A Day To:

Tick more gifts off that Christmas list.

Buy packs of thank you cards.

Check bedding and towels for guests.

(Scroll down for the day in detail)


“It’s A Wonderful Life” (1947): starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Frank Capra’s classic is a must-see Christmas movie. If you watch it today, you’ll maybe have chance for a second screening before Christmas. James Stewart plays George Bailey, whose life doesn’t take the path he had hoped and finds himself making good the lives of his fellow townsfolk in spite of the best efforts of the wicked Mr. Potter (played superbly by Lionel Barrymore). A cruel turn of fate leaves George ready to end it all. Enter Clarence – his angel without wings. George learns: “No man is a failure who has friends.” How this realisation is reached is the stuff of movie legend and guaranteed to crack even the hardest heart. (Movie Magic: Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. Congratulations Clarence.)

And for some animated pleasure…

“The Gruffalo’s Child” (2011): This is set in a wintry, snowy woodland and was shown for the first time in the UK on Christmas Day 2011. The Gruffalo’s Child is told by his father not to go into the deep dark wood, but the little one doesn’t listen and searches for the big bad mouse. “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom” are two of the other fantastic stories by Julia Donaldson that were also shown on Christmas Day. We like this new tradition. (TV Magic: Perfect music for a delightful tale.)


“Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused – in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened – by the recurrence of Christmas.” 

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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“Good King Wenceslas” by Regency College Choir;

“The Stable Door” by Vasari Singers;

“Silver Bells” by Jim Reeves.


Did you know…Christmas pudding should contain 13 ingredients to honour Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples?

The Day in Detail:

Mrs. C says: We’ll soon be in December. The time feels right to buy more gifts and wrap any already in our possession. If you’re still struggling for ideas, remember to have a thorough read through our Gifts & Wrapping section. You’ll find ideas aplenty, trust me. Also figure angel cherub candle_114064912out how many thank you cards you are likely to need post-Christmas and buy them today. You should already have stamps to cover the postage of your thank you notes from your post office ‘bulk-buy’ earlier in November.

Having spoken to family and friends about Christmas gatherings, you should have an idea of who is likely to visit you and sleep over through the holiday period. This is a good time to check if you have enough bedding, pillows, sleeping bags and so on for their stay.

Ed Elf: I don’t take up much room, Mrs. C, if you can squeeze in a little one.

Mrs. C: Also, check on the guest towels. Do you need more? A good idea on the towel front is to buy a batch of face cloths, roll them up and pile them on the sink in the spare bathroom. Position a waste bin by the sink. Guests can use these small, individual towels to wipe their hands and throw them in the bin – ready for the washing machine. Better this, perhaps, than sharing a communal towel that stays almost perennially wet. And it’s a good way to avoid the spread of germs, too.

Ed Elf: I use those flannels as bath towels. Anyway…

Mrs. C: The day after Thanksgiving in the USA means today is Black Friday – a day of crazy bargains and even crazier shoppers. The tradition has been adopted by UK retailers, although it has become a ‘Black Few Days/Weeks’ in reality. Sales all over the place and for days on end. One survey and report from consumer group Which? recently revealed (so be warned) that some items from several stores offered as Black Friday sale items were actually cheaper at other times in the year. Maybe make sure they are, in fact, genuine bargains by downloading your own price-tracker. With all the other festive stuff to do today, maybe forget the sale frenzy. And if you must, make it online only.

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

  • Purchase more gifts online and wrap presents already in your possession.
  • Buy thank you cards, ensuring you have enough to cover thank you notes for gifts you are likely to receive and parties/dinners you may attend.
  • Check the bedding and towels situation if guests are likely over the festive period – stock up if necessary.