mulled wine_116018746A Day To:

Savour Christmas poems and books with a glass of something festive and a warm mince pie – and decide on some other ‘must-read’ material for the holiday period.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” (1997): There have been few better animations than “Beauty and the Beast”.  This follow-up involves all the original team, from Belle and the Beast to Mrs. Potts and Chip. Belle wants to celebrate Christmas and is winning the master round to her way of thinking. There is a wicked pipe organ called Forte who is intent on getting in her way. Surely he can’t stop Christmas from coming. (TV Movie Magic: The song “As Long as There’s Christmas” and the touching sentiment behind it.)

And as we enter the last week of build-up to Christmas, there’s maybe room for this too…

“The Bells of St. Mary’s” (1945): starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. There is good-natured rivalry between Bing Crosby’s priest Father O’Malley and Ingrid Bergman’s nun Sister Mary Benedict as they try to save their school from closure in this Oscar-nominated film. It was released in December 1945 and contains preparations for a Christmas pageant, so became instantly associated with the holiday season. Crosby previously played O’Malley in the 1944 film “Going My Way”, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Don’t expect Christmas scenes throughout – that’s absolutely not the case. But do expect a festive feel-good factor that this treasure of a film conjures up. (Movie Magic: Bing Crosby’s impromptu rendition of “O Sanctissima” and the effect it has on Henry Travers’ character Horace P. Bogardus – plus the Nativity rehearsal with the cutest of casts that might make you want to burst with joy.)

Ponder:

“Christmas time and happy time,

Set the bells to ringing.

Merry time and joyous time,

Love its good gifts bringing.

Bright the way when love shines through,

Short the way when hearts beat true;

Love will make all skies seem blue…

Join the Yule-tide singing.”

Will M. Maupin (1863-1948), Nebraska newspaperman

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Listen:

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by the Choir of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor;

The album “Andrea Bocelli: My Christmas”.

Learn:

Did you know…if you received every gift in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” you would have 364 presents in total?

The Day in Detail:

glass of wine by fireMrs. C says: With so much achieved already in the build-up to your magical Christmas, we hope at some point today or this evening you can snuggle up on your favourite chair or couch – a soft, warm throw protecting you from the cold – and leaf through some festive poetry and books with a delicious glass in hand. Starting in 2009, and for a number of years thereafter, the Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy published an annual collection of poems in a pamphlet-style book entitled: “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. These bite-size pieces of poetic delight are perfect to accompany a bite-size mince pie or two. I’m also sure to read more ghostly tales from Charles Dickens today and search through my other Christmas books to decide what has to be read in the next couple of weeks. There are certain ‘must-reads’ for me this time of year.

Ed Elf: Interesting to hear that term ‘bite-size’ because a mini mince pie for you is what I might call substantial. Funny that.

So today’s the day to:

  • Indulge in your Christmas poetry books – or explore the genre if you have been resistant in the past. Decide on your other festive reading material.