13/12/2015 Songs of Praise


13/12/2015

Bake Off favourite Mary Berry lets Songs of Praise into her home to make a Christmas cake and to talk about festive family memories.


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Hello. On today's Songs Of Praise I'm at home with Bake Off favourite

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and the Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry.

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We're going to be talking faith, festive family memories...

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And of course making a very special Christmas cake.

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# Rocking around the Christmas tree... #

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'80s pop star Kim Wilde unwraps the history of a popular

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Christmas carol and gives us a special performance.

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Well, very good.

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And I'll be talking to the King of Waltz, Andre Rieu.

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It's all things Christmas on today's programme, including the music,

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starting with this one from Hackney Empire to get your toes tapping.

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# In excelsis deo

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# Gloria

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# In excelsis deo

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# Gloria. #

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Every slice should look good on the plate.

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Now, just how that looks is lovely.

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'Tens of millions of us have tuned in to see Mary Berry on the BBC

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'smash hit the Great British Bake Off.'

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The overall effect is really very beautiful.

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It has a lovely flowing feathered tail.

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I truthfully think that the whisky flavoured jelly

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is a little bit over the top.

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I mean it when I say this is a dream come true.

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This is Mary Berry's house and that's the famous kitchen.

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Mary!

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Hi, I have to hug you!

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Hello, it's so lovely to meet you.

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Hang your coat on there.

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-You've come at the right time, it's Christmas cake time.

-Oh, wonderful.

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-I'm doing a special one with pineapple in.

-Oh, fantastic.

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Makes it extra moist. So, I'm all laid out.

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All the ingredients are weighed out carefully.

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I've put some butter in there. It should be soft.

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Just give it a bit of a beat there and then beat in the sugar.

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It is nice and soft.

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You've been baking and teaching people to cook for 60 years now,

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what keeps you going? What do you love about it?

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I always think that baking is so satisfying.

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It's sort of love on a plate.

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-I've got a can of pineapple here.

-Yep.

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I've taken all the juice away from it.

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But it does just need to be chopped up a bit before I add it.

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Your childhood is very interesting, Mary.

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I know you survived polio as a teenage girl,

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can you tell us a bit about that?

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Well, I had polio when there was an epidemic,

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but I was very, very lucky because I only had it in my hand.

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People think I've got arthritis, but it's the result of polio.

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It means I don't have to darn socks.

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I manage to do everything with it and I was one of the fortunate ones.

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Yeah. How strong was your faith when you were a child?

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We were brought up in a Christian home

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and my grandfather was a Canon of York.

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I can remember my little brother saying, my mother saying,

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"Would you like to go and hear grandpa preach?"

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And William said, "No, I've been and heard him before."

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As though it was something you did once.

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-In go the cherries.

-Yep.

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Looking around, we've weighed everything very, very carefully.

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All the bowls are empty.

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Do you think your faith has helped keep you grounded

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through all the success you've had?

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I haven't changed in any way.

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I've just felt that I am exceptionally fortunate to live in

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a village that's a very great community

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and we have a wonderful church.

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I think I've hopefully done you proud.

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I think you've done an excellent job. Shall we tip it in?

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Yep. It's quite heavy, isn't it?

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-Well...

-I'm not surprised with all the fruit we put in there.

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Right, how are you doing?

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And now we are going to cook this at 140 fan,

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and it will take about two and a quarter hours.

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-But we've got some help for the next bit, I think.

-I have.

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I hope. I will be listening for my two granddaughters, Abby and Grace.

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The twins are joining us to make decorations for the cake

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of holly and berries and something tells me they've done this before.

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Really lovely to meet you both.

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What are your memories of baking with Granny when you were younger?

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Erm, well, I remember there's a really nice picture of us,

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-making cupcakes when we were really young.

-There you are!

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How old are you on there?

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You are tiny!

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-Probably three or four.

-There is that picture.

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It was the very first time that I baked with the girls.

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I look like a boy!

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THEY LAUGH

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Gracie, what does Granny like about being on Bake Off?

