food mince pies_144548546A Day To:

Make or buy a serious quantity of mince pies to see you through the festive season.

Double check your gifts and cards lists. Is everything bought and sent?

(Scroll down for the day in detail) 


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989): starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. This comedy is the third in the National Lampoon’s ‘Vacation’ series. Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold, who is determined to have a “fun good old-fashioned family Christmas” – but does not imagine that could include uninvited in-laws, citywide power cuts, unpaid bonuses, kidnap, SWAT teams and a sewage-fuelled explosion. Happy Christmas everyone! (Movie Magic: Aunt Bethany says: “What’s that sound? You hear it? It’s a funny squeaky sound.” There’s a squirrel loose around this hoose!)

And from the Made-for-TV collection…

“A Dog Named Christmas” (2009): starring Bruce Greenwood, Linda Edmond and Noel Fisher. A charming tale of a boy with learning difficulties who is energised by a local animal shelter’s ‘Adopt A Dog for Christmas’ scheme. Todd’s dog is named Christmas. But the youngster has to make a deal with his Dad to return it to the shelter after the holidays. Flashbacks explain the father’s reticence to take the dog permanently. But Todd proves where there’s a will there’s a way. The film debuted on American network CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. (Movie Magic: How Christmas saves the day as danger looms and eventually saves more than one member of the family along the way.)


Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;

Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.

In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed

The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.”

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), English poet


“Cherry Tree Carol” by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge;

“The Power of Love” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood;

Favourites from the album “A Great British Christmas” by Gareth Malone.
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Did you know…it is not some secular plot to replace the ‘Christ’ in Christmas with the letter X? This is a misconception. The word Christmas has been abbreviated in English for at least a thousand years and Xmas has its origins in the early Christian church. Also, the first letter of Jesus Christ’s name in the Greek language is X.

The Day in Detail:

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Mrs. C says: You can never have enough mince pies in the cupboard at Christmas – at least that’s my experience. For every person repulsed by them, there are tens upon tens more who can Mince pie trioeat their own body weight in this festive treat. Mince pies have a long sell-by date so, even with a week to go until Christmas, there is good reason to stock the pantry with a whole array of them today – the small ones, the flat ones, the sugar-dusted ones, the iced ones, the lattice ones, the flaky pastry ones, the deep-filled ones. Today’s a day to buy, buy, buy.

Ed Elf: Or…to bake, bake, bake.

Mrs. C: Indeed, Ed. Turn once again to dearest Delia, Mary or our Food & Drink page for easy-to-follow recipes and you could bake all the mince pies you’ll ever need to see you through the holiday season. Make sure you’ve got all the ingredients, mince pie tins and an airtight container in which to store them. You can freeze them, too, should you desire.

Ed Elf: Santa’s checking his list…he’s checking it twice in fact. So should you. Make sure you haven’t forgotten anyone on your gifts or cards lists.

Mrs C: Have you received a card from someone unexpected and have not yet reciprocated? Bear in mind the posting deadlines are upon us. What about those extra e-cards you wanted to send? Today’s a good day to cover all these bases.

So today’s the day to:

  • Enter into some mince pie madness.
  • Check your lists – and check them twice.