At some time during our lives most of us have listened to or sung along with “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Its specific origins are not known, but it possibly began as a Twelfth Night memory and forfeit game. The song itself may originally have been a French carol going as far back as the 1700’s.
Christmas is always a busy time as there are so many great activities and festive events in Torquay and the surrounding areas. With lots to choose from, we’ve listed some of the best ones we can find, to really get the festivities started!
What is Twixmas? Well, you know those twilight days between Christmas and the New Year, when most of us barely make it out of our pyjamas and we eat our own body weight in chocolates and leftovers? That’s Twixmas.
The word itself stems from the old fashioned word ‘betwixt’, meaning between. It can be a peculiar few days, between the 27th and 30th December, when families are often thrown together and the dangerous combination of too much food, drink and boredom can have unpleasant consequences!
Santa Claus is popping up in all sorts of places in and around Torquay this year; inside caves, in miniature and even on the train! Our handy guide gives you a few ideas of where to take the kids to visit him and his helpers throughout the December holidays.
Dear Santa (or ‘Other Half’)
I’ve been very good this year, so I thought I would write you a letter to remind you of some of my best moments. I’ve found your glasses, keys and wallet every time you’ve lost them. I’ve let go the men’s only cycling holiday and the rugby matches; I’ve even taken your mother shopping. As you know, I’m a practical soul, and I really don’t want to sound ungrateful, but the supermarket bubble baths, just aren’t going to cut it this year.
So, let me help you out with a few more imaginative suggestions: Continue reading
There is nothing more likely to ignite the festive spirit than attending a Christmas Market. The atmosphere, the smell of hot food and drink and the wonderful gifts really get the festive period underway. Torquay and the surrounding areas host a wonderful array of markets, each with their own unique feel.