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Erm, I just think she enjoys eating the cake as well, obviously,

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but also helping other people become better at something that she is

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-so gifted at.

-Yeah.

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-That's lovely.

-I think that is very well put.

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I like to think of myself as a teacher.

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Well, we'll be back later in the programme to decorate the Mary Berry

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Christmas cake, but right now it's time for our next carol.

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-This one chosen by you, Mary.

-It's one of my great favourites.

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It's the story of Christmas.

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I know every word, in fact most of us can sing it without

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looking at the song sheet.

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Christmas time is always a good excuse to dust off your dancing shoes

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and Claire McCollum was all in

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a twirl when she met the Waltz King himself, Andre Rieu.

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Andre Rieu founded his first orchestra in 1978

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and now tours worldwide.

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He's in the UK at the moment with his own interpretation

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of seasonal music with all the trimmings.

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But when it comes to Christmas,

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the Dutch violinist has some very strict rules.

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Christmas-time for me is extremely important.

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People offered me millions to play at Christmas-time,

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but I always say no, I am at home with my family.

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Because that's very important to have this.

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When you travel the world like I am, together with my orchestra,

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you need time to rest, you need time at home.

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For me, Christmas-time is the most special time of the year.

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# Hallelujah

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# Hallelujah! #

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I know you play a lot of religious music -

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how important is that to you in your repertoire?

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I think, you know, when I was born in our city, everybody's Catholic.

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That had a great influence on me. I was at church every day

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because I was singing in the choir from five to when my voice broke,

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so six years I was in the choir. I was the highest soprano...

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I remember at Easter the sun was shining in the windows

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from that side and that side,

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ten priests here and ten priests there, you know,

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oh, that made such an impression on me.

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It still is very important, all the music.

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I remember we played in Maastricht, in the square,

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Nearer To Thee, My God.

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We played it with 400 wind players and the strings started, it was...

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very, very impressive.

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We played it and the people were so...

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-It was like in a church.

-Amazing.

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Many, many people listen to music - your music, in fact - to relax,

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but how do you, how does Andre Rieu relax?

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Relaxing for me in fact is sleeping.

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I'm running or I sleep, or I'm waltzing.

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Yes. Speaking of waltzing, we can't have Andre Rieu on the programme

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and not do a little waltz. Do you think we could?

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-Let's do that.

-Can we?

-Yes, here in the church!

-You lead?

-Yes.

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One, two, three. One, two, three.

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One, two, three.

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One, two, three. One, two, three.

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-One, two, three. One, two, three!

-Oh, I say! Thank you.

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Coming up, the Queen of Cakes Mary Berry shares with us

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some of her family memories from Christmases past and gives us

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some tips on icing that Christmas cake.

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But first, a classic carol performed by the BBC Radio 2

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Choristers Of The Year.

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# Away in a manger

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# No crib for a bed

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# The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head

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# The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay

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# The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

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# The cattle are lowing

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# The baby awakes

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# But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes

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# I love thee, Lord Jesus

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# Look down from the sky

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# And stay by my side

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# Until morning is nigh

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# Be near me Lord Jesus

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# I ask thee to stay

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# Close by me for ever

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# And love me I pray

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# Bless all the dear children

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# In thy tender care

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# And take us to heaven

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# To live with thee there. #

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It's back to Mary Berry's home now where we're joined by her son Tom.

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It does sound like Christmas is a very special time for your family.

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What are your memories of earlier Christmases

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when the children were young?

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We used always to go to my parents, everybody would be there.

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Do you remember the Christmas jumpers?

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-That face!

-Yes, exactly.

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I remember it, and being lined up and - Thomas.

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Everybody after Christmas, once we'd listened to Queen's Speech,

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then everybody had to do a little act or a play or sing.

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So I think in that photo,

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the three of them are singing something they all knew.

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Are you able to talk a little bit about what happened to William

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and why he is not with us?

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William was home from Bristol Poly

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and he went off to get something for his business studies,

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he'd asked to borrow the car and took his sister with him.

