BOOKMAKERS reckon there is a good chance that Britons will enjoy the warmest Christmas Day ever!

An article in The Guardian said that the previous high is believed to have been 16C in Teignmouth, Devon, last year.

Bookies Ladbrokes has shortened the odds of that being beaten from 16-1 to 8-1.

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It looks like it's going to be a very enjoyable Christmas for Beau, Sooty and Noodle, says the Daily Express: For the Boston terrier dogs are owned by Katy Harris, from Middlewich in Cheshire, who is treating her pets to special doggy advent calendars, hand-made stockings and Christmassy collars and cashmere jumpers as well as tucking into a lavish three-course Christmas dinner.

Katy told the Express: “I love to spoil them all year round, and even more so at Christmas - they deserve it!”

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The Independent tells us that 40 years ago Avril and Christopher Rowlands, from Inkberrow in Worcestershire, planted a small Christmas tree outside their house. 

And now the tree has reached 50ft high and has to be decorated with more than 1,000 lights using a cherry picker.

“We moved here in 1978 and planted a 9ft tree – we have been a bit surprised by how fast it’s grown,” said Avril.  Amazing!  A growing tree!  Whatever next?

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Fish and chips is traditional the favourite meal of many Brits but, says the BBC, alternatives such as squid could find their way onto the menu because the waters around the UK's shores are growing warmer.

Government scientists reckon that squid and other fish that thrive in warmer waters, such as sardines and anchovy, are flourishing around the North Sea.

Dr John Pinnegar, of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, said summer squid fisheries had expanded around the Moray Firth in north-east Scotland, as part of efforts to reduce over-fishing of more traditional species such as haddock and cod.

“A lot of the things we see increasing in abundance around the UK are fish that would probably originally [be] thought of as being Mediterranean or characteristic of the Bay of Biscay, or around Portugal or Spain.

“They're now increasing in UK waters because the waters are getting more conducive for those sorts of species, whereas other species are shifting the centre of their distribution towards the north of the UK.”

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A Daily Express article gives a good example of keeping it in the family.

Three month old Harrison Holt has become the 26th member of his family to be christened in white satin robes first worn by his great-grandfather nearly a century ago.

His grandmother Linda Mrkalj,who also wore the robes, said: “It seems to have become quite a tradition now. 

“I've posted it out to cousins all over the north of England over the years. The size of the robe dictates when Christenings occur, as the babies obviously can't be too big to fit into the gown. It was quite big on Harrison. But the robe's in good condition considering its age.”

The robes, with embroidered swallows, were made in 1930 for the christening of Linda's father Kenneth Mason.

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The former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand has donated £500,000 worth of toys to a children's charity in Manchester, says the Daily Express.

The paper reports that Ferdinand made the gift on behalf of himself and his restaurant Rosso. He has also donated 11,500 sleeping bags to the city’s homeless community.

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Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)