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  1. With Bells On: Getting Married at Christmas

    With Bells On: Getting Married at Christmas

    We love this time of year. Love is in the air, everyone is winding down from a big year at work, and the general consensus is that folks are ready for a big knees-up party. Read on to find out if a Christmas Day wedding could be everything you've ho-ho-hoped for.

    Thinking of getting married at the most festive time of the year? You're not alone - well, certainly not historically. In the UK during the 18th and 19th centuries, Christmas Day was a very popular date for weddings, with churches holding specialty nuptials every 25 December. While this may seem like a romantic choice, it was usually more of a necessity - according to findmypast.co.uk, Christmas and Boxing Day weddings occurred predominantly because it was the only day young, working-class couples could ensure they were allowed off work.

    In many large cities like London, churches often offered free weddings and baptisms on Christmas Day, making it a cost-effective option,

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  2. 12 Days of Christmas: sorting fact from fiction this festive season

    12 Days of Christmas: sorting fact from fiction this festive season

    "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me; a partridge in a pear tree."

    While we've all heard the infamous strains of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' in every shopping centre, at every school concert and around every corner between here and eternity each festive season; what exactly is the 'twelve days of Christmas?' Where did it come from and what does it mean? We investigate one of the greatest mysteries of Christmas tradition and uncover why this simple concept has had such a great impact on Christmas as we know it.  

    What are the 12 days of Christmas?

    According to Christian religion, the twelve days of Christmas actually begins on December 25 (yep, that's right, Christmas Day), and i

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  3. Kris Kringle Gift Guide: Gifts under $15, $25, $45, $80

    Kris Kringle Gift Guide: Gifts under $15, $25, $45, $80

    Kris Kringle is fast becoming the staple of many an office Christmas party, festive family function or friends' Christmas catch-up. Love it or loathe it, there is no escaping that you will most likely be involved in at least one form of Kris Kringle gift-swapping shenanigans this festive season.
    To make your Kris Kringle purchasing as painless as possible, we're sharing with you our ultimate Kris Kringle Gift Guide - with customised gift choices under $10, $20, $50 and $100, to suit any Kris Kringle budget.

    Personalised Christmas Gifts under $15

    Perfect for office parties, corporate Christmas functions or stocking fillers for the kids, customised Christmas gifts under $10 come in handy in more ways than one.

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  4. Top Christmas Gift Ideas

    Top Christmas Gift Ideas

    family Christmas tree decorating

    With only six weeks left until the fat man in the suit squeezes down our chimneys to bring joy and elation to children all over the world, it's well and truly time to get that Christmas list in order, and decide who's been naughty and who's been nice in 2018. From relatives to ring-ins, spouses to workplace superiors, we share with you the top gift ideas for everyone on your ever-expanding Christmas list, to keep you merry and bright this festive season.

    Top gifts for teachers

    Buying your child's teacher a meaningful gift they haven't already received or aren't likely to get 30 times over this year, can be a difficult task. Rather than opting for the standard stationery, coffee mug or chocolate treats that teachers receive by the tru

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  5. A Personalised Christmas Gift...

    Everyone has that someone who is impossible to buy for. Whether it be the crazy uncle, the brother who has everything or the co-worker you hardly know but got for Kris Kringle.

    Don't stress, because this year Personalised Favours has you covered. We have a complete range of personalised gifts to suit all budgets from engraved Christmas Decorations, personalised beer mugs and champagne glasses all the way through to Engraved Wine Boxes.

    Receive free artwork and unlimited revisions with all orders and free delivery Australia and New Zealand wide on orders over $100.

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  6. Have a Holly, Jolly, Holiday-themed Wedding this Year

    Have a Holly, Jolly, Holiday-themed Wedding this Year

    Christmas: we know it's the season to be merry, but is it also the perfect time for you to say "I do"? With holiday-themed weddings now trendier than ever, we look at simple, classic ways to incorporate a little Halloween, Easter or Yuletide spirit into your big day.

    Let us blow your mind for a second: a holiday-themed wedding doesn't have to be as over-the-top as a five-year-old's rainbow My Little Pony birthday party. It's not all just ugly Christmas sweaters for the bridesmaids, or carved jack-o-lanterns as table centrepieces. In fact, a holiday-themed wedding can take some of the stress out of planning your big day, because when you get married on a holiday, you've got a colour palette, style and atmosphere already established.

    And yes, it is possible to have a classy themed wedding - all you'll need are a few unexpected nods to the holiday you're celebrating. Here are four of the biggest holidays on the wedding pl

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  7. Be the Teacher's Pet with These Great Gift Ideas

    Be the Teacher's Pet with These Great Gift Ideas

    girl learning at school

    They're the patient angels who teach our kids their A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s, put up with their germs and jokes, and generally make a huge difference in their lives. In celebration of World Teachers' Day this Friday 26 October, we've compiled the best gifts for the teacher who is changing your child's world. 

    1. A stylish writing piece that says "hand's off!" in the staff room

    Writing countless reports and marking endless essays can really take its toll on a teacher's hand (not to mention their ballpoint) - so why not give them something functional, comfortable and beautiful to write with instead? The Christmas Engraved Crystal Pen adds a litt

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  8. Best Stocking Fillers for 2015

    Best Stocking Fillers for 2015

    Christmas is just around the corner! Last month we ran a competition to hear about the worst Christmas present you have ever received.

    Congratulations to Michaela Best who won the competition with her worst present being used nail polish - "The worst Christmas present I've ever received was a used nail polish...yes that's right USED!" 
    Thank you to everyone who participated, here are some of the other great worst Christmas presents submitted by you:

    Jessica Coveny - "I'd have to say the maternity top my friend got me one year... and I wasn't even pregnant!"

    Christine Alley - "My worse Christmas gift was some boxed soap from my Grandmother, and the card read "Happy Birthday Vera" (my Grandmother's name haha!)"

    Danni Kennedy - "A packet of balloons. Yup."

    Teagan Wheeler - "One year my extended family forgot about getting presents for the kids so quickly raided our gre

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