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)

Watch:

“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 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:

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

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

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Listen:

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

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

Learn:

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