Winter has well and truly arrived and the festive season is not long around the corner. We have lots of exciting stuff to bring you in this winter themed edition of our newsletter including; a sneak peak of out latest photo-shoot, some great winter travel tips, a brand a new ‘meet the team’ and an exclusive newsletter discount!
We hope you enjoy!
It’s now officially the winter and time to start preparing for the festive season, so we thought we would put together a few festive facts:
- Originally known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade – to signify the launch of Christmas shopping season- the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy’s Department store employees and even featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Now some 3 million people attend the parade and another 44 million watch it on television.
- There are FOUR places in the U.S named after the famous festive bird, Turkey. Turkey Creek in Louisana, Turkey Texas, Turkey North Carolina and Turkey Creek Arizona.
- The popular Christmas song, “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
- Electric tree lights where first used just 3 years after Thomas Edison had his first public demonstration of the electric light bulb. Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. They were a huge hit despite taking a few years to become publicly available.
- England once banned Christmas, with Parliament passing a law that made Christmas illegal in 1647. The law was repealed in 1660 when the government lost power.
- In the song, “Twelve days of Christmas” the number of gifts adds up to 364, one for almost every day of the year.
- The first New Year’s celebration goes back almost 4,000 years to the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar declared January 1st to be a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman God of Doors and gates who had two heads, one looking forward and one looking back.
- Around 1 million people gather from all over the world on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop.
BubbleBum’s Winter Travel Tips
Traveling around the holiday season, especially with small kids, can be rather challenging. Chaos at airports and on roads is common and with the weather being unpredictable, winter travel can be a stressful and trying time, so we’ve come up with some winter travel tips to help you get prepared before setting off:
- Plan ahead - This might seem like a rather basic tip, but planning a head can work wonders for your sanity. Knowing where, when and how you’re getting there. Having your tickets and hand luggage prepared beforehand, you can save yourself all kinds of hassle and stress.
- Leave an hour earlier - With things like weather and traffic being hugely unpredictable during the holiday season always ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. It’s always better to arrive early than late!
- Stay hydrated - The heat might not be as much of a factor in winter travel as it is for summer travel. Long journeys in the cold weather can cause you to dehydrate just as much with your body using up more fuel in order to stay warm. So don’t forget to bring some extra water for the trip.
- Pack a winter safety kit - A very basic winter safety kit and make a huge difference to your travels.
Here is our AAA approved winter safety kit:
- Blanket, rug or sleeping bag
- Traction Mats or even bits of carpet or thick cardboard to place under wheels to help gain traction on ice or snow
- Salt, sand or cat litter
- Ice Scraper and de-icer
- Torch and Batteries
- First Aid kit
- Warning Flares or Triangles
- Snow chains for those of you in remote rural areas
- Battery jump leads
- Bottled water
- Snacks like cereal bars or chocolate
- Extra Screen wash
Meet the team… Fintan Kelly
In the spotlight is our charismatic Operations Director and Vice President, Fintan Kelly! So let’s meet Fintan…
Where did you grow up? - In London and then Northampton
What is your favorite vacation destination? - Difficult question as I love a combination of City Breaks and relaxing sun holidays so cross between New York, London and Barcelona with Malaysia
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without? - My leaf blower
What’s someone you think people should know about you? - I have an uncle that is younger than me!!
What famous quote describes your life? - ‘Sometimes the best thing to do is to sit on your hands’
What is the most interesting website you know of? - Stumble Upon
If you could throw a party what would it be like and what would it be for? - I would throw a dinner party for the opening of an envelope so long as I get to do the cooking but someone else brings the food in a kind of Ready Steady Cook challenge
What Celebrity are you mistaken for? - Roger Daltry, that is if anyone can remember who he is!
If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor what would it be? - I would like it to be an Owl, but I am guessing it would be a Toad
What is your dream car? - Aston Martin
BubbleBum’s Winter Activities
As the seasons change, so does the number of activities you can do with the kids, so we compiled a list of fun activities to keep them occupied (weather permitting):
Activities for Snow:
- Build A Snowman – This is easy, fun and allows the kids to be as creative and imaginative as they can be. Once your snowman is rolled and stacked up, let the kids decorate him as they please, adding whatever they think suits their new snowy companion.
- Sledging – Sledge rides are lots of fun and kids absolutely love them. Just make sure they are well wrapped up with warm padded clothing, serving not only as a good way to keep them warm, but it should also cushion them from any potential bumps or bangs they might pick up on route.
- Warm up around a winter camp fire – A small camp fire in your backyard can be a real treat for the kids, some scary stories and a few smores go great with the dark evening.
- Ice Skating – Ice skating is a fun winter activity and also a great form of exercise for the whole family. Teaching your own kids to skate is a great experience and one they won’t forget when they’re older!
- Sewing or knitting – This might seem a little old fashioned, but what could be better than knowing you and your kids made their very own winter hats. And as they get better they will be able to add their own personal touches to their creations! Plus, these can make great personal and thoughtful Christmas gifts.
- Putting up the holiday decorations – With the Christmas season fast approaching, setting up the decorations is a great way to get everyone in the festive spirit.
New Lifestyle Photo Shoot
Here’s a sneak peek of a few of the images from our latest latest photo shoot!
Our fantastic photographer, Bernard Ward, took creative control to get some beautiful in-car images and a few (top secret) new product shots.
A great day was had by everyone; playing dress up in our winter gear, eating LOTS of sweeties and making a few new friends.
A massive thank you to Ronan at Donnelly Group for the location, Bernard Ward for taking beautiful pics and our mini models for being true professionals!
Wishing all our fans, family & friends a wonderful Thanksgiving!