gifts wrapping red box_118683163A Day To:

Buy Christmas stamps 

Tweak the Christmas card list

Allot any Christmas gifts already purchased

Buy Christmas pudding & cake ingredients

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“Young Sherlock Holmes” (1985): starring Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Anthony Higgins and Sophie Ward. This is not an out-and-out Christmas movie, but the festive season does make an appearance and there’s a plentiful dusting of snow to create a wintery backdrop to this enjoyable adventure. We therefore recommend it for Christmas viewing. The intriguing story is based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Young Sherlock and his future crimefighter John Watson meet at a London boarding school and soon become embroiled in a deadly mystery involving an ancient Egyptian cult. The film was directed by Barry Levinson and written by Chris Columbus, who imagined how Holmes came to wear his familiar deerstalker and coat and smoke his trademark pipe (a Christmas gift from Watson at film’s end). There are some clever animated moments to savour amid it all. (Movie Magic: The chase of the killer pastries and the glass man in threatening mode.)

Ponder:

“For creeping softly underneath

The door when all the lights are out,

Jack Frost takes every breath you breathe,

And knows the things you think about.

He paints them on the windowpane

In fairy lines with frozen steam;

And when you wake you see again

The lovely things you saw in dream.”

Gabriel Setoun (1861-1930), Scottish poet & author

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Listen:

“Mary Did You Know?” by Mary J. Blige;

 “What Child is This?” – Lyrics by William Chatterton Dix, set to the English tune “Greensleeves”, performed by Joan Sutherland.

Learn:

Did you know…around the time King Charles I was captured and beheaded amid civil war in 1649, puritans banned Christmas in England for 13 years? Many people still celebrated in secret.

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The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says:  If you’ve now purchased a new Christmas cookery book – or indeed delved into an old one of choice – and you’re feeling inspired to bake, today’s a good day to buy in the ingredients for a baking session in a few days. Plus, take note: this year’s Christmas stamps are now available.

Iced Xmas puddingEd Elf: Work out how many stamps you need for domestic cards and how many for overseas cards and get ‘em bought nice and early.

Mrs. C: Buy an extra batch of stamps – be they of the new Christmas variety, the perennial Christmas religious theme or the basic, regular style – for your Christmas thank you cards.

Ed Elf: Again, work out how many you need and…

Mrs. C: I think they can fathom that for themselves.

Ed Elf: But some people are thick….I mean, need more help to think than others.

Mrs. C: That’s quite enough from you, thank you very much. Now this might be an opportune time to take a closer look at the Christmas card list you copied over or typed out a few days ago and make any necessary additions. Whocards 20416420 had a baby this year? What work colleagues have reached a status that makes them worthy of your splendid list?

Ed Elf: And delete anyone who didn’t send you a card the last few years, even though you’d remembered them.

Mrs. C: That’s a little harsh.     Ed Elf: Harsh but fair.

Mrs. C: Now, if you are anything like me, you will have collected a few gifts throughout the year and put them in a bottom drawer or store cupboard, thinking: “This’ll come in handy for a birthday or something.” Well, that something might now be Christmas. Check what you’ve bought and start allotting the presents, ticking people off your gifts list as you go. Might be worth amending the gifts list at this point, a la the cards. Any additions you need to make?

Ed Elf: Any deletions?

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

  • Purchase Christmas pudding and cake ingredients if you plan to make your own festive produce.
  • Buy Christmas stamps for greetings cards and thank you cards.
  • Amend your Christmas card list and remember any additions like new babies and in-laws.
  • Check gifts you picked up and put away throughout the year.
  • Decide who those gifts might go to and tick them off your list.