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Quaility street and roses tins already for sale in supermarkets

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£5 Christmas boxes have been spotted piled high in supermarkets across Britain Mother-of-two Rose O'Keefe, 34, took photo of Mini Heroes tubs at local store Said: 'As much as I love Christmas and chocolate, surely this is far too early' There may still be another 128 shopping days until Christmas but that hasn't stopped Tesco from selling tubs of festive chocolate. For £5 boxes have been spotted piled high in supermarkets across Britain. Mother-of-two Rose O'Keefe, 34, took a photo of Miniature Heroes tubs at her local store in Sevenoaks, Kent. Christmas Quality Street and Roses boxes are also on sale. In a post on Tesco's Facebook page, Mrs O'Keefe wrote: 'As much as I love Christmas and chocolate, surely this is far too early. 'We have Halloween and bonfire night first and not forgetting the children aren't even back at school yet!' A Tesco spokesman said: 'We know some customers like to buy products associated with Christmas earlier in the year, so we're stocking a limited range in some stores.' Customers at Tesco in Chelmsford, Essex have also spotted the chocolates on sale and dozens more have complained on Twitter. Joanne Anderson said: 'I see Tesco has declared it the start of the festive season already. It's TOO SOON for tubs of Christmas chocolates. FFS. 'Bah humbug.' Mark Hardie said: 'With Christmas cards and tins of chocolates already on sale, I may have to dig out last year's bumper @RadioTimes as well!' Megan Jefferson said she is 'so excited' after spotting the chocolates, but George Stephenson doesn't share the sentiment, adding: 'Tesco you have sunk to new lows.'

How to capture Santa on camera in your OWN home on Christmas Eve

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how to catch santa on cctv Christmas is such a magical time for children and now you can prove to your children that Santa Claus has paid them a visit. The app Catchy allows you to take a picture of Father Christmas himself in your very own living room. You can ‘snap’ him putting presents under the tree, coming down the chimney and lugging his giant sack full of presents. visit www.santacctv.co.uk for more information

Elf on the Shelf is Santa CCTV for kids

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I remember the first time I heard of Elf on the Shelf. A fellow new mum tweeted that she felt she was ‘failing at Christmas’ because they didn’t have an Elf on their shelf.  Naively, I replied saying I’d never even seen Elf.   I later realised that she wasn’t alluding to the Will Ferrell movie, which I still haven’t seen, but to an American picture book that has captured the imagination of parents and children on both sides of the pond. The Elf on the Shelf has only been around since 2004, but it’s already caused controversy and been embraced by celebrities – two events that guarantee it is here to stay. The original Elf on the Shelf appeared in the storybook of the same name, written by Carole Aebersold and Chandra Bell. The basic premise is that Santa sends a ‘scout elf’ to every home at the beginning of December, to sit on the shelf and keep watch over the children of the house. Any undesirable behaviour is immediately reported to the big man himself, who alters his naughty/nice list accordingly. But in the 12 years since the self-proclaimed ‘Christmas Tradition’ began, its role has expanded somewhat. Enthusiastic, energetic parents now delight and enchant children with the elf, as well as using it to police their behaviour. Step out of line and Santa might not deliver all those pressies on the wish list. I know some incredibly creative and generous parents who keep me giggling all December long with their daily Elf updates. Every night they steal into their kids' rooms and take the elf down to the living room, where they construct scenarios for the children to discover in the morning. Some nights the elf holds parties for a legion of toys; other nights, he runs amok in the drinks cabinet. The idea is to bring him to life, give him more of a character, rather than leave him empty and alone on a shelf.  It sounds fun and they say it adds to the magic of Christmas. I don't begrudge them that - but I won't be joining them in inviting Santa's CCTV into my home, this year or ever. Isn't it just a teensy bit hypocritical to let the Elf cause mayhem every night, when he's supposed to be teaching the opposite? And besides, I just don't like the idea of a creepy-looking doll policing my children's every move, terrifying them into ‘good behaviour’. Parenting is about giving your children the moral framework to make the right decision, not threatening them with round-the-clock surveillance.  Of course I’m not denying my children can be a handful over Christmas. There have been many conversations about gratitude and giving already in our house and we’re only just halfway through December. In fact, this has directly led us to embrace our own new Christmas tradition: a shopping trip for produce to donate to a local food bank, accompanied by a not-at-all magical conversation about the reality of life for far too many at Christmas.  Not exactly sprinkled with glitter and tiny elf footprints, is it? But then, I think we're too preoccupied these days with the 'magic' of Christmas. Children don't need quite as much as adults seem to think – especially not in the form of sweeping, month-long traditions. For kids, the magic is often found in the little, simple things. Decorating the tree together, Christmas music, the dark, cosy nights illuminated by twinkling lights, the warmth inside and the cold out. The sharing, the time, the togetherness.  If you do like the idea of the Elf, there’s a solution that wraps up giving and magic in one adorable bundle. The Kindness Elves are the brainchild of popular blogger Anna Ranson, aka The Imagination Tree. Like the beastly shelf-dweller, these elves have their own story, but theirs is of giving and sharing. Instead of glaring accusatorily at children, ready to report their every misdemeanour to the bearded guy in charge of the big list, they look for and notice acts of kindness.  And it doesn’t need to be big or showy – they are as pleased by simple gestures such as a smile, a please or a thank you as they are by a donation of toys to the children’s hospital.  If you have to have an Elf on your shelf, why not make it a do-gooder? 

