and 6 grandchildren. She loves to cook for her family. 62

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