A Day To:

Stocktake and make sure all your Christmas bases are covered – from buying spare light bulbs and fuses to securing the name of a good plumber.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)


“The Santa Clause” (1994): starring Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold. What happens when Father Christmas falls from your roof and you have to complete the Christmas Eve delivery run? Make sure to read the Santa clause or you could end up with a new career, that’s what. Such a fate befalls Scott Calvin – but some people take more convincing of the new ‘him’ than others in this festive comedy. Cue the support of young son Charlie. There are two follow-up “Santa Clause” films you might add to your list for viewing in between Christmas and New Year. There are details on our ‘More Movies’ page. (Movie Magic: Judge Reinhold’s dubious sweater gets the sarcastic Tim Allen treatment. Scott Calvin piles on the pounds and sees his hair turn white as he turns ever more into Santa. He shaves his white beard but in seconds it grows back, leading him to acknowledge: “I’m in big trouble – uh uh!”)

From a long-running and beloved TV drama…

“Midsomer Murders: Ghosts of Christmas Past” (2004) is an ITV Christmas special starring John Nettles and John Hopkins. Nine years after magician Ferdy Villers commits suicide, his family gather for a Christmas reunion blissfully unaware someone is plotting revenge for life lost. A note is discovered in a Christmas cracker announcing two family members will be dead by midnight on Boxing Day. This episode was available as part of “Midsomer Murders: The Christmas Collection”. The other episodes are: “Death of a Stranger”; “A Talent for Life” and “Shot at Dawn” – although be warned none of these are set at Christmas. Rather, they were apparently shown over the festive period. These episodes are also usually shown on ITV networks over Christmas and should be available on BritBox. (TV Magic: Pay back by DCI Tom Barnaby as he tricks his father-in-law with a metal detector and the fabricated contents of a Christmas pudding.)


“The only things we ever keep are what we give away.”

Louis Ginsberg (1896-1976), American poet & professor

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The album “The Rose in the Middle of Winter: Carols by Bob Chilcott”

“Sleigh Ride” by Prokofiev performed by The London Pops Orchestra;

“Jingle Bell Rock” by Brenda Lee.


Did you know…in some countries, the Christkind– or Christ-child – is more important than Father Christmas when it comes to the festive task of delivering presents? This includes in parts of Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with angelic wings and golden hair.

The Day in Detail:

Flowers wreath119635666Mrs. C says: Today’s the day for covering all Christmas eventualities. Stocktaking now will make for a serene Christmas fortnight to follow. Check if you have spare light bulbs and extra fuses for plugs – buy what you need. Do you have enough aluminium foil, Selloptape, candles, batteries, pens, pet food, bin bags, toiletries, logs for the fire, tea towels and medical supplies? Buy what you need.

Some people have experienced the most miserable of Christmastimes in the not-too-distant past due to severe snow, flooding and power cuts. Extreme and alarmist as it may sound, is it worth considering buying a small gas stove for boiling water or an alternative source of heating if the worst befalls your neighbourhood? And do you have a supply of tinned or non-perishable food that can be eaten without being cooked on anything but a camp stove? Lots of cold pies and cold cuts, quiches and desserts will be sure to do the job. Have a torch or two to hand and all your batteries charged. This is not pessimistic, it is just that we never think it’s going to happen to us and being prepared could be invaluable. After what we’ve all gone through this year, being prepared should come more naturally to us.

Ed Elf: That’s very dib-dib-dobish of you, Mrs. C.

So today’s the day to:

  • Tie up those loose ends, to cover all your bases.
  • Prepare for a turn in the weather – like high winds and power cuts.