candles lantern window snow_118180813A 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!”)

And maybe there’s time for this, too…

“Nativity!” (2009): starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen. What do you do when you are a frustrated, lonely, unlucky-in-love primary school teacher who hates Christmas? Why, stage the greatest school Nativity ever, worthy of Hollywood, of course. Mr. Poppy: take a bow. Directed by Debbie Isitt. (Movie Magic: Improvised scenes with Nativity auditionees, X-Factor style. Out of the mouths of babes…)


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

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

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Favourites from the album “Libera – The Christmas Album”;

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

“Man With The Bag” by Jessie J.


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. Is it worth, then, 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? Is it worth cleaning the barbecue on the patio and stocking up with gas for that particular appliance? Have a torch or two to hand and all your batteries charged. I know this sounds most pessimistic, but we never think it’s going to happen to us. Just think ahead – don’t get caught out.

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 – to ready yourself for floods, high winds and power cuts.