tree window frame_157885100A Day To:

Take an early evening walk around your neighbourhood to absorb all the beauty of decorated trees in windows and Christmas lights on houses.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993): featuring the voice talents of Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara and Chris Sarandon. This film takes its inspiration from an original poem by Tim Burton. Stop-motion animation at its best as Jack Skellington, the Halloween king, stumbles into Christmas Town and discovers delighting children rather than scaring them might prove a self-satisfying change of direction. Will Christmas as we know it be lost forever? (Movie magic: Uber-baddie Oogie Boogie does his best to steal the show. But he’s forgotten the golden rule: never interfere with Santa’s big plan.)

And having suggested you watch “The Snowman” earlier in the countdown calendar, now for this marvellous follow up…

“The Snowman and the Snowdog” (2012): This was created to mark the 30th anniversary of “The Snowman” and was broadcast on UK network Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 2012, watched by almost six million viewers. This time, the snowman is joined by a snowdog with socks for ears. Music comes courtesy of Ilan Eshkeri and Razorlight’s Andy Burrows. (TV Magic: The creation of the dog – and this time he’s here to stay.)

Ponder:

“And he who gives a child a treat makes joy-bells ring in Heaven’s street, And he who gives a child a home builds palaces in kingdom come. And she who gives a baby birth brings Saviour Christ again to earth.”

John Masefield (1878-1967), Poet Laureate for 37 years

Listen:

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid;

“Fairytale Sleigh Ride” by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia & Gavin Sutherland;

The album “Christmas Time” by Craig Ogden.

Learn:

Did you know…Christmas in Sweden and Finland runs from St. Lucia’s Day on December 13th to St. Knut’s Day on January 13th? The Christmas tree is then taken down with these words of goodwill: “May God bless your Christmas. May it last until Easter!” January 13th is ‘tjugondag Knut’ or ‘tjugondedag jul’ – the twentieth day of Knut/Christmas.

The Day in Detail:

Lights Christmas Street 7531711Mrs. C says: More and more people are lighting the outside of their houses with Christmas lights: dangling blue icicles from fascias, wrapping white lights around trees and bushes and bejewelling windows. Christmas trees sit proudly in bay windows, twinkling merrily, announcing Christmas is almost upon us. Driving – or being driven – through a Outdoor lights 131432225neighbourhood of lights is lovely. Walking through such a neighbourhood is better still. Only then can you truly absorb all the beauty of decorated houses in and around your local streets. So make a point today to take an early evening stroll, wrapped up against the cold, to witness and savour all the illuminated Christmas magic that surrounds you. If you don’t live in such an area or are quite remote, drive to somewhere you can take a festive, illuminated stroll. Some neighbourhoods are so dazzling, they attract good audiences and have turned the whole thing into a charity fund-raising occasion. Now where’s my coat?     Ed Elf: Wait a minute. I’m coming with you.

So today’s the day to:

  • Enjoy the Christmas beauty of your neighbourhood with a leisurely walk.