The Best Book Day Costumes

clock Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10:42AM

All kids love to dress up, and with World Book Day coming around every year, there’s a perfect opportunity for children to immerse themselves in their favourite characters and play the parts they have been reading about for ages.

While many adults like to stand out and be a bit different to the crowd, younger children prefer to fit in, and so the range of costumes usually includes the most popular characters around for the previous few years. Nobody seems to have tired of Harry Potter and his friends Hermione and Ron, and so if your kids love a bit of Hogwarts inspired fantasy action, a tried and tested Book Day costume would be one of the fabulous Harry Potter costume ranges available for children (and adults, if teachers want to join in the fun too.)

Book characters can provide so much inspiration for fancy dress, and  that’s why dressing up for World Book Day is such a popular way to celebrate the day. Another wonderful inspiration for dressing up is Roald Dahl, whose imaginative characters like The Fantastic Mr Fox, or Willy Wonka have delighted kids for many decades. Parents enjoy reading the stories and much as their children love to dress up as Charlie Bucket, Matilda or even the BFG.

Little children are still entranced by the wonder of traditional fairy tales, so it can be fun to get them all excited and dressed up as Little Red Riding hood – “Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” And what little girl wouldn’t love to dress up as a fairy tale princess? Cinderella will be the belle of the ball in a fabulous outfit – but she’d better not hope that anyone else has dressed up as one of her ugly sisters or she’s never going to make it to the ball…Don’t forget Snow White or Rapunzel if you have a fairy tale fan in your midst, too.

If you have a little boy (or girl) whose main reading material is the Beano annual, you can always stay true to character and get them kitted out in full on Dennis the menace gear – as long as they promise not to misbehave. Or for any child obsessed with The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, a Bilbo Baggins outfit would be the perfect way to indulge their imaginations.

The costume your child feels most comfortable in ultimately reflects their own favourite books, and personality, but choosing a costume for World Book Day is a great way to get talking about books and reading, and get your little ones involved.


Best Book Day Costumes for Boys

clock Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 03:14PM

It can be hard getting boys to sit still long enough to read a book, or in some cases it’s even harder to get him away from the gadgets and get him nose deep in a story or two. Some of the characters that appeal most to boys haven’t changed much in the last few decades though – apart from the fairly recent addition of Harry Potter, who is destined to stick around for a very long time in books, films and dressing up costumes for World Book Days for years to come.

What sort of stories does your son like to read, or write? Does he enjoy a bit of Pirates of the Caribbean? You could introduce him to some good old fashioned pirate tales, and he could dress up as Blackbeard or Long John Silver for Book Day. There’s even a Jack Sparrow costume if that’s the only pirate your boys could ever imagine pretending to be.

All kids are naturally drawn to tales of naughtiness, so if your boy loves to hear about Dennis the Menace or Horrid Henry, why not indulge him with a costume that will give him endless pleasure in the playground?  The books and comics are something that most boys will love to identify with, and as long as they don’t take their role play too much to heart, it would be a fun way to get boys into character and interested in taking part in all the Book Day events.

Horrible Histories are also appealing to little boys who love to hear about anything gory and a bit revolting. If your son has his nose permanently engrossed  in one of the Blood Curdling box sets, why not go one step further with it and dress him up as a Tudor executioner, a revolting peasant lad or even a scary Henry VIII? There’s so much variety if your children are history buffs and books like Horrible Histories have made the subject much more fascinating for children who would turn their noses up at a traditional history book.

With so many different subjects, stories and characters that could be played on Book Day, there’s bound to be a costume that will get your sons involved in the fun!


Get your Child Loving World Book Day

clock Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 02:44PM

Reading is something that some children seem to take to from an early age, yet others resist with all their might. If you want to encourage your child to enjoy books, and to take part in World Book Day with gusto instead of feigning a temperature to get the day off school, here are a few tips.

Try reading to younger children as much as possible, to stimulate their imagination. If they get used to hearing you telling them fun stories, eventually they will want to hear more and more stories and hopefully become more interested in reading for themselves, as they get impatient to find out what happens next.

Try missing chunks of often told stories out, and see if your child notices…if it’s a favourite story this soon becomes a game and you can encourage them to read it to you instead!

