Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • What Christmas is All About

    Posted by on 28/12/13

    Beer will change the worldIt’s official – I had a great Christmas. I knew I was going to, because it’s a time for family and friends and we were to be blessed with both. Of course, what was to make this year extra special is the little sister our son Dannan has now.

    We had my in-laws for Christmas, and it’s now become something of a tradition that my father-in-law and I spend an hour or two in the pub on Christmas Eve putting the world to rights, and discussing all things Christmas.

    Beer FridgeI’m convinced that one year I’ll get a beer fridge from Santa, but until then I’ll continue to enjoy my Christmas Eve down the local with Mrs PM’s creator.

    Upon our return, Dannan was already struggling to keep his eyes open hoping to see Santa Claus. Eventually he fell asleep, and it wasn’t too long before we all did the same.

    Five o’Clock in the morning this year. That’s when Dannan came running into our room, jumping on our bed and hauling his Santa sack behind him. It may seem a terrible time to be awoken, especially with such a long day ahead, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. To see his face as he picks his presents out of his sack is one of the most joyous sights I could ever imagine.

    Anyway, by midday our house was full with friends – 15 of them this year – for pre-lunch drinks. It was great to have the house buzzing with such excitement, though quite what Aoife made of it we’ll never know. The smashing of the snowman piñata was a chilly but exhilarating experience, with the kids clambering over the sweets as soon as they exploded out of the piñata.

    Usually I do zilch on Christmas Day – Mrs PM is cool with that, because she understands how hard the last couple of months have been at work – but this year I decided to help out a little. It’s been hard for her, too, getting up at all hours with small person number 2.

    Christmas TurkeyOnce lunch had been cleared – traditional turkey and all the trimmings – and a few more presents opened, it was a few parlour games before time for the little ones to go to bed.

    And that left us with the grand finale to Christmas Day – an evening in front of the television, a cheeky little whiskey in my hand, that stuffed ‘never again’ feeling, and a gentle snooze in the light of the open fire.

    Christmas – the best day of the year. I doubt I’ll be writing before next year now – so all that’s left for me and the staff at Postmarkonline  to say is:

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year

  • 5 Things to do the Weekend before Christmas

    Posted by on 21/12/13

    Santa from PulpOkay, so it’s upon us. We can’t even say it crept up this year, because we all know we should have been prepared weeks ago. The last weekend before Christmas fills most people with dread. Have I bought the turkey? Have I baked enough sausage rolls and mince pies? I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone, now who is it?

    Here’s a quick question for you. How will your last weekend before Christmas be?

    a)      Manic

    b)      Panic

    c)      Not enough hours in the day

    d)     All of the above

    My betting is that most of you will answer ‘d’. It’s always the same. Here’s some advice: stop panicking. Kick back. Relax. Everything will come good. It always does. Here are five things you should be doing this weekend to help you prepare for the big day.

    1)      Go and see the Christmas lights

    Don’t worry about what needs to be done, go and marvel at the lights in your local town. Take them in, and notice how calming they can be. You’ll find that last minute gift that you need will jump out of the window of one of the shops you’re passing, without you getting all worked up and spending hours wracking your brains trying to think of it. Try it, and take the kids with you. They’ll have fun, too, and really get into the Christmas spirit.

    2)      Watch a Christmas movie

    So you haven’t seen the Hobbit Part 2 yet? Now’s the time to do so. Or, if you prefer, why not rent one of the old classics out and sit by the fire. It’s a Wonderful Life, perhaps, or Miracle on 34th Street. Both will make you well-up and shed a few tears. Or for a few laughs, then Home Alone would be perfect.

    Or if you fancy something a little different and seasonal, then take the kids to a pantomime. For our American readers, a pantomime is a stage play where the men dress as women, the girls dress as boys, and the audience regularly jeer those performing. Okay, so it’s a British thing!

    3)      Do something on your bucket list

    If you can’t treat yourself at this time of year, when can you? Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Take a salsa class, go water-skiing, stand on stilts. Whatever it is, just do it. You may never get the opportunity to do so again. If nothing else, it will give you a great story to tell your guests on Christmas day.

    4)      Go for a walk

    The countryside is a great place to be this time of year. Take a walk, watch your breath make little steam rings, and feel the crisp ground under your feet. Empty your mind of Christmas, stop trying so hard to make everything right. As you're walking take in everything around you. And when you get home, make yourself a hot chocolate, put your feet up and snuggle up with your loved one or a good book.

    5)      Panic!

    Oh my goodness! There’s so much to do… Christmas cards to write for your guests; last minute gifts to buy; make sure that Santa is ready to bring the kids their stockings; cakes and goodies to bake; the turkey to prepare; then there are the fruit and vegetables to buy; have you got enough sweets and snacks to see you through the two days?; what about bread for all those turkey sandwiches, last minute wrapping… the list is never ending, isn’t it?

    Oh, and husbands: now is the right time to buy your wife that gift. Don’t leave it like last year – you know the local service station runs out of all the good stuff on Christmas Eve!

