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Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 2. Put the sausages on a baking tray. 3. Cook the sausages fo r9 minutes then turn them over and cook for another 79 minutes. 4. Take them out of th e oven, sprinkle with sesame se eds, drizzle with honey and serve hot.

Ingredients 500g cocktail sausages 1 tbsp of sesame seed s 1 tbsp of honey

Honey and sesame gla zed cocktail sausages These are a really tast y savoury food, perfect for parties or family gath erings!

Invitations: You want invitations that really stand out otherwise people might forget about your party! 1. Choose a base colour like green or red something bright and Christmassy. 2. In fancy writing, put any details that your guests might need e.g.

date, time, place etc. onto the invitation. 3. Draw Christmas trees, snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas puddings and other pretty decorations onto your invites. 4. Put the invitations into a nice envelope and either send them by post or by hand to all your friends. the flour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt. 2. Mix the pastry into a ball and knead it. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 3. Butter small fairy cake tins. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut it into circles with a cookie cutter. 4. Then place a smaller circle on top to seal them. Beat the egg and brush the tops of the pies with it. 5. Then, bake for 20 min or until golden. Once theyre finished, lightly dust with icing sugar and theyre ready to eat! Enjoy!

Ingredients: 1 tbsp butter 1 red onion, peeled and sliced Fresh sage A handful of breadcrumbs Pork meat 250g puff pastry 1 egg A small bit of milk

Sausage Rolls:

FOOD: Food is an important part to a Christmas party. Here are some recipes to start you off. Mince Pies:These are a traditional
Christmas party must-have!


1. For the pastry, rub the butter into

225g butter, diced 350g plain flour 100g golden caster sugar 280g mincemeat 1 small egg Icing sugar

1.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onions. 2. Cook gently for about 20 min until soft and golden brown. Add the sage leaves, cook for a couple of minutes more and then spread out on a plate to cool. 3. Put the meat in a

mixing bowl with the sage and onion mix and the breadcrumbs and mix it together. 4. On a floured surface, roll the pastry out into a big rectangle and cut it lengthways into two long, even rectangles. Roll the mixture into sausage shapes with your hands and lay along the centre of each rectangle. 5. Mix the egg and milk and brush the pastry with the mixture, then fold one side of the pastry over, wrapping the filling inside. Press down with your fingers. 6. Cut the long rolls into the sizes you want and place them on a baking tray. Brush with the rest of the egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for 25 min. 2. Then, gather all your guests and read out the name of the person whose birthday is first on the list (e.g. If one friends birthday is in January and the others is in May, the one in January gets to choose first!) 3. If you dont like your present you can swap your present but only with the person who took their go before you. If the person whose go is after you want to swap with you, you have no choice.

GAMES: Games are a big party of any party enjoy playing these ones!
Present Swap: You will need: -Lots of small presents (you can ask every guest to bring something if you want) -A record of every guests birthday 1. Wrap the presents and put them in a big bag.

Christmas 20 Questions:This game is really simple so younger kids will enjoy it too! First, ask an adult to choose a Christmas related person or animal e.g. Rudolph.Then, each kid takes turns guessing who it is.The questions must have yes or no answers.

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Ice hockey was invented in Canada (f.y.i a northern country in a northern continent called north America) in the eighteenth century but is one of the most popular sports in Alaska. Ice hockey is a sport played on ice with ice skates. The teams consist of five players and a goalie. The object of the game is to hit the 'puck' with the hockey stick inside the opponent's goal. Whoever gets the most points or goals wins. The five best international teams are: Russia in first place, Finland in second, Czech Republic taking third, followed by Sweden in fourth place and Canada in fifth. by Creevan Brennan

By Ryan Curly

This city keeps the Christmas sp irit all year roun candy cane ligh d with t poles, seasonal decorations and -known attracti the well on the Santa C laus House. Plus visiting, be sure , if your ever to have a drive down Santa Cla us Lane! By Maya Brenn an

The North Pole is a small city in Alaska. It was named by a dev originally elopment compa ny in 1952 to at business, such tract as toy manufac turers, to the ar not as cold as th ea. Perhaps e real place, but pretty cold all North Pole City the same, s average high in December is average low is -3 -19C and 1C!!