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Win a voucher for €250 at Marks & Spencer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ice skating, turkey dinner… and of course: Christmas jumpers. Don’t miss your chance to win a fantastically cheeky jumper – and the rest of your wish list – with this special offer from Marks & Spencer for The Local’s readers.

Win a voucher for €250 at Marks & Spencer

Winter is in the air – and that means it’s time for Christmas shopping. And as a reader of The Local, you have an exclusive chance to win a €250 voucher to premier retailer Marks & Spencer to help you fill up those Christmas stockings just right.

M&S is your one-stop shop this year for Christmas cards, festive lights, the perfect dress or suit for New Year's Eve, and presents for the entire family. You can even get help from a pair of friendly fairies to find the perfect gift for each and every one.

This season is all about magic and joy, and you can add a little sparkle to your holidays with luxurious coats, cashmere knitwear, fluffy socks, sleek lingerie, classic toys, and more.

But let’s be honest – all we really want is cosy Christmas jumpers, right?

Once upon a time these tacky holiday knits were synonymous with social death, but during the past few years vintage aficionados have taken them back in from the cold. Reindeer with 3D noses, Santa sweaters with built-in belts, and copious amounts of glitter thread are an integral part of the holiday season once again.

We picked out our favourite jumpers below – one for him, one for her, and novelty knits for the little ones, too.

Click here to let us know which jumper is your own favourite, and you’ll be entered in our prize draw for a chance to win a €250 M&S voucher.

For him:

There’s no need to be subtle when it comes to Christmas cheer. This reindeer Santa jumper is the perfect gift for the guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. Warm and whimsical, it’s just one of many jolly jumpers for men. See the full collection here.

For her:

Don’t limit yourself to Christmas – this fluffy jumper can be worn all year long. Pair it with jeans or pyjama pants to lounge at home, or dress it up with tights and a short skirt for going out. You’ll be walking in your own winter wonderland – a warm and stylish one. And it’s just one of many options.

For the kids:

Let the kids be kids this year. They’ll get the chance to unleash their wintery wild-side with this funky yeti sweater.  Click here to see other jumpers for the young at heart.

We’re convinced that even real penguins are jealous of this holiday look. This unique penguin jumper will keep the little ones toasty and tickled indeed. The charming design will delight parents and children alike, sure to make it a winter favourite for seasons to come.

For the even littler ones:


There are those among us who are not yet able to choose our own cosy jumpers. Luckily, there are still options – such as this adorable reindeer onesie. Even the littlest elves need a fair share of Christmas joy. 

This article was produced by The Local in association with Marks & Spencer.

WEATHER

Will anywhere in France get a white Christmas this year?

A white Christmas might be at the top of many people's festive wish list but will it actually come true for anyone in France this year?

Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Orschwiller, eastern France.
Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Orschwiller, eastern France. Non-mountainous parts of the country will not see snow this year. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

If you’re in France and have been dreaming of a white Christmas, you are probably out of luck. 

It has been freezing in recent days with temperatures falling to a low of -33.4C in Jura on Wednesday morning, but the cold spell isn’t going to last. 

Temperatures across the country will hover around the 10C level in most of France by the afternoon on December 25th according to Météo France, with parts of the country including Brittany and some parts of eastern France experiencing rainfall. 

By the afternoon on Christmas Day, the chances of snow look extremely limited. Source: www.meteofrance.com

On Saturday, there will be some snowfall, but only if you are high in the mountains at an altitude of 1,800-2,000m. On Sunday, places above 1,500m could also see snow – but this rules out the vast majority of the country. 

Roughly half the country will see sunshine over the weekend. The French weather channel said that this Christmas could be among the top five or six warmest since 1947. 

Last year, Météo France cautioned: “While we often associate snow with Christmas in the popular imagination, the probability of having snow in the plains [ie not in the mountains] during this period is weak in reality.”

One of the last great Christmas snowfalls, outside of France’s mountainous areas, came in 2010 when 3-10 cm of snow fell in Lille, Rouen and Paris. In Strasbourg, 26cm fell. 

On Christmas Day in 1996, 12 cm of snow fell in Angers – ironically, this was also the day that the film, Y’aura t’il de la neige à Noël? (Will there never be snow at Christmas?) was released. It had been ten years since France had seen such snowfall outside of the Alps and Pyrenees. 

Météo France directly attributes declining rates of Christmas snowfall to climate change. Compared to 50 years ago, even the Alps receives the equivalent one less month of snowfall per year. 

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