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Science Advent calendar: 22nd December

Here at the Left-Handed Lemon, we just love Science documentaries and other Science programmes, which is why we look forward to the Royal Institution Christmas lectures each year. The Ri website states that  "The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are engaging and mind-expanding...

Science Advent Calendar: 21st December

Earlier in the month, we looked at the chances of a white Christmas.  In recent days, the odds have reduced, and the chances are looking more favourable that we will have snow, but what exactly is this cold, white stuff that everyone associates with Christmas? Snow is...

Science Advent Calendar: 20th December

Since August, or so it seems, the shops have been full of Christmas merchandise - cards, puddings and rolls of wrapping paper, amongst other things. Everyone looks forward to seeing what is under the tree on Christmas morning, brightly wrapped, whether expertly or not...

Science Advent Calendar: 19th December

No Christmas dinner would be complete without a Christmas pudding - the mixture of dried fruit, spices and brandy that is traditionally set light to before serving. The main ingredients in Christmas pudding are raisins, sultanas and currants. Essentially these are all...

Science Advent Calendar: 18th December

Candles have long been associated with Christmas. The first Christmas tree lights were candles and there are all sorts of varieties and scents on sale in the lead up to the festive season. Burning a candle is just like burning any fuel. The fuel, in this case the wax...

Science Advent Calendar: 17th December

According to Cliff Richard, Christmas time is about mistletoe and wine, but what is mistletoe? Mistletoe plants are hemiparasitic plants on a variety of hosts, )such as apple, lime, poplar, sycamore, ash and hawthorn. However it is rarely found on oak).  That is, they...

Science Advent Calendar: 16th December

One of the first jobs when putting up a Christmas tree is untangling and testing the lights. Traditionally, it always seemed to be the case that they wouldn't work, so your would spend the next hour changing one bulb after another to find and replace the faulty one,...

Science Advent Calendar: 15th December

It's only 10 days to go until Christmas and you haven't been overindulging for weeks already, it might be time to start! For the majority of UK households, roast turkey takes centre stage on the Christmas dinner table, but this has not always been the case. It is...

Science Advent Calendar: 14th December

Holly is as much a symbol of Christmas as a decorated tree or a gift wrapped box topped with a bow. There are more than 600 species of holly around the world, many of which are grown for their decorative foliage and distinctive red, or black, berries, which persist...

Science Advent Calendar: 13th December

Glitter. It's everywhere during the month of December.  Quite literally! In fact, it feels like you open the first door of your advent calendar and a whole load of the sparkly stuff tumbles out to brighten up the rest of the month.  By now, I am usually knee-deep in...

Science Advent Calendar: 12th December

I'm planning to put my Christmas tree up today.  We bought it a couple of weeks ago and it has been outside on the drive since then - I don't like to go "full on Christmas" too early in December, before we break up for the holidays. I'm not a person who has colour...

Science Advent Calendar: 11th December

By now, Santa will be making last minute preparations with his reindeer training schedule, to make sure they are fit and healthy and ready for their mammoth job on Christmas Eve. Santa, famously has 9 reindeer: Dasher Dancer Prancer Comet Cupid Donner Blitzen Vixen...

Science Advent Calendar: 10th December

Jingle Bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way ... Sleigh bells used to be attached to the harness of horses pulling sleighs through the snow.  The characteristic sound was a signal that a person of importance was approaching and also to warn pedestrians that a sleigh...

Science Advent Calendar: 9th December

Over the last two days, we have discover the gift brought to the baby Jesus by the first two wise men.  Gold and frankincense are still highly prized, but what is myrrh, the gift from the third wise man? Like frankincense, myrrh is a tree resin.  It is used as a...

Science Advent Calendar: 8th December

The second wise man brought frankincense to the manger of the baby Jesus. Frankincense is used mainly as a fragrance, but it does have useful properties meaning it is still used by some as an alternative medicine.  As an essential oil, frankincense can demand high...

Science Advent Calendar: 7th December

For a lot of people, teenagers especially, Christmas is about the gifts.  We exchange gifts at Christmas because of the gifts brought to the baby Jesus by the three wise men. The first of these gifts was gold. Gold is a shiny metal element, found in the transition...

Science Advent Calendar: 6th December

Now that December is well underway, I don't seem to be able to go into any shop or cafe without getting a good lungful of the scent I have come to associate with Christmas. Cinnamon and ginger are everywhere at Christmas.  These spices, which are both now widely...

Science Advent Calendar: 5th December

It's time start thinking about Christmas dinner... or Christmas lunch... or whatever you call that big meal you eat on Christmas day! Love 'em or loathe 'em, in most families, sprouts are a fixture on the table when the turkey is served! But what are Brussels sprouts?...