tree reflection_159542687A Day To:

Buy a real Christmas tree ready for decoration.

Start to read “A Christmas Carol”.

Work on finalising social arrangements.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“The Grinch” (2000): starring Jim Carrey & “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (1966): with the voice talents of Boris Karloff. It’s double-bill time. We had a look at the latest animated version of this famous story earlier in the countdown, voiced by a certain Mr. Cumberbatch. Now, the recommendation is to watch the original animated version first: just 26 minutes long and narrated by the brilliant Boris Karloff it will set up the Jim Carrey version to come. Dr Seuss wrote the 1957 book about the Grinch, who is an American Christmas mainstay. The cartoon is an annual must there. It should be so here. Carrey’s creation in the live action version is an established favourite. (Movie Magic: Boris Karloff’s narration – Jim Carrey’s creation.)

And rest happy watching this…

“Frasier: Best of Christmas” (2008): this contains a generous seven festive episodes from one of the all-time great American sitcoms, starring Kelsey Grammar, David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney. Oh yes – and Moose as scene-stealing dog Eddie. “Frasier: Best of Christmas” starts with “Miracle on Third or Fourth Street” from season one in 1993 and is followed by “Frasier Grinch” (season three); “Perspectives on Christmas” (season five); “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz” (season six); “The Fight Before Christmas” (season seven); “Mary Christmas” (season eight) and “We Two Kings” (season ten). “Frasier” ran for eleven seasons from September 1993 to May 2004. (TV Magic: Sick of his sons bickering over Christmas hosting rights, Martin Crane decides to work on Christmas Day. The boys have a plan to make things up to him with a Christmas morning surprise – but Dad beats ‘em to it. And that might just mean bricks for gifts on this particular festive morn.)

Ponder:

“Was there ever a wider and more loving conspiracy than that which keeps the venerable figure of Santa Claus from slipping away, with all the other old-time myths, into the forsaken wonderland of the past?”

Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846-1916), American Essayist

Listen:

“I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday” by Wizzard;

“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” by Salisbury Cathedral Choir;

“A Christmas Overture” by Nigel Hess (wind band version perfomed by Nigel Hess and Central Band of the Royal Air Force).

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Learn:

Did you know…the very British pantomime may have taken root in Britain in 1717 when a French troupe of actors and performing dogs visited England? Pantomime likely developed from the 16th century Italian Commedia dell’arte. Difficult as it has been to stage pantos in theatres this year because of Covid, there have been some inventive ways round the restrictions. A drive-in performance of a Christmas pantomime is touring outdoor venues across the UK this month, telling the story of a young boy trying to save Christmas.

The Day in Detail:

Tree and bauble 2 128131763Mrs. C says: It’s a little more than a week since I last put on my serious social hat to firm up festive arrangements with loved ones. Before I do another thing this wonderful day, I intend to ring, email or text many of them and finalise as much as I possibly can for our Christmas plans. I need to nail down dates and times and put them in my diary, so that the ‘ifs’ and ‘maybes’ aren’t swimming uncontrollably around my head. Then, before the day is done, I will start a Christmas tradition that involves Mr. Scrooge.

Ed Elf: You’re not gonna go all “Bah humbug!” on me, are you?baubles 157305011

Mrs. C: Oh no, my dear little friend. I intend merely to start reading Charles Dickens’s classic “A Christmas Carol”. It’s a must and, for me, an annual tradition. I’ll enjoy it all the more knowing I’ve picked out a quite perfect real Christmas tree.

That’s the most joyous task of all today. I’ve got the artificial one in the hall beautifully decorated. But I need that fresh pine smell in the house at Christmas and so I have a second tree in the living room. I have the tree delivered from a local supplier, leave it in the garage for a couple of days to acclimatise and then bring it inside and decorate it. But I fully understand many of you will want to decorate them immediately. In fact, many of you will have already done so on December 1 or have decided this weekend is the time to dress the tree. Others will wait to buy and decorate until just before the big day – the die-hard traditionalists. Now we reiterate, do whatever suits you best and have fun if you decide to trim the pine today. Hope you are enjoying the tree in all its glory if you decorated it earlier. And if that delight is to come for you in the final countdown to Christmas Day, enjoy – and don’t be too smug when your tree still looks lush and perky at New Year.

Ed Elf: I’m very much up for decorating the real tree today. Go on Mrs. C…please! Please!       Mrs. C: He’s gonna be hard to resist, but resist I must. I have my own annual tradition-of-a-date in mind.

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

  • Perhaps buy in person – or take delivery of – a real Christmas tree ready for decoration either today or in a few days…whatever fits your schedule.
  • Finalise as best you can your social arrangements for the Christmas period – determining to have this complete in the next few days.
  • Start reading the classic book that is “A Christmas Carol”.