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Christmas

Where in the World is Santa

Where in the World is Santa

A couple of Christmases ago I witnessed a little girl’s joy as she saw Santa’s sleigh travelling across the dark sky on Christmas Eve. No one had the heart to tell her that the twinkling lights were the navigation lights of an easyjet flight to Lisbon. There was surprise twist to the story which you can read here. The North American Aerospace Defence Command tracks Santa across the skies using all the resources available to it. NORAD, as it is better known, tracks him and makes his route data available live on the Internet at https://noradsanta.org for anyone who wants to follow his progress. This is available from December 1st each year. It is doubtful any of us have the resources of NORAD to track Santa around the globe. Santa is only tracked by NORAD when he is airborne so even…

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An easyjet story for Christmas

An easyjet story for Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas in skies over Hampshire…, When an easyjet flight became Santa and his reindeer. OK, the poetry leaves a bit to be desired but it does rhyme. I don’t think I’ll ever make poet laureate any time soon so I’ll revert to prose whenever my poetic creativity leaves me. Out on the grass a little girl looked up to the sky, In the hope she would see Saint Nicholas fly by. A local community association bar somewhere in South Hampshire had arranged a family night on Christmas Eve with a special appearance by a man in a red and white costume. The little girl was out on the lawn staring into the night sky hoping that this year she would catch a glimpse of Santa and his eight reindeer. At that very moment the easyjet flight from…

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5 German Christmas Markets

5 German Christmas Markets

Here in Southampton we have a German Christmas Market. Across Britain there are numerous other cities with their own faux German Christmas Markets. Just like the ubiquitous Irish or British pubs you find abroad they are only a shadow of the real thing and are overwhelmingly kitsch. To really experience a Christmas Market of the German variety you need to visit…, yes, Germany. Deciding on which one to visit is a task I hope I will be able to help with. There are so many German Christmas Markets it is hard to make a choice. In this post I have picked a few that may whet your appetite and point you in the right direction. In many cases the German cities with the best markets are also easily accessible from Britain by a choice of airlines and a few such as…

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7 Christmas Markets to visit

7 Christmas Markets to visit

It is the time of year when we begin thinking about a short break to one of the many Christmas markets across Britain and Europe. I have chosen seven Christmas market experiences to consider from the many that are available. Choose one of these and you will not be disappointed Winchester When we think of Christmas markets we usually think of other parts of Europe but we have some very atmospheric ones in the UK. One of my favourites is the one in the shadow of the magnificent Winchester Cathedral. Once the capital of England and home to Alfred the Great it is a very atmospheric city at Christmas time. The Market surrounds an ice rink in the Cathedral’s Inner Close. There are a great many arts and crafts mostly from the UK in the wooden chalets huddled in the…

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