#Blogmas2016 - Day 7 (A to Z of Christmas - Part 2)

Following on from yesterday's #Blogmas post, this blog continues my A to Z of Christmas...

N - Nativity
A performance that's put on to remember and celebrate the birth of Christ (see 'J'). I don't think I've ever heard of, let alone seen, adults performing a nativity, it's something I associate with being put on by schools. When I was at junior school, I was one of the wise men (don't comment on that!) but I didn't get opportunity to do rehearsals as I was ill in the preceding days, still the show must go on!

O - Ornaments
Shops are full of ornaments that can be used to decorate your home. Some people go over board, we've currently got a Snow-globe adorning our bookshelf at the moment and we intend to invite an elf to come and sit on our sons shelf to keep an eye on him. Knowing my partner she'll want more ornaments to get out over the coming Christmas'.

P - Pantomime
I don't know if other countries have pantomimes, but they are a staple of British culture being based on a number of musical comedy fairy tales. Popular 'Panto's include Cinderella, Peter Pan and Jack & The Beanstalk. I haven't been to one in years, but plan to take our son when he's a bit older.

Q - Queens Speech
Each year Her Majesty, the Queen, gives a royal speech broadcast by most terrestrial TV broadcasters, it's a reflection of the past year and looking forward to the next. I always found it curious how she could give a speech at 14:00 across the commonwealth, it never occurred to me that they could be pre-recorded.

R - Reindeer
Led by Rudolf, the other reindeers (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen) pull St Nicholas through the sky whilst delivering present on Christmas Eve.

S - St Nicholas / Santa Claus
Christmas isn't Christmas without the jolly fellow who delivers presents to good children on Christmas Eve after they've gone to bed. My fun fact on Santa is that he traditionally wore green until a Coca-Cola marketing executive put him in red, and the rest is history.

T - Traditions
Christmas is all about traditions, whether it's having a traditional meal (turkey or goose depending on how far you go back) or family traditions (ours include having biscuits for breakfast).

U - Unimaginative gifts
We've all been given some unimaginative gifts over time, whether it be a voucher (for shops you don't go into) or a pair of socks (although sometimes you do need new socks).  I do try to put thought into the gifts I get people, but I know I have got some that I didn't put too much thought into.

V - Vixen
See 'R', one of St Nicholas' reindeer.

W - Waiting
There's a lot of waiting at Christmas time, whether it's in a shop waiting to be served or waiting for parcels to be delivered be it from an online purchase or from the big-man himself.

X - (e)Xciting
I really worked hard to not pick the easy option of Xmas! But Christmas is the most xciting time of the year, so much to look forward to.

Y - Yuletide
The festival celebrated by Germanic people and is now a synonym for Christmas.

Z - Zebras wearing party hats pulling Christmas crackers

When my partner said she'd be doing an A to Z for Blogmas, this was my suggestion for 'Z'. She didn't use it, so I will!

Tomorrow's post will be my review of the Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market.

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