bauble lime green_165545873A Day To:

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)

Watch:

“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 quickly established as one of our favourite festive films…

“Get Santa” (2014): starring Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall and Kit Connor. What’s this? Santa on the run from the police? Santa in Prison? We could be talking Bad Santa III at this rate. But no, this is a much gentler British comedy with family appeal. The wonderful Jim Broadbent stars as Santa Claus, who needs the help of nine-year-old boy Tom and his Dad Steve to save Christmas when he ends up ‘inside’ after a sleigh crash – while his reindeer roam loose in London. Broadbent also voiced Santa in the 2011 animated movie “Arthur Christmas” – capturing perfectly the incompetent Malcolm Christmas, Arthur’s father. Rafe Spall plays Steve, Kit Connor his son. Warwick Davis, Jodie Whittaker and Stephen Graham also star. They film is directed and written by Christopher Smith. Locations include Yorkshire hubs Leeds, Bradford and Wetherby – where the town hall becomes the Albatross Theatre. (Movie Magic: Jim Broadbent delivers joy as he superbly brings Santa to marvellous life. His interactions with the prison inmates are priceless.)

Ponder:

“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

Listen:

“A Spaceman Came Travelling” by Chris De Burgh;

“Calypso Carol” by Saint Michael’s Singers, Coventry Cathedral;

The album “Christmas at St George’s Windsor”.

Learn:

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:

Stockings NordicMrs. C says: Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la la!

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 be purchased. 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 indulgent, I grant you. But they are actually 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…

Ed Elf: You can copy and paste that bit into other emails. Save you some time that will.

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, if time allows, try not to make it ‘one email fits all’. 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.

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

  • 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.