Pets sleeping dogA Day To:

Buy birdseed for garden feeders.

Buy gifts for family pets.

Send Santa’s North Pole message.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“Home Alone II: Lost in New York” (1992): starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The fantastic sequel to “Home Alone” is set in the Big Apple. Young Kevin McCallister doesn’t miss the family flight this time – he instead boards the wrong flight. So while the clan are in Florida, he’s in New York. And there’s nowhere better than New York at Christmas unless, of course, your burglar pals are on the loose and on your case. Academy Award winner Brenda Fricker plays the bird lady of Central Park, while Kevin’s illuminated ears make for early laughs. And wait until you see what poor Cliff has allegedly been up to in the Plaza Hotel. (Movie Magic: Daniel Stern’s marvellously clueless Marv takes brick-upon-brick full in the face from the top of a New York townhouse as Harry, played by Joe Pesci, goads Kevin for missing his head.)

And from television drama…

“Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” (1994) stars the magnificent David Suchet in a British television version of Agatha Christie’s 1938 novel. Simeon Lee, the tyrannical patriarch of a wealthy but dysfunctional family, unexpectedly summons his brood for a Christmas reunion – only to be murdered. Suchet’s co-stars include Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp and Mark Tandy as Superintendent Sugden. There are some sweetly placed festive moments within the twists and turns of the classic murder mystery. (TV Magic: How was the victim killed inside a room locked from the inside? Poirot will not be fooled. Is he ever?)

Ponder:

“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! How are thy leaves so verdant! O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! How are thy leaves so verdant! Not only in the summertime, but even in winter is thy prime. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! How are thy leaves so verdant!”

Later English adaptation of “O Tannenbaum” by Ernst Anschutz (1780-1861).

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Listen:

“O Tannenbaum” by Nat King Cole;

“Christmas Concerto” by Corelli performed by the Academy of Ancient Music & Christopher Hogwood;

“In the Bleak Midwinter” (Darke) by Vasari Singers.

Learn:

Did you know…Charles Wesley, brother of Methodist Church founder John Wesley, wrote an average of around 112 carols and hymns a year in his lifetime – about 8,900 in total? The most famous: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”

And did you know…Liverpool is where the world’s first Christmas Grotto was established in 1879 by London businessman David Lewis, when he moved to set up Lewis’s department store? Known as “Christmas Fairyland”, a huge 10,000 square feet was given over to the grotto. Father Christmas took residence and gave presents to young visitors.

The Day in Detail:

Pets nosey dogMrs. C says: A day to think of our furry and feathered friends, I believe.

Ed Elf: Not forgetting our hairy friends.

Mrs. C: I think a recent survey discovered seven out of 10 pets…     Ed Elf: Said their cats prefer it.Robin isolated 94810606

Mrs C: That’s eight out of 10 cats and that’s Whiskers cat food. No more interrupting, you cheeky elf. I was saying, seven out of 10 pets in Britain receive gifts from their owners. It’s big business. So please don’t make your pets one of the unlucky three out of 10. Treat them…treat them today. You can visit our Presents for Pets page for inspiration. And stock up on some birdseed, too, for the garden. Buy seeds, nuts and mealworms – robins love to eat these. You can do this even if you don’t have pets.

Ed Elf: I heard robins can even be tamed to eat from the hand. Not my hand, you understand. It’s a size thing. That’d be the equivalent of you feeding a buzzard.

Mrs. C: For the youngsters in your life, perhaps send them a personalised video message from Santa in the North Pole. “Portable North Pole” is just one of the websites to offer this service and it is truly magical.

Ed Elf: It’s basically your very own filmed personal greeting from the big guy himself, directed at the person of your choice…young or old. Try it. You’ll love it.

Conifer and berries 64686097So today’s the day to:

  • Purchase gifts for family pets and stock up on birdseed to feed the winter visitors to your garden.
  • Send a personalised video greeting to the children in your life – maybe the occasional adult as well.