A Day To:

Put Christmas lights on the house and garden trees, ready for the big switch on to come.

Tick more jobs off your to-do list if going big on lighting is not your thing.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)


“While You Were Sleeping” (1995): starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. A delightful romantic comedy in which Sandra Bullock falls for a man who falls from a train platform on Christmas morning – then saves his life. He’s in a coma. Confusion ensues. Bullock’s character Lucy is engaged to comatose Peter…or is she? His family fall for her, she falls for them – and suddenly finds herself falling a little too much for Peter’s brother Jack. This film loses none of its gloss as time moves on. In fact, it is becoming entrenched in our festive favourites. (Movie Magic: The family’s belated Christmas Day celebration, stockings, gifts, kisses, chatter and all. Beautifully observed and captured.)

And let’s get into more of the festive television specials in our collection…

“Shrek the Halls” (2007): with the voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. Shrek wants a lovely, quiet family Christmas but isn’t quite sure how the whole family festive thing works. When he finds the book to help him, his less-than-tactful friend Donkey puts the proverbial spanner in the works. This 30-minute spin-off from the hugely successful big screen Shrek series premiered on American network ABC on November 27th 2007. It’s a little beauty.


“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)


“Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives;

The album “Bing at Christmas” by Bing Crosby;

“Box of Delights” (from the Carol Symphony) byThe Cory Band.


Did you know…legend has it that the first public display of Christmas lights was in 1885 in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire? The lights were gas powered.

And did you know…each member of the family should stir the Christmas pudding mix going from east to west in honour of the three kings and the direction they travelled?

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: We are going to get the lights and ladders out today. Yes, it’s time to illuminate our lives…the house and garden lights are about to go up. Try to at least break the back of it today, making sure you put safety first so that’s the only thing you break the back of. Better still, if you’ve followed our advice from previous years, you’ll have booked a professional specialist to do the testing task for you. Talking of which, when I say ‘we’, I’m including my electrician in that. I’ll lead the design, he’ll do the hard work. He’s a Christmas star.

Ed Elf: This could also be a good time to put strands of lights around the inside of windows and doors, if this is part of your decorating scheme.

Mrs. C: In our Christmas Lights section we have given you some advice on outdoor lights and who to look for if you fancy giving the job to an expert at a speciality company next year, if not this. (Click Here for our Outdoor Lights page). Now, if you don’t plan on a great lights display on your house – or your accommodation doesn’t lend itself to such decoration – make use of today by wrapping more gifts, writing more cards and picking out more stocking fillers online.

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

  • Start to put up outside lights around the house, trees, bushes and fences ready for switching on some time soon – always being aware of safety.
  • Put up lights around the windows inside if this is also part of your house decorating plan.
  • Tick more jobs off your to-do list, like wrapping, writing cards, browsing and purchasing stocking fillers.