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> The best of a London Christmas
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post Dec 2 2008, 04:53 PM
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The Best of a London Christmas
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A visit to London, England during the holiday season may feel like the pages of a Charles Dickens' book come to life, but don't expect to see Tiny Tim wandering the streets. London is a city full of old and cherished holiday traditions, but it is also home to many new and exciting practices. Quirky pantomimes, Christmas pudding races and carolers singing near a gigantic Norwegian tree are just a few of the activities that draw families to the United Kingdom's capital at Christmastime. Whether a resident of the city or a visitor, the following is a taste of the best festivities to include in a London family holiday wish list:

http://www.innerlondon.worldweb.com/Featur...//8-147458.html



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post Dec 3 2008, 10:09 AM
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Cool, nice list. Never been there during Christmas-time, have you?


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post Dec 4 2008, 01:50 PM
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Yeah, we are in London at least once a week at the moment - and every year we go and see the lights in Oxford Street and Regents Street. We're going for a hot drink and mince pie thing on Tower Bridge next weekend - should be nice.



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post Dec 4 2008, 01:52 PM
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Cool, love the mincemeat pies...sounds gross but it's delicious.


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post Dec 13 2008, 07:49 AM
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Ice skating at Hampton Court... beautiful!!
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post Dec 14 2008, 04:28 AM
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Yeah but the key word is Christmastime, not Christmas. Christmas day in London is pretty grim - there's no public transport so you pretty much stay put and eat while watching the Eastenders Christmas special!


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post Dec 14 2008, 01:30 PM
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Followed by Only Fools and Horses or sodding James Bond.


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post Dec 15 2008, 01:26 AM
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I'm so glad I'm so far removed from all of that. D'you reckon it'll be Superman I or II this year? Or Digby the biggest dog in the world?


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post Dec 15 2008, 06:47 AM
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Blimey! Really glad thats not how Christmas is at everywhere in England!! TV doesn't go on in our house over Christmas at all - it's what you make it, I hear so many people complain about what on TV Christmas day - turn it off then and do something you do want to do - no?



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Do what though when you're an orphan and there's no where to go?

I was so at a loss - moreso on boxing day though with no cricket!


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post Dec 15 2008, 07:40 AM
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Well, obviously I was talking generally about the many, many people who do have family or friends to spend Christmas with, that just moan about it and then it is seriously what you make it.

We open our presents together, have dinner, go for a walk, play games and generally have a laugh.

If I truly didn't have any friends or family that I could or wanted to spend Christmas with I would save up some money beforehand and book myself a skiing trip over the Christmas period. If skiing wasn't my thing - then I'd look for something that was and do that.



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post Dec 15 2008, 08:54 AM
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I'm a little upset... because we are going to be away over Christmas day my parents seem to think its acceptable not to put any Christmas decorations up at all this year... outrageous!

In general though I think we pretty much do the same as Paula - presents, lunch, walk, play cards then maybe watch Strictly Come Dancing!
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post Dec 15 2008, 09:12 AM
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Sian - my dad put the decorations up without us this year - what gives?!

Yeah - I had a few people to spend it with but I was just amazed at how little there was to do. Back home not is it usually more walking-friendly weather, but public transport runs and there's more to do if you're not spending the day at home.

But like I said, Christmas is mostly about eating then sitting it off. Boxing day was what really bothered me cos I hadn't realised what a ritual that was until I missed it!


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Aw, Cheli, but you are a self-imposed orphan sometimes...


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