It's the age old question that parents have to face up to every year: will my kid(s) have enough presents to open on Christmas Day. How much is enough we ponder? And will they like them? We try to get that balance right between fun toys and educational toys. As the cash registers tick over we will be tempted to throw caution to the wind heading home with bags full of goodies.
You know what I hate most about Christmas? Getting presents. I know how that sounds, so let me explain. Every present I get is crap I don't need, never wanted or that doesn't fit. If I need or want something, I go out and buy it. Because I'm an adult, not a child. If there is something that I want but don't have, then I probably don't need it, so am happy to do without...
From chutneys to truffles, jams to gingerbread houses, research is showing that two thirds (67%) of families are getting their bake-on for friends and family. Kids are leading the Christmas cooking charge as Mum is revealed to be the top target for a homemade gift, closely followed by teachers, then grandparents.
Since my late teens, I've been a total perfume addict. I do fall in and out of love though but there is a core perfume wardrobe I can go back to for the last 28 years. My nose has got more refined as I have aged, a bit like my taste in wine (who knew Liebfraumilch would end up tasting like water when you're over 30).
The Christmas market originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and Alsace, but has now spread throughout Europe to become a popular tradition. Generally opened around four weeks before Christmas, the 'Christkindlmarkt' celebrates everything about the holiday season and is guaranteed to evoke a festive spirit in visitors.