Christmas is coming…


Dale 'n' DarrenWow! It's close now – the decs are up and it's not just the coffee I can smell – it's mulled wine, pine, cinnamon, scented candles etc.

Even though my children are now 15 and my wife and I are over 21 there's still that warm feeling and sense of anticipation when I venture up into the freezing loft to get down all the Christmas decs – do we really have that many?!! You can almost hear the roof timbers sigh as the incredible weight is lifted from them and I swear that loft ladder gets longer every year!

It's also true that the magic does glow just a little less as the kids get older but – let's face it, Christmas is what you make it and we as a family still very much look forward to it, even Toby!

He struts around dodging the huge boxes of decorations – he can sense our excitement, even if we don't admit to it – dogs can do that with their eyes shut! He also never lets us out of his sight as I'm sure he thinks we are moving house and he's certainly not getting left behind.

Last year my wife attempted to 'cull' some of the old decs – you'd have thought she suggested selling Toby, if Alex and Jack's reaction were anything to go by. That might be a tad over-stating the point (I do that sort of thing, for dramatic or comedic effect – you may have noticed?) but they were certainly not happy, after several minutes negotiation, which would have put the United Nations to shame (oops, there I go again!) we agreed that the really old and less sentimental items that had literally fallen apart could go.

This didn’t really make any difference, as we only replaced them with even more! Perhaps the kids too are aware of the waning magic and are trying to re-kindle the excitement of a Christmas past – perhaps we all do that to a lesser or greater extent. This is getting too serious! 

Christmas is about fun, happiness, celebration, love and kindness, a time to pause, a time to take stock of how lucky many of us are. As well as Christians celebrating and remembering the Nativity, many other folks from differing religions in the UK also seem to enjoy the general feel-good season of Christmas – I like that. And just to get you in the mood for a nostalgic Christmas, take a look at the pic of me and my brother Darren, circa 1964!

As Ma and Gail noticed in their comments on my last blog, I am on-air on Wednesday with fellow 'Silver Fox' Graham and Clogau Gold, then I'm joining the girls from Liz Earle, and then spending an hour in the company of a glamorous 'Loose Woman'! As you've probably seen on our promo's Andrea McLean has designed a fab range of Diamonique for you lucky lot!

Thursday I have an hour of Northern Nights followed by a 2-hour 'Diamond Spectacular' with Laurie Wickwire. 

A big heads up also for jewellery lovers on Friday - I'm with the celebrated and talented Nikki Gewirtz and Lola Rose, then I re-launch a fabulous Today’s Special Value. We usually only feature TSV's once, but every now and then we under estimate an item's popularity and it sells out too quickly and many are left disappointed -  we were able to get another chance to  bring you the stunning Entice Haematite and Crystal Friendship Bracelet with new colour options and an amazing Buy More Save More offer to boot!  So please join myself and Jill at midnight Friday into Saturday this week!

Feel free to comment on your Christmas plans or memories of a Christmas past in the comments section.

Thanks for reading and watching and take care,
Dale x


  1. Marian Bolton December 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Aaaawwwwww Dale, I could eat you. And you were also a real cutie as a little boy weren’t you! (Although I can see that cheeky personality of yours shining through even then!)
    Christmas is indeed coming. And you know what else is coming don’t you????????…………. yes, yes, yeeeeeeesssssssss …….. more stick of course!! But not just now gorgeous cos I’ve got a lot on over the next day or so, but you can be sure I’ll be back over the weekend. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to waking up to you AGAIN on Saturday morning. Soz but I can’t stay up till midnight tomorrow even for you. My little tiger will no doubt get me up at 7am on Saturday so save me a couple of bracelets please. I love that bracelet cos it reminds me of the night I was on The Q with Elemis, it was the TSV that night and we all stayed up in the hotel until midnight to make sure we got one. I want some more though in different colours.
    Lots of love till then (and to Gail as always)

  2. Marian Bolton December 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    I looooooooove Christmas Dale and it has now officially started in the Bolton household. It kicked off yesterday with the ceremonial opening of the 755g box of Thorntons, and there’s about 5g left now. Well, you have to save one for Christmas Day don’t you!!
    I’ve decorated the lounge today but no tree up yet, ….. it’s ‘my little tiger’ you see, he loves to knock it over. Three times last year! Trouble is, I can’t chastise him cos he’s sooooooooooo gorgeous (much like yourself) and full of character.
    Anyhow, all this Christmas spirit has left me with a big problem ………… I’m all out of ‘stick’! Don’t panic though everyone, I’m sure it won’t last! I do need you to have a word with Ms Franks though Daleo. I saw her kissing you twice under the pretence that it was for “all those lovely ladies out there”! What a scam! Speaking as one of those lovely ladies, please let Jill know that I’m perfectly capable of doing that myself given half a chance …….. ta very much!!
    Got my TSV’s anyway Dale, two black and a blue on Advance Order. Of course, as gorgeous as the bracelets are, they are nowhere near as Entice…….ing as you Dale’icious!
    Right then, looks like it’s over to Gail for some Christmas crackers!!!
    Back soon

