Merry Christmas!

As an office, we take Christmas very seriously! Celebrations start on 1st December, when we decorate the office and get the Christmas tunes playing. In this post we put a Christmassy spin on our recent Desert Island Discs blog post and share some photos of this year’s CVP/MM Christmas festivities!

Decorating day in the CVP/MM office

If you’re bored of hearing the same 10 Christmas songs played on loop in every shop, you can check out our office’s carefully curated Christmas playlist on Spotify here. Here are our personal favourites, including the one we’d each save from the waves marked with a star.


  • *Proper Crimbo – Bo Selecta
  • Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers
  • Must Be Santa – Bob Dylan
  • Donde Esta Santa Claus – Augie Rios
  • Christmas was Better in the 80s – The Futureheads
  • Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  • The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  • One More Sleep Til Christmas – The Muppets Christmas Carol

Favourite Christmas Film: All I Want For Christmas

Favourite Christmas Food: Turkey & bread sauce sandwiches


  • Must be Santa – Bob Dylan
  • *Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  • All Alone on Christmas – Darlene Love
  • It’s Clichéd to be Cynical at Christmas – Half Man Half Biscuit
  • O Holy Night – Tracy Chapman
  • (Don’t Call Me) Mrs Christmas – Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler
  • Santa Claus Meets the Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
  • Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) – Ramones

Favourite Christmas Film: It’s a Wonderful Life, with Nativity! a very VERY close second place

Favourite Christmas Food: Bread sauce


Time for a quick photo on the way to Christmas dinner
  • Gaudete – Steeleye Span
  • Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
  • *I Was Born On Christmas Day – Saint Etienne
  • Last Christmas – Wham!
  • Walking In The Air – Aled Jones
  • It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas – Pet Shop Boys
  • The Power of Love – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy

Favourite Christmas Film: As I’ve only seen 3 Christmas films I have very few to narrow down, so it’ll be The Holiday

Favourite Christmas Food: Brandy butter (with mince pies on the side!)


  • 2000 Miles – The Pretenders
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  • *O Holy Night – Tracy Chapman
  • Christmas Eve, 1943 – Tom McRae & The Standing Band
  • Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
  • Will You Still Be In Love With Me Next Year – Hot Club de Paris
  • It’s Clichéd to be Cynical at Christmas – Half Man Half Biscuit
  • Kindle a Flame in Her Heart – Los Campesinos!

Favourite Christmas Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Favourite Christmas Food: Yule log


  • Christmassy cocktails

    Sylvian Joululaulu Various different artists

  • Tonttujen Jouluyö Various different artists
  • Joulupuu on Rakennettu Various different artists
  • Joulupukki Various different artists
  • Joulupukki puree ja lyö – M.A. Numminen
  • *Herra Huu Pelkää Joulupukkia – M.A. Numminen
  • Näin Sydämmeeni Joulun Teen Various different artists
  • On Hanget Korkeat Nietokset Various different artists

Favourite Christmas Film: I don’t have a favourite Christmas film, I think they are all pretty appalling and besides I can’t think of anything less Christmassy than watching TV on Christmas Eve, so I would rather sit in a wood fired sauna staring at the flames flickering under the stove. I hope, by the way, that my desert island will be an arctic desert island so I can jump in the snow from the sauna and it will be properly dark.

Favourite Christmas Food: Joulukinkku (Christmas ham)


  • A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris de Burgh
  • *Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
  • Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
  • Last Christmas – Wham!
  • 2000 Miles – The Pretenders
  • Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
  • Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
  • In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield

Favourite Christmas Film: It’s a Wonderful Life

Favourite Christmas Food (/Drink!): Mulled wine!


Merry Christmas from all of us – see you in 2018!

Christmas dinner with the whole team



Office closed for Christmas

SantaThe Channel View/Multilingual Matters office is closed over the Christmas period from 22 December and will reopen on 5 January. We hope that you understand that we will be unable to deal with any queries at this time but we will do our best to respond to anything urgent as soon as we return in January.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Our Christmas charities

This Christmas we are pleased to be donating to two charities who we feel are particularly deserving of our support.

CARAThe Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) is an independent national charity that defends persecuted academics and assists them in rebuilding their lives and careers in safety. Our contribution will help CARA to provide refugees with education, training and employment advice as well as financial support for their research or training.

