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Primark Has Released Harry Potter Christmas Baubles For Just £4

Harry Potter AI know I’m not the only one to find the Harry Potter book and film series extremely Christmassy.

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I know I’m not the only one to find the Harry Potter book and film series exceedingly Christmassy.

From the awe-inspiring sight of Hogwarts castle dusted with snow to the teenage angst of the Yule Ball; and of course the sumptuous Hogwarts Christmas feast complete with ‘a hundred fat, roast turkeys’ and explosive Wizard Crackers.

So many of the dramatic, emotional and humorous highs of the epic story arc happen close to the Christmas holidays, when orphaned Harry is one of the few remaining students left at the wizarding school.

Who could forget when the previously unloved and neglected Harry received his first personalised Weasley jumper as a gift? And of course when the Weasley twins bewitched snowballs to bounce off Professor Quirrel’s turban, little knowing they were chucking snow at the face of Lord Voldermort?

Read for instance the following passage from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and prepare to feel that warm, festive glow inside:

Harry had never in all his life had such a Christmas dinner. A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce — and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table […]

Harry pulled a wizard cracker with Fred and it didn’t just bang, it went off with a blast like a cannon and engulfed them all in a cloud of blue smoke, while from the inside exploded a rear admiral’s hat and several live, white mice.

Ahh, can’t you just hear the tinkling of sleigh-bells? Or indeed the enchanted carols from a corridor full of singing coats of armour?

But enough about me being a massive nerd. It will not be long until we are all transforming our respective living rooms into our very own Great Halls; made complete, of course, with a Christmas tree. And gorgeous decorations are a must.

Luckily for those of us who enjoy Yule ball glamour without spilling the sickles, Primark is absolutely on point this year.

The purse-friendly retailer has launched a Harry Potter Christmas bauble range. Prices begin at just £4 (a little less than a galleon) and they are seriously beautiful.

A pack of four Hogwarts houses baubles will set you back £4. Each bauble bears a different animal to represent each Harry Potter house, and come in the house colours of blue, yellow, red and green.

Individual baubles cost £5 and are truly magical. I personally have my heart set on the golden Platform 9 ¾ one, but you can also get decorations to represent the Hogwarts Express and even loveable half-giant Hagrid.

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Potterheads can barely stop themselves from putting their tree up right this second after checking out these spellbinding decorations.

One happy Gryffindor enthused:

Hell yeah!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this!!

Another sighed:

This is a dream!

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Just one more reason to start getting pumped for the upcoming festive season. I will certainly be Wingardium Leviosa-ing some of these into my shopping cart!

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Asda Selling Harry Potter Advent Calendars To Bring Some Magic To Christmas

Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one that rises against them and strikes back! Not my words of course, but those of Albus Dumbledore. Bit heavy, innit? I doubt his rhetoric would be

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Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one that rises against them and strikes back!

Not my words of course, but those of Albus Dumbledore. Bit heavy, innit? I doubt his rhetoric would be as hard-hitting had he lived to see this cool new Harry Potter advent calendar.

That’s right Potheads (that’s what they’re called right?), feast your eyes – and tastebuds! :’) – on THIS!

One can only imagine how well this is going to sell:

The geniuses behind this festive novelty is Asda believe it or not.

They wrote:

We’ve launched a range of alternative advent calendars for people looking for a different way of counting down the days until Christmas – and they’re already getting lots of people excited.

Our alternatives to traditional and chocolate-based advent calendars range from make-up to toys and books to cheese!

This Harry Potter-inspired jewellery advent calendar has been getting people talking on social media. It’s £15 and includes a charm bracelet with three beads, 12 charms and nine rings in silver, gold and rose gold so you can build your own bracelet throughout December.

That’s right folks. £15. Is that extortionate for an advent calendar? I’ve never bought one seeing as I get my traditional and sugarless version from my church each December.

If you want a Potter themed calendar which isn’t quite like this then don’t worry, there’s others.

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If you’ve ever dreamt about trailing your cloak through the snow in Hogsmeade, tucking into the magnificent Christmas feast in the Great Hall, or decorating Hogwarts with magical decorations, there this other contender to play with.

