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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:

“There is No Rose” by The Sixteen with Harry Christophers;

“Fantasy on Christmas Carols (The Holly & the Ivy)” (Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra);

“Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry.

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 But all of Cromwell’s laws were repealed after the Interregnum, so this has not been the law since around 1660.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: 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. I’m usually logosomewhat spoilt for choice, mind you. Make sure you throw in a couple of rolls of Sellotape, too – the hand dispenser ones work a treat. Of course, we want to support our local high streets as well, so please think of buying from smaller, independent stores as well.

Now, today could be an ideal time for some decluttering. 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. There are charity shops galore that would welcome your pre-loved goods for onward sale. And what about those surplus toys? Sort 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Declutter your cupboards and closets and take surplus goods to charity shops or recycling plants when the time is right.