Encourage them to imagine the scenes and characters for themselves. If you’re telling the same story for the umpteenth time, introduce a few questions, ask why the character might have done that, what the wicked witch looked like, how the princess might have felt and what your child thinks he or she should do next. Immerse them in the stories and feed their imagination.

This leads to encouraging role play – get the dressing up box out and have fun acting out different roles, either with brothers and sisters or with you. Make costumes, crowns, wands, and accessories, and buy ready-made children’s costumes for Book Day and other events so that you’re constantly encouraging your child to use their imagination. If you spring a Book Day dress up on them out of the blue, when they’ve never really thought about the book or its characters, it will be so much harder to get them involved in and enjoying the fun at school or other events around Book Day.

See if you can get the films of their favourite books on DVD to watch and talk about them with your children. Ask questions; was the Wicked Witch of the West as scary as you thought she would be? Is that how you imagined Hogwarts? Was the princess as pretty as you imagined her in the book? 

It’s a great idea to spend time at your local library in the holidays and at weekends, too. It’s not just about borrowing books, although being surrounded by free books might ignite a bit of love for reading too. Many libraries have storytelling sessions and events laid on for kids which might appeal to them and get them reading for themselves, out of choice.

It’s all about getting children to almost interact with their favourite books and develop a love for the characters that they will enjoy talking about, exploring and even dressing up as for Book Day.


Get your Child Loving World Book Day

clock Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 01:32PM

Reading is something that some children seem to take to from an early age, yet others resist with all their might. If you want to encourage your child to enjoy books, and to take part in World Book Day with gusto instead of feigning a temperature to get the day off school, here are a few tips.

Try reading to younger children as much as possible, to stimulate their imagination. If they get used to hearing you telling them fun stories, eventually they will want to hear more and more stories and hopefully become more interested in reading for themselves, as they get impatient to find out what happens next.

Try missing chunks of often told stories out, and see if your child notices…if it’s a favourite story this soon becomes a game and you can encourage them to read it to you instead!

Encourage them to imagine the scenes and characters for themselves. If you’re telling the same story for the umpteenth time, introduce a few questions, ask why the character might have done that, what the wicked witch looked like, how the princess might have felt and what your child thinks he or she should do next. Immerse them in the stories and feed their imagination.

This leads to encouraging role play – get the dressing up box out and have fun acting out different roles, either with brothers and sisters or with you. Make costumes, crowns, wands, and accessories, and buy ready-made children’s costumes for Book Day and other events so that you’re constantly encouraging your child to use their imagination. If you spring a Book Day dress up on them out of the blue, when they’ve never really thought about the book or its characters, it will be so much harder to get them involved in and enjoying the fun at school or other events around Book Day.

See if you can get the films of their favourite books on DVD to watch and talk about them with your children. Ask questions; was the Wicked Witch of the West as scary as you thought she would be? Is that how you imagined Hogwarts? Was the princess as pretty as you imagined her in the book? 

It’s a great idea to spend time at your local library in the holidays and at weekends, too. It’s not just about borrowing books, although being surrounded by free books might ignite a bit of love for reading too. Many libraries have storytelling sessions and events laid on for kids which might appeal to them and get them reading for themselves, out of choice.

It’s all about getting children to almost interact with their favourite books and develop a love for the characters that they will enjoy talking about, exploring and even dressing up as for Book Day.


What is World Book Day?

clock Monday, February 16, 2015 at 10:28AM

World Book Day, which will take place on 5th March 2015, is a day designed to celebrate the wonderful world of books, writers and imaginations! It’s an annual event that celebrates the joy and pleasure of losing yourself in a good book, exploring other worlds and finding out about the world you live in, all from the comfort of your home or classroom…or wherever your children love to read.

World Book Day has been running for an impressive 18 years now, and has become the biggest celebration of its kind. The day has been officially designated as a global celebration of books and reading by UNESCO and it’s celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide.

The main focus of World Book day is to get children of all ages to discover the joys of reading, if they haven’t already. In the UK, kids are encouraged to really explore the pleasures of books, and many schools like to make a big party of the day, giving out book tokens and free books, and encouraging children to dress up as their favourite book characters and really get into the party spirit.

