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Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Judy Garland sang this song in the musical "Meet Me in St. Louis". Here is a modern version from Coldplay:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be far away

Here we are, as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us
Once more

Through the years, we all will be together
If the fatesallow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Why not google to discover the lyrics to your favourite Xmas song?

if you have time over Xmas....

Use the labels to find anything related to Christmas:

In Blog 3 you will find stories about the Christmas cracker, the Gordo and an unusual Christmas song.

In Blog 1 you can listen to John Lennon and Bing Crosby sing a seasonal song.

Right here in Blog 2 you can find posts about lottery superstitions and read Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol.

Use the archives to find stories from Decembers past:

In December 2007 you can read the story about how the Spanish tip generously.

In December 2008 you can find a cure for hangovers.

In December 2009 you are given a year's notice on the introduction of the smoking ban.

Remember to at least write "I have read it" after reading very post!!!!

Christmas pudding

Here is a recipe for traditional Christmas pudding but you are too late if you want to make one for this Christmas.

Make this pudding a couple of months before Christmas day. Feed it with booze regulary for the flavours to develop.


225g/8oz golden caster sugar

225g/8oz vegetarian suet

340g/12oz sultanas

340g/12oz raisins

225g/8oz currants

110g/4oz candied peel, chopped

110g/4oz plain flour

110g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs

55g/2oz flaked almonds

1 lemon, zest only

5 eggs, beaten

1 level tsp ground cinnamon

1 level tsp mixed spice

5g/1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg

pinch of salt

150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum

Preparation method

1.Lightly grease 4x600ml/1 pint or 2x1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basins.

2.Mix together all the dry ingredients.

3.Stir in the eggs and brandy and mix well.

4.Spoon the mix into basins. Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier…

Flying is no fun

Spain under state of alert over air strike chaos

The Spanish government has declared a state of alert after a strike by air traffic controllers grounded flights, stranding thousands of travellers.

The measure will allow widldcat strikers to be charged with a crime under the military penal code.

About half of the controllers showed for their shift on Saturday morning but most refused to work, in a dispute over hours and conditions.

National carrier Iberia has cancelled all flights until 0500 GMT on Sunday.

There are huge crowds of passengers at Spain's airports, many hoping to get away at the start of a national holiday, many of them frustrated and angry, says the BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Madrid.

The army was called in to take charge of the country's air space on Friday, but cannot direct air traffic.

Announcing the state of alert, Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said the air traffic controllers were trying to protect "unacceptable privileges".