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It just wouldn’t feel like the festive season without a merry little jingle. So to get into the spirit of things, we’ve put the Ink spin on the Twelve Days of Christmas.

So clear your throat, and have a go at singing along – you know the tune! Oh, and to spare your groans, we’ve skipped straight to the final verse.

The Ink Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my client got from me:
twelve guidelines guiding,
eleven puns a-punning,
ten snappy headings,
nine search terms clicking,
eight mailers mailing,
seven rhymes a-rhyming
six concepts, cunning,
five bu-llet points!
four pull-out quotes,
three quick verbs,
two tones of voice,
and a sentence beginning with ‘and’.

Merry Christmas! We’ll see you in the New Year, pens poised and mice at the ready.

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Everyone loves a good book at Christmas. But what can you do with your second (or third) copy of that festive bestseller? Or that literary classic that just doesn’t quite grab you? From Christmas trees to wreaths and a place to squirrel your treasures away, we've got some clever and crafty ideas for those unloved books.

Pile ‘em high...

This year, ‘book trees’ are all the rage. Start with a book that provides a solid base and keep on building higher and higher with smaller volumes. You could stick to books with a green spine or try a range of colours to spice things up a bit. And depending on the size of your library, you can have fun with shapes and sizes too. Here’s a bit of inspiration.

Make a wreath

Fancy a twist on the traditional wreath? Try this one made out of paper. All you need to do is remove pages from an old magazine and start rolling them into cone shapes with a pointy end – the more colourful the better.

Once completed, simply glue the ends to a round piece of card and decorate with festive ribbon. The results can look amazing.

Turn books into a safe

Take a bunch of books and cut out a space through the middle of the pages. You can then stash valuables inside and put your ‘book safe’ back onto the shelves. That way you can hide things in plain sight. Just don’t forget to make a note of which books you’ve buried your treasures in.

Of course, if you’re not really feeling very crafty, you could always pass your unloved books on to a friend or a charity shop. Christmas is a time for giving, after all.

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This Christmas we decided to do something a little bit different. So we’ve done away with the festive gifts we sometimes send clients. And instead, we donated a stack of books to the Children’s Hospice South West.

Based just down the road from Ink, this charity helps terminally ill children live life to the full – however short their lives might be.

We chose books that will provide fun, escapism and the chance for lots of interaction with families and friends. As the hospice cares for all different ages, from newborns right up to 21 year olds, the books ranged from ‘Where’s Spot?’ to ‘Of Mice and Men’ – and plenty in between. Take a look at some of the pictures on our Facebook page.

Head of Fundraising, Karen Edgington, said, “I’m sure the children and families who stay with us will have hours of reading and play pleasure from these books. Your gift ensures that we can offer support for up to 400 families at any one time.”