This one contains 24 mini figurines relating to the magical series. All of your favourite characters are included, with a couple of props to go with it. What more could you want?

The famous trio Harry, Ron and Hermione are obviously hidden somewhere behind the doors, but its anyone’s guess as to which other characters will be discovered.

The advent calendar is a creation by Funko, and although it might not be available to buy just yet, the company have teased it’s ‘coming soon’.

Their website says:

Countdown to Christmas with a line of Harry Potter-themed pocket Pop!

Featuring the Wizarding World’s favorite witches, wizards, beasts, ghosts and house elves, this Harry Potter advent calendar promises a very jolly Christmas indeed, especially when paired with treacle tart and a mug of hot Butterbeer.

Just like a regular advent calendar, you can count down the days in the lead up to Christmas day by opening the doors and receiving a small gift.

But whereas in a chocolate calendar, you tend to get the same chocolate every day (which can get a tad boring), with this one you have no idea which character you’ll be surprised with each day.

Still not happy? Fine. Suit yourself. Go get the Mars one. Still great tbf.

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Smirnoff Release Huge 750ml Christmas Vodka Baubles

Smirnoff Baubles 2It’s November, which means it’s officially acceptable to begin the countdown to Christmas. It’s 46 days, by the way, in case anyone’s wondering. The Christmas adverts are coming thick and fast, the festive songs are getting played (albeit defiantly) on the work playlist, and lights are getting strung up in every major city. Not forgetting,

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It’s November, which means it’s officially acceptable to begin the countdown to Christmas. It’s 46 days, by the way, in case anyone’s wondering.

The Christmas adverts are coming thick and fast, the festive songs are getting played (albeit defiantly) on the work playlist, and lights are getting strung up in every major city.

Not forgetting, of course, that stores and brands are getting into the festive spirit by selling themed products just in time for present season.

And not one to be left out, Smirnoff have released perhaps the crème de la crème of Christmas-themed products, in the shape of a vodka bauble.

The vodka giant has created what every Christmas obsessed, vodka loving person (i.e. me) never even knew they needed. Because let me tell you – now that I’ve seen them, I need one.

According to Business Insider, Smirnoff has unveiled four limited-edition glass baubles which are filled with their famous No.21 vodka.

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Otherwise known as Smirnoff Red Label, this vodka is triple distilled and filtered 10 times, with Smirnoff themselves referring to it as ‘the world’s No. 1 vodka’.

Their website states:

Its classic taste has inspired other varieties throughout all four corners of the globe.

The baubles contain the equivalent of a 750ml bottle of vodka, meaning it’s the perfect drink to take to family gatherings and Christmas parties.

Each one of the four designs is unique, with the phrases ‘#BestGiftEver,’ ‘Don’t Get Lit, Drink Responsibly,’ ‘Mix & Mingle,’ and ‘Eat, Drink & Be Merry’ emblazoned across the front.

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Although the shape of the bottles might be slightly inconvenient, making it perhaps a tad difficult to pour, I can look past that because of how pretty they are.

And let’s be honest – pretty beats useful hands down, right? Well, it does when I’m shopping for winter coats anyway…

If anything, the baubles provide the perfect festive opportunity for an Instagram post and who doesn’t love a cheeky Insta? Exactly, no one.

You might not necessarily be able to hang these from your tree – because let’s face it, no one has ever managed to hang a 75cl bottle of vodka off a brittle tree branch – but the festive ornament can still look pretty in a window display.

The baubles cost $12.99 each (approximately £10) which is a bargain if I ever heard one! They will be available until the end of the holiday season in select locations.

But if vodka isn’t your thing, don’t worry because I have the perfect alternative. Well, The Lakes Distillery does because they’re selling gin-filled baubles.

First vodka, now gin – what a time to be alive!

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These baubles are significantly smaller than Smirnoff’s alternatives, so you actually stand a chance of decorating your tree with them.

Each bauble contains 50ml of the spirit, the equivalent of two servings. You can either buy the baubles individually or – and this is clearly the better option – buy a pack of six. Dreamy.

