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Select e-cards to send family and friends.

Ensure Christmas books are at hand.

Buy more gifts – exploring our Gift Websites to Love page.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“The Polar Express” (2004): starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara and Nona Gaye. This computer-animated Robert Zemeckis film is based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg. A young boy in Grand Rapids, Michigan is questioning his belief in Santa Claus. The Polar Express stops outside his house on Christmas Eve and takes him on a journey sure to test his level of denial. There are howling wolves and a curious ghostly figure amid the tension of the perilous journey. There are valuable lessons to be learned for each child on board and then there’s the magic of Santa. As for the boy: a silver sleigh bell will decide his fate. Tom Hanks multi-tasks rather wonderfully. (Movie Magic: The Christmas Eve scene at the pole. A child’s Christmas dreams come true in an enchanting nutshell.)

And also for all ages…

“The First Snow of Winter” (1998): with the voice talents of Dermot Morgan, Miriam Margolyes and Sorcha Cusack. This cartoon first aired on BBC television on Christmas Day 1998. Young white duck Sean is cut adrift from his family as winter approaches in Ireland. There’s peril in the shape of the Red Fox – but friendship from a rodent named Voley and a puffin named Puffy. This is a winning tale of survival and spirit. Christmas isn’t at the core of the film, but the wintry theme is enough to make it a fine seasonal choice. (Cartoon Magic: Irish dancing as you have never seen it before – and it’s adorable.)

Ponder:

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” 

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), author of the “Little House” books

Listen:

Favourites from the album “A Christmas Collection” by The Pavao String Quartet;

“The Advent Carol” from “The Manchester Carols Album” by The Manchester Carollers, Northern Chamber Orchestra;

“Last Christmas” by Wham!.

Learn:

Did you know…Mistletoe has an uncertain etymology but is likely to come from the Anglo-Saxon word mistiltan, which means “little dung twig”? That’s because the plant can be spread from tree-to-tree by bird droppings. The German word for dung is mist and the German word for branch is tang, so “mist-tang” is not a million miles removed from the Old English misiltan.

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The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: It is my delight to re-introduce you to Jacquie Lawson. Well, that’s jacquielawson.com in actual fact. I have long admired the splendid e-cards on this web site and invite you to send some to your nearest and dearest. Even if you’re sending out paper cards, the emailed versions are also a joy to send and receive. You can become a member of the site for two years for about the same price as a decent bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and can sign up other people if you want to offer membership as a gift. This allows you a limitless number of e-card deliveries for any occasion. You can select the cards today, but choose to have them delivered on any date you wish. For a small amount extra, you can send fantastic Advent calendars.

That achieved, why not make the most of our Gift Websites to Love page and make another serious dent in the Christmas gifts list.  Today is also a good time to lay your hands on all the Christmas books you may possess and put them in reach. Place a couple in the lounge, a few more on your bedside table, one or two under the tree perhaps. Pick them up as regularly as possible between now and Christmas. Savour the poems, the photographs, the stories, the recipes – the magic of Christmas in every page.

Ed Elf: Feel free to visit my very own Storybooks page in my children’s grotto. I’ve got some great ideas for kids books, even if I do say so myself. We even have our very own new stories for you all to enjoy in Our Original Stories page. I might even make an appearance.

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

  • Discover the world of e-cards and send them to family and friends.
  • Explore our Gift Websites to Love page as you aim to tick more people off your gifts list.
  • Put your Christmas books in easy reach and make a conscious effort to find time to savour them.
  • Read Our Original Stories created just for you.