Finalise social arrangements.
Buy a real Christmas tree ready for decoration.
Start to read “A Christmas Carol”.
(Scroll down for the day in detail)
“The Man Who Invented Christmas” (2017): starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer. Stevens portrays Victorian author Charles Dickens, the man commonly believed to have revived and re-established many Christmas traditions. His Christmas books lay at the heart of this revival – the most famous and beloved of which is “A Christmas Carol”. This film splendidly captures a time in 1843 when Dickens set out to write and self-publish a novel he hoped would reinvigorate his career. He spends six weeks trying to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and various ghosts to life and gets rather more than he bargained for. Jonathan Pryce is also among the splendid cast. (Movie Magic: Even amid his own ghosts of the past, there is humour, heart and hope to be found for Charles Dickens – and crucially a family reconciliation.)
And for the youngsters – or those young at heart…
“Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year” (2002): with the voice talents of Jim Cummings as Pooh Bear and John Fiedler as Piglet. Michael York narrates. This direct to DVD animated collection includes the 1991 Christmas television special “Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too” alongside the newer creation “Happy Pooh Year”. In the delightful “Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too”, Christopher Robin writes a letter to Santa asking for gifts for him and his friends. But Pooh is overlooked so retrieves the letter and adds his wish: a pot of honey, of course. Getting the revised letter to Santa is not as easy as Pooh hoped. Could Pooh Bear have ruined Christmas for everyone – and what sacrifice is he willing to make to rectify matters? (Movie Magic: Pooh Bear dresses as Santa and makes some rather special deliveries. Each recipient’s delight is not long lived.)
“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
“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney;
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.
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.
The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C says: It’s a little more than a week since I last put on my serious social hat to firm up festive arrangements. Even then, I was left with question marks over certain people and events. Before I do another thing this wonderful day, I intend to ring, email or text my family and friends and finalise as much as I possibly can for our Christmas get-togethers. 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. I might not hear back from everyone today – or catch everyone in – but if I start today, then I’ll be certain of my social engagements within the next couple of days. How about you? Before the day is done, I will start a Christmas tradition that involves Mr. Scrooge.
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 sometimes buy the tree, 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 at the weekend. So do whatever suits you best and have fun if you decide to trim the tree today. Hope you are enjoying the tree in all its glory if you decorated it at the weekend or earlier.
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.
- Buy a real Christmas tree ready for decoration either today or in a few days time – whatever fits your schedule.
- Start to finalise your social arrangements for the holiday period – determining to have this complete in the next few days.
- Start reading the classic book that is “A Christmas Carol”.