hessian advent sack_213748681A Day To:

Buy Advent calendars you plan to post.

Order Christmas flowers for gifts and your own home.

Make Christmas pudding on the traditional Stir-up Sunday.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989): starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. This comedy is the third in the National Lampoon’s ‘Vacation’ series. Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold, who is determined to have a “fun good old-fashioned family Christmas” – but does not imagine that could include uninvited in-laws, citywide power cuts, unpaid bonuses, kidnap, SWAT teams and a sewage-fuelled explosion. Happy Christmas everyone! (Movie Magic: Aunt Bethany says: “What’s that sound? You hear it? It’s a funny squeaky sound.” There’s a squirrel loose around this hoose!)

And from the wide selection of Christmas TV specials…

“Father Ted: A Christmassy Ted” (1996) includes the classic and hilarious scene in which Ted and Dougal accidentally wander into the largest lingerie department in Ireland where they stumble into six other priests. Ted leads the heroic escape and is rewarded with the ‘Golden Cleric’ award. A trip to Ballykissangel, a mysterious visitor, a baby on the doorstep and Mrs. Doyle’s hidden disgust over an automatic tea-maker ensure this 17th episode of Channel 4’s sitcom series is a genuine treasure. Dermot Morgan, Ardal O’Hanlon and Frank Kelly star. (TV Magic: Mrs. Doyle’s hour-long guessing name game before she randomly lands on the answer…Father Ted Unctious. And that look on her face post-gift.)


“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” 

Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), distinguished US news correspondent



 “Deck the Halls” by Treorchy Male Voice Choir;

Favourites from the album “Michael Buble – Christmas”;

“Christmas at Hogwarts” (from “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone”) by John Williams.


Did you know…Henry VIII spent the equivalent of £13.5 million in today’s money on food, gifts and entertainment in the first Christmas of his reign in 1509? This is according to the excellent book “A Tudor Christmas” by Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke. They point out £483 went to a woman for simply taking a perfumed pomander to keep the palace air smelling sweeter than usual. Henry was just 19.

PLEASING PAGES TO PERUSE: Christmas Birthdays – CLICK HERE; Christmas Eve Preparations – CLICK HERE; Close But No Cigar – CLICK HERE; Music from Films & Musicals – CLICK HERE; Ghost Stories at Christmas – CLICK HERE; Hampers – CLICK HERE; Quiz Time – CLICK HERE

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: The countdown to Christmas really moves up a notch On December 1, when we put up our Advent calendars and realise we are just 24 sleeps away from the biggest day of the year. Today’s a good day to buy calendars for you and your loved ones, giving you advent 2 118126690plenty of time to post them. Take a look at our Advent calendars page for more. Bear in mind that if you already own a permanent, annual Advent calendar of a wooden or fabric variety, you may simply need to buy your 24 or 25 chocolate treats to drop into the boxes or pockets.

Ed Elf: If you are planning on buying one for me, Mrs. C, you can’t go wrong with chocolate.

Mrs. C: Quite. Now, festive flowers are beautiful gifts and can add that final crowning glory to your own Christmas decorations. Order your flowers today, for home and others – carefully selecting delivery dates you know will suit you and them. Timing is crucial here. Flowers delivered five days before Christmas should stay in perfumed bloom through Boxing Day and beyond. Plants can be delivered earlier and will last longer, giving recipients joy for a month or so. Poinsettias are beautiful. Hyacinth bulbs in pots smell heavenly. We have a selection of festive greenery to peruse on our Christmas Flowers & Plants page.

Ed Elf: Again, you can’t go wrong with chocolate for me. This particular Sunday is good for this, too…puddings. You’ve saved the best until last today, Mrs. C. Stir-up Sunday. I love stirring things up.

Mrs. C: I’m very well aware of your stirring prowess, mischievous Mr. Elf. Yes, today is indeed Stir-up Sunday – the last Sunday before the season of Advent and a traditional time to make Christmas puddings. Remember to rest the pud in a cool, dark place after making it. You can also visit our Christmas Puddings page for more history and inspiration.

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

  • Buy Advent calendars – especially the ones you plan to post to family or friends.
  • Consider if making your own Advent calendars for home and gift-giving is a viable option.
  • Order flowers and plants for gifts and for your home, making certain of addresses, delivery dates and how long you want the flowers and plants to last through the season.
  • Make Christmas pud on Stir-up Sunday.