Top 10 TV Shows for Christmas 2017

I’ve looked hard, I’ve done the work so you don’t have to, there is not a lot on this Christmas that’s in the don’t miss category, but still, there is enough for a top 10… And, just a point, this is stuff I like…which means no Doctor Who, or Call the Midwife, or Strictly…so, consider…

Sainsbury’s Classic Italian Panettone

I know I’ve been a bit quiet just recently on here…kind of been struggling for interesting Christmas stuff to talk about…still, only a week or two until the TV guides come out and I’ve got some things planned for the next couple of weeks too…so keep stopping by, there will be plenty of interest. On…

Love Actually Day

  That’s right…5 weeks to Christmas, better known as LOVE ACTUALLY DAY. No messing now folks…get your movies started, your shopping cracking on… Oh yeah, it’s Black Friday week too…let the madness commence!

Top 10 Christmas Movies That Are Actually About Christmas

Christmas movies are a category all to themselves. It’s tempting to say Christmas movies are family movies, but that’s not the case. Bad Santa most definitely isn’t a family movie. And then of course, there’s the debate about what actually is a Christmas movie, is it a movie about Christmas or is it a movie set at…

Christmas Adverts 2017 – Part 4

Well, I’ve gone to town on rounding up the Christmas adverts this year…here’s another bundle of ads for you to check out… First up, it’s Waitrose: This is actually really quite good, I’m not sure being in black and white quite works, for me when the lights come on at the end if the advert…

Christmas Adverts 2017 – PART 3

So, here we go then with another round up of Christmas adverts, the over budgeted influencers for 2017… Let’s kick off with John Lewis… Transparently trying to play at heart strings…fails miserably. For me anyway. Next we have House of Fraser: I’ve met sisters before…getting on this well…naaaaah, not buying it at all! Next, we…

Christmas Adverts 2017 – Continued

We already started our roundup of Christmas adverts for this year with this post: https://themincepie.co.uk/2017/11/04/christmas-adverts-2017-its-started/ That one featured Very.co.uk, Argos, Asda and Vodafone…this time, we’re kicking off with one of the biggest hitters, going in two-footed on the rest: This advert is pretty good, light and fluffy despite it being all about a burglar. My only…

REVIEW: Coop All Butter Luxury Mince Pies (2017)

This review is going to refer back to the 2016 version of these pies quite a bit, the review for those is here: https://themincepie.co.uk/2016/10/08/mince-pie-review-coop-irresistible-all-butter-luxury-mince-pies/ and it’s worth a read to remind you how I’ve always been a fan of these pies. Packaging So, this looks just like last year’s box…but let’s do a side by side:  …

Christmas Adverts 2017 – It’s Started!

Every year, it’s fun to see the Christmas adverts rolling out. It’s big business these days, we’re long past the day of Woolies sticking their prices on a song and dance on stage…now we have elaborate animations and productions, multi-million pound adverts purely focused on brand building rather than products. Christmas adverts are becoming a…

Mince Pie Reviews – November League Table Update

Figured it was worth updating the league table and because some people do miss it (it’s linked seperately either in the hamburger menu on a phone or up top on desktop). Miles away at the top is the Fortnum & Mason pies, but it’s looking like a strong list. For reference, the columns in order…

Josh Groban: Noel

If you like a bit of Christmas music, like a bit of Josh Groban (someone must), here’s a bit of a treat. His whole new Christmas album featuring versions of songs not as good as the originals is on Spotify for the many subscribers out there:

November – HeartTV Xmas

It’s 1st November…Halloween is done and dusted, we have the minor wrinkle of bonfire night this weekend, but after that…it’s Christmas baby…all the way! And kicking off November is HeartTV Xmas…just gone live on the Sky platform (and probably any other it is on too) channel number 387. Now, I agree, HeartTV has perhaps the…

McVitie’s Family Circle Biscuits

Time for something a bit different, taking a break from eating mince pies for a little while now and looking at some other things. First up, it’s the classic, the favourite of 80s children everywhere, the McVitie’s Family Circle biscuits, formally a tin, then a tub and now, disappointingly, a box. So, let’s start there…

Snow in October, 9 years ago today!

Remember this? 9 years ago today…I must admit, I can’t actually remember this as any sort of snow event, and I’ve not got any pictures myself of anything that occurred. Maybe it was a flash of sleet for us…but there are some paper and news references too: Snow in October! Before Halloween? Whatever next? A…