gifts wrapping red box_118683163A Day To:

Buy the last of your Christmas gifts and any wrapping still required.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“Edward Scissorhands” (1990): starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Tim Burton’s dark fantasy stars Johnny Depp as an artificial creation of a man, whose hands are a multitude of scissors and blades. The inventor is horror master Vincent Price in his last film role. Once discovered in a broken down mansion, Edward is welcomed into the neighbourhood and especially valued for his magical hedge-trimming skills. But the townsfolk turn on him and Edward must leave his newfound love behind. Will it be forever? (Movie Magic:While the Boggs family put up Christmas decorations, Edward creates a wonderful angel ice sculpture – and the shavings swirl as falling snow. This will have eternal poignancy.)

And because few people adore Christmas as much a Miranda Hart, why not view…

“Miranda” – The Perfect Christmas” (2010). This sees the title character desperately wanting to break away from her mother’s regimented Christmas, where the use of a planning chart is essential. At the annual Christmas jumper party – hosted insufferably by mother – Miranda takes one embarrassment too many and escapes to spend a perfect Christmas at her flat with her friends Stevie, Gary, Tilly and Clive. But when arguments ensue, Miranda decides that Christmas with her parents might not be so bad after all. There’s slapstick, silliness only Miranda can conjure up, and a collection of trademark asides, all contributing to the warmest and most welcoming of festive episodes. Miranda Hart is joined by her regular playmates Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis, Sarah Hadland and Sally Phillips: who proved to be a popular team over three series and two special finale episodes from 2009 to 2015. A second Christmas special “It Was Panning” aired in 2012. (TV Magic: Tom Conti shines as Miranda’s rather resigned-to-life father – and there’s an incident or two with Miranda’s anatomy, first with the dishy doctor, then the clap that she claims is a quack.)

Ponder:

“Christmas Eve will find me where the love light gleams. I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams.”

 Kim Gannon (1900-1974), American songwriter

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Listen:

“I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday” by Wizzard;

“See Amid the Winter’s Snow” by Guildford Cathedral Choir;

“There is No Rose” by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

Learn:

Did you know…Santa’s reindeer Donner might be more aptly named Donna? That’s because older male reindeer shed their antlers around early December, so Santa’s sleigh is more likely to be pulled by females. They keep their antlers until summer.

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: Don’t leave it until the last minute. Don’t leave it until Christmas Eve, whatever you do. If you haven’t already, today is the day to buy the last of your Christmas gifts and to ensure you have enough wrapping paper and gift bags. That includes bags to carry any potential bulk deliveries when visiting family and friends. Don’t be stuck with bin liners as your last resort. Gifts & wrapping boxSome shops are already in sale and some are doing three-for-two offers, so there are bargains to be had. You can click and collect certain items, especially bulkier presents like toys and bicycles. There is also plenty of time left to have them delivered, as long as there are no prying little eyes around when the van pulls up outside. Remember, toys are delivered by Father Christmas in his sleigh – not Bob in his John Lewis truck.

Ed Elf: I’m all sorted for Christmas. I just need a few last-minute bits.

So today’s the day to:

  • Complete your Christmas gift buying and wrapping – perhaps exploring early Christmas sales while also ensuring timely home deliveries.