Order hampers – for gifts and for you.
Download Christmas apps, including gift guides.
Check supermarket delivery deadlines.
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“Gremlins” (1984): starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. We feel like going all eighties retro for a Friday night. Gizmo the mogwai is one of the cutest Christmas pets of all-time – but to feed him after midnight or let him get wet is the stuff of major regret. There is soon a multiplication of trouble, but light might yet cure the dark happenings. Chris Columbus wrote the screenplay for this American comedy horror, where the more sinister moments find stark contrast against the backdrop of Christmas. It was a big box office success. (Movie Magic: The first delectable appearance of Gizmo and his delightful tune. Now watch you don’t drop that water.)
And let’s get into more of the festive television specials in our collection or being shown on TV around now, like this…
“Rev” is the series and the superb Tom Hollander is Rev. This BBC sitcom ran from 2010-2014 and revolved around the life of Anglican priest, The Reverend Adam Smallbone, following his move from a rural church to a more challenging East London parish. The Christmas episode, first shown on December 20, 2011, sees Adam succumbing to the pressures of the season culminating in a Midnight Mass to forget. But Adam’s wife Alex, played by the always-stellar Olivia Coleman, has a special and rather fitting Christmas present to cheer him up – and maybe the church lunch might make up for what went on the night before. “Rev” won best sitcom at the 2011 British Academy TV awards. (TV Magic: The Christmas Day lunch, a pastiche of the Last Supper, is a time for reconciliation, togetherness and friendship.)
“Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven.”
W.C. Fields (1880-1946)
“Joy to the World” by The London Chamber Orchestra from the album “Midwinter’s Eve”;
“Driving Home for Christmas” by Chris Rea.
Did you know…the phrase “to eat humble pie” comes from a 17th Century Christmas or mince pie eaten by the lower classes, made of deer innards and other offal and sometimes mixed with fruit and spices? It was known as ‘Umble Pie’. ‘Umble’ came from ‘numble’, after the French ‘nomble’ meaning deer innards.
The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C says: Time to get on your computer or tablet and indulge yourself in all things food and drink. It’s hamper time. If you need to send any corporate gifts, hampers are a perfect solution. A basket or box stuffed with delicious festive treats is a great way to remember office colleagues, friends in the staff room, business support staff, the hair salon staff and those pals who are so difficult to buy for. There are so many options, from food and drink combinations to chocolate and sweet offerings, ‘wine only’ boxes and selections for coffee and tea lovers. We have details on our Hampers page. Now Ed, I know you also like exploring new technology more than I do.
Ed Elf: I’m not exactly on the cutting edge, but I’m open to anything that can make my life easier.
Mrs. C: Even I get quite excited about the Christmas and gift apps you can download these days. I have several on my smart phone. There are many choices for countdowns to Christmas – a lot of them free, like “Sleeps to Christmas Lite”. There are apps for festive games, too, such as “Christmas Piano” where you can play or sing-a-long to favourite tunes. Why not explore Santa’s “Naughty or Nice Scanner”. You can use that on the youngsters in your life. To help with gift buying there’s “No More Socks: The Christmas List Genius” or you can upload one of the Secret Santa appson your iPhone or iPad.
Ed Elf: Some are free apps that might just take some of the stress out of finding that quirky little something for the gift exchange at work.
Mrs. C: There’s plenty out there to delight adults and children alike. You just need to carry out a simple search on your mobile device, tablet or computer. And while you are searching for app options, might I suggest you also check out the online delivery deadlines for the major supermarkets and make a note of them on your planner or in your diary. The last delivery date for most is usually December 23rd. This is just in case you plan to have a big food shop delivered rather than tackle the crowds in store. I prefer the ‘in person’ thing for Christmas goods, but like to get some of the bulkier non-perishable, non-festive items delivered.
- Order hampers for gifts and for home use, including corporate presents if required – remembering the choices are wide and varied.
- Explore Christmas apps for your tablet or smart phone and download your favourites, especially the gift buying helpers.
- Check supermarket delivery deadlines around the Christmas holidays and plan accordingly.