A Day To:

Take two minutes out to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Select a charity you plan to support this Christmas.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“The Christmas Candle” (2013): starring Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, Lesley Manville, Sylvester McCoy and Susan Boyle. Legend has it that every 25 years in the village of Gladbury, an angel visits the candle-maker and bestows a miracle on the villager blessed enough to possess and light the Christmas candle. When a new pastor arrives towards the end of the 19th century, he quickly dismisses the legend and determines to have his parishioners do things his ways. But there are more miraculous powers at play than he or any of the locals could ever comprehend. The talented Hans Matheson plays pastor David Richmond in a film based on Max Lucado’s novel of the same name. Singer Susan Boyle makes her film debut in a small supporting role. (Movie Magic: Miraculous candles are one thing, the collective faith of a village quite another.)

Ponder:

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), one of America’s founding fathers

Listen:

“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by Bing Crosby and David Bowie;

Favourite excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah”.

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Learn:

Did you know…the phrase ‘it is better to give than receive’ comes from the Bible, Acts 20:35? In Paul’s farewell to the Ephesian Elders he says: “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said ‘It is more blessed to give than receive’.”

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, pause for two minutes to pay your respects to all those men and women who gave their lives for their country: a sobering, emotional, thought provoking couple of minutes in which we can offer thanks for their ultimate sacrifice. There is extra poignancy in that this year is the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.

If you are planning to make a Christmas charity donation, this seems the ideal day to remember others and decide on your charity/charities of choice. The Royal British Legion and British Red Cross spring immediately to mind.

Ed Elf: As does Help for Heroes. This charity does remarkable work for ex-servicemen and women.

So today’s the day to:

  • Remember those who gave their lives so we might live in peace.
  • Plan to make a Christmas charity donation in keeping with Remembrance Day.