There are events running all over the country; you can see if there’s anything in your area by going to the official World Book Day website and searching for something near you.

The events are supported in the UK and Ireland by sponsors like National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, which means that millions of book vouchers get sent out to children across the UK, last year over 14 million were sent out in total, which means there was something for every child under the age of 18.

The vouchers can be used to buy one of a selection of specially chosen books  for just £1 –  and there’s a selection for nursery school age children, junior and secondary so that nobody misses out.

If your child is a fussy reader and  doesn’t want one of the books on offer, children are also able to use their vouchers to get money off of books and audio books at participating bookshops.

The idea is to get children to explore the books they already love in more detail, talk about their favourite books and introduce them to authors, stories, genres and subjects they might not have come across before, and basically just get children reading!


Book Day Costume Ideas

clock Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 04:16PM

We love to encourage our kids to lose themselves in the fantasy world of a good book, and every year we have World Book Day to remind us of just how vivid our kids’ imaginations can actually be!

It can be tricky to come up with something original, and for any of us who aren’t craft-minded or handy with a dressing up box, the annual stress of finding a costume that’s not going to break the bank OR get your child bullied is easily resolved by a trip to a costume emporium like All Fancy Dress.

You can always start by having a look around the kids’ bedrooms to see what might already be lurking in the dressing up box, and can be adapted or added to. Have you got the makings of a witch costume – well with a few tweaks you can turn your offspring into a Worst Witch or The Room on the Broom. If you have a tutu hanging around, with a little imagination you can make an Angelina Ballerina.  Even school uniforms can be upgraded with some choice accessories to make a St Trinians or Hogwarts costume.

It’s surprisingly affordable to hire a costume for World Book Day if you don’t have anything immediately to hand. If your children were totally obsessed with all thinks Hogwarts and cried when Dobby the House Elf died, try a Harry Potter themed Book Day costume;  you could create a fantastic Harry or Hermione with a costume from All Fancy Dress.

If your little darlings are complete bookworms and love their literature, they might enjoy thinking outside of the dressing up box and dressing as Juliet, or Oliver Twist, bound to get all their classmates wondering which book they are dressing up as. It could even stimulate a bit of interest in the more classic tales, instead of the usual kid’s favourites that pop up every year.

If Roald Dahl is constantly on the bedtime reading list in your house, why not opt for a Willy Wonka or Fantastic Mr Fox costume – every child loves a bit of Roald Dahl. There’s hours of fun to be had with a ‘Where’s Wally’ outfit too…

If you can’t get your unruly boys to sit down long enough to read a book, have a bit of fun with a Dennis the Menace or Horrid Henry costume, they’ll enjoy being able to play up to their namesakes and blame it on Book Day.

Whatever your children want to ‘be’ for book day – have fun!


2014: A Year in Google searches

clock Monday, January 5, 2015 at 10:45AM

 

How do you measure a year?

12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes?

How about Google searches?

Below are a list of the most popular Google trends of 2014. These are the things that shaped our year into what it was, the losses, the victories, the charity, the competition and the game that got everyone a little too addicted.

 

Top trending searches:


1. Robin Williams

On August 11th 2014 news broke that Robin Williams had taken his own life after struggling with depression for many years. Hugely admired and loved the world over, Williams left a legacy in movies, comedy and kindness.

During his lifetime not only did he give us some of our favourite characters in Mrs Doubtfire and Genie in Aladdin, but he performed to over 100,000 troops in fighting abroad and raised millions of dollars for charity.

 

2. World Cup

The 2014 World Cup, hosted by Brazil, came to its climax on 13th July when Germany took on Argentina for the title, Germany leaving victorious with the world cup in hand after a 1-0 win.

The competition gave us the all-time highest-scoring semi-final, with Germany beating the hosts 7-1.

With 64 games, 171 goals and over 2.2 billion Google searches, 'world cup 2014' was the third-highest searched in 2014 and the most searched sporting event in history.

 

3.Ebola

Ebola fever

An infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus ( Ebola virus), whose normal host species is unknown.

The first cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea back in March and quickly began to spread to neighbouring countries, but it wasn’t until cases hit outside of Africa in August that searches began to hit a global scale.

