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

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“A Christmas Romance” (1994): starring Olivia Newton-John and Gregory Harrison. A widow is about to have her house repossessed. The bank vice-president sent to deliver the bad news crashes his car in a blizzard and is forced to spend Christmas with the woman and her two young daughters. A bond quickly develops. But can the man who wants to take away their home really secure a place in their hearts? Mountain snow, humble celebrations and love all around – ingredients for a successful festive film. (Movie Magic: Christmas Eve among the animals. Who is that talking?)

 

And there’s always time for this…

“The Simpsons” is an unmissable television series, whatever time of year. But the creators of the American comedy animation have produced a glut of fantastic Christmas episodes – most notably the very first festive offering entitled “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”. This was the world’s introduction to “The Simpsons” as a TV series in its own right and not as a part of the “The Tracey Ullman Show”. It aired on December 17th 1989. Homer tries to make cash for the holiday season as a shopping mall Santa. He blows the money on dog racing, but ends up adopting the 99-1 losing hound, named Santa’s Little Helper, as the family pet. Search this out, discover the joys of the multitude of other Christmas specials or simply look out for new seasonal episodes. Few ever disappoint. (Cartoon Magic: The coming together, in a beautiful half-hour slice of Springfield delight, of the family the world should not be without.)

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:

“The Shepherd’s Carol” by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge;

 “Moita Festa” (A Galician carol – Pacheco) by The London Chamber Orchestra;

“Away in a Manger” by Eric Clapton.

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. Gifts & wrapping box Some shops are already in sale and some are doing three-for-two offers, so there are bargains to be had. There’s just about time left to have goods delivered, depending on the outlets concerned…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.