Tourism For AllTourism For All is a UK charity dedicated to making tourism accessible for everyone, especially older and disabled people. Our donation will help to allow people with disabilities, their families and carers to have the holiday they deserve.

Merry Christmas from Channel View!

The Channel View Christmas Tree
The Channel View Christmas Tree

The Channel View team would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Our office will close on Friday 21st December and reopen on Thursday 3rd January as we will all be off enjoying the festive season.

Update from the Language Cafés Project

The Christmas Language Cafe
The Christmas Language Café

Although we’ve just announced the winner of our 2013 Multilingualism in the Community Award we haven’t forgotten our previous winners. We’ve just had an update from Mandy Bengts the organiser of the Language Cafés project (2012 winners) and she’s filled us in on what they’ve achieved this past year.

I have continued as organizer of the university’s cafés since our winning of the prize, for which I once again thank Multilingual Matters. Just last week, we held an event at the local library where we brought together international students, Swedish people and new arrivals to Sweden from countries as far apart as Nigeria and China, Iran and the USA. It was a Christmas café, where traditions and languages were shared, as well as some Swedish glögg (mulled wine) and saffransbullar (saffron buns), typical to a Swedish “jul” or Christmas, all financed by the prize money.

We have decided to add a “new” language to our language café menu each term, financed once again by the winning money. Last term and the one prior, we had cafés in Persian, hosted by a lady from Iran and attended by mainly Swedish people, which was very much our aim. Next term, I hope to add Thai as there are many people from Thailand in the local community, and what is more, Thailand as a holiday destination is extremely popular among Swedes. We have also added a few more items to our stock of café paraphernalia, such as flags and games.

So the idea is to use the money slowly and wisely and allow the café concept to grow alongside the concept of Multiculturalism in the Community.

For more information on the Language Cafés please see their website.

Supporting a good cause at Christmas

This Christmas we are proud to announce our support for two different charities which we think particularly deserving.

The first is The Little Hands Trust who help to motivate biliteracy development among African children. Our contribution will help them to develop and supply storybooks in African languages as well as English, French, Portuguese and Arabic. The charity also mentors adults reading with children in reading clubs and collaborates with African  publishers to produce children’s books in African languages.

The second is The Family Holiday Association which is a charity dedicated to providing disadvantaged families access to holidays and recreational activities. Over 2 million children live in families who can’t afford a simple day out to the seaside let alone a holiday. Something that many of us take for granted is a luxury for some families and the Family Holiday Association helps these families take a much-needed break.

Season’s Greetings from Channel View!

The Channel View team would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Our office will be closed from 23rd December to 3rd January as we will all be off enjoying the festive season.

Christmas comes to Channel View

We spent a couple of hours last Friday afternoon giving our office a truly festive make-over.  With Ellie still in New Zealand following the LED and TBLT conferences; Tommi away on a long weekend and Martisse at a Christmas party in Bath, Sarah and Laura were left to do all the hard (!) work.

We put on our favourite Christmas CD, opened the Lebkuchen, emptied out the decoration boxes and set to it.  Special features of our Christmas grotto/office include the return of the tinsel curtain (bigger and better than last year’s); Father Christmas lights in the window; stockings for each of us hung on the book shelves (an anagram of our initials is “lamest”!) and, new for 2011, a real Christmas tree!  Here’s a photo, and you can click this link to see a 360° scrollable image:

Our decorated office

Then yesterday we had a visit from Tommi’s parents, Mike and Marjukka.  Marjukka had been very busy making us a special Finnish Christmas treat: a gingerbread house, or “piparkakkutalo” in Finnish.  As we’ve been learning Finnish as our Language of the Month, we’ve been trying very hard to perfect our pronunciation of various words and, although we’ve now mastered “Teetä?” (“Would you like some tea?”) and “Kiitos” (“Thank you”), “piparkakkutalo” is beyond our current capability!  We’re currently enjoying just looking at the beautiful piparkakkutalo, although I’m sure we won’t be able to resist tucking in before too long!

The tree and our piparkakkutalo

We believe our office might be the glitziest office in the world, but to prove there are others who take decorating or baking as seriously as we do, we’d love to see a photo of what you’ve done to celebrate the festive season.  In fact, we’ve decided to launch a competition: we’ll be giving away a free copy of one of our books (winner’s choice!) to our favourite photo.  Please send them to and our favourites might even get a mention on our blog.