Gingerbread_109898003A Day To:

Make your own Christmas cookies for gifts.

Get crafty with the kids – or take some time just for you to make a piece of Christmas craft.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)


“Santa Claus: The Movie” (1985): starring Dudley Moore and David Huddleston. This is a film that has stood the test of time, with both its animatronics and effects. The story starts with how Santa came to be. His very own movie explains all. The opening sequence is magical as a peasant woodcutter and his wife Anya deliver toys to a village, mid-blizzard. That’s worth watching in isolation every Christmas Eve. Dudley Moore plays an elf with ambition. But when he is naively tempted to the villainous side by John Lithgow’s greedy toy manufacturer, Christmas is thrown into serious jeopardy. Could the best time of the year be lost to us forever? Not if this elf can repair things. (Movie Magic: How the reindeer were made to appear so lifelike…and how Santa’s suit came to be red, according to the legend of Mrs Claus.)

And here’s to a TV classic, re-telling a literary classic…

“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.)


“The things we do at Christmas are touched with a certain extravagance, as beautiful, in some of its aspects, as the extravagance of nature in June.” 

Robert Collyer (1823-1912), English-born American clergyman

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“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” by Frank Sinatra;

“Joys Seven” by The Sixteen & Harry Christophers;

“Star Candles” (Head) by Christopher Glynn & Ailish Tynan.


Did you know…every year, the Mayor and Vicar of Glastonbury in Somerset cut flowering sprigs from the Glastonbury Thorn for Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas table? Legend has it that St. Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury with the Holy Grail soon after the crucifixion of Christ and planted his staff on Wearyall Hill, which then grew into the original hawthorn tree.

The Day in Detail:

Food baking 61589479Mr. C says: If there is one thing certain to make me blissfully happy around this time it’s making Christmas cookies.

Ed Elf: Which in turn makes me blissfully happy cos I get to eat ’em.

Mrs. C: I also like to make a selection of gingerbread biscuits for gifts and for my own festive tin. Your Christmas cookbooks and festive magazines will be full of ideas. If I’m feeling more adventurous, I’ll take to making florentines or truffles. Again, both make excellent gifts.

Ed Elf: On a particularly peckish day, I’ve known Mrs. C to make all three.

Mrs. C: If you are baking biscuits, the creative juices might start flowing and allow you to go decorating crazy. If you have children in your family, get them involved. But why stop there? Think about some craft projects you can do with the kids. Check Ed’s Grotto for some inspiration. It could be something as simple as paper snowflakes or handmade Christmas cards. Taking on a Christmas craft can also be a wonderful solitary venture. It can be an hour or two all to yourself to help concentrate the mind. For me, it can also serve to clear the mind of the worries of the day.

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

  • Make a selection of Christmas biscuits, even maybe Florentines or truffles, to give as presents and store at home for the holiday season.
  • Delve into some Christmas crafts with your family – or as a solitary pursuit to concentrate the mind and calm the soul.