… Christmas lunch with your kids. If you have a child who is about 4 or 5 who might be expected to behave and join in at Christmas lunch, it might be a good idea to have a little practice run with paper hats, crackers and a joke-telling – not necessarily an entire turkey and brussel sprouts. If they’ve never really done it before it’s handy that on the day they have some idea of what’s expected of them.

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What my Christmas lunch looks like: enough to frighten any toddler


Listen to…

… The episode “Fiasco!” by This American Life. If you’re not aware of This American Life already, give it a try. It’s a 50min-or-so podcast (available on iTunes), like a sort of very long edition of… I don’t know… Woman’s Hour or something, on a different theme every time. Great fun – and Fiasco! is just absolutely brilliant.

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Perve over…

RoCo terrariums, if you are a terrarium fancier. Just… breathtaking.

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