Early in November, The World Health Organisation announced the formal trial of a Canadian experimental vaccine, which cured two Ebola patients in the US. 

 

4. Malaysia Airlines

On 8th March this year Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 lost contact with ground control 1 hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. After 5 hours without contact the aircraft was reported missing.

The search for the flight has been expanded to cover 60,000km2 with conspiracy theories running wild after another Malaysia Airlines Flight, MH17, was struck down by a missile over Ukraine in June.

9 months on the search continues, with ever growing support and prayers around the world.

#PrayforMH370

 

5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disorder that damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. In August over $100 million was raised for the ALS Association and related charities, with celebrities from David Beckham to Oprah Winfrey taking part and donating. 

 

6. Flappy Bird

Developed in Vietnam by Dong Nguyen, Flappy Birs started gaining popularity peaked in February, at which point the developer took the game off of the market after worrying about its over addictive nature. Phones with the original game on them sold for thousands online, while dozens of copy cat versions appeared on the Android and Apple stores, such as Happy Bird, Floppy Bird, Clumsy Bird and Flappy Fish. 

 

7. Conchita Wurst

May bought us the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. 37 countries participated in the competition held in Copenhagen but the winner this year came from Austria.

Conchita Wurst stole the show and left us all talking after her performance of Rise Like a Phoenix. Often refered to as the bearded lady, She has become an LGBT Icon.

She has been quoted saying "The beard is a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look." And since winning Eurovision, album and concert ticket sales soared.


The Book Buyers Gift Guide - Why a book is the perfect gift this Christmas

clock Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12:16PM

 

With Christmas just around the corner (19 days to go!) it’s time to dive into Christmas shopping! Whether you have the whole lot still to do or just need to pick up a few extras or stocking fillers, we here at allfancydress.com are here to help.

With the ever growing digital generation we think it’s more important than ever to take a step back into simpler times - encourage the kids to put down the tablets and games consoles - and give a book this Christmas.


“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft 

Not only is reading proven to play a large part in a child’s cognitive development, it’s also shown to improve class performance and behaviour at school.


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! 

Reading together can be a wonderful way to spend some quiet time together, Whether it’s a bed time story or an afternoon reading session, you reading to you child or encouraging them to read to you.


“Show me a family of readers and I will show you the people who move the world"
   Napoleon

Even if it’s your little one taking the time to sit quietly and read alone, give them the opportunity to delve into their imaginations and loose themselves in another world for a while.

 

 “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons     
 

So here are some suggestions, just a few of the many thousands of books waiting to be explored.


“If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book.”
-        J.K Rowling

The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas

Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter

Danny wants everything for christmas,

But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur.

Danny's new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out....

Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life!

There's poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast!


For full immersion, try dressing up as a dinosaur!


The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea.

Who could it possibly be?

What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!


How about throwing a tiger’s tea party? 


The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

"A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.

A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good."

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry Gruffalo

"A Gruffalo? What's a Gruffalo?"

"A Gruffalo! Why, didn't you know? He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws."

 

Take a walk through the woods afterwards, Dressed as the Gruffalo of course!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

“One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.” 


How about a picnic dressed as the hungry caterpillar?


Peter Pan

J. M. Barrie

Come Away! Come Away! The Darling children are tucked up in bed when Peter Pan bursts in to their nursery. Peter and his mischievous fairy Tinkerbell entice Wendy and her brothers (John and George) to fly away with them,  second star to the right and straight on till morning and on to Neverland where adventures with mermaids, lost boys and the villainous captain hook await!

 

Why not don a Peter Pan costume and try building a Wendy House!

 

The First Hippo on the Moon

David Walliams

Two big hippos, One ENORMOUS dream. 

 Who can make it to the moon first?

3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .


Why not try to build a rocket of your own? Imagination is key!

 

Awful Auntie

David Walliams

Aunt Alberta is on a mission to cheat the young Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance – Saxby Hall. But with mischievous and irrepressible Soot, the cockney ghost of a chimney sweep, alongside her Stella is determined to fight back… And sometimes a special friend, however different, is all you need to win through.


A great gift from an auntie. Prove you’re not all that bad after all, not compared to Auntie Alberta!

