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)
“Deck the Halls” (2006): starring Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito. “There Glows the Neighbourhood,” read the poster for a movie about neighbours who turn decorating with Christmas lights into an all out street battle. Their families are caught in the crossfire. How far will they go, how much will they spend until a light bulb goes off in their heads that they are ruining Christmas? (Movie Magic: Mobile phones deliver torchlight as “O Holy Night” is sung.)
As an alternative (or a companion) to the above is this made-for-TV offering…
“The Christmas Train” (2017): starring Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Wiliams-Paisely, Joan Cusack and Danny Glover. Dermot Mulroney heads a star cast in one of the glossier films to fall of the Hallmark conveyor belt. He plays a former war correspondent who is heading cross-country via train to end his relationship with his girlfriend. She, on the other hand, has marriage in mind and decides to meet him en route. To complicate matters, Mulroney’s character has the love of his life on board. They parted some years before, but are mysteriously brought together on the Christmas Train to be shown the error of their romantic ways. Could we be seeing a script within a script, a film within a film? (Movie Magic: Short of the Polar Express, a train never felt more Christmassy.)
“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
“Stay Another Day” by East 17;
“Merry Christmas Baby” by Elvis Presley.
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.
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. Who had a baby this year? What work colleagues have reached a status that makes them worthy of your splendid list? Who stepped up in your street or community during the pandemic and deserves acknowledgement?
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?
- 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, in-laws and special neighbours.
- Check gifts you picked up and put away throughout the year.
- Decide who those gifts might go to and tick them off your list.