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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Twenty Two: Gift wrapping

Love it or loathe it, wrapping presents is a must! There are lots of stores who offer gift wrapping services if it is something you really can't bear to do or if you just want your gifts wrapped super-extra specially (as it is known in the industry). Whilst you might perceive this form of wrapping to be complex, you have been...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Twenty One: London Transport over the Christmas Period

Getting around the UK's capital over the festive season can be quite challenging, all due to limited services of London public transport. There is absolutely no hope of getting anywhere on Christmas Day by public transport, however travelling on 24th and 26th is not so bad. To avoid surprises/disappointment, read the official transport information here, and don't forget that London is...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Twenty: Christmas Food Around the World

Christmas is celebrated in 160 countries around the world and surprisingly they don't all eat turkey and sprouts! We wanted to take sometime out of our very Western preparations for Christmas and bring you some new, fresh ideas from around the globe, here are some of our favourites!  In Belgium they eat a Christmas version of Cougnou, known as Cougnolle, which...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Nineteen: Carol Singing

Carol singing is a very traditional Christmas activity, it doesn't have to be as sombre and boring an affair as you are currently imagining! So warm up your vocal chords and get involved, there are loads of places to go carolling in London, such as: Carols in Trafalgar Square around a Christmas tree, the tree is a gift from Norway and...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Eighteen: Christmas Food Shopping

So you've planned out your Christmas menu and now its time to actually go and buy the food, but it's only the most daunting food shop of the year! Do not fear or procrastinate, help is at hand! Helpfully, we have crafted a list of all our favourite places to buy food for Christmas! Where possible buy local Make sure you help...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Seventeen: Christmas Cocktails

Christmas is the time of raised spirits, in both senses of the word! Enjoy a little festive cheer with our favourite Christmas tipples! Champagne Framboise. Simple yet elegant! You will need 1 cup of fresh raspberries 1 bottle of chilled champagne 200ml brandy 8 tsps fresh lemon juice Method Soak your raspberries in brandy for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, make sure that your champagne flutes are chilled. Add 1...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Fifteen: Christmas Menu

No need to plan a Christmas menu this year, we've done it for you! Pink Grapefruit with Port  Click here to get a detailed recipe of this simple appetizer.  Roasted Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing A must for every Christmas dinner. Look no further than this classic recipe from our head chef. Stuffing (for a 5.5 kg turkey) 450g chestnuts (canned or fresh and peeled), chopped 225g breadcrumbs 75g butter salt...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Fourteen: Alternative Ways of Spending Christmas

If you're bored of a traditional Christmas and don't feel like eating your weight in turkey, before falling asleep on the sofa in front of bad TV, consider spending your Christmas day in one of the following ways: Get Involved with a Charity Christmas is the time for giving, and what could be more selfless than giving up your Christmas Day and...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas- Step Thirteen: Christmas Jumper Day

PI HQ has become even more festive than usual today as we donned our woolly jumpers in aid of Save the Children's 'Christmas Jumper Day', an initiative which aims to raise money for the charity's namesake.  The best Christmas jumpers were awarded prizes, the competition was judged by Tim, one of our directors, who chose one winner from each of the...
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PI's 25 Steps to Christmas - Step Twelve: The Do's and Don'ts of Corporate Christmas Parties

Here it comes again, the unavoidable corporate Christmas party. For some people the office Christmas Party is a very important date in their calendar, they see it as a reward for all of their hard work; while for others the thought of spending the whole evening with colleagues outside of normal working hours is less than appealing.  We have compiled a...
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