 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis

This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!" thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. "I wonder is that more moth balls?" she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hands. But instead of feeling the hard, smooth wood of the floor of the wardrobe, she felt something soft and powdery and extremely cold. "This is very queer," she said, and went on a step or two further...


Evacuee, Lion, Ice Queen/Witch, the fancy dress possibilities are endless for full emersion!


Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” 


Mad hatters tea party anyone?


Not only does reading stimulate the brain and awaken the imagination, but think how much easier it will be, come Book Day at school instead of wrecking your brains trying to think of any characters you child’s knows, you’ll be flooded with a plethora of favourites! Then the battle will be narrowing it down to just one!

Happy shopping! We’ll leave you with these fine words from the genius that is Roald Dahl.


The most important thing we've learned, 
So far as children are concerned, 
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let 
Them near your television set -- 
Or better still, just don't install 
The idiotic thing at all. 
In almost every house we've been, 
We've watched them gaping at the screen. 
They loll and slop and lounge about, 
And stare until their eyes pop out. 
(Last week in someone's place we saw 
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.) 
They sit and stare and stare and sit 
Until they're hypnotised by it, 
Until they're absolutely drunk 
With all that shocking ghastly junk. 
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still, 
They don't climb out the window sill, 
They never fight or kick or punch, 
They leave you free to cook the lunch 
And wash the dishes in the sink -- 
But did you ever stop to think, 
To wonder just exactly what 
This does to your beloved tot? 
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD! 
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD! 
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND! 
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND 
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND 
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND! 
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE! 
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE! 
HE CANNOT THINK -- HE ONLY SEES! 
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say, 
'But if we take the set away, 
What shall we do to entertain 
Our darling children? Please explain!' 
We'll answer this by asking you, 
'What used the darling ones to do? 
'How used they keep themselves contented 
Before this monster was invented?' 
Have you forgotten? Don't you know? 
We'll say it very loud and slow: 
THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ, 
AND READ and READ, and then proceed 
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks! 
One half their lives was reading books! 
The nursery shelves held books galore! 
Books cluttered up the nursery floor! 
And in the bedroom, by the bed, 
More books were waiting to be read! 
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales 
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales 
And treasure isles, and distant shores 
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars, 
And pirates wearing purple pants, 
And sailing ships and elephants, 
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot, 
Stirring away at something hot. 
(It smells so good, what can it be? 
Good gracious, it's Penelope.) 
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter 
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter, 
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland, 
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and- 
Just How The Camel Got His Hump, 
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump, 
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul, 
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole- 
Oh, books, what books they used to know, 
Those children living long ago! 
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, 
Go throw your TV set away, 
And in its place you can install 
A lovely bookshelf on the wall. 
Then fill the shelves with lots of books, 
Ignoring all the dirty looks, 
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks, 
And children hitting you with sticks- 
Fear not, because we promise you 
That, in about a week or two 
Of having nothing else to do, 
They'll now begin to feel the need 
Of having something to read. 
And once they start -- oh boy, oh boy! 
You watch the slowly growing joy 
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen 
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen 
In that ridiculous machine, 
That nauseating, foul, unclean, 
Repulsive television screen! 
And later, each and every kid 
Will love you more for what you did”


A Very Telly Christmas

clock Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:52AM

Christmas TV has become big part of the season for a lot of people, with the X Factor final and the return of ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ both sure signs that Christmas is quickly approaching.

There are also a huge number of Christmas specials to pick from on Christmas day and Boxing day, from revivals of classics like The Royal Family to special edition episodes of Dr Who.

Christmas afternoons are often reserved for gathering around for the Queens Speech.  then settling in for the evening with full bellies to watch unmissable Eastenders special (which is sure to be choc full of death and scandal!).

With TVs ever growing role in the season’s festivities, it’s no surprise that in more recent years, a new type of TV entertainment has jumped on the ‘Christmas Special’ band wagon, with retailers spending huge amounts of money to make feel good adverts that the whole family will love in the run up to the big day.

 In previous years we’ve celebrated Christmas with The Bear and The Hare (thanks to John Lewis), reached for the moon with the coco-cola polar bears and introduced some Magic and Sparkle into Christmas with Marks and Spencers, and this year is no different. With an abundance of different advertisements out there, here are just a few of our favourites so far this year.