The magical Christmas gin bauble gift set includes a selection of different gins – for the connoisseurs out there.

It features The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Sloe Gin – which has tasting notes of raspberry jam, cinnamon, orange citrus with hints of juniper and coriander – and The Lakes Damson Gin, which is made using fresh cherries, ripe plums and juniper berries with hints of spice.

A single 20cl baubles retail at £17.95, and you can buy them directly from The Lakes Distillery website and social media pages.

But due to economy of drinking, the 6-pack Gin Gin gift set, which holds 6 measures of 5cl (ABV: 43.7 per cent), retails at a round £29.95.

A perfect way to christen your Christmas tree or maybe buy as a gift for your Secret Santa.

I’ll race you there?

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Christmas Dinner Proves It’s ‘Breakfast, Dinner, Tea’ According To Northerners

christmas-dinner-wtAnd to Christmas, which everyone knows is the time of year to get together with your nearest and dearest and have a good old argument. Sure, there’s the good will and presents, awkward work party moments and gorging on food and booze, but everyone knows the most important thing about the festive period is getting

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And to Christmas, which everyone knows is the time of year to get together with your nearest and dearest and have a good old argument.

Sure, there’s the good will and presents, awkward work party moments and gorging on food and booze, but everyone knows the most important thing about the festive period is getting things off your chest and settling scores.

It’s a time for giving, except not when it comes down to what you call the meal you gather round for on little old baby Jesus’s birthday. No room for manoeuvre here. It’s Christmas dinner. Northern folk have been proving it online.

Now normally, IMHO, I’d say ‘breakfast, lunch, tea’. Maybe it’s because of my Cornish heritage. All different combos are used across the country. This isn’t about me though. And anyway, if you’re talking about Christmas, it’s definitely Christmas dinner.

Turns out though, there are some people who can’t do talking right. They’ve been erroneously calling it Christmas lunch.

Seriously? Christmas lunch? How is that even a thing? Yeah, Christmas Day is for stuffing yourself full to the brim with sweets, treats, meats and drinks, but you don’t sit down for your meal at lunchtime. Or do you? Are you one of them?

Frankie Luna from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, took to Facebook last Christmas (I gave you my heart) with a post clarifying this obviously universal truth to those in the wrong. It’s such a post that it’s still doing the rounds now that Crimbo 2k18 is just around the corner.

Posted by Frankie Luna SJ on Tuesday, 26 December 2017

She wrote:

Just a reminder that it’s called Christmas Dinner and not Christmas Lunch, which proves the breakfast, dinner, tea argument.

Have it southerners.

Wow. Proper shade there. It’s also got that passive aggressive tone you’d expect from those folk over there on Twitter.

Despite the somewhat uncalled for aggression, people on Facebook agreed wholeheartedly. The post racked up 7.5K likes, 9.5K comments and almost 30K shares, which is pretty good for a throwaway festive jibe.

Elsewhere in the comments people are arguing over when you have Christmas dinner. It’s about 4/5pm. I’m not even going to argue this point. Oh go on then…

Wake up about 10am. Have a coffee and a cig. Shower off the smells from the Christmas Eve session. Bit of breakie with a can. Guinness preferably. Stick a film on. Have a few more tins. Have a snack. Couple more cans. Grandparents come over in the afternoon. Catch up. ‘Oh, what’s it like in Manchester this time of year?’ ‘It’s bloody cold compared to down here, Nan.’ Awkward silence. Do the presents. Find somewhere to put the presents down the side of the sofa. Offer to help Mum in the kitchen. Get turned away because you’re not in a state to help. Have dinner at about 4-5ish. That’s Christmas.

Go back into the living room. Get into a massive argument about how Brexit is going to destroy your future, and about how even after working half your life you’re still nowhere near to being able to buy a house. A little bit of: ‘Retirement? I’m going to be working until I fall into the grave!’ Calm down over The Great Escape. Disagree on the ‘They don’t make them like they used to’ someone old inevitably comes out with.

Ah Christmas, ain’t it the best time of year?

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