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2019 Advent Calendar of Christmas Treasures

The tradition of advent calendars began in Germany in the 19th century. Religious families marked the countdown to Christmas in various ways, including hanging devotional pictures on the wall. The first-known advent calendar was made out of wood in 1851. By the early 1900s printed calendars appeared doors were added in the 1920s and chocolates in the 1950s. Advent calendars continue to be popular today and come in all shapes and sizes.
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Christmas at the National Trust

If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the hustle and bustle this Christmas, look no further than the National Trust. See historic houses decked out for the season in the style of centuries gone by, or stroll through frosty winter gardens covered in sparkling lights.
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Goose and Chestnuts for the Holidays

In a brand new book from the National Trust, Roasts, leading chef Laura Mason gives you all the best techniques for sourcing, preparing, and roasting all kinds of meat: beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, and various game, including partridge, grouse, and woodcock. Read an excerpt here
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Meet the Money Men

The splendor of west London’s Osterley Park and House is known to many, but the story of the banking family whose fortune created the estate has not been fully explored. This winter an exhibition will use the works of art and fine furniture the family collected to shed new light on their rapid rise and the world in which they lived.
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Fancy Folds for Table Napkins

High above the ancient woodlands of the Teign Gorge stands Castle Drogo. Inspired by the rugged Dartmoor tors that surround it, the castle was designed and built by renowned 20th-century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. These fun napkin styles an instructions come from the team who takes care of the Castle. We hope you will try them out for your holiday dinners!
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Apple Fritters in Ale Batter and Homemade Cider

From J.K. Rowling who described September as “crisp and golden as an apple,” to the 17th-century English poet, Andrew Marvell who exclaimed: “What a wondrous life is this I lead! Ripe apples drop about my head,” many think of this season as a season for apples. Try these recipes to mark the occasion.
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Autumn Days

Whether you’re hoping to taste delicious apples or discover harvest traditions, there are plenty of ways to celebrate autumn with the National Trust. Have a go at apple identification, try your hand at picking and pressing, or simply indulge the taste buds with delicious crumbles and pies.
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