Organise your Christmas music.
Keep across major dates and routine appointments, including birthdays and car servicing.
Sign up to retailers’ email or social media pages.
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“Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” (1964): with the voice talents of Burl Ives. Stop-motion Christmas animation for television was born with this adaptation of the popular song. Rudolph first appeared in Robert L. May’s story of 1939 and a hugely successful song followed. In this stop-motion animation, Rudolph and Hermey the Misfit Elf overcome rejection for being different to help Santa Claus make his Christmas Eve deliveries. This is the longest running Christmas special in TV history, having been shown every year in the USA since premiering on American channel NBC on December 6th, 1964. The 50th anniversary of the programme in 2014 was marked by a series of postage stamps featuring Rudolph, issued by the United Postal Service on November 6th, 2014. (TV Magic: The song is legendary, the depiction of Rudolph here just as much so. This is a TV classic.)
And for Friday the 13th, a bit of horror for the grown ups…
“Black Christmas” (2019): Horror giant Blumhouse injected the festive season with some terror by releasing a remake of “Black Christmas”. Directed by Sophia Takal, the first female director to lead a Blumhouse cinema release, this is the second remake of the same title. The action takes place at Hawthorne College, where sorority girls on campus are being picked off by a mysterious killer as the holidays approach. But instead of simply being slasher fodder as they were in the 1974 original, these modern girls fight back. The new film will star Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue and Caleb Eberhardt and, fittingly, was released on Friday the 13th (albeit December) in 2019. (Movie Magic: A remake worthy of the times. These women have Christmas balls.)
“The holidays are welcome to me partly because they are such rallying points for the affections which get so much thrust aside in the business and preoccupations of daily life.”
George Edward Woodberry (1855-1930), American literary critic and poet
“The Power of Love” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood;
“Christmas Time is Here” by Lauren Daigle;
“The Three Kings” by Voces8.
Did you know…the colour of choice for Father Christmas used to be brown or green? But it is a myth that the 1930s Coca Cola advertisements created the Santa in red we know today. He is depicted in a red costume as early as the Victorian era, including Thomas Nast cartoons of the 1860s and 1870s.
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The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C says: Music plays such an important part at Christmas, probably more than at any other time of the year. It’s evocative and essential. Make a note of Christmas songs missing from your collection and stream or download them. Select some of your favourite non-Christmas party music. Make Christmas playlists for Christmas carols; Christmas party; Christmas dinner party; Decorating the tree; Christmas classical; Christmas favourites and New Year’s Eve. We have some suggestions on our Playlist Tips page.
Ed Elf: I don’t know about you Mrs. C, but I already feel like rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
Mrs. C: That’s a Brenda Lee song – a pop classic.
Ed Elf: She stole the idea. Rockin’ round the tree’s actually an elf thing.
Mrs. C: It’s important to remember to keep your calendar up-to-date with all the important dates and regular routine events that will be happening throughout the Christmas period: the events that need dovetailing with your festive schedule. Jot down the key essentials and plan to cement those dates from today onwards. With just six weeks to go until Christmas, you have plenty of time to book in appointments for the practicalities of life. Getting the hair and nail appointments secured before the Christmas rush is key. Don’t procrastinate.
Ed Elf: I know you mean business when you get the big words out.
Mrs. C: Have you got a niggling tooth problem you’ve been meaning to sort out for a while? Are your glasses in need of repair? Do you need to renew your contact lens order?
Ed Elf: I can’t see the wood for the trees sometimes. Does that count?
Mrs. C: No, that’s caused by a muddled mind of mischief. Anyway dear friends, maybe you can sort out these issues in the next few weeks – that’s assuming you can visit and need to visit – so you’re not faced with annoying problems just before Christmas.
And while we’re talking certain things medical, it might also be worth stocking up on items for your medicine cabinet. Check the ‘use by’ date on the products you already have and replace what you need to. Must-have items include headache tablets; indigestion remedies; cold and flu powders; plasters; antiseptic cream and a remedy for upset stomachs. If you have repeat prescriptions from your doctor, double-check with the GP surgery that you are covered through the Christmas holidays.
If you are planning essential car journeys, make sure your vehicle is good to go. Book it in for a service if necessary. Is the MOT due? It’s worth booking that in today. You can do the smaller checks again, like tyre pressure, windscreen wiper fluid, nearer Christmas travel time. Also make a note to buy de-icer, travel or foil blankets and a windscreen scraper for your car in case the weather turns nasty on you over Christmas. How about a snow shovel too?
Ed Elf: I once got a snow shovel for Christmas. It dug me out of a hole or two, I can tell you.
Mrs. C: If you haven’t already signed up to the social media or email alert pages of your favourite retailers – for those of you into this kind of thing – then add this to your list of things to do today. It won’t take long. This way you won’t miss out on any of the latest deals or new products. In fact, you’ll be one of the first to know.
Ed Elf: One last little reminder from me. I’m good with all things little after all. UK TV comedy channel Gold becomes Christmas Gold for the festive season, showing classic festive re-runs like “Only Fools and Horses” and “The Royle Family”. Keep an eye out now for some early airing of this output before the big launch itself. Christmas films on TV are already available in their droves, too.
So today’s the day to:
- Get your Christmas music in order and make playlists for a variety of festive scenarios.
- Jot down important and/or routine appointments and prepare to book them in over the next few days: haircuts, car MOTs, birthdays and so on.
- Stock up on items for your medicine cabinet and throw out medical products that are past their use-by dates.
- Check any repeat prescriptions pertinent to you or your family are secured through Christmas.
- Buy de-icer and any winter car products you may need if having to embark on essential travel over Christmas.
- Sign up for social media or email retail reminders so you don’t miss out on deals, offers and new products.