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How To Get Good Seats At The School Nativity Play

I don’t know about you, but I find there’s something oddly exciting about having a small one in Foundation Year at School, as there are a lot of “firsts” happening at this time of life. First day at school… First end of week meltdown… First school nativity’s… One thing I’ve noticed about School Nativity Plays, apart from how they seem to be both amazing, and super cute, is that they are very popular with parents / any other grown ups. And all these grown ups seem to want to get prime viewing positions (which is fair enough).

But how can you get the good seats at a school nativity play?

Here’s our tips*:

  1. Involve Spy / Friend on the inside who’s paid enough attention to know the quick way in.
  2. Use your Ninja skills to sneak past people.
  3. Invest in some bribe material for the school receptionist. (Chocolate, or alcohol would usually do the trick)
  4. Wear some American football style armor.
  5. Use any PE Equipment / Zip Wire to your advantage.
  6. Stuck at the back of the queue? Get talking to the person in front of you, once conversation starts to die down, get talking to the person in front of where you are now. And repeat…
  7. Walk in while wearing a nativity costume. Enough people may sit far enough away from you, so you end up getting a good seat anyway.
  8. Fly a drone into the school hall, watch nativity via drones camera.
  9. Involve a well placed confused old dear to stand in (other) peoples way.
  10. Sleeping bag. Reserve your place when the school closes the day before.

Any other ideas?

*Obviously if you do any of this, people may look at you oddly / arrange for you to be arrested. Good Luck…

 

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Random Ideas for Teacher End of Term Presents

Well, its the end of term. And at least for parents of younger kids, there seems a wondering of what to get their child’s teacher as an “End of Term Thank a few ideas of what to get your child's teacher as an end of term present. You” Present. Chocolate seems to be the obvious end of term present, but what if you’d like to get the teacher in your life something a little different?

Here’s a few ideas of what to get your child’s teacher as an end of term present.

(Be warned, some of these ideas may not be particularly sensible, could be a little sweary, and affiliate links are around)

The Teacher Survival Kit

The Teacher Survival Kit is a collection of bits and bobs to say what your child’s teacher, may or may not mean to you.

If nothing else, I guess it might be useful at the start of next year.

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The Keep Calm Mug!a few ideas of what to get your child's teacher as an end of term present. 

Yes. Every teacher probably has one of these!

But the teacher in your life may not have enough.

Find it on Amazon, and ensure your child’s teacher has yet another one.

A Present For Art Teachers.

Does your child’s teacher like craft activities?

Do you know if they like wine? (Well they must have some sort of coping mechanism)

Get some wine markers, and grab a wine glass to use it on.

In fact, you could write your kids name on it… so they are reminded of your little angel everytime they have a drink.

They must love that… right?

Or alternatively, you could grab some personalized wine labels.

And write the apology for your child on their bottle of wine.

An End Of Term Present For Stressed Teachers?

Stress balls anyone?

Personally I quite like fidget cubes.

Or… theres The Little Book of Calm.

It even looks calm and small!

Have you got money to spare?

Because who doesn’t want a switch..? (apart from XBox / PS4 gamers?)

A Colouring Book For Teachers?

Do you feel your child’s teacher may like colouring?

Are they secretly really very sarcastic?

Could they be a little sweary when away from school?

Possibly a book like this? 

 

Or you could just get chocolate?

Have you got any ideas?

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Exploring The (Exeter) Lego Cathedral.

Found near the front of The Exeter Cathedral in Devon, a smaller Lego based cousin can be found.

A team of volunteers are involved in both putting the Lego Cathedral together, and speaking to members of the public about the project. The website nicely sums up the idea behind the project:

The Big LEGO® Build is an exciting project to help members of the project discover and engage with the challenges of maintaining the ‘fabric’ (buildings) at Exeter Cathedral. Thanks to donations from people like you, we have already made progress towards building a 300,000 piece model of the Cathedral from LEGO bricks.

We popped down to have a look while exploring the Exeter Christmas market. While the small one wasn’t keen on adding a brick to the Lego Cathedral herself, as you can see, she was more then up for exploring the Lego Cathedral. (Possibly at risk of appearing as a giant monster compared to the Lego guys.)

More details can be found on the Exeter Cathedral website.

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#MySundayPhoto – Eating at Prickly Ball Farm

Last Sunday was spent at Prickly Ball Farm, helping to celebrate a friend (and her daughters birthday).

For those who’ve not heard of it, Prickly Ball Farm is found just outside Newton Abbot in Devon, they describe themselves as “the home of hedgehog rescue in the local area”. As well as hedgehog things, play equipment, other animals, and a decent cafe (with gluten free bread rolls) can also be found.

Worth a look.

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Facebook Christmas Cover Photo Collection

Every now and then, people find us after doing search for a combination of words that we wouldn’t normally expect. An example of this has been the flood of people search for Facebook Nativity or Facebook Christmas Cover Photos. (Cover photos, are what you find on the top of a Facebook profile)

Well… this has ended up inspiring a random session on Photoshop, which then led to The Sofa offering a couple of Christmas Cover Photos a couple of years ago.

I’ve updated the original images to match the up to date measurements for Facebooks Cover Photos

Please feel free to download the below, link back here, and use to your hearts content:

(Left clicking, right clicking, then clicking “Save Image As” should do the trick.)

 

For more images, please see my portfolios over at redbubble and at picfair.com

This post first appeared over on The Church Sofa.

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#MySundayPhoto – Crowds Arriving For The Exeter Christmas Market

The Crowds gathering and looking around the Exeter Christmas Market this morning, all in the shadow of the Exeter Cathedral.

By the time lunch time hit, this area was fairly full.

(Note for Exeter Gluten Free People… The Crepe place here does gluten free crepes, which don’t taste like cardboard. Which, in my humble opinion makes this a far better market then last year)

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