Hello December!

Thursday Dec 01, 2022

Cocoa, Hot Chocolate, Candy Cane, Mug, Snow, Holiday It’s that wonderful time of year again – didn’t it come around quickly? It’s time for cosy jumpers, hot chocolate, sparkly twinkling lights, and Christmas and New Years celebrations. There’s certainly lots to look forward to in December, and we are here to help you prepare every step of the way. Why not check out our wonderful Christmas recipes over on our food site here? With mouthwatering treats such as Christmas Pudding Chocolate Fondants, Gingerbread Latte Cake and Red Onion & Mascarpone tarts, your festive table is sure to be a hit.

While you’re at it, check out our Christmas raffle for a chance to win a yummy hamper filled to the brim with all sorts of festive treats to share with your friends or family; or simply to lighten the cost of your Christmas food shop this year. There is a hamper available to win at each of our food branches, so be sure to grab a ticket for £1 at your nearest store. The winner will be announced on the 20th December with all proceeds to go to our fantastic Community Fund.

 

What’s happening in December 2022?

 

Free photos of Hot chocolate1st DecemberJoin us for our weekly coffee morning @ Braintree Quadrant

3rd DecemberFestive Find Food Tasting Event & Prize Draw @ Chelmsford Quadrant

4th December – Beach Clean Up @ Jubilee Beach, Southend and England V Senegal in the World Cup

5th DecemberJoin us for our weekly coffee morning @ Chelmsford Quadrant

8th December – Christmas Jumper Day – Join us for our weekly coffee morning @ Braintree Quadrant

12th DecemberJoin us for our weekly coffee morning @ Chelmsford Quadrant

15th DecemberJoin us for our weekly coffee morning @ Braintree Quadrant

16th DecemberCommemorative Tree Planting @ Hylands Park

Free photos of Snowflake18th December – World Cup Finals

19th December – Fashion and Housewares Sale begins

20th December – Raffle Winners announced

24th December – Christmas Eve

25th December – Christmas Day

26th December – Boxing Day (No coffee club today)

27th December – Bank Holiday – Winter Furniture Sale begins in Chelmsford

28th December – Winter furniture Sale begins in Braintree

29th December – Join us for our weekly coffee morning @ Braintree Quadrant

31st December – New Year’s Eve

 

December Fun Facts

Star Signs –  Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Birthstones – Those born in December can choose from three birthstones, Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise; all of which are beautiful wintery blue shades and are said to bring many positive traits to the wearer, including happiness, honesty and serenity.

Flowers – The birth flowers of December are the Narcissus and, of course, Holly! Narcissus is a beautiful white flower which represents purity and unconditional love, while we all know Holly as a favourite festive decoration symbolising happiness and peace – and is also thought to ward off evil spirits!

 

Free photos of Brussels sproutsSeasonal Produce

According to the National Trust, here’s which vegetables are in season at this time of year..

Brussel sprouts
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Leeks
Potatoes
Savoy cabbage