A Day To:

Post cards to UK addresses.

Send charity Santa letters.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“The Snowman” (1982): A Christmas favourite adapted from the wordless picture book by Raymond Briggs. There’s a magical score by Howard Blake, including the classic “Walking in the Air” sung by choirboy Peter Auty. Aled Jones later recorded the song and had major success with it. The film premiered on the UK’s Channel 4 on December 26th 1982. A young boy makes a snowman and it magically comes to life, making discoveries in and around the house before taking the boy on a flying adventure to meet Father Christmas. (Animated Magic: The score is sublime and that song makes for an instant feeling that Christmas has arrived.)

We’ll watch The Snowman again before Christmas…what about you? For today, here’s a second helping of joy…

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (2018): starring Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman and Dame Helen Mirren. This in an elaborate and visually breathtaking Disney reimagining of the book and ballet “The Nutcracker”. The soundtrack is a clever combination of Tchaikovsky’s famous music for the ballet and composer James Newton Howard’s new work. It was recorded by The Philharmonia Orchestra in London, with esteemed conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The magical story takes place on Christmas Eve, but there’s a darker side to this festive movie tale and the young star of the piece must summon all her courage to emulate her queen of a mother and save the four realms from wicked rule. First, there is the mystery of a Christmas Eve gift and a missing key. Next, there is the substantial matter of who to trust. (Movie Magic: The stunning visuals, the captivating soundtrack, Keira Knightley effectively playing a cake and more Christmas trees of magnificence than you can shake a stick at.)

Listen:

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland;

 “Hereford Carol” by the Choir of St. John’s College Cambridge;

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” by John Legend & Kelly Clarkson.

Ponder:

“I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time…when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely…”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) from “A Christmas Carol”

Learn:

Did you know…the Yorkshire city of Sheffield boasts the unusual Christmas tradition of sword dancing? Among the groups, dressed in leather riding boots, white trousers and tunics (like those worn by Hussars), is the eight-man team of Handsworth Sword Dancers. This troupe performs with long steel swords at the Market Cross in Woodhouse and the church in Handsworth on Boxing Day.

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The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: Is it December 5 already? Astonishing. Where does the time go?

Ed Elf: Time always seems to go quicker at this time of year. And when you’re old.

Mrs. C: I’ll give you old, you naughty elf. Today’s a good day to get your cards in the post for family and friends in the UK…maybe while you’re on a brisk morning walk. This way, even with second class stamps attached, they will arrive in plenty ofvictorian child with toys_1017050 time for family and friends to enjoy. I even know someone who mails her cards in mid-November and that, frankly, is…

Ed Elf: Just showing off.

Mrs. C: Don’t forget to post those letters to Father Christmas as well.

Ed Elf: I’ve got the address you need in my Grotto on the ‘Letters to Santa’ page.

So today’s the day to:

  • Post your Christmas cards to family and friends across the UK.
  • Send letters to Father Christmas.