New York winter_151906421A Day To:

Buy more food essentials ready to freeze and store.

Consider sending video cards.

Take stock and remember you’re not in a competition…just do what you can when you can as things become more hectic.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“Miracle on 34th Street”(1947): starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Edmund Gwenn. We’re now weeks removed from the viewing of the 1994 remake, so it’s time to watch the original in all its black and white splendour. We’re saving the best for last, in effect – even though we enjoy and recommend both most highly. Edmund Gwenn won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Kris Kringle, who is hired by Doris Walker as Macy’s Santa Claus. Her daughter Susan, played by a young Natalie Wood, doesn’t believe in him. He puts a house on proving her wrong. (Movie Magic: At the core of the film is the age-old question: do you believe in Santa Claus? Watch the superb Gwenn in all his Kris Kringle gentleness and classiness – making believers of us all.)

If time is pressing or there are youngsters in your life in need of entertaining, then one of these bite-size offerings could work…

“Merry Madagascar” (2009), with the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer & “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” (2011), with the voice talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo. Two of animation’s most successful series, offered to you in smaller form for Christmas. We’re not talking a few hours of viewing time here, more like 45 minutes for both. (Movie Magic: Scrat, the true star of Ice Age, in all his glorious, nutty failure.)

Ponder:

“Now all our neighbors’ chimnies smoke, and Christmas blocks are burning; their ovens they with baked meats choke, and all their spits are turning. Without the door let sorrow lie, and if for cold it hap to die, we’ll bury it in a Christmas pie, and evermore be merry.” 

George Wither (1588-1667), English poet and pamphleteer

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Listen:

“Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” by King’s College Choir, Cambridge;

“A Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues, featuring Kirsty MacColl;

“Christmas Cracker” performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra & Gavin Sutherland.

Learn:

Did you know…between the 17th and 19th centuries, Christmas decorations were not taken down on Twelfth Night but at Candlemas on February 2? It was considered bad luck to do away with the festive decorations any sooner. Candlemas marks the purification of the Virgin Mary 40 days after she gave birth to Jesus. All candles to be used in the coming year were traditionally blessed on this day.

The Day in Detail:

winter red berries_111899906Mrs. C says: Are you planning on doing the big Christmas food shop next week? Does it promise to be gargantuan? Then why not use today to bring the massive grocery list down a size. If you have followed the How to Christmas calendar, you will already have tucked away some freezable groceries from November. Time now to buy and freeze more Christmas essentials, including sausage rolls, party platters, bread rolls and desserts. An online order will save you time and energy.

Then have some fun by sending a Christmas video card to a few of the favourite people in your life. JibJab.com offers logoyou the chance to superimpose photographic faces of family and friends on special e-card greetings – that come alive to dance in hysterical fashion. You might choose ‘Santa’s Twerk Shop’ or the less provocative ‘Sled Race’. Whatever the option, laughs are guaranteed.

Ed Elf: These video cards are so popular. In recent years, one video card on YouTube, posted by a family in North Carolina in America, was watched by more than 11 million people. You can send them via Facebook, Instagram and more.

Mrs. C: Finally for today, it is worth taking stock and remembering you are not in a competition to create the perfect Christmas. Simply do what you can when you can as the countdown continues and things become more hectic. Follow our suggestions if you can, or indeed want to, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t or things slide for a day or two.

Ed Elf: It’s only December 11th. Take a chill pill.    Mrs. C: Not helpful, you naughty elf.

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

  • Buy ready to freeze and store a variety of Christmas food essentials to complement other items already ticked off your How to Christmas grocery list – maybe sausage rolls and party platters.
  • Send the increasingly popular video cards to family and friends – put a smile on each of their faces.
  • Take stock and realise how much you have accomplished in your preparations and that you are not in a competition.