Santa cam launched by mum to keep kids off the naughty list

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Are your little ones misbehaving before Christmas? Well one mum has came up with a smart way to keep them off the naughty list. The Santa Cam - a nifty little gadget created by mum of two Hayley Donaldson, aged 29, keeps an eye on youngsters in the run up to the big day. And they’ve been so popular that Hayley is struggling to keep up with requests for the dummy cameras, which also flash like a real CCTV device. Santa cctv Hayley, who runs Emmiroo’s Photography and Gifts in South Bank, Middlesbrough, told Gazette Live : “I have always personalised everything for my little ones such as invites and favours. “I’m always turning my hand to something. “Now at the shop I do everything Christmas - so things like personalised baubles. “I made the first Santa Cam last week and posted it on our page saying ‘look what I have just made for my children’ and people were commenting ‘my kids would love this!’.” The mum to Emily, two, and Riley, six, is a fan of Elf on the Shelf - an elf doll dispatched from the North Pole at the start of Advent to keep a watchful eye on the children. She spotted the idea for a Santa Cam on an ideas page for fellow elf lovers. Hayley said: “Someone posted something on the page with a camera and I thought ‘I’m going to give that a go’ “Mine come with a scroll which explains the concept and says that the camera has been installed so its owners can keep an extra close eye on them this year. “The scroll is then signed from Santa and elf - whatever the family has called their elf.” Hayley said that hundreds of people reacted to the Santa Cam picture and many have now put in orders for one of their own. “I’ve had around 50 orders so far,” she said. http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/santa-cam-launched-mum-keep-12214526

It may be the middle of summer but Santas are flocking to the World Santa Congress Even Santa deserves a holiday once a year.

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The 60th World Santa Congress is under way and it looks like serious fun. The annual event at Bakken, Copenhagen, is arranged to bring together Santas from across the globe to share ideas and advice and enjoy each other’s company. santa cctv (Tobias Nicolai/AP) Summer is the perfect time to meet for the jolly present-deliverers, as obviously winter is their busiest time. This year’s congress is running from July 24-27. The congress began in 1957 when Professor Tribini, an entertainer who wanted Christmas to happen more than once a year, invited some Santas to a party at Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park. It has grown from there, with Santas from as far away as Japan and El Salvador joining the fun. (Tobias Nicolai/AP) Over 150 Santas are taking part in activities like herring tasting, a fashion show and a Santa Pentathlon, as well as parades in different surrounding towns to remind the children to be good. santa cctv

Residents are happy that Santa CCTV cameras

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Residents are angry that CCTV cameras put up to deter anti-social behaviour have been taken down. District councillor Mrs Gill Dawn, who represents the Winthorpe Road area of Newark with Mrs Irene Brown, said they had not been consulted about the removal of the cameras. They are supporting residents who want to see them returned. Mrs Dawn said the cameras were among the first in the Newark and Sherwood district to be put up after the two councillors highlighted anti-social behaviour in the area. She said that since the cameras were removed problems, such as shed break-ins, had increased. Residents are to start a petition asking Newark and Sherwood Homes, which is responsible for the cameras, to reinstate them. Residents met Newark MP Mr Robert Jenrick on Monday to raise concerns about the cameras and police presence in the area. He said he would he writing a joint letter with the councillors asking Newark and Sherwood Homes to reinstate the cameras. Mr Jenrick said the residents had been told the cameras were taken down because police had asked for footage on only two occasions recently. “We draw a different conclusion — that the cameras and footage have served a purpose in deterring people from committing crimes,” he said. ‘We treat all reports seriously’ Inspector Louise Clarke, the neighbourhood policing inspector responsible for policing in the Newark and Sherwood area, said: “We have a dedicated beat team for the Bridge Ward, who carry out regular patrols in the area and are available to address any concerns raised. “We treat all reports of anti-social behaviour seriously. We recognise it is an important issue to individuals and communities. “We would urge people to report any ongoing problems of anti-social behaviour to us.” Mr Jenrick said residents told him about an increase in crime in the area and their wish to have a higher police presence. He is to ask for a meeting with Inspector Clarke, the area’s district councillors and the residents’ association to discuss the issues. Mr Stephen Feast, director at Newark and Sherwood Homes, said the cameras on Winthorpe Road were removed because of a consistent low-level of anti-social behaviour in the area. “If this has changed, however, we will work alongside the police, district council and local councillors to find the most appropriate solution,” he said. “Working with other partners to deter anti-social behaviour is extremely important to us. “We continually review the use of CCTV cameras with partners to ensure they are used effectively.”