A Day To:

Buy extra kitchen utensils and cookware. 

Create a gift-wrapping box.

Buy tissue paper, cellophane and ribbon for wrapping.

Consider an impromptu festive break.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“A Christmas Story” (1983): starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon. Ralphie is a nine-year-old boy in forties Indiana whose dearest Christmas wish is to own a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Rifle. There’s one major problem: his Mother point blank refuses his request, saying: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” But Ralphie has a plan. From triple-dog-daring to leg-shaped lamps, from canine turkey robbing to a frozen flagpole mishap, this American classic has so much to offer. It has never quite caught on in the UK as a renowned festive favourite, but can be seen on a loop on US television at Christmastime. We find it quirky, funny and utterly charming. (Movie Magic: When Ralphie’s father receives his prize and the container reads: “Fragile”. Dad exclaims: “Fra-gee-lay….it must be Italian.” Just wait until you see the prize.)

Ponder:

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” 

Hebrews 13:2

Listen:

“Angels We Have Heard on High” by The Cambridge Singers;

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Ella Fitzgerald;

“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” by Annie Lennox.

Learn:

Did you know…The world’s largest Christmas gift is the Statue of Liberty? The French gave it to the United States in 1886 to commemorate the alliance of France and the USA during the American Revolution. The statue in New York is 46.5 metres high and weighs 225 tons. We’d like to have seen someone wrap that.

PLEASING PAGES TO PERUSE: Candles & Home Fragrance – CLICK HERE; Popular Carols & Collections – CLICK HERE; Christmas Fiction – CLICK HERE; Phasing in Christmas Decor – CLICK HERE; Gifting Thoughts – CLICK HERE

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: The festive season is often the busiest time for baking homemade goods. You may be short of certain kitchen utensils and cookware or in need of newer items. It can simply be that old thing: ‘I’ve been planning to buy new scales and a plastic spatula for ages but…’ – and life gets in the way. So why not make today the day to boost your kitchen collection? While surfing and buying, you might also turn your attention to a gift-wrapping solution. Do you have a box or bag yet for your gift-wrapping items (scissors, sticky tape, tags, ribbons and bows etc)? We’ve been suggesting this for some years now, so if you haven’t already, consider investing in one. It makes chaotic wrapping a thing of the past.

Ed Elf: We actually have our very own gigantic wrapping room here. But I don’t like to boast.

Mrs. C: I like to stock up my wrapping box at this point with lots of ribbon, tissue paper and cellophane wrap. Again, the web is awash with sellers of such products. You’ll be able to buy a 20-metre roll of patterned cellophane wrap, adorned with white dots or snowflakes, for around £10 to £15. This is ideal for gift-wrapping bottles, hampers, flowers, plants and awkwardly shaped gifts. Use tissue paper and cellophane together for the best effect. Don’t waste money on expensive one-metre pieces of ribbon or bags of bows when you can order a 25m roll of 25mm double-sided satin ribbon in many colours for a little more than a fiver, including postage. You can buy 250 sheets of coloured tissue paper from wholesalers online for as little as £15.00 – even cheaper if you buy plain white. Better this than five sheets per pack at a pound a pop in most stores. The bonus here: you might not need to buy another sheet of tissue paper for years. We have more ideas on our Wrapping Advice page.

Ed Elf: Don’t use tissue paper for blowing your nose, though: too flimsy for that. I learnt the hard way.

Mrs. C: This is the day I’ve annually talked about ‘weekends away’ to add to the festive spirit, like joining a group of friends on a mini-break in the run-up to Christmas. In the past, we booked a cottage in the Lake District and did some shopping in Windermere and Ambleside. Another time, around this very date in November, we decided to book a trip to Germany to see an authentic Christmas market in Nuremburg. This impromptu norm was taken away from us last year – although the vaccine roll out means more travel options have opened up. If it feels right, a festive excursion is something you may want to consider planning amid today’s preparations.

Ed Elf: I live in hope you will take me along one of these days.

Mrs. C: Hope is the greatest of gifts I can give you.

So today’s the day to:

  • Buy pieces of cookware and kitchen utensils you feel are missing from your baking armoury.
  • Create or buy a gift-wrapping box or bag to keep all your paper, scissors, tags, tape and bows together.
  • Go online to purchase ample amounts of tissue paper, cellophane wrap and ribbon for gift wrapping.
  • Consider an impromptu break, if your situation allows.