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Sadly he drove too fast and the car turned over and he was killed.

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But Annabel was beside him and she was absolutely fine.

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We found out when we went to the hospital

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and saw her running up the corridor in her muddy pink tracksuit.

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It was so sad to lose one, but to lose two...

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Other people may well know, losing two must be awful,

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but we just lost William.

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I know when we told you, Tom, you said that you'd so much to do.

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Yes, we were just becoming... You know, you go through

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your teenage years, just becoming friends, sort of stronger friends.

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And, Mary, I know you are a patron of a bereavement charity.

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You're able to help other people who've gone through a similar...

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Yes, indeed. Everybody grieves in a different way.

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Some want to be quite silent, some want to go away,

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but underneath it all, a bit of friendship, to talk to somebody

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who is perhaps in the same boat, helps people.

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You mentioned that your faith was tested

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and then strengthened throughout these experiences you've had?

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Yes, absolutely.

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I remember going to our church,

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Holy Trinity, just down the road, just as William died.

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There is a plaque just inside the door of the Busby family.

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In the First World War, they lost three sons.

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I think then it hits you how it could be, how we'd lost one.

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What's really clear is how much family means to you, Mary.

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It is a time to reflect as well, I should imagine.

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It's a time to think about things in the past.

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We always raise a glass to him and we think what it would be like

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-if he was here now.

-Yeah, we always talk about him.

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It's great for our family to talk about William as he's still

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part of the family, he may have died but we all grieve in different ways,

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and we talk about him with our girls.

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It's just very interesting, talking to them

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and keeping that alive and understanding as they grow up.

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Time for your next choice of carol, Mary,

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-tell us how you came to choose this one.

-Not my choice!

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I decided I would ask Tom and Sarah what their favourite hymn

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would be to celebrate Christmas.

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What did you choose?

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Mary Did You Know? It seemed to have such a wonderful message in it...

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-As well as a great tune.

-And it's got your mum's name in the title!

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Very diplomatic.

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# Mary did you know

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# That your baby boy would one day walk on water?

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# Mary did you know

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# That your baby boy

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# Would save our sons and daughters?

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# Did you know

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# That your baby boy has come to make you new?

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# This child that you delivered will soon deliver you

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# Mary did you know

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# That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

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# Mary did you know

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# That your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?

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# Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod

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# And when you kissed your little baby you kissed the face of God?

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# Mary did you know?

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# Oh, Mary did you know?

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# Mary did you know?

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# Mary did you know?

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# Mary did you know?

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# The blind will see

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# The deaf will hear

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# The dead will live again

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# The lame will leap

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# The dumb will speak

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# The praises of the lamb

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# Oh, Mary did you know

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# That your baby boy is lord of all creation?

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# Oh, Mary did you know

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# That your baby boy will one day rule the nation?

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# Did you know that your baby boy is Heaven's perfect plan

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# The sleeping child you're holding

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# Is the Great...

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# I am

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# Oh, Mary

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# Did you know? #

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I've popped down the street from Mary's to see a house that's taking

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Christmas decorations to the next level.

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Check this out.

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Now that's what I call decked out.

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We've sent '80s pop star Kim Wilde to Cardiff to discover

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all about getting decked out for Christmas.

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# Deck the halls with boughs of holly... #

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# Rocking around the Christmas tree... #

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Hard to believe that that was 28 years ago.

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Fond memories with the late Mel Smith,

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-brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.

-Christmas pie, anyone?

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I'm a big Christmas fan, love everything Christmassy,

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especially Christmas carols.

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I'm here at St Fagans Museum in Cardiff to find out about one

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particular carol, Deck The Halls.

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THEY SING IN WELSH

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Of course, this isn't the version we're all familiar with.

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So I'm meeting up with museum curator Fflur Gwynn to find out all about it.

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Well, the story actually begins with a Welsh tune

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from the 16th century.

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It wasn't actually a Christmas carol or song, but a dance tune.

