Christmas not cancelled – but keep it small and keep it short

By Gareth Jones The governments of the four UK nations have today decided to keep the relaxed COVID rules, in some form, for Christmas – but have substantially strengthened guidance amid rising concern about infection rates across many parts of the country.  At today’s Downing Street Press conference, Boris Johnson stated that the four nations…

Christmas films – Essential Festive viewing

By Adam Bull Films and Christmas go together like mistletoe and wine. Over the festive break it’s cold and dark outside, warm and cosy inside. You’ve probably just eaten your annual allowance of cheese and are in need of a good sit down. Here’s some festive favourites to keep you company over the next two…

Newgate’s top 10 Toys for Christmas 2020

By Emily Church I don’t know about you, but 2020 seems to have lasted for about 1845241 days thanks to corona. For my children, December seems to have lasted a similarly epic amount of time but for a different reason – Christmas is around the corner and the agony of waiting to open gifts sat…

Newgate’s Festive treats

By Newgate’s Newsletter team As we approach Christmas and the holiday season we’re going to share our top tips for festive favourites, ranging from food to films, music to mince-pies and books to bonkers traditions. Festive treatsThis is the second in our series of our festive favourites, this time food related tips which have been…

Christmas traditions from around the world (and Newgate)

By Adam Bull As we move closer to the Christmas day, we thought it would be a nice idea to compile a cross-section of Christmas traditions from across the world, and from some of Newgate’s employees. Personally, the greatest tradition in our family was the Christmas day scavenger hunt organised by my dad. In one…

I can’t wait for Christmas

By Simone Fassom I don’t know about you, but my emotions at this time of the year are always in overdrive.  Not usually one for outward displays of emotion, events in December always seems to hit me by surprise and reduce me to a teary wreck, whether it’s a highly-charged singalong to Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’…

November… it’s never too early for Christmas decorations

By Charlotte Coulson I know, I know, Christmas decorations before 1st December are not universally popular but I have my reasons. In my opinion the build-up to Christmas is really the best bit. When the weather is miserable outside, it’s amazing what some Christmas tree lights can do to achieve that elusive ‘hygge’ and if…

Christmas Adverts are the only good adverts

By Adam Bull Adverts are, fundamentally, annoying. They pop up in the middle of TV shows, in magazines, on the radio, and online, telling you to buy things you never knew you wanted, needed, or even existed. They stop you watching the thing you want to see, by showing you something don’t want, but now…

I wish it could be Christmas everyday

By Ian Silvera, Account Director As the sun beams down on Britain, with ice lollies inevitably melting in childrens’ hands and every man and their picnic-eating dog storming the parks, there’s no better time to start imaging the dark days of December and Christmas, which is exactly six months away today.  Sadly, the UK and the rest…