  3. Gail December 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Just a quick one Daleo!!
    I too am full of Christmas spirit, hic. Hi Ma, lots of love, hic x
    Ma’s right Daleo, it’s Christmas time so let’s go to town (you name the town handsome and I’ll be there, hic).
    Dale, stop fooling around (I wish) and behave yourself; I’ve something special in mind (no, not that) but we are going to play though. Ma gave me the idea on your previous blog. We are going to play ‘SINGALONGADALE’. Ma is probably too young to remember ‘SINGALONGAMAX’ – I’M NOT!! Anyway, are you all ready? Right, a 1, a 2, a 1 2 3 go ………………
    Tis the season to be jolly, hic
    Tra a la la la, la la la la
    One more Sherry and I’ll be sorry
    Tra a la la la, la la la la
    Tis the seasn to be jolly, hic
    Tra a la la la, la la la la
    Daleo thinks we’re off our trolley
    Tra a la la la, la la la la
    Ding dong merrily on high
    I think I’ll have another, hic
    I bag, bagsy Daleo
    And Ma can have his brother
    Tra la la la la la la la la la la……………………..
    Ding dong merrily on high
    My face it is a glowing,
    Me thinks one sherry too many
    I can feel myself a go……, hic
    Tra la la la la la la la la la la ……………………..
    We are taking it a bit slower now Daleo so you can catch your breath. Keep up Ma x
    It will be lonely this Christmas
    Without Dale on the box
    It will be lonely this Christmas
    Without our ‘Silver ‘Fox’
    Hope you’re still singing Ma and Dale…………..
    Ma, I’ve had a great thought. I think Daleo should stand in for good old Father Christmas at some time. We could then take it in turn to sit on his lap. Just hope he doesn’t ask me what toys I want though as I’ve got most of them!!
    Last verse coming up. Hit it Ma ………, a 1, 2, 3, 4:
    Driving home for Christmas
    Let’s all go back to Gail’s
    Driving home for Christmas
    Better still let’s go to Dales
    Tra la la, la la, …………………..
    A very Happy Christmas to everyone, especially Dale and Ma. Hope everyone has a lovely holiday and happy, healthy New Year. Lots of love Ma, see you in the New Year (poor Daleo x). I’ll end with one of Daleo’s famous sayings, ‘FILL YER BOOTS’.
    Lots of love everyone xxxxxx

  4. Marian Bolton December 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Ooooooooooo that’s a long one! Dale, I’m talking to Gail this time not you!!
    You sure came up TRUMPS there sweetie. Must have been all that ‘windy’ chat on Dale’s previous blogs! I knew I could rely on you to help me find my ‘stick’. I reckon that Toby Dog had it all along you know. Bet he gets to sit on ‘Father Christmas’s’ knee all the time, lucky boy!
    Ok, it’s my turn to SINGALONGADALE.
    O come all ye playful
    Joyful and jubilant
    O come ye, O come ye
    To Daleo’s blog
    Come and befriend him
    Born to be a Silver Fox
    O come let us adore him
    Don’t worry, you won’t bore him
    If you want you can SCORE him
    Our gorgeous Dale
    Personally, I’d give him ONE any day of the week! C’mon The Q …… editing now…….. after all, it’s Chrissssssssstmaaaaaaaaaassssssssssss!!!
    And Gail, what do you mean no Dale over Crimbo???? I’ve booked two weeks off work. Are you telling me that I’ll have to play with myself??!!! Best put some toys on my list to Santa then!!!!
    No Crimbo wishes from me yet. I’m not done on here!!!

  5. dale franklin December 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    You two are a right pair ! Hilarious ! I sang along with you Gail – I tried to sing along with you too Marian ! I don’t know what got a hold of Jill girls? However, you’ll notice I didn’t exactly fight her off and then I got accused by my daughter of flirting outrageously with the lovely Andrea McLean ! I can’t win! “Q Technology featuring Apple” on Thursday – Can’t wait !
    Hope you’re all enjoying our Xmas offerings ! Dale x

  6. sylvia December 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    I had a laugh when you said you were putting your decs up this year,because I was thinking how much you and your brother look like a young Ant and Dec on the photo you have on the
    Take Care Dale and I wish You,your wife and family a Very Happy Christmas x

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