advent wreath candles_65990437A Day To:

Order festive fizz and wine.

Discover more about Christmas church services.

Research local events with which you can get involved.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“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 how about a viewing of a made-for-TV movie…

“A Christmas Love Story” (2019): starring Kristin Chenoweth, Scott Wolf and Kevin Quinn. Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth plays a youth choir director who is tasked with composing a song for the big Christmas Eve show. The choir programme this particular year has an angel theme and is entitled ‘When Angels Land’. Sounds like a good title for a song, too. The original song is annually performed by a duet. This year, it will have added poignancy as a late addition to the choir – a youngster with a wonderful voice –  reveals his true identity, much to the surprise of his widowed father. (Movie Magic: It’s an instant Hallmark classic, sprinkled with marvellous Christmas carols and songs.)

Ponder:

“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.”

Isaiah 7:14

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Listen:

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams;

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

“Sleigh Ride” by Frederick Delius (Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Rutter).

Learn:

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.

Ed Elf: Champagne and me equals one major ‘burp fest’. I’ve mastered Jingle Bells in the key of burp.

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. Spare a thought for the drivers, too. Offering interesting non-alcoholic drinks for yourlogo 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’s delicious.

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’s worth finding out what time Christmas services and functions will be held at your local church. Even people who don’t consider themselves to be particularly religious might consider attending a Christmas service. Finding the times and dates now gives you options.

And with church in mind, is there a local event you may wish to support and enjoy – be it at the church or community centre, school or scout hall. If not, perhaps find other ways to support your area and neighbours.

Conifer and berries 64686097So today’s the day to:

  • Order your Christmas champagne, sparkling wine and wine for Christmas week – and have it delivered.
  • Remember drivers or non-drinkers by exploring delicious non-alcoholic alternatives.
  • Find out a way to support your community.
  • Check out times for Christmas services at your local places of worship.