With just over two weeks to go until Christmas, we started thinking about our favourite Christmas place names around Great Britain. Take a look and let us know of any others we should add to the list…
From Cold Christmas (Hertfordshire) and Christmas Cross (Shropshire) to Holly Green (Worcestershire) and Ivy Tree (Cumbria), there are places scattered across the country where it feels like Christmas all year round – even if only in name.
It’s December, so we feel safe mentioning the ‘C’ word and sharing our 5 favourite Christmas gifts for the map lover in your life. Grab some inspiration here:
1. The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain
Relax this Christmas and take an immersive colouring trip across the country, from coasts and forests to our iconic cities and landmarks. The latest addition to the colouring-in craze puts the intricate detail our maps on the page, ready for you either restore them to their original colour scheme – or add your own abstract creative touch! Practice some mindfulness and colour in or simply pore over the maps: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/great-british-colouring-book.html
2. OS Custom Made
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then one of our Custom Made maps tells a story. You can put your memories – where you were born, where you met, where you live –at the centre of one of our maps. You can choose a folded map at OS Explorer or OS Landranger map scale, add your own photo and title and centre it wherever you like. Or pick a unique flat map that can be framed and hung on the wall – still with your own title and centred where you choose. For the first time this year, we’re also offering a canvas version for you to hang on your wall. Custom Made map prices start at £16.99, take a look: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/custom-made-maps.html
3. OS clothing collection
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones can be a tricky task. Each year millions of us unwrap a present and feign happy surprise, but what are the gifts that turn our Christmas cheer into despair year after year? Research released today saw novelty jumpers or clothing, soaps, cheap bottles of wine, candles and socks top the list of the worst or most useless presents we receive.
The poll also asked people to rate the gifts we can predict we’ll get year after year with chocolate, toiletries, socks, gift vouchers and slippers coming in top. And who are the most likely culprits for giving predictable presents? Our lovely mums and partners!
Christmas is the time of year where it’s traditional to eat, drink…and find terrible jokes in crackers. Here’s some to keep you entertained until Christmas dinner:
Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay?
Because they were two dear!
What do elves make sandwiches with?
When is a piece of wood like a king?
When it’s a ruler.
Why did the bald man paint rabbits on his head?
Because from a distance they looked like hares…
Two snowmen were standing in a garden. One of them turns to the others and says ‘can you smell carrots?’
Why will you never starve in the desert?
Because of all the sand-which is there…
We thought we’d celebrate Christmas with a fun competition – and give you the amazing opportunity to win a limited edition OS MasterMap tie too.
There are some fabulous Christmas place names around Great Britain and we’ve put a small selection of them below. You can travel to Christmas Cross in Shropshire, but if you want to hang up your Stocking, you should head to Herefordshire and pop by Mistletoe Oak while you’re there. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then Snow Falls in North Yorkshire could be your best bet. You could navigate via the light of a Star (Somerset) – although you may like to use a good map instead.
But if your Christmassy travels brought you to Bethlehem (shown bottom right) – which county would you be in? Send in your answers on the blog by midday on Friday 19 December. We’ll pick a correct answer at random to win the mappy tie.
There’s nothing nicer after a bracing winter walk than to warm yourself by the fire, throw some chestnuts on to roast and settle down in front of a nice Christmas film. Crack open that box of Quality Street and prepare to feel all warm and festive.
While many of us could probably recite word-for-word our favourite seasonal movies, we don’t often pay too much attention to the locations which have been sprayed with fake snow – yet they are just as important as the actors are.
Recently, we put together a survey to look at Great Britain’s Christmas gift buying habits.
Gift giving plays a big part in Christmas celebrations, and the findings reveal we spend months thinking about what presents to buy as well as a lot of effort trying to find the perfect gift.
Finding the perfect gift doesn’t always go smoothly though, as a whopping 81 per cent of us have at some point received a rubbish Christmas pressie. That’s an awful lot of feigned gratitude on December 25th.
Back at the end of October we announced our Santa Map competition, encouraging children under 12 to draw a map of the town, city of country where Santa lives, for the chance to win a prize to visit Santa in Lapland.
We had some amazing (and inventive) entries created on paper, on computer and even in Minecraft game worlds, so it was really difficult to narrow it down to a winner, but there could only be one. The judges finally decided on this amazing, detailed map by India, age 7, from High Wycombe.
We especially liked the correct use of a map legend and north arrow and the inclusion of the Northern Lights.
Here’s some more pictures of some of the entries and the judging team making their decision…
We’re delighted to announce our latest competition for children up to the age of 12. We’d like you to create your own map showing the town, city or country where Santa lives. You can draw it on paper, design it on your computer or even build it in a game like Minecraft.
We’ll be choosing our favourite on 4 December 2014, and sending the winner and their family on a trip to Lapland to meet Santa in person!
Jim Goldsmith, Ordnance Survey Cartography Manager and one of the judging panel, says: “Ordnance Survey is always excited about innovation and what can be done with maps and mapping. This competition is a chance for a new generation of map makers to show us what they can do. We are looking forward to seeing where the elves live, the locations of Santa’s toy testing facility and the Christmas Jumper knitting factory, and what symbol is used for the reindeer retirement home.”