christmas trees dec 41220469A Day To:

Ensure all the gift-wrapping is complete.

Put a couple of wrapped gifts under the tree without gift tags “just in case”.

Check the car over before a long journey or busy driving schedule.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“The Lemon Drop Kid” (1951): starring Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. The famous Christmas song “Silver Bells” was introduced in this American comedy, directed by Sidney Lanfield. Bob Hope is known as The Lemon Drop Kid, a notorious horseracing tout who has a sweet tooth. He crosses gangster Moose Moran, owes him big money and has to deliver on Christmas Eve. The kid proves nothing if not resourceful – although he can’t extricate himself from his troubles alone. (Movie Magic: Hope and Maxwell sing “Silver Bells” and a festive classic is born.)

And can we possibly take in yet another version of a certain classic tale? Of course we can…

“A Christmas Carol” (1984): starring George C. Scott. This is a made-for-television adaptation of the famous story, with George C. Scott as Scrooge. It originally aired on the American network CBS in December 1984, having been filmed on location in Shrewsbury, England. Scott cuts an imposing figure as the central character and his English accent isn’t half bad. The snowy, Victorian setting and the overall atmosphere of the film is deliciously seasonal. (Movie Magic: Watch the winter scenery, listen to the carols, and be immediately transported in to Christmas mode. Shrewsbury never looked so festive.)

 Ponder:

“O! Christmas Day, Oh! happy day!

A foretaste from above,

To him who hath a happy home

And love returned from love!

O! Christmas Day, O gloomy day,

The barb in Memory’s dart,

To him who walks alone through Life,

The desolate in heart.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), English poet & philosopher

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Listen:

“In the Bleak Midwinter” by the Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford;

The album “Christmas Around the World” by Andre Rieu.

Learn:

Did you know…“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was written as a poem by copywriter Robert May and used by a chain of department stores from 1939 to attract customers? It was set to music in 1949 and the song has since sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: Now I’ll be honest with you. I like to save a gift or two  – just a couple in total, mind – to wrap on Christmas Eve. It makes me feel incredibly Christmassy. But by today, I want all the rest of my wrapping to be completed. I will put them in piles for groups of family or friends and determine the size of gift bags I’ll need for each person or Wrapping brown paper 64690951group. Of course, some won’t need bags at all, some may be in gift boxes and some may be in hamper baskets. This is also the time I’ll place a couple of wrapped gifts – perhaps wine, chocolate or festive food – under the tree Wrapping bags 156224114to give to no-one in particular. Leave off the gift tags and simply have them sitting there in case of unexpected visitors.

Ed Elf: Nothing more embarrassing than someone turning up with a gift for you when you have nothing for them…apart from that time when I got caught with my pants down in…

Mrs. C: That’s quite enough of that, thank you very much. Today might also be a good time – if you haven’t achieved this already of course – to check the car over for all the visiting to be done. There is one reasonably long journey, so I want to make sure the car tyre pressure is correct for that. Plus, I want to fill up the windscreen fluid, top-up with petrol and make sure I have the boot stocked with a torch, a blanket, wet wipes, bottled water, de-icer and a few cereal bars, just in case the weather turns. Not very Christmassy, I know, but we have to be practical in all things. It’s my inner Mary Poppins.

So today’s the day to:

  • Wrap those final gifts.
  • Prepare presents for unexpected visitors.
  • Prepare the car for Christmas journeys by checking tyre pressure and windscreen fluid – plus make sure there’s de-icer, blankets and a torch in the boot.