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Handmade Christmas Fair 2013

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Just Like Grandma Used to Make
handmade christmas

According to Andy Williams, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Traditions include carol singing, roasting chestnuts by the fire, hanging up stockings, and decorating the tree.

Most of us deck the halls with decorations bought from the supermarket; faulty lights, plastic baubles, tacky inflatable santas etc. But that wasn't always the case. Remember the good old days when everything was handmade. A lot of the fun came from making your own Christmas decorations - even if they were a bit naff.

It is time to go back to those traditions. Make Christmas 'old school' again, but this time give it a modern twist. It will be Christmas just like Granny used to make, only this time, there will be no itchy knitted jumpers with embarrassing designs. Arts and crafts have made a bit of a comeback in recent years; younger generations are starting to take an interest, meaning knitting has become cool.

No greater proof of how fashionable it has become is needed than the fact that this year's Handmade Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair will be taking place at one of London's most popular venues: The 02.

The three day market will be open between the 13th-15th December for the price of 5 entry. It is the chance to get some last minute gift shopping done, and find unique designs to make your home look festive.

There will be special zones for fashion, jewellery, art, food & drink, and also a gift wrapping station. You can even have a go at making your own crafts at various workshop events, such as jewellery making, sewing, and chocolate making.
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Why? Last minute Christmas shopping
When: 13th-15th Dec
Phone: 0844 8560202
Where: 02 Arena
Cost: 5
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