Here's a round-up of all the stuff we didn't manage to fit in on any other days. Thanks for all your contributions, including Karen who sent this photo of a watermelon decoration. Next up, a Christmas Reith. And some other stuff:
Well that's it for another year. We've had some laughs, done a little bit of learning, but most of all we hope it got you in the Christmas spirit. We're off to Sarah's parents now, where you can follow our adventures using the hashtag https://twitter.com/hashtag/xmasattheinlaws?src=hash&f=live and don't forget to check out https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DuvetKnowItsChristmas&src=typeahead_click&f=live from 9pm on Christmas Eve. Wishing you a very happy time. Adam & Sarah xx
Fans of Seinfeld will remember the J Peterman catalogue, full of clothes and accessories, each with a written description in flowery language that the owner dreamt up and none of his underlings were brave enough to tell him they were nonsense. Well, our friend Gillian has discovered a real-life equivalent: the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue . Every item is a delight, with its sheer unnecessariliness, the ornate description, and the eye-watering prices.
Our favourite royal family is still the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, husband Daniel, and their adorable children Princess Estelle (7) and Prince Oscar (3) Every year they appear in a Christmas video, and for 2019 they visited the Royal Church and were told the Christmas story. We hope you enjoy watching it too! Here's a flashback to 2014, when Estelle was only 2!
Got any good jokes?? Today we're celebrating cracker jokes, the good, the bad, and the baffling! Here's a Maths joke to start you off: And I'm sure this joke needs no explanation: So let's have them - your favourite Christmas joke, or any terrible terrible joke at all. Email them or tweet them . Thanks to Clare:
I can't believe we haven't told you all about Iceland's 13 Santas before now. It's not too late to put a shoe in your window! The Jólasveinar or "Yule Lads" come every night from December 12, and put a present in the shoe, as well as commit some kind of rural mischief. The family actually consists of the 13 Yule Lads (who are all brothers), their mom Grýla, their dad, Leppalúði, and the Christmas Cat (which eats any children who don't receive new clothes for Christmas). and not forgetting their parents...
Some more decorations today. First, Terry's Chocolate Orange holders in the shape of crocheted Christmas puddings. These are made by @snotlady5 on Twitter. On Twitter, David Allen Green has also been asking for great tree decorations. Here's a few scary ones! And thanks to David and Alistair for sharing these before and after pictures!
Our latest Christmas decoration is this guy. Yes, what better time to celebrate the Hero of the Reformation, it's Martin Luther! In our travels this Easter we visited many cities in Germany, most of which had statues of Luther in front of a church. And in Helsinki in the summer, the main cathedral is Protestant so had Luther inside. We even found a life-size version of Playmobil's best-selling toy ever, produced in 2017 to celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation. He's telling us the tower is open! And here's a classic Martin Luther hit, "A safe stronghold", but in Finnish!
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE PART TWO Still on the hunt for the perfect last-minute gift? Or have you been allocated a Secret Santa you really dislike? Adam has personally hand-selected these novelty presents just for you. FOR HER From the Poundland "banter" range , ideal for the busy executive of the female persuasion who wants to be taken seriously FOR HIM He doesn't have any shirts with cufflink buttonholes but he always goes on about how great Percy Pig is FOR YOUR MP Available in both House of Commons and House of Lords colours, just the thing for the politician's mantlepiece FOR THE TV ADDICT Nuff said FOR THE FOODIE Cheesy trees
We were tickled by this story in the Guardian . We've often noticed increasingly pet-friendly hipster trends ( soup for cats? ) and Christmas gifts ( cat cracker ) but this is an entire range of seasonal snacks for your dog, cat or hamster.
Happy Election Day! We're big fans of knitted tree decorations (see here , here and here ). But I think even we would baulk at putting either of these two on our tree! For balance, I tried to find knitted Swinson, Lucas, Sturgeon or Price, to no avail. So we'll have to make do with a parliament we can all get behind ... a parliament of owls.