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So in the 16th-century Wales,

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people on New Year's Eve would've gathered

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together around the harp and they would've danced to this tune.

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THEY SING

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So Deck The Halls was really a song for the winter,

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to lift everybody's spirits. How would they have performed that?

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There would have been a real celebration.

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Everybody would sing a verse each

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and then it would turn quite competitive.

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HE SINGS IN WELSH

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# Fa la la la la, la la la la. #

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When the first person would not remember another verse,

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that person would have to leave the game.

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-The original musical chairs.

-Exactly. Yes.

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# Fa la la la la, la la la la... #

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One of the most recognisable parts of the song are the fa-la-las.

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# Fa la la la la, la la la la... #

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Even if you didn't know the rest of the words of the song,

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you could certainly join in with the fa-la-las.

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It's the only part really that has stood

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the test of time from the original Welsh tune,

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when they were singing all these different verses,

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you would have always had that fa-la-la-la.

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# Fa la la la la la la la la la. #

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Here's my take on the beautiful, ancient carol.

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# Deck the halls with boughs of holly

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# Fa la la la la, la la la la

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# La la la la

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# Tis the season to be jolly

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# Fa la la la la, la la la la

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# La la la la

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# Angels sing songs of celebration

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# Sending out the word of love to every nation

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# We sing

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# A song of joy

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# To everyone

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# We sing

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# A song of hope

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# To everyone

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# Angels sing

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# Songs of celebration

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# Sending out the word of love to every nation

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# We sing

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# A song of joy

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# To everyone

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# A song for everyone

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# For everyone

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# Fa la la la la, la la la la

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# La la la la

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# A song of love

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# To everyone. #

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Well, the time has come to decorate our Mary Berry Christmas cake.

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The girls are ready, Mary is ready. Over to you, Mary.

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Girls, how about putting the royal icing, nice and stiff,

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put it all on the cake and then do your peaks.

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We're going for quite a snowy scene, aren't we, with this one?

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The snow scene immediately makes you think of Christmas.

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-Now, how about some peaks, girls.

-Oh, yeah.

-How do you do them?

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-Do you just...?

-Shall I just show you one?

-Yeah.

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Look...

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-Oh, OK.

-Just like that, all over and that is quite fun to do.

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It looks like fresh snow, doesn't it? No-one has trodden on it yet.

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That's it. Then, your little balls here.

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What do you think?

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-Three like that?

-Yep. Three like that.

-Yep.

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-There we are.

-This is going to be gorgeous.

-Is it?

-Yeah.

-That's it.

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What are you most looking forward to, Mary, this Christmas?

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I just look forward to when they walk through the door,

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all very excited.

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Like that would be lovely.

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And there is one playing the trumpet.

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It looks fantastic, girls, well done.

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Well done, Abby, and well done, Grace.

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I'd say it looks good enough to eat, Mary.

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Well, the icing will be soft so beware.

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-I'm going to avoid the decorations. How hungry are you?

-Oh, go on!

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It's a long way home, Mary.

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-How does that look?

-There you go. That looks perfect.

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As you can see, it's not heavily fruited, so have a go.

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I'll tip it on its side.

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This is a bit of a treat for me, Mary,

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having a cake that you actually baked.

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-And the apricots, I think are extra delicious in it, too.

-It's gorgeous.

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It's ab... It's so fruity! Oh!

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This is delicious. Am I the only one having any?

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I think the girls might have a little later.

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Now, if you haven't made your cake yet, it's not too late.

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The recipe for this, and I recommend it, is on our website:

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And that's it for this week.

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But next week we're staying firmly in the festive spirit because

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we've got our Big Sing Gala Christmas spectacular

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from the Royal Albert Hall.

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Featuring star guests Ronan Keating, Ruby Turner and Alexander Armstrong.

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But to end today's programme we have a carol that was

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written as a special Christmas gift from a father to a daughter.

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Thanks for watching. Bye.

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Happy Christmas from the three of us. Goodbye.

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# Christians, awake, salute the happy morn... #

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