Well, we haven’t done this in a while! It’s fair to say that many of our immediate circle of neighbours have all had significant things to ‘deal with’ these past few months, so tonight was the perfect opportunity to get together.
We played to our strengths, Ann weaving her magic in the kitchen and creating a couple of cheesecakes and me – washing the car! 😁
With our strengths played-to, we picked up Paul and Karen and headed off in the direction of long-time friends, Tom and Julie (Georgina was celebrating her birthday today – and we’d all been invited!).
At the last minute, Trish and John couldn’t make it, but it still felt like a house full with aound 40 people there!
Safe to say, Ann’s cheesecakes went down a storm!
We stayed until around 10.30 leaving everyone else to finish the food and drink! It had been a really good ‘do’ although Eileen – Tom’s Mum – did manage aggravate her her knee along the way resulting in some much needed TLC – and an extended period on the sofa!
I’m tempted to say tonight was a great ‘knees up’ – but that wouldn be sooo corny! 😉
It’s 8am on the 14th and the John Lewis Christmas advert has finally been revealed! Back in 2010, JL were the first of the retail giants to release ‘mega’ adverts for the festive season. It started a trend that continues to this day, and now anyone who’s anyone, makes them – yes, Argos and Aldi, I’m looking at you! 😉 Always being the first makes it difficult to stay in front – and JL’s arrives a little later this year. As a result, the other ‘big hitter’ – Sainsbury’s – released theirs a few days ago entitled: Nicholas the Sweep.
Christmas has now officially begun for me! 👍 😁
Don’t forget to scroll to the end of this post for links to all JL’s previous Christmas ads!👍
What’s this year’s about?
Entitled “Excitable Edgar”, this highly-anticipated (by me anyway!) Christmas advert stars an excitable and accident-prone dragon called Edgar who lives in a freezing mythical village with his best friend Ava. Edgar loves Christmas but can’t control his fire breathing.
In typical heart-warming (see what I did there!) and humorous fashion, the pair are forced to quell his disastrous fire-breathing habits after it threatens to destroy the festive period for everyone as Edgar ‘toasts’ a giant Christmas tree, a snowman and the local ice rink! 😮
Who’s the Voice?
If you’re wondering who’s singing, it’s Dan Smith re-imagining REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. He’s the lead singer and main songwriter of Bastille, the English rock band. Read more about him HERE.
A Good Cause
As in previous years, the ad encourages engagement with a good cause. This year it is food poverty charity FareShare, with ‘feasts’ to be held in John Lewis shops and community venues ahead of Christmas.
And not to miss a merchandising opportunity, a full range of Edgar bits-and-bobs are available, including a £15 cuddly toy, a Waitrose & Partners No.1 12 Months Matured Christmas Pudding for £8, as well as Waitrose Edgar cupcakes, ‘Chocolate Edgars’ and a £1.50 gingerbread biscuit.
Can’t Get Enough..?
For your viewing pleasure, here are all their previous Christmas adverts…