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Two movies you should watch this Christmas are...


Puss in Boots, directed by Chris Miller and starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Walt Dohrn and Zeus Mendoza, is a funny movie to watch with your familly this year. It was just recently released on the 9th of December. Happy Feet Two, directed by George Miller and Starring Elijah Wood, Pink, Elizabeth Daily, Sofa Vergara, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, is a great film to watch this winter (escpecially if you liked the first one). By Eva Maguire

Christmas is c elebrated to h onour the birth Christ. The c o f J e s us elebration of Christmas beg century when an in the 4th the Romans de cided that the mark the birth y wanted to date of Jesus . Of course th is not certain e exact date but to this da y it is believed the 25th of D that it was ecember. Oth ers believe th born in January at Christ was and that Chris tmas should b then. Just th e celebrated ink! When wou ld we have our Sales then? N e w Ye a r The major exc itement about Christmas for course, Santa kids is, of Claus a.k.a Fath er Christmas, Nicholas, the Papa Noel, St big fat man w ith the long w whatever you hite beard - o like to call him r . Whatever you know him as, S anta Claus is th Christmas and e Spirit of he will be sett ing out on Chri climb down ch stmas Eve to imneys in orde r to leave gifts girls of all age fo r bo y s a n d s. We all know that Santa we years ago it w ars red but as believed th at he wore gre changed his o e n . M a y be h e utfit to red to compete with Rudolphs nose ! By Ryan Curly

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Ever wondered what that steaming hot drink grown ups call Mulled Wine tastes like? Then why not make your own non-alchoholic version - Mulled Juice! Its just like mulled wine except for kids! This warm winter treat is flavoured with delicious smelling spices and tastes gorgeous.

Ingredients: 1 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt
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Do you ever find yourself running out of pocket money at Christmas time? So, this year why not make your own presents for friends and familly? Heres a few ideas that will put a smile on their faces:

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Christmas Star:T his star is a simpl e and original gift that looks lovely when hung on a Ch ristmas tree! To m it, all you have to ake do is cut a star sh ape out of some th cardboard and st in ick sweet wrapper s onto it! It looks great and makes a perfect exuse to eat sweets!

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Do you want to make your own Christmas cards? Then follow these simple steps Step 1. Choose some coloured card in festive colours (ie green and red) and fold in half or in quarters for a smaller card. Step 2. Using gel pens, decorate the card with snowmen, santa clauses, angels and stars. You can also write Merry Christmas on it in big letters! You can buy really nice card making decorations in lots of shops. Step 3.Write a nice message on the inside of your card and draw something like Baby Jesus on the opposite side. Step 4. Put it in a nice envelope, stick on a stamp and send it anywhere around the world! By Anna Barnwell.

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Q. What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a duck? A. Christmas quackers. Q. What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus? A. Crisp Cringle.

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