tree snowy_163369196A Day To:

Select ecards 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 Christmas Wish” (1998): starring Neil Patrick Harris and Debbie Reynolds. American network CBS premiered this film in 1998. It sees Neil Patrick Harris – who is an extreme rarity in that he’s an openly gay actor playing straight roles in Hollywood – in the role of businessman Will Martin. He returns to a small town to help his grandmother Ruth, played by the late, great Debbie Reynolds, to modernise his family’s real estate company. She tells her grandson she has found a woman’s name repeatedly mentioned in her late husband’s journal. Will’s search for the truth takes him on a journey of forgiveness and love. (Movie Magic: The realisation that thoughts had turned in a very wrong direction – and the solace that brings.)

And pure TV comedy gold…

“Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings” (2000): starring Victoria Wood, Julie Walters and Celia Imrie. Comedy genius Victoria Wood delivered this memorable special for the BBC on Christmas Day 2000 and invited a whole host of guest stars along for the ride: Hugh Laurie, Derek Jacobi, Richard E. Grant, Sir Roger Moore and Alan Rickman, to name but a few. Highlights of the show include Wood’s hilarious take on English period drama and a beautifully observed (when was anything Victoria ever created not?) story of a northern brass band named The General Fettlers, Warp and Weft Adjusters’ Band. Victoria Wood was sadly lost to the world in 2016, but her comic creations will live on for generations, displaying her brilliance for all to see. (TV Magic: Wood’s trumpet playing character has the brass band enthralled with her moving tune. Surely they’ll allow her to join their restricted ranks now…)

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:

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

“Patapan” by Robert Shaw Chorale;

“White Christmas” by The Drifters.

 

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 ecards on this website 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…

Ed Elf: I like the way you use wine as a yardstick for price.

Mrs. C: …as I was saying…and you can sign up other people if you want to offer membership as a gift. This allows you a limitless number of ecard 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 ecards 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.