Prepare to make a Christmas birthday an event of significance.
Arrange pet care.
(Scroll down for the day in detail)
“The Apartment” (1960): starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. This comedy-drama was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture. A significant slice of this black & white Billy Wilder classic is set at Christmas, but there is little to feel festive about as Shirley MacLaine’s elevator operator Fran Kubelik becomes desperate in the apartment occupied by Jack Lemmon’s wonderfully portrayed Calvin ‘Bud’ Baxter. Her boss Jeff Sheldrake insists he loves Fran, but heads home to his wife and family in the suburbs for Christmas. Baxter has loaned out his apartment to executives in his company for their illicit liaisons so he can climb the corporate ladder. But enough is enough – especially where his true love is concerned. A magnificent film. (Movie Magic: “Shut up and deal!”)
But if you want to view something a little more frivolous for a Saturday…
“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.)
“My thoughts are drawn back, by a fascination which I do not care to resist, to my own childhood. I begin to consider, what do we all remember best upon the branches of the Christmas Tree of our own young Christmas days, by which we climbed to real life.”
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
“2000 Miles” by The Pretenders;
“Birthday Carol” by Bach Choir & Sir David Willcocks;
“Carol of the Bells” by Katie Melua & the Gori Women’s Choir, Georgia.
Did you know…the first Christmas Day speech to the Commonwealth by a King or Queen was in 1932? It was delivered by the Queen’s grandfather King George V, with words supplied by author Rudyard Kipling. The Queen’s first Christmas Day message was in 1952.
PLEASING PAGES TO PERUSE: Christmas Stockings – CLICK HERE; More Movies & Top 10 Lists – CLICK HERE; Presents for Pets – CLICK HERE; Christmas Poems – CLICK HERE; Ed’s Grotto – CLICK HERE; Christmas Television – CLICK HERE
The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C says: This is a day to think not only of Christmas preparations, but birthday preparations. Does your birthday fall at Christmas or is that the fate of someone close to you? Oh the misery of forgotten birthdays and one gift for the price of two occasions.
Mrs. C: We need to share how to set a new Christmas birthday precedent. How to Christmas has a special page on this topic, but I’ll share some of the team’s words of wisdom with you right now. This is their advice:
“If you are planning for someone else, here are a few pointers. If the birthday’s yours, drop a few of these hints:
- Whatever your Christmas colour scheme, in terms of gift-wrapping, garlands and candles, make sure the birthday colour scheme is very different. No Christmas paper – that’s essential.
- Choose a day, one week before or one week after Christmas, and have a birthday dinner or party, making sure there is an absence of Christmas food on the menu.
- Give people plenty of warning for the birthday bash because the potential guests are sure to have many Christmas commitments.
- Don’t forget the birthday cake and candles and the singing of “Happy birthday”. If this is on Christmas Day itself, make sure the cake ceremony is well removed from Christmas dinner and Christmas gift opening.
- Celebrate a half-birthday in summer. Children will like that.”
Good advice, team – and there’s more on our Christmas Birthdays page. Hope it helps.
Mrs. C: Don’t you feel sorry for me sometimes, dear friends? Moving on swiftly to taking care of other treasured members of our family circle this Christmas – our wonderful pets.
Ed Elf: The furry funsters, the feathery fowls, the barking beauties…you’ve gotta love ’em.
Mrs. C: Those of us with pets know they are an integral part of our lives. Alas, it isn’t always practical to take them with us when we go on our Christmas travels. Indeed they might not be welcome at non-pet households. So make that call to the kennels or cattery – remembering their injections need to be up-to-date – or simply check with family, friends or neighbours to see if they can volunteer for some pet sitting for the odd day over the holiday period. If you have not made concrete plans yet, put a reminder in your diary or planner to alert you to arrange pet care in, for example, early December. Should you need pet gift ideas, by the way, we have them on our Presents for Pets page.
- Plan to make a loved one’s birthday over Christmas a special event in its own right.
- Book your pets in kennels or cattery if you are away over Christmas and can’t take your animals – or arrange pet care at family, friends or neighbours. Think about gifts for pets.