Order festive fizz and wine.
Attend a local Christmas event.
Discover times for Christmas church services.
(Scroll down for the day in detail)
“Scrooge” (1970): starring Albert Finney, Alec Guinness and Edith Evans. This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” includes the Oscar nominated song “Thank You Very Much” and a musical score composed by Lesley Bricusse. Albert Finney is a magnificent Ebenezer Scrooge, whose performance earned him a Golden Globe. Watch and be Christmassy. You’ll have little choice in the matter. (Movie Magic: Anton Rodgers, who achieved TV fame alongside Julia McKenzie in 80’s sit-com “Fresh Fields”, delivers “Thank You Very Much” in brilliant brace-snapping, Cockney style.)
And if you have time, how about a late night viewing of…
““Why Him?” (2016): starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally and Zoey Deutch. Dad’s worst nightmare is coming true. Ned Fleming’s daughter Stephanie is involved in a relationship with Laird Mayhew, a foul-mouthed app entrepreneur who appears to have no idea how to act appropriately. Boundaries? What boundaries? This 15-rated comedy has its hilarious moments, with James Franco and Bryan Cranston delivering typically high class performances. Megan Mullally displays her comedic genius with a beautifully nuanced performance as wife to the over-protective Ned (Cranston). Ned and the family head to California for Christmas and unexpectedly end up spending it at the house of the tech-millionaire. Can father and boyfriend ever get along or will one of them lose Stephanie forever? (Movie Magic:Laird believes Ned may have been the first man to utter such phrases as “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”and “that’s life”. James Franco’s look of innocent belief and Bryan Cranston’s look of irritated disbelief are spot on. When rock group Kiss turn up that, too, is comedy gold.)
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams;
“Emmanuel” by Amy Grant;
“Step into Christmas” by Sir Elton John.
Did you know…the Christmas tree arrived in Britain with King George I from his native Germany? He reigned here from 1714 to 1727. His great-great-granddaughter Victoria, one day destined to be Queen, was just 13 when she wrote in her diary of seeing two tabletop Christmas trees in her uncle’s royal drawing room, so the tradition was clearly being passed down. It was Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children who helped popularise the Christmas tree in Britain in 1848 when they were captured standing by one in an etching in “Illustrated News”.
The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C: A few days ago I suggested you buy in a few of your favourite tipples to accompany the decorating, like sherry, mulled wine or bubbly. Now it’s time to put in a larger order to see you through the holiday period. There’s nothing quite like the sound of the pop of the cork on the festive fizz. Ooh, those lovely bubbles.
Mrs. C: Order a crate or two of wine while you’re at it. Laithwaites have an array of delicious choices, including mixed boxes of new world reds, whites and sparkling wines. And if you’ve never tried sparkling red before, Christmas is the perfect time to dabble. Spare a thought for the drivers, too. Offering interesting non-alcoholic drinks for your guests is a sign of a fine host. With that in mind, put elderflower cordial on your list. Mixed with tonic or fizzy water, it is delicious and still has that sophisticated feel.
Ed Elf: I’m glad I don’t drive is all I can say. Flowery drinks have no appeal at all.
Mrs. C: One more piece of practical duty: it is worth finding out what time Christmas services and functions will be held at your local church. For practising Christians, this is essential. But even people who don’t consider themselves to be particularly religious might consider attending a carol concert, Midnight Mass or a Christingle service. Finding the times and dates now gives you options.
And with church in mind, there will likely be a local event you may wish to support and enjoy – be it at the church or community centre, school or scout hall. Christmas fairs are quintessentially British and decidedly festive. I’m aware some take place as early as November, so if you have missed one nearest you there could instead be book and poetry readings, nativity plays or bake sales to search out and enjoy. Go along. Support your area. You’ll feel good afterwards.
Ed Elf: And you can stuff your face with cake made by the the local Mary Berry.
- Put out your Advent crown.
- Order your Christmas champagne, sparkling wine and wine for Christmas week – and have it delivered if possible.
- Remember drivers or non-drinkers by exploring delicious non-alcoholic alternatives.
- Search out and visit a local Christmas event to support your community.
- Check out times for Christmas services at your local churches.