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)
“The Christmas Chronicles” (2018): starring Kurt Russell, Kimberley Williams-Paisley, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp. Russell is a Santa with attitude, but he finds himself in quite the pickle when his sleigh crashes. Can the very people that caused his problems be the ones to save Christmas? The production values on this Netflix original are unsurprisingly high, Russell more than lives up to his star billing and the story is a joy for viewers young and old. There is a pleasing spin on the appearance of Santa’s elves and there’s even a sneaky appearance from Mrs Claus (who just happens to be a superstar actress and wife in real life). The film was released in November 2018 and proved a big festive hit. A sequel followed in 2020 and, although not as good as the original, is still worth a festive viewing. (Movie Magic: Santa reinvented in a kick-ass way.)
And from an all-time great US sit-com…
“Friends: Best of Christmas” is a 2007 DVD featuring the much-loved Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica and Joey in four episodes set at the holiday season: “The One with the Monkey”; “The One where Rachel Quits”; “The One with the Inappropriate Sister” and “The One with the Holiday Armadillo”. If you don’t do the DVD thing, these episodes will be available to stream or catch on cable and terrestrial TV. If you were devoted to the 10-year landmark American comedy series, you will relish this festive set. Jennifer Anniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer star and shine. “Friends” ran from September 1994 to May 2004 and is still a global phenomenon. (TV Magic: Ross tries to educate his son about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, dressed as the Holiday Armadillo. He didn’t have much luck at the fancy dress shop, but Chandler did and trumps his Armadillo with Santa. Then along comes Superman Joey.)
“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;
“Noel Nouvelet” by Vasari Singers;
“Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses.
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:
Mrs. C says: You can never have enough mince pies in the cupboard at Christmas – at least that’s my experience. For every person that isn’t a fan, there are tens upon tens more who can eat 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 ecards 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.