decorations baubles clear106916687A Day To:

Make Advent Crackers.

Order wrapping paper, bags and tags.

Have a pre-Christmas clear out to create space – giving surplus children’s toys to charities.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)

Watch:

“The Holiday” (2006): starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. Snuggle up on the couch and indulge in a romantic comedy of English chocolate box cottages and Hollywood dream homes, set around the Christmas and New Year holidays. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are strangers lost in love and life, who do a trans-Atlantic house-swap to escape their festive woes…only to discover their new holiday homes have unexpected attractions. Sounds perfect for a cosy weekend at home. With each passing year, we feel this film takes on an even greater festive glow. So much so, we’ll view it again before the season is done. (Movie Magic: Learning how to be the leading lady of one’s own life. This could apply to you chaps, too. Basically, don’t be a walkover.)

Ponder:

“Here we are again. Christmas seems to come round pretty soon again: always much the same and always different.” 

JRR Tolkien (1892-1973), from a letter to his children in 1935

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Listen:

“Mille Cherubini in Coro” by Schubert, performed by Renata Tebaldi;

The album “One Voice at Christmas” by Aled Jones.

Learn:

Did you know…when Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans banned Christmas in England in the 1640s, it was illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day? But all of Cromwell’s laws were repealed after the Interregnum, so this has not been the law since around 1660. Mince pie anyone?

PLEASING PAGES TO PERUSE: Personalised Gift Opening – CLICK HERE; Our Original Stories – CLICK HERE; Nutcrackers – CLICK HERE; Decorating Trees – CLICK HERE; Carols: History & Lyrics – CLICK HERE; Cracker Jokes – CLICK HERE

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: Today is when the Christmas crackers, chocolates and trinkets  – the ones I suggested you buy on the November 14th page of the calendar – come into their own as we make our Advent Crackers. Open up one end of the cracker and upgrade the contents with one of your foil-wrapped chocolate pieces and/or one of the trinket gifts, like a key ring or mini-decoration. If you wish, put in your own poem or trivia crackers group_90581659question on a small piece of paper. Close up that end once again and tie ribbon around it, making a big enough loop to hang it over a door handle. Repeat the process with all 24 crackers. Number 24 pieces of card or paper: 1 to 24. Stick a number on each of the crackers. Hang “Cracker 1” from a door handle of a child’s room as they sleep on November 30th, ready for them to greet the first day of December with a bang when they awake…or crack with your partner over breakfast.

Ed Elf: Might need to make sure pets are out of earshot. I’ve got a feeling grown-up kids might like this every bit as much as the youngsters – the big kids in their thirties, forties and fifties, I mean.

Mrs. C: Like most things at How to Christmas we aim to cater for the excited and giddy, however old they may be. The Advent Crackers done, it’s time to turn thoughts to Christmas wrapping paper, bags and tags. Select a colour scheme to best complement your décor and tree decorations and don’t be tempted to veer from it. If you are anything like me, you will have done some serious browsing of wrapping paper and gift bags in the shops well before now. At this point, I’m usually honing in on my final selection having been logosomewhat spoilt for choice. You can now order online. Make sure you throw in a couple of rolls of Sellotape, too – the hand dispenser ones work a treat – and maybe have it all delivered or set aside in a click-and-collect order. Of course, we want to support our local high streets as well, so please think of buying in store if you have time and like the notion of a fun shopping outing (without the stresses of tackling the big grocery shopping at the same time). We’re all about getting the in-shop/online purchasing balance right for each individual. Whatever works best for you. Now, today could be an ideal time for some de-cluttering. You may need to make space for the storage of extra gifts, food and drinks and in preparation for your home becoming a winter wonderland of delightful decorations. A few trips to the recycling centre might be in order. There are charity shops galore that would welcome your pre-loved goods for onward sale. And what about those surplus toys? Clear out now, ready for the Santa-driven influx to come. You might like to employ a rather lovely idea on our New Traditions page involving the process of leaving old toys for new on Christmas Day.

Ed Elf: Toys just want to be played with, not abandoned or thrown away. You only have to watch “Toy Story” to know that for certain.

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  • Make our special Advent Crackers.
  • Order your Christmas wrapping paper, bags and tags, making sure to match your decor – and that you have enough sticky tape to last out the season.
  • De-clutter your cupboards and closets and take surplus goods to charity shops or recycling plants. View our New Traditions page for added help.