Search out Christmas greenery for decoration.
Write a newsy email ready to send to friends and extended family.
(Scroll down for the day in detail)
“Blackadder’s Christmas Carol” (1988): starring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Robbie Coltrane and Hugh Laurie. This one-off episode of the marvellous TV series is three-quarters-of-an-hour of sheer delight: a hilarious parody of Charles Dickens’s famous story. Victorian Blackadder, unlike his scheming, manipulative, unpleasant ancestors, is the kindest man in all of England…but then a Christmas ghost visits and Blackadder sees how things could be. Look out for stupendous royal cameos from Jim Broadbent and Miriam Margolyes. (TV Magic: Ebenezer Blackadder, speaking to his screeching nightmare of a niece, who can’t understand the change in her uncle, says: “I would explain, my dear, but I fear that you wouldn’t understand blessed as you are with a head that is emptier than a hermit’s address book.” Priceless.)
And we quite like the idea of a Friday night scare…
“Krampus” (2015): starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott. Krampus is an ancient horned creature from Alpine folklore that punishes naughty children at Christmas, even stealing them away in a sack. He’s basically St. Nick’s evil sidekick – and he might be coming to a TV set near you this festive season. The 15-rated movie is a black comedy-horror and stars Adam Scott and Toni Collette as parents of a young boy who rejects Santa Claus as a dysfunctional family implodes during the holiday season. That means a visit from Krampus and the terror, sometimes with no small amount of tongue in cheek, ensues. Beware the terrifying toothy teddy and vicious Gremlin-like gingerbread men. The Krampus was discouraged from use around the middle of the last century but has more recently returned to popular culture in some areas of Europe, in particular Austria. Krampusnacht – Krampus Night – has traditionally seen folk dress up as the wicked one and visit homes to steal away naughty children. Just in jest, of course. (Movie Magic: Funny lines soften the fear factor, like: “It looks like Martha Stewart threw up in here” – a reference to the house decorations. And “Honey, I just got my ass kicked by a bunch of Christmas cookies so trust me when I say I can take it” – a husband reassures his wife he can tackle the dangers to come.)
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
Bob Hope (1903-2003), English-born American comedian
“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Ella Fitzgerald;
“A Spaceman Came Travelling” by Chris De Burgh;
“Good King Wenceslas” by Westminster Cathedral Choir.
Did you know…today, December 6th, is St. Nicholas Day: the first of the global array of gift-giving days, especially in the Netherlands?
The Day in Detail:
Ed Elf: Has anyone seen my earplugs?
Mrs. C: Naughty elf. I’m just drawing everyone’s attention to the fact we need to set our sights on Christmas greenery to bring into the house. I’m fortunate enough to have holly in my back garden, so I’ll cut a few sprigs to adorn my mirrors and paintings. But the mistletoe will have to come from my local garden centre. I tie satin ribbon around my mistletoe and hang it from curtain poles and ceilings all around the house.
Ed Elf: A snog is never too far away with that method, hey Mrs. C?
Mrs. C: Please Ed…we say kiss in this house. Now then, most of us will have received those annual newsletters inside Christmas cards – the ones telling us dear “Timmy is a genius” and “Sarah is destined for X Factor stardom one day”. They can be a tad annoying, I grant you. But actually they are not all bad. Another year has flown by, the Christmas cards will be piling up with greetings from people you really wish you’d contacted before now. What major news have they missed out on in the last 12 months? Maybe write to them now, remember them now, update them now. Type a few newsy lines in an email…
Mrs. C: …then personalise each email you send to friends or maybe distant family, asking specifically about them and promising each time that you’ll do a better job of keeping in touch in the New Year. Keeping your promise will maintain friendships that might otherwise fizzle and die. But please, try not to make it ‘one email fits all’. That’s not putting much thought or heart into it. By the way, you can always send festive notelets like this through the excellent jacquielawson.com website.
Ed Elf: I’ve never known anyone with as many friends as Mrs. C – so she could be writing for quite some time today as she personalises each and every email.
- Deck the halls with festive greenery and foliage, including holly and mistletoe – making sure you secure a supply of the latter before it’s all snapped up.
- Write newsy emails to maintain links with friends and distant family.