winter scene_121222387A Day To:

Organise your Christmas music.

Put routine events such as birthdays, MOTs, dental appointments and children’s activities on your calendar.

Sign up to retailers’ email or social media pages.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“A Christmas Snow” (2010): starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Muse Watson and Anthony Tyler Quinn. Kathleen will not entertain the idea of Christmas celebrations and decorations, haunted as she is by the memory of her father abandoning her and her mother on Christmas Eve thirty years earlier. When a blizzard hits in the build up to Christmas, Kathleen finds herself stuck at home with two strangers. Can they lead her down a path of forgiveness to a path more merry? This independently made, direct to DVD film was filmed in Tulsa, Oklahoma and released on October 1, 2010. (Movie Magic: If there’s ever a time for angels, it has to be Christmas.)

Ponder:

“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

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Listen: 

“Lully, Lulla, Lullay” by Truro Cathedral Choir;

“In Dulce Jubilo” by Mike Oldfield.

Learn:

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. Sync all your Christmas music with your device of choice. 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 music jingle bells sheet_6850525party; 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 regular routine events that will be happening throughout the Christmas period: the events that need dovetailing with your festive schedule. These could include car MOTs, children’s activities – like dance classes, swimming lessons and other sporting endeavours – and even birthday celebrations. 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 Flowers wreath119635666practicalities 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 squeeze in to see your dentist or optician in the next few weeks – that’s assuming you are due a visit or enduring a problem, of course – so you’re not faced with these kinds of issues just before Christmas. Tooth pain can ruin Christmas. Many of us, I’m sure, have been there. Don’t leave the check-up until the last-minute.

And while we’re talking all 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 Flowers arrangement 2 63623983your doctor, double-check with the GP surgery that you are covered through the Christmas holidays.

If you are planning a long journey in the car – or for that matter many smaller journeys to visit family and friends – then make sure your car 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 (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.

So today’s the day to:

  • Get your Christmas music in order and make playlists for a variety of festive scenarios.
  • Jot down routine appointments and prepare to book them in over the next few days: haircuts, dental appointments, car MOTs, birthdays and so on, along with notes of birthdays and children’s activities.
  • 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 travelling over Christmas.
  • Sign up for social media or email retail reminders so you don’t miss out on deals, offers and new products.