John Lewis – Monty the Penguin (#montythepenguin)     

It’s a simple yet beautiful story of a little boy and his penguin, who is longing for love. It has touched the heart of the nation, with the song from the advert (‘Real Love’ performed by Tom Odell, originally written and performed by John Lennon) entering the charts instantly and currently sitting at number 7, having shot up 14 places this week.

We’re sure Monty’s popularity will be reflected in fancy dress parties throughout December, who wouldn’t want to see a couple dressed as penguins at their party after that!ritten and performed by John Lennon) entering the charts instantly and currently sitting at number 7, having shot up 14 places this week.

 

Sainsbury’s – Christmas Eve 1914 (for the Royal British Legion) 

Sainsbury’s advert this year is by far the most touching on TV at the moment.

With 2014 being a century since the Great War began, Sainsbury’s have taken the opportunity to pay its respects to those who fell, working with the Royal British Legion to recreate this Christmas story.

The advert takes us back to Christmas Eve 1914 and introduces us to a British soldier sitting in a trench during WW1. By this time, World War One had been raging on for almost 5 months and had claimed almost 1 million lives. The advert is based on true events written about in letters and diaries from the Western Front about how on 24th of December 1914, the guns fell silent.

German and British soldiers each laid down their arms and left the trenches, meeting in the middle of no man’s land and exchanging season’s greetings and gifts, from chocolate to Schnapps. A football match even ensued before they each returned to their respective trenches.

It’s a beautiful example of how even at the toughest, darkest of times, there can be great humanity and kindness.

In the commercial, the British soldier we are first introduced to gifts a German soldier a bar of chocolate. These bars can be purchased for £1 in Sainsbury’s, with all profits and a donation from Sainsbury’s going to the Royal British Legion.

 

Boots – Because she’s special 

Christmas is a time for family, with relatives travelling from all corners of the globe to be together on Christmas day, and that’s exactly what Boots have recreated this year.

The advert shows a range of people all travelling through the night get home in time to surprise their mum, a nurse who had been working the Christmas shift.

She arrives home late to find all of her family gathered around waiting for her so that they can celebrate together.

It’s a message to remind us that it’s our loved ones who really make Christmas perfect.

 

Coca-cola – Give a little happiness

There’s a rule in my house that Christmas doesn’t start until the coca-cola advert has been on, the ‘Holidays Are Coming’ tune kicking off the holiday season! Usually premiering on ITV during X-Factor, it’s a big deal! The infamo


Besides the classic, coke have also released a feel good ‘give a little happiness’ advert this year, which shows strangers, family and friends all performing good deeds and spreading the joy. us coca-cola trucks even do tours now days, stopping off at cities all over the country and allowing children to meet Father Christmas in the back of them!

 

 

We think Christmas adverts could be a pretty awesome theme for a Christmas fancy dress party this year! Penguins, Soldiers, Nurses, Gingerbread Men (see Waitrose advert!), Fairies (Thanks to M&S). Food for thought…


The First Mention of Christmas…

clock Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 05:11PM

With the Christmas play at the forefront of the majority of Primary schools around the festive period, and the upcoming release of Nativity 3 ‘Dude, where’s my Donkey?’ is kicking the season off.
Taking a turn from its more traditional festivities of the nativity play featured in the first film, and the carol singing competition of the sequel, a far more 21st century outlook – a flash mob competition. Check out the trailer below to warm in the christmas spirit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OyV2xSakI0

The diversity of the Christmas school play is continually growing, meaning much greater choice for some great fancy dress. No longer are the three wise men and the three shepherds the core to these performances, some plays feature the donkey as the main character! Many schools now bring the west end to the school hall, with an increasing trend of performing mini musicals using the great talent with in the school.

Christian traditions are still rife with performances such as Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dream coat still a favourite, modern twists on the traditional nativity still play out in multiple schools across the country also.

If you’ve been given the pleasure and duty of managing this years school Christmas performance, thoroughly search our kids Christmas get-ups to piece together the main characters for your play. Our diverse range will guarantee your Christmas production is an absolute cracker.