Monday, 31 March 2014

It's A Raquet

Ever wondered what the top tennis players spend their money on. Fast cars, yachts and possibly the odd pied-à-terre in London, Paris or New York. Well instead add maybe, a hotel. Yep hotel.

Scotland, Andy Murray, Christmas, Hogmanay, Cromlix House, Dunblane, Perthshire 

Andy Murray, the Scottish tennis player. Or British depending how he is going in the UK press. Owns a hotel near his home town Dunblane.

The good news for Mr Murray is his hotel is now already booked for both Christmas and Hogmanay. That is some going, considering that it is only March.

Travel expert Greg Kain, in an interview with the Scottish Express said, "I would say it is pretty unusual for a hotel to be fully booked for Christmas this early on in the year".

Image Credit: Scottish Express

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Now it is Christmas Album time

Well yesterday was the oldies concerts. Today it is the turn of the young'ish ones. Well only one so far.

Jennifer Lopez in 'Same Girl' music video

Jo Lo or Jennifer Lopez, depending on your preference, is the first out of the blocks this year, to throw in her hat for a 2014 Christmas album. According to DigitalSpy, she has been writing songs with David Foster. Not sure who he is but sounds interesting. (A quick look on Google tells me he is a Canadian record producer.)

It will be interesting to see who else has a Christmas album in the pipeline this year.

Photo Credit: DigitalSpy

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Christmas Concert Time for the Oldies

Now Christmas memories really start in your childhood. Well they did for me. Alas my childhood now seems a long time ago. To my son the 70's, well seem like the 40's to me.

That said the 70's was the decade of the Christmas song. Songs by Slade, Wizard, Greg Lake, the list goes on. But you know when it is getting close to Christmas for some old bands. March seems to be the time of year to announce a get together and a concert tour.

Now whether these old bands have more time on their hands to plan this far in advance, I do not know. But retirement must be great. So over the last couple of days both Lindisfarne and Status Quo (who will be touring with Chas and Dave, of all people) have announced their tour dates for the UK.

It won't be a case of deck the halls but more rock the halls.

Photo Credit: Birmingham Mail

Monday, 24 March 2014

When is it the right time to take down your Christmas Tree?

Now I am not a great follower of Twitter, in fact up to now I have avoided setting up an account. Who has the time? But periodically I do have a look to see what is going on. So today, as it is only 9 months to Christmas tomorrow, I took a look at what twitters are twitting about on Christmas.

Now this caught my attention. The number of people who still have their Christmas trees up, or have taken them down today and even debated about putting one up. Now this has got me thinking. When is it the right time to take down your Christmas Tree?

Now I am a traditionalist. Or at least used to be. Being somewhat superstitious I have been one for taking down the Christmas Tree on the Twelfth Night. But since being married the tree has to come down the night before my wife's birthday, on the 3rd January.

Now here is the thing. If I was in the luxury position of running Just Love Christmas as a full time job, would I have a Christmas Tree up in the office (with the Christmas music of course) all year round?

Firstly, I think it would have to be either an artificial tree or a potted tree with roots, which I would have to feed and water periodically. Now I am almost envious of those who have their Christmas Tree still up. There is something about switching the lights on in the evening. I would like to give it a go just to see what it would be like.  

Secondly, there is something about taking down the tree by the Twelfth Night. I don't like doing it, particularly if it has been a really good Christmas. But it does kick off the year.

Thirdly, I love going to get a real Christmas Tree with the family in December. Particularly as we have a young son. It adds to the excitement. The disappointment in his voice last Christmas, that it didn't take us at least an hour, was priceless.

So those of you who still have your Christmas Tree up. Good on you. But I can not wait until we have to trudge through a field looking for a tree. Which brings us onto the question, when is it to early to get a Christmas Tree?

Monday, 17 March 2014

Merry Christmas Tennessee Style

We have been following this one for several months now. What a strange dilemma. In a country like America where the term 'bible belt' originates from, it seems strange that someone could be sued for wishing another person 'Merry Christmas'.

Admittedly the 'Christmas Bill' in Tennessee (a state in the traditional bible belt) prevents teachers from being sued for saying Merry Christmas (or even Merry Hanukkah) would appear to be a sensible action. It would be a great pity for someone to be sued for wishing another person a seasonal greeting.

What is also really interesting, is that the bill allows teachers to well, teach. Teach about religious holidays, and schools to display symbols of the various seasonal festivals, like Christmas trees.

It is just sad to think such a measure is now needed to be taken in an overly politically correct world.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Christmas only 288 days to go

So we have the Christmas website, tick. The Pinterest account which is overly addictive, tick and of course a Facebook page, tick. So what was left to do. Ah a Christmas blog. At Just Love Christmas we have been toying about adding a blog to our online collection. Those of you who have been following us on Facebook will have noticed that we post up Christmas articles of interest. 

So the next step logically would appear to be a Christmas blog. So here we go. We sat down today to write about some thing interesting about Christmas in the news. And wouldn't you believe it, nothing to report. So our first post today has well, no news. So as a filler we thought we would let you know that it is only 288 days until Christmas. 

Random we know but it is a start. And no pictures.