    To all our customers and readers:

    Merry Christmas, and have a great day!

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • 5 Fantastic Christmas Jokes and 5 Christmas Cards to Write Them In

    Posted by on 14/12/13

    I was buying Christmas crackers this week when I thought about the groan moment Christmas jokes that would be read out around the table. You know the ones I mean, jokes like:

     What carol is heard in the desert?

    O camel ye faithful!

     I can hear the groans now!

     So I thought I’d treat you to five of my favourites, ideal for writing in a blank card and bringing a proper laugh or two back to Christmas. Instead of Cracker Jokes, let’s have Christmas Card Jokes!

     Without further ado, here they are:

    Santa JokeJust before Christmas, an honest politician, a generous lawyer and Santa Claus were riding in the elevator of a very posh hotel. Just before the doors opened they all noticed a $20 bill lying on the floor.

    Which one picked it up?

    Santa of course, because the other two don't exist.

    Santa and Tree from the Bontempi range by Quire Publishing

    Christmas Presents

    A guy bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas.

    After hearing about this extravagant gift, a friend of his said, "I thought she wanted one of those sporty four-wheel-drive vehicles."

    "She did," he replied. "But where was I going to find a fake Jeep?"

    Christmas Presents Card from the Life is Rosie range by Cath Tate Cards

    Christmas is greatA lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"

    The stock boy replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."

    Christmas is great from the Photcaptions range by Cath Tate Cards 



    Christmas Pug

    Mum, Can I have a dog for Christmas?

    No you can have turkey like everyone else!

    Christmas Pug from the Froot Loop range by Paperlink

    And finally...




    Battersea dogs home boxA customer walked into our store looking for Christmas cards. I showed her our top brand, but—wanting to make sure each card was perfect—she asked me to take them out of the box and show her. I did, and each one was superb.

    "Great," she said.

    I carefully placed the cards back in the box. But as I handed them to her, she looked alarmed.

    "I don’t want this box," she said abruptly. "It’s been opened."

    Why not select the Battersea Dogs Home Box for your Christmas card needs this year? Not only are they a great design, but for every one sold there’s a charitable donation made to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

    I hope I’ve brought a smile to your face this week. It’s cold, wet, and grey… but Christmas is just around the corner. Let’s enjoy it!

    Best Wishes

    Mr PM

  • Great Christmas Cards, Carols, and Cupcakes

    Posted by on 07/12/13

    Carol singing christmas cardOur son is at that age where the excitement is beginning to get too much for him. Last week the Christmas lights were turned on in Balham, an event that included carol singers, a funfair, fire engines, and street entertainers. Our Balham store – winner of the Wandsworth  Business Award – stayed open late for the turn on and shopping extravaganza afterwards, and the little lad was in his element. Fire engines and rides in one place!

    Our son now wants me to take him carol singing – he’s been learning all the songs at nursery – and has recently ‘posted’ a card (the Carol Singing card from Woodmansterne’s Christmas singles range) to me to show how easy it is.

    “Can we take our dogs, too, daddy?” he asked me.

    When I tried to explain that dogs can’t really sing he looked at me as if I was mad.

    “Father Christmas can make them sing,” he told me. “He makes Rudolph fly. Singing is much easier than flying.”

    I couldn’t fault his logic. And, of course, I couldn’t argue with him. Last time I saw, he was sat at the bottom of the stairs with scarfs wrapped around our pets’ necks and singing ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ to them.

    christmas cake cardI’m really excelling myself this year as far as Mrs PM is concerned. The Christmas Wine Sock looks great, and usually the kitchen is filled with the smell of freshly baked Christmas cake by now. I love the marzipan topping, just under thick icing, like the Christmas Cake cards from Museum & Galleries. In packs of 10, I love the design and it takes the strain out of trying to decide which card goes to whom.

    This year, I thought it might be nice to do something different.

    “Don’t worry about the Christmas cake,” I told my wife a few weeks ago. “You’ve got far too much on your plate, what with the little one here, too. I’ll sort something else out this year.” And I have – she’s going to love it.

    cupcake merry christmasI thought we could have cupcakes for Christmas 2013. I got the idea from Caroline Gardner’s Cupcake Merry Christmas card packs when I was sorting our stock out a few weeks ago.

    So, as an extra Christmas treat, I thought Mrs PM could go to the Deelight Bakery in Ritherdon Road tomorrow (8th December) where there’s a Cupcake Decorating Class. She’s going to be so pleased with me. She’ll be learning a new skill, and won’t have all that cake baking to do for Christmas. I’m sure knocking out a few cupcakes will take half the time.

    Blooming weatherI’m so focussed this year, and so organised, that I might just be able to talk to ‘Santa’ about our son’s idea for the carol singing event of the year. I do hope the weather picks up a little, though – I’d hate for the man who wears red to get caught in a blizzard, even if it might look funny on the Blooming Weather card from Woodmansterne.

    Best Wishes

     Mr PM

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