pets puppy dog with gift_22554607A Day To:

Prepare to make a Christmas birthday an event of significance.

Arrange pet care.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“Happiest Season” (2020): starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis. Abby is an art history student. Her girlfriend Harper invites her home for Christmas, but admits she has not yet come out to her parents and they must pretend to be straight. This funny, ambitious, touching Christmas comedy is what Kristen Stewart unabashedly declared “a gay Christmas movie”. It is, indeed, the first mainstream gay Christmas romcom. (Movie Magic: As one reviewer put it, this film finds “touching moments amid the sharply written silliness and chaos” of a frantic five days with a conservative American family. It is long overdue.)

And for some animated joy…

“The Grinch” (2018): with the voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch. This American 3D computer-animated film is the third screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, following the 1966 TV cartoon and Jim Carrey’s feature-length movie in 2000. Music is provided by Danny Elfman. “The Grinch” tells the story of a cynical, mean old grouch of a creature who wants to stop Christmas from coming to Whoville. Cumberbatch voices the grumpy character, whose heart is changed by a young girl’s kindness and the unbreakable Christmas spirit of the villagers. (Movie Magic: The differences – the big, clumsy reindeer character included – to give the old story a fresh feel and enough humour to suit a modern audience.)

Ponder:

“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)

Listen:

“Coventry Carol” by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir;

“It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)” by Roxette;

“Winter Wonderland” by Tony Bennett.

Learn:

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; 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.

Ed Elf: My birthday is December 23rd and that’s happened to me a lot. Gifts & wrapping box w. lights

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 (this could, of course, include those that can only join in online).
  • Don’t forget the birthday cake and candles and the singing of “Happy Birthday to You”. 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.

Ed Elf: Poor Jesus. His birthday always fell on Christmas Day.

Mrs. C: Don’t you feel sorry for me sometimes, dear readers? 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. Make that call to the kennels or cattery or check with family, friends or neighbours to see if they can volunteer for some pet sitting for the odd day over the holiday period.

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

  • 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 plan to travel over Christmas and can’t take your animals or arrange pet care with family, friends or neighbours.